The Best Hotel Base In Rome At The Palazzo Montemartini

The Best Hotel Base In Rome At The Palazzo Montemartini

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.


Customer Service

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.

The Room

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.

Palazzo Burgers


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.

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The Best Hotel Base In Rome At The Palazzo Montemartini



  1. January 24, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    Oh that sounds amazing! I would love to visit Rome one day. The hotel sounds a dream…I hope you are well. xx

  2. January 24, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    Will bookmark this for when we do go to Rome, its nice to know its great location and service was good too.

  3. January 24, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    I’m desperate to go to Rome one day, I’ve heard it’s so expensive though and I wouldn’t know where to start with hotels. I’ll definitely add this one to my list for when I eventually make it over there!

  4. January 24, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    oh it sounds so romantic Rome, not a place I have visited yet but its somewhere I would love to go we did Amsterdam and Germany in December but Rome sounds so much nicer. I would definitely look at staying here if and when we visit.

  5. January 24, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    As soon as I saw those burgers I was sold! haha! What a gorgeous hotel and even better that it’s the perfect location! Definitely one to bear in mind!

  6. Bethany
    January 24, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    It sounds delightful, really something that I’d think about doing when I get the money together. I’ve always wanted to go travelling and this might just be the place.

  7. January 25, 2018 / 6:38 am

    This looks amazing, I really want to go Rome too, so this is really ideal for me – one to add to my travel list for sure x

  8. January 25, 2018 / 8:07 am

    So……what is a “loo”? Glad you had a wonderful trip and thanks for sharing your adventures with us.

  9. January 25, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    It really does sound like the perfect location for the hotel, with the colosseum being a short walk down the road! The spa sounds like heaven and it was great you had it all to yourselves.

  10. January 25, 2018 / 9:35 pm

    I love a good complimentary breakfast! Looks like a beautiful hotel and great location. I hate it when it’s hard or really expensive to get from the airport to the hotel.

  11. Joanna
    January 26, 2018 / 9:57 am

    The hotel sounds great! I am going to Italy this year as well and I am looking to book a hotel for the last night, in Rome, before the morning flight back home. I will be spending most of the time in Ischia and around Napoli but I will dedicate the last day to Rome.

  12. Chrissy Faery
    January 26, 2018 / 10:33 am

    Wow! Your accommodation sounds lush, and such a perfect location! I’m so glad you had a great time – I’d love to visit Rome one day! 🙂 xx

  13. January 26, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    oh it looks SO good! I wish I had a trip to Rome planned! x

  14. Dannii
    January 26, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    That sounds like a great accommodation option when in Rome. We stayed in an air bnb but I will keep that in mind for next time.

  15. January 26, 2018 / 10:13 pm

    I think I’m going to add Rome to m bucket list. This looks like a good place to stay when in Rome.

  16. January 27, 2018 / 3:25 am

    I like how near it is to the Colosseum, it’s one of the places that I definitely would love to see. The service and the rooms aren’t bad either, in fact they’re perfect. I like the fact that it also has a spa! That’s really nice after a long day of touring Rome!

  17. January 27, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    That burger looks absolutely appetizing and yummy! This place sounds really nice and a lovely place to enjoy Rome.

  18. January 27, 2018 / 5:46 pm

    Oh wow this place looks and sounds fabulous. I’d love to travel to Rome. In fact, there’s so many places that I’d like to go to in Italy! xxx

  19. January 28, 2018 / 11:11 am

    Whoa that sounds an incredible place – I’d like to hear more about the infinity room that serves breakfast. What an enormous spa!

  20. January 28, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    Looks amazing and I would love to go to Rome someday such a beautiful place to explore with my family.

  21. January 28, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    I’m yet to visit Rome, so this hotel review comes very useful. Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts.

  22. January 29, 2018 / 12:27 am

    The hotel sounds great! I love 5-star treatment. And the proximity to some of the attractions is great as well. Glad to hear that you had an amazing stay.

  23. January 29, 2018 / 12:46 am

    Ooh so lovely that there was a spa inside the hotel! That sounds perfect for a relaxing couples getaway with your SO 🙂

  24. January 29, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    Oh god I’m so jealous, what a gorgeous looking hotel and in walking distance of the Colosseum. How lovely that you got upgraded in your room too, I’d absolutely love to go to Rome

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