Rome, Italy, is really a wonderful city to visit. Whether you’re traveling for business, or pleasure, you will never leave feeling as though you’ve seen enough. With so many historical buildings, ancient ruins, and food that is always delicious, you want to make sure you’re staying in a hotel that is positioned in close proximity of all of these things.
The Grand Hotel de la Minerve is a luxe pick extremely close to the Pantheon, one of the most preserved ancient structures aged at over 2000 years. However, that is not the only highlight of this hotel, let’s take a look at other reasons why the Grand Hotel de la Minerve is a wise choice for your trip to Rome.
A 17th-century mansion in the heart of Rome
Positioned right in the historical center of Rome, the Grand Hotel de la Minerve was originally an impressive mansion from the 17th century. Throughout time, it has retained its elegance but has modern amenities, and a welcoming ambiance that will make you feel right at home.
Even though the exterior of the building is a bit old-looking, considering it is about 400 years old, you will find that the rooms are extremely immaculate. There are many rooms and suites to choose from: classic, superior, deluxe, grand deluxe, the junior suite, suite Melville, suite Sand, suite Stendhal, and suite Alfieri.
There are two types of rates offered when booking, the online rate and the slightly lower priced prepaid rate that is non-refundable. Prices can climb rather high, depending on which room you choose, and are usually between 286 EUR (326 USD) and 1546 EUR (1760 USD).
Spacious and elegant rooms
If you’re travelling with just 2 people, or happen to have a child with you as well, the superior room is just perfect. The room is actually pretty large and has adequate space to store all of your belongings. You can choose between having one double bed, or two twin beds in the room, and there will also be a separate seating area for dining and another living area with a sofa and chair.
You’ll really appreciate the long drapes covering the window, and will easily be able to block out the sunlight if you’re planning on sleeping in. The bed is incredibly comfortable, and the fact that the linen is very soft, you will easily be able to fall asleep. If you prefer to stay up later, you can enjoy watching programs on the flat-screen TV, or gazing out the windows at the many charming rooftops. The restroom is surprisingly large as well with a beautiful Travertine marble finish.
The bathtub and shower has hot water 24 hours a day, and you’ll find decent counter space to place your essentials. You’re also provided with toiletries from the hotel, such as shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, and body wash.
Dine with breathtaking views of the city
When you get hungry, you’ve got to make a visit to the incredible Minerva Roof Garden. The service here is superb, and as you eat you have the incredible views of the Vittorio Emanuele II (Victor Emmanuel II) Monument, many cathedrals, and the Pantheon at your side.
There are so many lovely plants and flowers on the rooftop that create a calming effect, along with canopy shades to keep the sun off of you. They serve a variety of Italian dishes, including crispy calamari, ravioli in cream sauce with potatoes, beef tenderloin with warm, crusty bread, delicious lobster tartare with chickpeas, many more options, and also an extensive wine list.
During the summer time, the bar Le Cupole moves to the terrace, but during the cooler months it is located inside, where the old winter garden of this mansion used to be. You’re able to order many cocktails and snacks here, each presented with elegance, and there is even a pianist who performs during the evening hours.
Easy access to the city’s most popular sights
Although, the Grand Hotel de la Minerve does have a rather late check-in at 3pm (with a normal check-out at 12 noon), you are able to leave your belongings with the concierge while you explore the city. The hotel does not offer an airport transfer, but they do have a limo or town car service available for a surcharge.
However, you may not need this because you are so very close to many tourist sites, such as the Fontana di Trevi (the Trevi Fountain), the Scalinata di Spagna (the Spanish Steps), Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori (a bustling marketplace), and il Colosseo (the Colosseum). If you wish to have breakfast at the hotel, there is an additional charge of 35 EUR (39.82 USD), though keep in mind that there are plenty of other restaurants and cafès for you and your family to explore during your stay at the Grand Hotel de la Minerve.