There is very good reason why Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor was its latest five-star luxury property in the heart of the ancient city - detailed perfection. After ten meticulous years, Grand Hotel via Veneto, situated on the renowned road of the same name, is Rome’s latest and greatest go-to hotel for the traveling elite. Just a short walk to most of Rome’s top attractions and historic sites, Grand Hotel via Veneto provides a cosseting base from which to explore the iconic capital.
Although only a year old, Grand Hotel via Veneto has a long and storied history as it is constructed out of two protected and now-adjoining 19th century villas having once housed a variety of Kings and Popes. From the moment guests enter the opulent and sleek lobby, the Italian craftsmanship and detailed perfection become immediately obvious, inspiring thoughts of Rome’s many museums. Custom, hand-made wood furniture inspired by Ruhlmann, the father of 1920s Art Deco, blends elegantly with the black granite floors and travertine staircases both perfectly punctuated by large, custom-made Murano glass chandeliers. Also lending to the museum-like air is the owner’s vast personal art collection of oil paintings and lithographs on display by such celebrated artists as Picasso, Mirò, Nespolo and De Chirico conjuring up the spirit of “La Dolce Vida,” for which the via Veneto was quite famous.
Keeping with its sleek design and five-star service the hotel has chosen to do away with the traditional reception area in favor of guests sitting at a comfortable and welcoming desk during the one-on-one check-in process with attentive, English speaking staff. It is here you will choose one of the 122 oversized and spacious rooms or suites also, decorated in Ruhlmann-inspired art deco style with custom, handcrafted furniture creating a sense of timeless elegance.
All rooms, regardless of category, feature extraordinary Carrara marble bathrooms with double vanities, Bulgari amenities and rain showerheads. The latest technological comforts and conveniences are made available to guests including self-controlled air conditioning, mini-bar, interactive Satellite / On Demand TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and an in-room safe large enough to store a laptop computer. Adding to the list of Grand Hotel via Veneto’s unique characteristics and charm are the many rooms boasting walk-out balconies allowing you the opportunity to step outside high above Rome to enjoy uninterrupted views up and down via Veneto with the lush Villa Borghese off in the distance.
The “crown jewel” of the accommodations though is the magnificent Royal Suite, literally fit for a king, with nearly 5,000 square feet of total space including a 2,700 sq ft outdoor furnished terrace offering breathtaking views over Rome. The one-of-a-kind suite has two bedrooms, three living rooms, a full dining room and private en suite marble hammam. Feel free to bring along a few friends to share it with you.
The hotel’s quality of service and design are aptly matched by that of the two in-house fine dining options - Time Seafood Cafè and Wine Bar and the newly opened Magnolia restaurant – which use only the finest and freshest ingredients luckily within arms reach from around Italy. Seamlessly merging with the ornate lobby connected by a large wrap around bar featuring the largest vodka assortment in Rome, Time serves up a selection of fresh seafood and homemade pastas. Start your culinary excursion with the Gran crudo Time, a selection of king prawns, tuna tartare, marinated salmon, sea bass and oysters and continue to indulge in savory seafood selections such as the whole steamed lobster on a bed of “misticanza” mixed salad or Turbot Filet in potato crust served with Italian tomatoes. On the other end of the first floor, also with its own entrance to the street, witness the masterpiece that is Magnolia, a gourmand restaurant offering what’s best in Italian cooking. Hand carved black marble walls lead diners to yet another handmade, oversized Murano glass chandelier at the entrance of the restaurant. Inside you can feast on a generous assortment of palate pleasing selections of hearty pastas and meats rich in flavor and taste.
The indulging continues at the newly opened 5,500 square foot “AQUA” spa. Also designed in a Deco style inspired by Ruhlmann, a look consistent with the other public areas of the property, "Aqua" aims to deliver the healing properties of the sea as the word S.P.A. was originally intended (translated to mean health through water). Six treatment rooms made in several precious woods and utilizing chromotherapy technology are equipped with marble showers and heated ergonomic beds. The Couples massage room allows you and your paramour to share in the pampering side by side. A Vichy shower, located in a treatment room fully covered with handmade marble ashlars, enables you to relax with an oriental massage under a continuous shower of hot water and essential oils. A Travertine Wet Room plays host to a variety of Thalasso therapies if that is your particular pleasure. Further impressive marble work can be found in the all white marble Hammam which incorporates aromatherapy to clear up the senses. If you choose to stay dry, there is also a spacious sauna for dry heat relaxation.
After your series of treatments, find further respite in the “Relaxing pool with water chaise-lounges” where you can soak in salt water while enjoying a hydro-massage. An array of herbal teas are available to rehydrate as you wind down your spa ritual in the Relaxation Lounge.
The spa is symbolic of the overall dedication to personal service and quality guest experience at Grand Hotel via Veneto. As they say, “When in Rome”…there’s no place better to stay. Well, I added that last part.
Room rates start at 290 Euros per night including breakfast. For reservations or more information please visit www.ghvv.it, call +39 06 48 78 81, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.