The hotel was built in 1963 and is perched on the highest hill in Rome. It is located in a upscale residential area called Monte Mario. The drive up to the hotel is picturesque and winding. The entrance is grand with lion statues dotting the manicured lawns. The hotel is built on 15 acres with a running trail, 2 tennis courts, 3 outdoor pools/1 indoor and glorious views of the Eternal City.
Check in was very personalized and a little over the top. We were escorted to a private room where we offered a refreshment. Our host was very thorough with going over all the extras included in our stay. They upgraded us to the Imperial floor with a deluxe room and view. The bathroom was pure bliss. Deep soaking tub with Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries. Double sinks and floor to ceiling marble. Be careful when getting out of tub or shower because marble is very slippery. Very light and bright.
The room was huge. They had a pillow menu with 15 choices. The bed was comfy and I tried 5 of the different pillows but I couldn’t really tell much of a difference but they were all great. The living area had a chair and sofa. The patio overlooked the Vatican and the city. We could hear the Vatican church bells ringing. The patio had a table and chairs and I spent quite a bit of time out there sipping my limoncello cocktails.
Part of my splurge was upgrading to the Imperial Club lounge. I wouldn’t do it again but it was an experience. It is a private room where food and drinks are served throughout the day and evening. It was too fancy for me and the food was too rich. The room was beautiful and the staff were accommodating and helpful. Just not my cup of tea.
The best part of the hotel was the gym, Turkish baths, and the indoor pool and spa. The indoor pool was like swimming in a huge bath tub. The ceiling was all glass and it was surrounded by comfy lounge chairs and robes at every seat. A short walk and you are at the entrance to the changing rooms which has lockers and many showers. The baths are coed which makes it nice for couples. They have a hot tub and a freezing plunge pool. A sauna and relaxation room are attached Fruit and infused waters are offered.
The gym was state of the art. Many newer cardio machines. The weight machines and instructors to offer advice and assistance. It was top notch.
In order to afford such a opulent hotel I used a Hilton free night certificate and points for 2 nights. The other two nights I booked through Visa signature luxury hotel collection. They were running a special rate buy one night get one free. I was lucky and got in on the deal because it was sold out early because of the overwhelming response. When you book through them they guarantee automatic upgrade, 3 PM check out, $25 credit for food and beverage, complimentary buffet breakfast daily and free Wi-Fi.
This 4 night stay cost me $600 and 40,000 Hilton points! Regular price would have been $2400.
What a deal!