An excellent location in the chic and hip side of Rome: the hotel is located on the famous via Veneto, and the beautiful boutiques on the piazza di Spagna are accessible within a five minute walk. The Marriott Flora is, however, not part of the category of luxury hotels, so you know what to expect as far as the decoration is concerned, and you will be pleased as far your wallet is concerned. The hotel building overlooks the park of villa Borghese, and the top floor was designed as a terrace sheltered by a glass canopy for breakfast: a view of the trees in the heart of the city, that's the lovely particularity of this hotel.
On one end of via Veneto, opposite the exit of the same name out of Spagna underground station. Piazza di Spagna is a five minute walk away (accessible via the underground station). The museum of Villa Borghese (in the park of the same name) is a 15 minute walk from the hotel.
Fiumicino airport is 15 mi away; Ciampino's is 10 mi away. It takes 45 minutes to get to Fiumicino and 30 minutes for Ciampino.
A historic building, a prestigious address (via Veneto), an ideal situation to go out at night (the famous Harry's bar is on the other side of the street), or to get educated (the museum of villa Borghese is only a 15 minute walk away) and to relax (the park of villa Borghese is just at the gate of the hotel, beyond the remains of the Aurelian walls)... This is the portrait of the Marriott Flora from the outside. Inside, it is not a palace, but an old hotel, adapted to present-day comfort, and offering the extra of a breakfast room on the top floor. Green and panoramic view of the park of villa Borghese.
Whether your room is on the park or the city side, the view is unrestricted from the fourth floor upwards. Try and choose those if you can. Families should reserve a suite (with two separate rooms); a family of three should require an extra bed in one of the large "deluxe" or "executive" rooms.
Prices and reservations on www.marriott.com (with an English language link).
Housed in a historic building, Flora hotel opened in 1907. It was renovated and modified in the 20th century and has been managed by the Marriott chain since 2000. Its 156 bedrooms are spread over 6 floors, the 7th level of the building having been transformed into a breakfast room and panoramic terrace (with a view of the remains of the Aurelian walls and the park of the villa Borghese). In the lobby, you will see a functional area with the reception counter; the lounges, set up in the hall, aren't any less comfortable (velour armchairs and sofas, soft cushions). You will, however, soon get to the bar or restaurant, accessible via one end of the hall, and especially your room, because the underground fitness room is not very welcoming. And the hotel, has, unfortunately, no spa, no whirlpool bath or massage room.
At the Flora, the first category of double bedrooms is called 'deluxe'; indeed, those called 'classic', smaller, are generally booked for one person only. If two of you are staying, you will benefit from a surface of approximately 269 sq ft, which will seem a lot smaller than that, because of the wasted space at the entrance of the room (with double doors or a kind of mini-corridor: details which represent some of the building's history and which the owner is not allowed to alter). If you want to move freely, book an "executive" room or a suite (15 junior, 5 executive, 3 presidential). As for the view, your windows will look out to the street (via Veneto), the park (villa Borghese) or the inner courtyard of the building (very quiet, but too closed-in). The higher the standard of the room, the more attractive the panorama: why not reserve a presidential suite between the 4th and 6th floors (if you can get a special offer), overlooking the park. Moreover, great care is taken in the design, of classical and Belle Epoque inspiration, the upholstery is of soft colours (beige and green). The executive and deluxe room categories have a more modest design, while remaining very comfortable. Facilities include: a bathroom with a bathtub, a hair-dryer, 60 ml hospitality products bearing the name of the hotel. Television. Mini-bar, air-conditioning and telephone.
One of the best meals at the Flora certainly is breakfast. As it is served all year round under the veranda on the seventh floor (the Rooftop Terrace), and even on the open-air gallery which overlooks the park of villa Borghese. A countryside ambiance in the heart of Rome: very pleasant, especially when the breakfast buffet serves a satisfactory meal. Smoked salmon, waffles, French toast, omelette or scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, and even some chips, as well as the chopped fresh fruit, muffins, cheese and bread rolls. As the hotel doesn't have five stars (by local standards), you will not find freshly squeezed orange juice. You will enjoy being served coffee at your table, however. The restaurant on the ground floor takes over for lunch and dinner. Called Cabiria, as is the adjacent bar, it has a terrace on the via Veneto. The cuisine is Neapolitan and Roman: veal medallion with spinach, grilled gambas in herbs. As in most major hotels of Rome, a dish costs around £17.50 to £26. A meal of seasonal dishes is suggested for £44.
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