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A Stay in the Designer Suite at the St. Regis Rome

Fainting couch and king size bed in the Designer Suite at the St. Regis Rome

The St. Regis Rome was my home base during my most recent trip to the Italian capital. My husband, a loyalty program evangelist, is a SPG Platinum member and those SPG platinum benefits (free wifi, room upgrade upon availability and option to choose free breakfast as the Platinum amenity) really add up and elevate the stay experience in a pricey European city like Rome.

The St. Regis Rome’s stunning lobby & Grand Bar

Originally founded by legendary Swiss hotelier César Ritz (the man behind the Paris institution Hôtel Ritz and the London Hotel Ritz), The St. Regis Rome is definitely all kinds of belle époque swanky. The old world opulence doesn’t equate to stuffy, though. All the antiques and ritzy Murano chandeliers are nicely balanced out with speedy wifi, breezy air conditioning, and rain showers that are powerfully strong.

I loved the old world glamour of the staircase at the St. Regis Rome

Antique elevator at the St. Regis Rome

I loved the the  antique elevator, complete with a cage, on the property that takes you up to the light-filled Thai inspired Kami Spa & Fitness Center whichI used daily. The Grand Bar in the lobby is a perfect spot to grab a cocktail while waiting out an afternoon rain storm.

The Designer Suite’s impressive entrance hall

The hotel’s collection of 138 and 23 suites are anything but cookie cutter. I got to spend a few nights in the property’s Designer Suite which had distinct rooms for it’s entrance hall, living room, bedroom, bathroom and closet areas.

Left: Looking into the entrance hall Right: The living room in the designer suite

The chrome bar in the bedroom featured Acqua Panna bottled water

Left: the desk in the living room Right: The fruit basket in the living room

The fluffy king sized bed was ideal for sleeping off the jet lag

The Designer Suite was 1399 square feet and felt like an apartment more than a hotel room. The bathroom featured a huge walk in shower with dual rain showersheads that were powerfully strong and did not get the entire bathroom wet (always a nice surprise in Europe). That shower was heaven. The huge jacuzzi tub was also put to good use.

Left: Huge jacuzzi bathub with shower Right: Aqqua di Parma bath amenities

The St. Regis butler service was spot on. After I slept off the jetlag for 10 blissful hours (something that only happens when I don’t have a plane to catch or a dog to feed) I ordered a cappuccino and my butler delivered it 5 minutes later. I didn’t even care that I missed the breakfast buffet in the Grand Bar. After all, no one comes to Rome for the breakfast.

Exterior of the St. Regis Rome

The hotel’s location is pretty close to major sites like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and shopping on the Via Veneto. I liked the property’s very slightly out of the way location near the Piazza della Repubblica– being just off the main street meant the room was blissfully quiet. The concierge was quick to respond to reservation requests and thoughtful with recommendations.

Room rates from € 295.

Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, 3

Rome, 00185 Italy

Phone: +39 06 47091

Email: stregisgrandrome@stregis.com