The Luxury Rituals At The St Regis Rome Pampered Us
The luxury rituals at the St Regis Rome set a very high bar to start our 8 week trip to Sicily and Malta. We loved our large suite at the St Regis Rome. The hotel was beautiful and elegant. And every day the St Regis Rome offered many experiences we did not want to miss.
We could have easily spent 5 days in Rome just being pampered at the St Regis Rome. But we also found this a good base for exploring the sights around Rome.
We Started Our Trip At The St Regis Grand Hotel In Rome
Our 8 week trip to Italy and Malta began in Rome. For this visit to Rome we booked a luxury stay at the St Regis Rome.
The Grand Hotel in Rome was opened by the legendary hotelier César Ritz – the founder of the Ritz hotel brand. A decade later John Jacob Astor IV opened the St. Regis New York on Fifth Avenue. More than a century later, these two iconic brands merged and became the St Regis Grand Hotel Rome. About 20 years ago, this hotel became part of the Marriott luxury brand and was available for us to book through Marriott.
We booked our hotel stay using our Marriott Bonvoy points and used upgrade certificates for a great suite at this property. We had lots of room to spread out. And a great large bathtub with bath salts for relaxing after a touring day. The point value for this hotel was great and the suite provided everything we wanted for a 5 day stay in Rome. Our Marriott status even got us a great welcome treat.
We enjoyed a great luxury stay to start our long 8 week trip to Sicily and Malta.
A Hotel With Classic Elegance
The St Regis Rome recently underwent a $45 million renovation. This added modern touches to the classic elegance of the former Grand Hotel. We wandered around the hotel and admired the architecture and design. The Ballroom ceiling frescoes were gilded and restored by a team of master craftspeople. This room drew us in for a look.
The Library (or Coreterno Room) was decorated in an interesting style. This was often our choice for a quiet spot to enjoy breakfast.
As we wandered in the hotel we were amazed at the beautiful design details we found everywhere. We made sure to always look up and see the beautiful lights in every room.
The old-style elevator still worked. It was installed in 1894 and was said to be one of the oldest working elevators in the city. But the walk on the stairs showed us even more treats.
Everywhere we went in the St Regis Rome we were surrounded by classic luxury.
Enjoying A Great Hotel Restaurant
The Lumen Lounge with its stunning Murano glass chandelier drew us into the hotel as soon as we arrived. It was a magnificent entry and established the style we found in the rest of the hotel. Different parts of the Lumen Lounge served as a bar, restaurant area and just general lounge area. The Lumen Garden was not open when we visited.
We ate well at the hotel. The daily breakfast we got with our Marriott Bonvoy status was plentiful and we found great variety.
Appertivo time in the Lumen Lounge was a good spot for a drink and a light snack. One night we worked our way through a multi-course tasty dinner.
Eating well was definitely one of the luxury rituals at the St Regis Rome.
Champagne Sabering (Sabrage) Every Night
We saw champagne sabering (or sabrage) for the first time when we had Afternoon Tea at the St Regis in Washington, DC. We found it fascinating to watch and enjoyed a glass of champagne after the demonstration.
When we learned that sabrage was one of the luxury rituals done every evening at the St Regis Rome we knew we would enjoy this classic St Regis treat again. At 7pm we went to the Lumen Lounge and gathered for the show. Our first night brought all the excitement back.
We returned several different times and watched various staff members successfully sabre the champagne bottles. We talked with the Food and Beverage Manager Karolina about the technique she had perfected. But were not sure we were ready to try it at home!
A few times we stuck around for the champagne too. Champagne was actually served from the sabred bottles! But there was extra for the crowds this treat often drew.
We definitely enjoyed the champagne sabrage as one of the luxury rituals at the St Regis Rome.
Afternoon Tea Was Our Luxury Ritual When Travelling
We often search out great Afternoon Tea experiences when we travelled. We loved the variety we found in the tea and food selections. And often there was a theme or special setting for Afternoon Tea.
At the St Regis Rome we splurged one day on Afternoon Tea. Our tea experience was set up in the Coreterno Room. This was the perfect setting for a special tea event.
A large selection of teas were offered. Of course we added some bubbly champagne too. We were served two large trays of food with a variety of sweet and savoury treats. There was so much food we took a box away and ate treats the next day.
Afternoon Tea was one of the luxury rituals at the St Regis Rome we did not want to miss.
A Great Base To Explore Rome
With all the luxury and pampering we found at the St Regis Rome, it was definitely hard to head out to discover new gems in Rome. But on every visit, we found so many new discoveries in Rome.
From the St Regis Rome it was an easy walk to enjoy the sights around Rome. One day we took a short Uber ride and explored the Trastavere area of Rome. It was great to explore the city on our 5 days in Rome.
The hotel had a car available for short rides in town. We were delighted when we were taken to the nearby train station when we departed. From Rome we headed to Naples and then continued by train to Sicily for 5 weeks.
A good location was always important on a stay in Rome.
We Sure Enjoyed The Luxury Rituals At The St Regis
The St Regis Rome offered great suites and a beautiful hotel. The luxury rituals at the St Regis Rome added another set of treats that we enjoyed on our stay. Tasty food, exciting champagne sabrage and an Afternoon Tea experience all added to the pampering stay we had in Rome for 5 days. We were sad we did not manage to enjoy the great spa on-site. But good to leave for a return visit.
We knew it was a risk to book such a luxury treat to start our 8 week adventure in Sicily and Malta. But we sure started our vacation in a great setting in Rome.
Have you enjoy the luxury rituals at the St Regis Rome? Did you have a favourite experience?
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