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  • Candor 26 posts

    Hi I’m looking to plan a trip to Rome for 2 in October

    Does anyone have any hotel advice (I have an Amex Plat and all the various hotel status that it comes) with

    Ones that generally seem fairly reasonable 5* hotel include: W Rome , Sina Berini Bristol (Marriott), The Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel (Marriott) and the Palazzo Montemartini Rome (Radisson) , but open to other suggestions

    Also looking to use the Dine Abroad Restaurant Credit so any suggestions would also be good

    Thanks

    Claire 27 posts

    I’m also interested in any Rome recommendations, I am going next month with my mum and my sister to celebrate my Mums 70th birthday.

    We have booked the Indigo. Would love to hear some more off the beaten track ideas, I found an old thread and have taken note of the behind the scenes Colliseum and Vatican tours. We also have two Platinum dining benefits to burn on the trip.

    masaccio 717 posts

    This might not help but we’re going in May and I found the value terrible. Even decent 3* hotels were €300 plus so in the end we booked an AirBnB in a lovely-looking old building near the Campo de’ Fiori.

    Interested in hearing about restaurant recommendations as it’s been a good 10 years since we last went.

    jj 517 posts

    The Intercontinental is a very new and very pleasant conversion of an old building. Service is impeccable, and, depending on what’s on your agenda, the location is good.

    As a rule of thumb, though, avoid the big chains in European cities unless you have points to burn. In most cases, they are overpriced and cater primarily for the American market – which can only be regarded as a Good Thing if you have American tastes and want to wash down a club sandwich with an overpriced cocktail in blingy surroundings.

    Candor 26 posts

    The Intercontinental is a very new and very pleasant conversion of an old building. Service is impeccable, and, depending on what’s on your agenda, the location is good.

    As a rule of thumb, though, avoid the big chains in European cities unless you have points to burn. In most cases, they are overpriced and cater primarily for the American market – which can only be regarded as a Good Thing if you have American tastes and want to wash down a club sandwich with an overpriced cocktail in blingy surroundings.

    Noted, just planning to generally touristy stuff as it will be our first visit there

    Have found better value with a couple of other hotels NH Collection Roma Plazzo Cinquecento and The Grand Palace Hotel Rome around £1200 for 3 nights for mid level rooms, The Intercontinental was coming in around £1800 for a standard room

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,084 posts

    +1 on NH. Some nice properties plus an Anantara too. I stayed at the Westin Excelsior after the Intercontinental failed to open on time. Westin cost a bloody fortune and was full of Americans and little else. I did get upgraded as a Titanium to a suite though; 4 juliet balconies and decorated as if Mussolini’s dotty great aunt had only left it yesterday. One problem with the Westin is that it is due a refurb and a reflag as The Luxury Collection so at present no kettles and no irons in the rooms due to fire risk from the old furnishings.

    NigelHamilton 198 posts

    Rome, and to be honest Italy generally, is one of those places where there are some huge reductions available if timed right, but you won’t see them online unless you have access to B2B rates or are willing to put in some work identifying the right person to speak to. For example, I picked up a 5* hotel this coming October(Marriott Ortea Palace in case you’re wondering) for my 20th wedding anniversary in Sicily for under £800 for three nights. Marriott for the same room was asking well over £2,000 as was Booking.com. Away from the chains(generally far better value as others have said), an email directly to the hotel can often bear fruit, particularly if it’s a special occasion.

    masaccio 717 posts

    The Intercontinental is a very new and very pleasant conversion of an old building. Service is impeccable, and, depending on what’s on your agenda, the location is good.

    As a rule of thumb, though, avoid the big chains in European cities unless you have points to burn. In most cases, they are overpriced and cater primarily for the American market – which can only be regarded as a Good Thing if you have American tastes and want to wash down a club sandwich with an overpriced cocktail in blingy surroundings.

    Noted, just planning to generally touristy stuff as it will be our first visit there

    Have found better value with a couple of other hotels NH Collection Roma Plazzo Cinquecento and The Grand Palace Hotel Rome around £1200 for 3 nights for mid level rooms, The Intercontinental was coming in around £1800 for a standard room

    Rome is nuts for hotels. Before we arrive in Rome, we’re in Venice where we’re paying less than this for a suite in a 4* with a balcony on the Grand Canal. It seems worse than London.

    SBIre 160 posts

    I can recommend both the Westin Excelsior and The Pantheon Iconic. The Pantheon is a small boutique in an incredible location with a small but awesome little rooftop bar. It won’t appeal to everyone but I really liked it and would go back. The Westin location is not as good, but I’ve been treated well there with upgrades etc.

    AFKAE 144 posts

    More 4* really, but 2 years ago we stayed in Barberini Hotel – brilliant location for all sightseeing.

    Last weekend we stayed in Monti Palace which I got on a deal from secret escapes. Great hotel, rooftop bar, good breakfast and another great location.

    Both of these were on 6 Nations weekends, so quite popular times.

    DTR 105 posts

    Check the Gran Melia too. Gold (via Amex Plat) should get you 20% discount vouchers, 2 for 1 breakfast and some extra points

    Candor 26 posts

    Thanks, definitely leaning towards the NH Collection Roma Plazzo Cinquecento , value wise a Junior Suite is working out and very decent location for all the major tourist attractions

    On a side note, anyone know if BA will a run a business class sale for flights any time soon

    Planning to use an upgrade voucher on the way out , return flight for 2 was just over £500 in club , wondering if anyone had seen it get any lower in the past in sales

    SBIre 160 posts

    Thanks, definitely leaning towards the NH Collection Roma Plazzo Cinquecento , value wise a Junior Suite is working out and very decent location for all the major tourist attractions

    On a side note, anyone know if BA will a run a business class sale for flights any time soon

    Planning to use an upgrade voucher on the way out , return flight for 2 was just over £500 in club , wondering if anyone had seen it get any lower in the past in sales

    There is unlikely to be a BA sale any time soon, one just ended 12 days ago

    pbcold 346 posts

    Rome Cavalieri (Waldorf Astoria) is splendid and Imperial Club benefits genuinely do make the stay feel exclusive – perfect for a celebration. One word of caution regarding The Vatican is that it is a simply horrific, crushed place to walk around unless one books the sort of experience that Claire mentions.

    SamG 1,639 posts

    unless you’re flying very off peak then this is never a cheap route to fly BA in either cabin. As it’s a decent length flight I find it’s a decent use of Avios to sit up front!


    @NigelHamilton
    makes a good point – I’m travelling with a friend (who works at my company) who is attending an event and they kindly extended the B2B rate to me and it’s 1/3 of the public rate for those nights. Definately a market that is worth enquiring direct it seems, especially if you want a suite or some inclusions rather than a straight discount on a standard room. Otherwise we were going to stay at the Hoxton which at least is new!

    Jill Kinkell 155 posts

    We did Rome. Cavalieri on a 342 booked via Emyr a few years ago. No upgrade as hotel full so a bit of a shame but club lounge was lovely.previous visit had booked ‘skip the line’ for various tours…. Brilliant .

    VinZ 142 posts

    Look at Shedir Collection – they have amazing boutique hotels…

    phantomchickenz 294 posts

    Grand Hotel Palace is looking promising for my trip in May. 3 Avios/£ via the BA shopping portal for Millennium Hotels – any other points options that people know of?

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