I love modern and chic hotels but sometimes I want a hotel with a real sense of place that connects with the history of the city. That’s when I was looking to book a hotel for our couple of night stay in Rome I decided on the Westin Excelsior.
The hotel was purpose-built in 1906. From the outside it screams baroque style opulence. Located on the trendy Via Veneto one wouldn’t expect anything less than luxury and opulence!
So did it live up to expectation?
Check in was an extremely smooth and quick process which after a seven hour flight with a baby wanting to get to bed was extremely helpful. The porters were quick and attentive at bringing up bags and were quick to remedy a small mistake in a bed rather than cot being placed in our room. Every staff member we came into contact with was very friendly and great with the Baby and decor was exactly what you would expect from one of the best luxury hotels in Rome.
We had been in touch with Westin before we arrived and it was lovely to be greeted in our room with wine and house made chocolates which were absolutely divine!
The rooms are decorated with beautiful red fabric wallpaper. Not something I would want in my own house but very fitting to such a hotel. It is a shame that the corridors don’t scream the same opulence as the rooms but this is only a minor point.
The red theme was continued into the bathroom where there was a red marble bath and walk in shower. As readers of this blog will know, me and Wandermust Daddy have different ideas on what makes a perfect bathroom. I’m all about the bath and he’s all about the shower but this bathroom got top marks on both fronts!
For me one of the most important things in a hotel is the quality of sleep I get in it. The Westin gave me an unbelievable nights sleep. They offer a service to adjust pillows dependent on how firm you like them but for us the bed was perfect as was and we had an awesome nights sleep.
On our second night in Rome, a small earthquake struck, and I really appreciated that after this happened, someone came round to check on the guests. This was an nice additional touch that shows that the hotel really cares for its guests.
The location, situated on Via Veneto means that the hotel is situated close to Borghese Gardens and the Spanish steps and is only a short walk down to the Trvei Fountain and the centre of Rome. A perfect location whatever your reason for visiting Rome.
Although we didn’t get to use it the hotel has an indoor pool and spa available.
For me, the Westin Excelsior is the best hotel for families seeking luxury and tranquility in central Rome!