It feels like both a museum and a resort.
Considered the jewel in the portfolio of Spanish brand Gran Meliá Hotels and Resorts is the Gran Meliá Roma, located on the banks of the Tiber River. A quick walk from the Vatican, it feels like both a museum and a resort. Many archaeological artifacts were discovered during construction, and these relics are now elegantly displayed throughout its public spaces. Additionally, a calm oasis feel is conjured by the presence of pools, gardens, and a SPA My Blend by Clarins featuring a Turkish bath with chromo- and aromatherapy. Juxtaposed with all the city’s exhausting cultural opportunities, the hotel provides a respite, whether it’s by sitting curled up in the library or tackling a tour of the surrounding Orti Domiziani Gardens with one of the property’s informative botanic guides. Lounging in the 116 natural-light-filled rooms and suites—decked out with wood floors, rare private gardens, and marble and Trani stone bathrooms—is yet another attractive option.