Grand Hotel de la Minerve
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When I arrived in Rome I asked a couple people what hotel they recommended me and they told me Grand Hotel De La Minerve was one of their favorite. I am glad I stayed in this five star hotel. I visited the Colosseum in which I got a group tour and now I understand why its one of the most frequently visited monuments in Rome. The cost was 12 euros …
... quaint, apart from quite a few tourists around. We had organised to do another boat tour, which will take us along the Amalfi coast to see some of the hotels and villas from the water. I was pretty keen to do it as you couldn't see a lot from the wrong side of the bus! The boat trip took about an hour and we were able to have a swim stop half way through which was nice. The lady pointed out some really expensive villas and hotels that rich and famous people stay in and own. It ...
Kind of a slow day here. Our only scheduled activity was our reservations at the Borghese Gallery. A bit of a hike to get there, but a beautiful park at the end of it. Like Central Park - enormous! We got our tickets and had some cappuccino and pastries while we waited for our entry time. The only let 360 people in every two hours and you are only allowed two hours. No bags, no cameras, no phones. Well worth it though! Some amazing sculptures ...
... leaving the Vatican we wandered nearby to St. Peter's Square where the Palm Sunday mass processional was going to take place the next morning. We didn't actually end up going to Mass because getting there would be absolutely crazy and after our metro experience, we really didn't want to attempt to go. It would have been a once in a lifetime opportunity but instead we saw the other beautiful sights of Rome!
We ventured through Piazza Navona where I ...
... awe upon entering St. Peter's. It's giant! Our buddy Rick Steves tells us that it is the length of TWO football fields, and that the statues get larger the higher up they are, making the perspective off, so everything looks the same size. On the marble floor, there are markers indicating where some of the largest churches would measure up in comparison to the basilica. We gape at the grandeur of the altar and canopy, with its spiral columns. We crane our necks ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel de la Minerve Rome
I'd read some horror stories about Rome hotels, so I did a lot of research, including reading reviews of many hotels on this site before booking.
I have visited Rome many times over the past ten years and always wanted to stay at the Minerve. The location is just perfect, unlike most of the other luxury hotels stuck out on the via Veneto and beyond. I was encouraged by the positive reviews on this site to take the plunge and pay up to stay at the Minerve on our recent trip to Rome for Easter. I was not disappointed.We booked through the hotel's website ------------------- (pretty hard to find on the search engines). Having read previous reviews we decided to plump for a deluxe room, at €430 a night some €70 more expensive than a standard. I requested a room with a balcony and a view of the piazza, which was confirmed directly by the hotel reservation desk.When we arrived we noticed that only two rooms overlooking the piazza have a balcony but the hotel had honoured the reservation and ours was one of them! The room itself was enormous, tastefully decorated in light colours and modern furnishings, so unlike most Italian "luxury" rooms. The bathroom by contrast was extremely small and a bit basic, but we could live with that when everything else was so right. And having the balcony made all the difference as we began and ended each evening with a drink while we watched life go by in the piazza below.The staff were all friendly and helpful, although there are some Italian oddities like having to register to use the internet access. The only criticism I would make of the hotel is that the price of sundries is extortionate, even for a 5* hotel. €7 for a beer from the minibar, €110 for a bottle of NV champagne! We soon solved this problem however when we found a small supermarket just round the corner.All in all, the Minerve was better than I dared to expect. It will certainly be my preferred stay in Rome from now on.
Fabulous in every way
This was truly one of the most beautiful hotels I have found. The location could not be better, right next to the Pantheon and the nicest staff you could want. The breakfast was hugh and it was the first hotel in Europe that actually had kleenex in the bathroom!!! Rooms were beautifully furnished complete with in-room coffee/tea pot!! I cannot recommend this hotel enough. We are planning on another trip to Rome in November and will be booking this hotel again and I can't wait.
I wish I lived there!
I have been going to Rome regularly for the past 20 years, and I have had every possible hotel experience there, for great to horrid. Only three years ago I started going to the Minerve, and I have not changed my favourite hotel since then. In fact, whenever the hotel was fully booked, I changed my business schedule rather than going anywhere else.
Excellent rooms, superb service, perfect location, easy communication with any part of the city. If you can afford it, stay at the Minerve.
Faboulous Location and Accomodations!!
I had a wonderful time during New Year's Eve 2003. The Hotel Minerva has a wonderful staff that was there to offer a helping hand every time I needed one. A very courteous staff and wonderfully decorated rooms.
The gentleman at the front desk upgraded us upon check in. I had a wonderfully spacious room with a large marble bathroom. I had 2 large windows that you can sit on the ledge and listen to the violin players down the block. Also my view faced the marvellous Pantheon. I loved this hotel in every way. I highly recommend it!
We have just returned from our Honeymoon at the Minerve grand Hotel and it was lovely, very plush!The staff were fantastic and we were upgraded to a suite. The bar is expensive but wonderful with a piano player and nibbles of panatone and chocolates. The location is excellent as we were only 40 minutes walk from anywhere in Rome and also right next door to the Panathon.We would definatly stay at the hotel again.
Enjoyed this hotel
Just spent five lovely nights at this hotel. Location was great as was the service. We were upgraded to a suite upon check in! Rooms were spotless and quiet. Most guests were European, so you could not get an American newspaper. Concierge was very helpful. Would definitely stay there again
By and large, this is a wonderful hotel. The location is superb, as it is about a block away from the Pantheon -- and right across the street from the Santa Maria Sopra Minerve (a Gothic church that contains Michelangelo's statue of The Risen Christ.)
Really enjoyed our stay
For starters the location is wonderful. It is literally across the street from the Pantheon and a short and enjoyable stroll to the Piazza Navona. We ate in all of the restaurants in the hotel and thought the food was terrific. The best part of the hotel is the rooftop restaurant. It has a view which encompass the entire city. Decor in our large room was contemporary, bright and cheerful. People in the hotel could not have been more helpful. I would go back tomorrow for another stay and recommend hotel highly.
I stayed at this hotel 2 years ago in one of their suites. I was treated with the utmost respect and thoroughlly enjoyed my stay there. When I return to Rome, I will stay there again. Although it is a bit pricey, the service makes up for it all and the rooms a clean and furnished with everything you could need.