Mellini, Rome (Roma)
Hotel tested in February 2004 by Torge Hamkens
Article added on April 19, 2004; updated on April 21, 2004
on the right bank of the Tiber between Piazza di Spagna and the Vatican City,
the Hotel dei Mellini is strategically positioned in the historic, cultural
and business heart of Rome (Roma) and represents an ideal starting point for a
leisure or business trip. The superior 4-star hotel is situated in the quiet
Prati district - one of Rome’s most elegant residential areas near the
majestic Palace of Justice. The building, a late 19th century construction,
has served as an apartment house until the hotel was finally opened in 1996.
Due to its short history the hotel offers up-to-date amenities with a clear
focus on what guests really need and would pay for. The American bar in the lobby
offers a menu à la petite carte.
Instead of a full-service restaurant and large fitness facilities the hotel
offers a solarium on the top floor and spacious rooms that are a delightful exception compared to usual hotel
standards in the Italian capital. In fact, the luxury that awaits guests in
the hotel is unostentatious, but nevertheless very amenable. The hotel’s
well-balanced combination of refined design and comfortable function can be
seen as a trendsetter for a new hotel generation.
interior was designed by the reputable London based architect Harry Gregory of
Ara Design. His signature can be described as a charming blend of warm
colors and cool styling. Copper and Savoy blue are the hotel’s distinctive
colors, Art Deco influences and an elegant English style are echoed here and
there, and precious materials such as oak and polychromatic Italian marble can
be found throughout the building. Pieces of modern art by contemporary Italian
artists such as Limoni, Tirelli, Salvatori, Renda, Gallo, Fumasoni, Frongia,
Bulzatti and Fiorentino are
spread all over the reception area, the lounge and the altogether eighty rooms,
including eleven Mellini suites and two junior suites (in one which the author
of this article stayed in February 2004). All rooms stick to the same style:
refined and elegant design, bathrooms decorated with black marble and the
obligatory modern audiovisual equipment including a modem line. The 5th and
6th floors are reserved for non-smokers. During good weather the top floor
offers a panoramic terrace overlooking the rooftops and balconies of Rome.
Business needs are satisfied through three elegant meeting rooms offering
conference facilities with state-of-the art technology for up to seventy
people. Meeting rooms like these are still rare in Rome.
Hotel dei Mellini in Rome has attracted a global mix of business and leisure
travelers. Besides, the Hotel has hosted a couple of casting sessions for
international films. Among the most famous guests have been movie stars such
as Matthew McConaughy, Jon Bon Jovi and Penelope Cruz. Anthony Minghella stayed in
the hotel when producing The Talented Mr. Ripley, Bill Paxton when the film U
571 was produced and Ridley Scott when casting for Hannibal. David Keith lived in Hotel dei Mellini for three months
during U 571. After the production team had moved to a nearby
apartment, David Keith inquired for one of the hotel’s mattresses since they
were so comfortable. Of course, the hotel crew immediately dispatched one of
these fine Italian products to his place.
sum, the Hotel dei Mellini is something of a reality check for the
international 4-star hotel development. It is the right place for a new
generation of guests that prefer a chic avant-garde style and decent comfort
at a worthwhile price to an overload of tradition and luxury.
The Mellini Bar which also offers a menu à la petite carte.
Photo © Hotel dei Mellini, Roma.
The Terrace. Photo © Hotel dei Mellini, Roma.
A Bedroom. Photo © Hotel dei Mellini, Roma.
View of a Suite. Photo © Hotel dei Mellini, Roma.
The Patio. Photo © Hotel dei Mellini, Roma.
The Breakfast Room. Photo © Hotel dei Mellini, Roma.