Where to stay in Rome – Palazzo Naiadi
The age old saying states ‘All roads lead to Rome’, and rightfully so in my humble opinion. No matter the season or the occasion, Rome is always a good idea! An important part of the experience is where you stay in Rome. If you are looking for stellar service, central location and a very comfortable bed then look no further. The Palazzo Naiadi is the perfect hotel for your stay in Rome. Read on to find out why.
Review of the neighbourhood of the hotel in Rome
For those of you who have been following my journey, it will come as no surprise that a hotel with a bit of story and character is right up my alley. The Palazzo Naiadi certainly fits that bill and then some. Located in the current day Piazza della Repubblica, formerly called Piazza dell’Esedra which refer to the ancient use of this location: Roman Public Baths (Baths of Diocletian dating back to the 3e and 4th century AD).
Rome is a city best explored on foot (or on Vespa if you are willing to brave the crazy traffic). It is a veritable open air museum with plenty of things to see and experience. As the city is reasonably large, the choice of where to stay in Rome is not unimportant. Palazzo Naiadi is a mere 10-minute walk from the Colosseum and a short 20-minute walk from the Trevi Fountain. A 50-minute walk will take you all the way to the Vatican and the spectacular Sistine Chapel. In case you were wondering, there are no less than three very good gelato places each within a 5-minute walking radius from the hotel…a clear winner in my book!
On a purely practical side, the hotel is conveniently situated right next to the Termini railway station (the main train station of Rome which connects the city to all major Italian cities) and the Termini metro which is the main hub for all public transport inside the city. Both take about 5 minutes to reach on foot from the hotel.
The building of the Palazzo Naiadi
The neoclassical Palazzo dates back to the 19th century and does a great job of mixing historical elements with modern day luxury perfectly. This is one of the reasons it is my top choice for places to stay in Rome.
The historical elements do not stop merely with the location of the building, they permeate through the walls of the hotel. Head down to the basement to discover unrivalled remnants of the Diocletian bath. I can only imagine the business deals that were struck in these baths back in the day. The remnants are fittingly found outside the hotels current day meeting rooms, which just happen to be on the basement floor too.
The ground floor is home to the grand reception hall and the lovely Tazio restaurant. The restaurant was closed due to COVID while we stayed so I cannot speak for the food being served there. The name of the restaurant is a cheeky wink to the first paparazzi Tazio Secchiaroli. In fact, the world of movies and theatre is a general theme that can be found in the hotel with original black and white pictures of stars dotted around the building. Close ties with the Roman Theatre ensure the hotel hosts regular exhibitions of beautifully adorned theatre costumes.
The first floor has an entire wing that was built in the 18th century by Pope Clement XI as a Vatican cereal depot.
The rooftop holds the Champagnerie and its terrace. It also houses a reasonably sized pool which offers a welcome respite from the blistering Roman summer heat.
The staff at the Palazzo Naiadi
The staff are what makes the Palazzo Naiadi truly stand out. The personal approach, ever present helping hand and genuine hospitable nature made me feel right at home. The second I walked in the hotel, my every need was taken care off- often before the thought had materialised in my mind. The reception desk greeted me by name and helped by booking tickets to all the main tourist attractions. In addition, they provided very good recommendations for restaurants and even went so far as to track down a newspaper for me to use as a prop for a photoshoot.
The room at the Palazzo Naiadi
The room we stayed in was the very essence of 5-star luxury. We enjoyed a comfortable night sleep in the king size bed with plush pillows and high quality ultra-soft duvet. The bathroom comes with both a bath and a rain shower and is equipped with all the amenities you could need (Aqua di Parma bath products, hairdryer, his and her sinks).
The real star of the show was the magnificent view over the Palazzo della Repubblica. The room opened up to a terrace large enough to comfortably seat two people and offered the ideal setting to enjoy a first coffee of the day while watching the people below on the ever buzzing square.
While the hotel is centrally located on a busy artery of the city, the street noise does not seep through the windows ensuring you can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.
Eating at the Palazzo Naiadi
We did not take advantage of the hotel’s restaurant Tazo, as mentioned it was closed due to COVID. In addition, the breakfast, which is usually a buffet was also cut down due to this same reason.
We did however indulge in the Champagnerie located on the rooftop. The beautiful setting and ever smiling team of bartenders, who incidentally know how to make a very mean Aperol Spritz is part of the Palazzo Naiadi experience.
Best views in Rome – The rooftop of the Palazzo Naiadi
The Palazzo Naiadi is synonymous for quality and luxury, this can certainly be felt on their rooftop terrace. If you are looking for a place to stay in Rome with some of the best views of the city, you might just be at the right address. The rooftop offers sweeping views over the Piazza della Repubblica, which can be revelled in while taking a refreshing dip in the rooftop pool, from the comfort of your very own lounge chair or while indulging in a bite to eat in the Champagnerie.
While we stayed, we were treated to some majestic sunsets which we thoroughly enjoyed while taking the traditional Italian Aperitivo: A refreshing Aperol Spritz accompanied by a host of complementary nibbles.
To wrap up….
The Palazzo Naiadi is the perfect place to stay in Rome. The central location makes it an ideal pied-à terre to go out and experience the most beautiful city in the world. Experience unrivalled 5-star service from the minute you set your eyes on the majestic entrance and throughout your full stay ensuring you can focus your full attention on the many sights to explore in Rome.