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Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome: The Eternal City’s Experience for the Centuries

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Mounted in the center of Rome’s Piazza Della Repubblica, the Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Hotel combines the splendor of the historic Eternal City with upscale contemporary elegance. Grouped among The Leading Hotels of the World, a collection of over 400 luxury hotels throughout 80 countries, the luxurious Rome location of the global Anantara chain was awarded the 2022 Traveler’s Choice Award—and with good reason.

Living History

238 rooms and suites sprawl across two wings and four floors and offer rooftop terrace views of the bustling piazza below, balcony seating perfect for enjoying room service breakfast, jacuzzi and separate living room options. As guests sink into the soft white folds of their beds, they stare up into soaring ceilings each night, in rooms that are designed with the influence of the rich history that breathes within the hotel’s very walls. Once the site of Pope Clement XI’s papal granary that stored Rome’s flour and grain, an entire wing with the original structure’s 18th-century ceiling beams is currently under renovation as part of an overall expansion project and will feature rooms with the hotel’s signature satin furniture, carved mahogany doors, and the seductive contemporary and neoclassical interior design. A brief descent in one of the gilded elevators takes guests from the top of the piazza to the lowest level of the building, where floors encased in glass offer a glimpse of the ancient Baths of Diocletian, upon which conference rooms and event halls stand. Other spectacular views that tower just beyond the windows are the Fountain of the Naiads and the Basilica di Santa Maria Degli Angeli e dei Martiri, an ancient church that was also built from the ruins of the Diocletian Baths.

 

Do as the Romans Do

In a timeless city with so much to see and do, the Anantara’s dedicated concierge team provides experiences cultivated to guests’ particular tastes. During their stay, guests don’t have to lift a finger to arrange a variety of authentic activities that deliver the best of Rome: The Secrets of the Vatican, Roman Cooking Class, Rome By Vespa or Cinquecento and Eat, Pray, Love (a curated food tour that lets guests eat like locals as they are escorted through the hottest food spots of the city’s cobbled neighborhoods), are some of the excursions the Anantara has to offer. All tours are accompanied by friendly, informative guides who feel like family by the end of the day. If guests want to be their own tour guide while experiencing the beauty of the passeggiata, the Anantara Palazzo Naiadi is the perfect home base. Less than a ten-minute walk from the lobby, Rome Termini Station is just around the corner. With the sights of Centro Storico all within a walking distance of 30 minutes or less, strolling between the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps or Piazza Navona is all possible within an afternoon.

 

A Dining Journey

It is no secret that when in Rome, hunger easily sets in, especially upon return to the glittering marble lobby after a day of walking through the glory of ancient site-seeing. That’s when guests step through time as they leave the historic streets of the city center and sit at the tables of one of the chic dining options. La Fontana, which provides a breakfast buffet laden with creamy cornetti, steaming porcelain cups of caffè and espresso and a rainbow’s array of fresh, ripe fruit, is a hearty way to start the day. With tasting menus from Chef Niko Sinisgalli, Ristorante Tazio features Italian dishes with a contemporary flair. Some menu highlights from the seven-course 

dining experience include: Baccala in Tempura, fried Norwegian cod with smoked peppers in olive oil; Tortello Coda Alla Vaccinara, tortello pasta with oxtail and cheese and pepper sauce; and Tempura di Calamaretti di Siciliani, baby squid calamari with autumn vegetables and a light Timut pepper cream. The Lobby Bar and the Champagnerie Bar both serve apertivo bites with cocktails that include a vast collection of Champagne, prosecco and fine Italian wines. Finally, perched on the roof of the fifth floor is the Posh Rooftop Restaurant and Lounge Bar, open from May 20 through October 2. While sipping Peroni or Aperol Spritz paired with olives and salty snacks, guests skim the clouds while swimming in a pool that overlooks breathtaking views of the Roman skyline.

 

A Dedication to Wellness

With the ruins of the Diocletian Thermal Baths beneath the floors, it is no wonder that the spa’s services and treatments feature a special emphasis on ancient wellness practices. A holistic menu of massages and facials are available across four treatment rooms. The Diocletian Ritual, a signature treatment, melds olive oil, honey, sea salt, salt-pan mud, laurel, sage, lavender and St. John’s wort to detox and heal the body with the Salt and Laurel Scrub, Cleansing Mud Wrap and St. John’s Wort Oil Massage. The Thalasso Spa submerges guests in seaweed water brimming with the benefits of minerals used by the ancients themselves, such as sodium and magnesium. Spa facilities include hydrotherapy, a Hammam, a steam bath, a sauna and leisure area and a fitness center replete with yoga classes and personalized training sessions all within the backdrop of the lush Villa Borghese gardens.

For room rates and more information, please visit anantara.com/en/palazzo-naiadi-rome.