Amy Risley

Baglioni Hotel Regina

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  • Why:Putting the Eat in Eat, Pray, Love.
  • When:September 2015
  • Who:Me
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Baglioni Hotel Regina Sneaking one last selfie in the swank Roman Penthouse (which has it's own gym, natch).

Sneaking one last selfie in the swank Roman Penthouse (which has it's own gym, natch).

Baglioni Hotel Regina Despite the grand, opulent design, there's something about coming back each day that makes you feel at home. The staircases winding directly down into the lobby definitely lend to that.

Despite the grand, opulent design, there's something about coming back each day that makes you feel at home. The staircases winding directly down into the lobby definitely lend to that.

Baglioni Hotel Regina Clean, simple elegance in the room with those heavy, dramatic drapes that make you feel like royalty.

Clean, simple elegance in the room with those heavy, dramatic drapes that make you feel like royalty.

Baglioni Hotel Regina A plush corner of Brunello.

A plush corner of Brunello.

Baglioni Hotel Regina Shopping at the local farmers market with Chef Luciano. Major treat.

Shopping at the local farmers market with Chef Luciano. Major treat.

Baglioni Hotel Regina You haven't lived until you've made a pizza, from scratch, in a chef's kitchen, in Italy. But life truly starts right after that first bite...wow.

You haven't lived until you've made a pizza, from scratch, in a chef's kitchen, in Italy. But life truly starts right after that first bite...wow.

Baglioni Hotel Regina Despite the fact that I was getting married 3 weeks later, no meat or cheese was left behind. It's actually true what they say: you can eat whatever you want here and still come back 5lbs lighter. Some say it's all the walking, I attribute it to the sheer magic in the cuisine.

Despite the fact that I was getting married 3 weeks later, no meat or cheese was left behind. It's actually true what they say: you can eat whatever you want here and still come back 5lbs lighter. Some say it's all the walking, I attribute it to the sheer magic in the cuisine.

Baglioni Hotel Regina Old school elegance in vivid color off the lobby.

Old school elegance in vivid color off the lobby.

Baglioni Hotel Regina You really only need to know three words in Italian when it comes to ordering the sure thing on the menu: Cacio e pepe.

You really only need to know three words in Italian when it comes to ordering the sure thing on the menu: Cacio e pepe.

Baglioni Hotel Regina The swank bath in the Roman Penthouse: Just add water, and bubbles, and a walkman with a Prince tape in it. And perhaps Richard Gere.

The swank bath in the Roman Penthouse: Just add water, and bubbles, and a walkman with a Prince tape in it. And perhaps Richard Gere.

Baglioni Hotel Regina Ciao, Roma! The Regina is perfectly central to all of the eternal city's best sights and tastes.

Ciao, Roma! The Regina is perfectly central to all of the eternal city's best sights and tastes.

Highs & Lows

  • Baglioni has a property in the heart of most of Italy's most popular cities, which makes it really easy to plan a trip in a single swoop and get the same great level of service and familiarity throughout. At the same time, each hotel has its own unique character, so it's far from a cookie cutter experience.

  • The brand is family owned and operated, and it really shows in the staff's personality and anticipation of guests' needs. Case in point- when I approached the front desk in running sneakers and headphones early one morning, the concierge had already pulled out a map with suggested running routes before I even asked.

  • The hotel is very centralized; most attractions are reachable on foot if not a short cab ride.

  • The design might feel a bit formal to the modern traveler, but there's something so welcomingly Italian about the poshness: it makes you want to spiff up your look and dress the way people did before yoga pants became acceptable in public.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 43/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    5 star boutique

  • Vibe

    Old school elegance with a contemporary edge.

  • Location

    Central Via Veneto, close to the Villa Borghese, Piazza di Spagna and Via Condotti.

  • Rooms

    118 rooms, junior suites and suites

  • Year Opened

    The hotel was acquired by Baglioni in 1987, and was once the home of Queen Margherita of Savoy while she awaited the completion of her residence which is now the American Embassy.

  • Designed By

    The structure itself is an early twentieth century liberty-style building considered one of the most important historical buildings in Rome. The Regina's most recent update is the Roman Penthouse Suite, which takes up the entire top floor and offers 360 degree views of the city, and was designed by Milanese architects Rebosio + Spagnulo.

  • Health & Wellness

    Gym + Jacuzzi

  • Restaurant

    Brunello Lounge & Restaurant serves traditional Italian classics with an innovative spin.

  • Minibar

    The simple stuff: mixed nuts + Pellegrino.

  • Children

    Yes.

  • Price

    Moderate Luxury

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