St Regis in Rome was a very positive experience. St Regis in Rome was a very positive experience. An extensive makeover has updated the hotel's style from artwork to uniforms, while staying true to its legendary Old World grandeur.Having unveiled Hotel de la Ville, Rocco Forte Hotels confirms its top spot in stylish luxury whi...Double rooms from €400 (£355) in low season; and from €650 (£679) in high season. Radiant and luminous, it combines fearless elegance, disruptive artistry and discerning enlightenment. Free Wi-Fi.Gone are the heavy brocades, dark colours, and stodgily formal décor. Breakfast, laid out in an adjoining room, is a generous continental buffet complemented by an egg station overseen by attentive staff, with table service for coffee drinks and fresh juice.Putting the Grand in Grand Dame, the landmark St. Regis has been one of Rome's flagship luxury hotels since iconic hotelier César Ritz welcomed the first illustrious guests in 1894. Though the hotel lists several Rome highlights – the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Via dei Condotti – as within walking distance, guests are more than 15 minutes by foot to any of these. The hotel's signature butler service is legendary, a hybrid of personal concierge and old-school butler. One delightful historic detail has remained, however: the hotel's original 19th-century lift, one of the oldest in the city.The St. Regis has a number of larger rooms and suites that are suitable for families, and their butler service can plan engaging child-friendly tours and activities while in Rome. Rome was great to visit in this unfortunate Covid period, felt like we had the city for ourselves, and St Regis added to our experience with exceptional service. If you like a traditional hotel, St Regis has all the qualities. Design aficionados can choose the Bottega Veneta Suite, furnished with pieces from the Bottega Veneta Home Collections.There are a number of rooms built to accessibility standards and a ramp to access the lobby. Radiant and luminous, it combines fearless elegance, disruptive artistry and discerning enlightenment. There are classic Italian and international dishes to choose from, but the traditional Roman specialties (think cacio e pepe and saltimbocca) are a stand-out and lend a welcome sense of place. Done in either powder blue and grey or delicate shades of terracotta and taupe, all have sound-absorbing carpets and windows, though light sleepers may want to opt for internally facing rooms. Along with the monumental lobby, the hotel has added modernised everything from its artwork (adding rotating contemporary installations) to its uniforms (created by haute-couture designer Giada Curti). A contemporary take on a historic address, St. Regis Rome has shed its former bearing and stepped out, into the limelight to truly own Rome. Across the lobby's opulent mosaic-and-gold-leaf rotonda, the historic Ritz ballroom is the oldest in Rome and its Spinetti frescoes are protected by the Culture Ministry. The St. Regis overlooks Piazza della Repubblica and the Baths of Diocletian, just steps from the Termini train station. The St. Regis overlooks Piazza della Repubblica and the Baths of Diocletian, just steps from the Termini train station. The latest renovation led by the interior design firm Pierre-Yves Rochon has breathed new life into the St. Regis, with a softer palette of eggshell and dove grey playing foil to bold Art Deco black lacquered and gold furnishing and lending the new lobby and bar a sophisticated glam cachet. The décor is refined yet welcoming, and the rooms are generously proportioned and awash in light from the large windows, helped along by elegant bevelled mirrors, high ceilings, and restored Venetian chandeliers. Bathrooms are also spacious, with either black Maquina or sandy marble, terrazzo or travertine floors, soaking tubs and enclosed showers, and Laboratoire Remède products. Set with chic café tables and clusters of plush armchairs, the space can comfortably accommodate anything from a full meal from the bistrot menu to drinks from the bar. Drinks and meals can be taken in any of these areas, and a number of the hotel's most revered traditions – afternoon tea and evening champagne sabering, for example – are held here. Breakfast included. Rooms were very fresh, and I love the location.