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 …
... walked to Piazza de Republica as we were to meet Joanna & Giancarlo at midday there. On one face was a large brick entrance to what looked like a ruin. It was to Basilica St Maria of the Angels & Martyrs a huge converted area of Diocletian’s Baths designed by Michelangelo at age 86. The place is huge by our standards although it was without many seats & yet it doesn’t feature in any of the guides.
At 12 we were picked up by ...
... The chandeliers came from New York City. The Diocese of New York City had this church in Rome and found out that these chandeliers were going to be thrown away so they brought them to Rome to be reused. They look a little out of place but it brings a new element into the church that I have never seen before. The church has many different colors of granite: red, green, brown, pink, etc. The church also housed multiple ...
... amazing and although time has not been kind, you can still imagine and feel what would have gone down in this arena. The guide had some wonderful stories to tell and I kept my finger on the camera trigger just couldn't get enough of it. I remember reading Mitchell's blog and as an engineer he was amazed at how advanced the romans were for their time and I have to second that!!
As part of our ticket, we left the Colosseum and headed across the ...
... informal like saying "see ya!!!" but they act like you said "Peace out you old ****! I am gonna go be reckless!"). I forgot once tonight and got corrected (by the lady who asked me if I was Castillian). I felt so bad as I petered off an "arrivederci" to her even though she was already off the bus and down the block. These things matter here and I like it. But on one hand I am sure she just thought I am younger than I really am, right? :P
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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.