Back in November I spent four lovely days in Rome with my boyfriend and I’ve spoken about the trip itself and things to do a number of times but something I’ve been keen to talk about is the hotel that we stayed in. Now we knew this was going to be our first proper holiday together so we decided to go all out and spend a bit more money than we usually would so we could stay in really nice accommodation and our choice in Rome was the stunning Palazzo Montemartini. Going out of season certainly helped us get better hotels as the prices in some cases was almost half of what it would have been during the peak summer months.
The hotel is a 5 star in the heart of the city and it was the very first 5-star hotel that I’ve ever stayed in so I was pretty excited to say the least.
You can’t get a better location with this hotel as it is just across the street from the Rome Termini which is the train station which can bring you from the airport if you fly into Rome, or from pretty much any other Italian destination. We took the train from Venice right into the city and only had to walk a few minutes in order to get to our hotel, but despite it being so close the recessed location from the street kept it tranquil and separate.
The Colosseum is only a 10-15 minute stroll down the road so it’s perfectly located to check out the sites, and if you’re talking the Big Bus Tour the first stop picks up from the Rome Termini opposite the hotel so this was another huge bonus for us.
As I’ve said I’ve never stayed in a 5-star hotel so having someone meet us halfway up the driveway to take our cases and welcome us in was a novelty I was very happy to get on board with. From the second we stepped off the road I felt genuinely special as every single member of staff made us feel so welcome and did everything to make us more comfortable from ordering us taxies to coming out with an umbrella to walk us to the front door when it was raining.
When we arrived at the hotel we were checked in really quickly, shown to our room and our bags were taken up for us and the whole transaction was so smooth and didn’t feel rushed at all.
We originally booked a Deluxe Double Room but were very privileged to have been upgraded to a VIP room which was on another level. The room was spacious without being too much and having a toilet just as you walked in alongside a full bathroom off the bedroom was a great touch, perfect when you’re desperate for the loo after a long day exploring the city.
The small living area which consisted of a table and chairs, a TV, storage and our mini bar could be separated off from the bedroom area with sliding wooden panels which are great when one person fancies a lie in but the other wants to read a book with all the lights on. The bed itself was so comfortable especially after a long day walking. The bathroom was a beautiful size with everything you could want including a separate bath and shower cubicle and lovely bathing goodies included alongside a dressing gown and slippers which were great when we headed down to the spa.
The room also included a smartphone you could take out with you which allowed you to access maps, internet browsers and communication and if the changes hadn’t happened last year to include European roaming in your data I know I’d have taken full advantage of this.
As we were walking around the hotel we did spot the 400 sq ft spa suite which has an in-room whirlpool tub and hammam where you can even have spa treatments in your room and although it must be pretty pricey it’s definitely something I’d consider if (and when) I return.
One of the main reasons we picked the Palazzo Montemartini was because it had a spa and we knew we wanted to book a couples massage for our anniversary and the spa was lovely complete with treatment rooms, an indoor heated pool, jacuzzi with bubble beds. waterfalls, sensory showers, a Finnish shower, sauna, Turkish bath and salt room so we made sure we took full advantage of this.
Our couples massage was booked for the Thursday and when we headed into the pool after there wasn’t a soul in sight for the whole hour we relaxed in the spa, and even going back on Saturday afternoon there were still only a handful of people so it didn’t get too busy or crowded.
Alongside the spa, there’s the usual conference and business rooms alongside a restaurant and the infinity room which serves breakfast but I’ll talk more about that below.
A complimentary buffet breakfast is included within the price of rooms at the Palazzo Montemartini and there was so much choice from your usual fruit, juices, meat and yoghurts right through to a cheese board including a huge wheel for you to carve yourself and about ten different varieties of bread. Made-to-order pancakes and omelettes were also available but with so much choice I didn’t even have a chance to sample these despite three breakfast’s here.
We didn’t try the hotel restaurant but did order room service after our long and tiring day trip to Pompeii. We made the order through our smartphone which did prevent a bit of a hiccup meaning our food was about 15 minutes later than expected but when it did arrive it was cooked to perfection and presented silver platter and all.