• Mirko La Rosa

Anantara Palazzo Naiadi - Rome


Immerse yourself in the splendour of ancient Rome in a crescent-shaped palazzo fronting the Piazza della Repubblica. Anantara Palazzo Naiadi showcases a uniquely storied history, with 19th-century marble architecture and meeting rooms suspended over the ruins of the Baths of Diocletian.

The façade of Palazzo Naiadi embraces Piazza della Repubblica, one of the main transport hubs in Rome, though you would never guess it given the hotel’s hushed interiors. Termini station is just around the corner, and buses, metro stops, and taxis are steps away. Explore the Baths of Diocletian, the National Roman Museum, and the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri set directly on the square, or walk to highlights like Via Veneto, the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and the fashionable Monti district—all close enough to take in without getting footsore. Palazzo Naiadi’s magnificent neoclassical portico opposite the newly restored Fountain of the Naiads is arguably the grandest hotel entrance in Rome and sets the tone for the refined elegance that informs the interiors, as well. The focal point of the hotel is its soaring lobby, a two-storey confection of white-on-white colonnades and stuccoes topped by an enormous chandelier in Murano glass; its grandeur is tempered by revolving exhibitions of contemporary art and a restrained neutral décor. With ruins of the ancient Baths of Diocletian visible beneath glass floors on the lower level, a wing built by Pope Clement XI in 1705 to store grain for the Vatican, and a rooftop bar and pool that is the epitome of 21st-century cool, the hotel embraces 2,000 years of Roman history with aplomb.

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The more than 230 rooms and suites at Palazzo Naiadi are set in the late-19th-century main palace and the storied Clementine Wing; their understated earth-tone palette, stately neoclassical style, high ceilings, thick carpeting, and careful soundproofing create an inviting retreat after a day touring Rome. Extra touches like a welcome pastry, lavender linen scent at turndown, and fresh flowers are indulgent perks in higher category rooms. If great views are a priority, request a Panorama Room or Duplex Junior Suite; lovers of contemporary architecture will appreciate the Executive Suites. Marble bathrooms and Acqua di Parma toiletries come standard in all rooms and suites.

DELUXE ROOM Deluxe Rooms are cosy yet airy, with high ceilings, natural light and classic design details such as intricate figurine lamps by the bed. The bathroom is luxurious, with floor-to-ceiling travertine marble, an oversized rain shower and Acqua di Parma amenities.

PREMIUM ROOM Premium Rooms are housed in the main building and also in the Clementino wing, formerly the Vatican’s granary. Rooms located on the 4th floor of the Clementino wing are steeped in history with the original beams overhead providing a wonderful sense of place. Enjoy extra space, floor-to-ceiling windows and the luxury of a marble bathroom.

PRESIDENTIAL SUITE The Presidential Suite is perfect for entertaining, with an elegant living room, dining area, kitchenette and guest WC. Classic furnishings are paired with modern paintings, and floor-to-ceiling views of the Piazza della Repubblica and Via Nazionale provide a stunning backdrop. The suite can also be expanded to two bedrooms with an interconnecting Premium

Food and Drink

With dark panelling, low lights, and vintage paparazzi photos, the ground-floor Tazio Restaurant and adjacent champagne bar are old-school glam. The menu is heavy on fish and seafood dishes and includes the kitchen’s own fresh pastas and breads; the theatrical presentations (they do love their dry ice) are endearing, if slightly OTT. On warm evenings, you can dine at al fresco tables facing the Naiadi Fountain or head upstairs to the rooftop pool and bar, Posh Terrace, for a drink and light nosh on finger foods.

Breakfast is served in La Frusta, a first-floor space overlooking the portico, and includes a generous spread of sweet and savoury baked goods, healthy juices and yogurts, and international standards like eggs and bacon. There is also an à la carte menu for options like omelettes (try the cheese and asparagus option inspired by a dish popular in ancient Rome) and other made-to-order specialties.

RISTORANTE TAZIO Enter La Dolce Vita, the space adorned with black and white photos of the stars by the original paparazzo, Tazio Secchiaroli. Chef Niko Sinisgalli’s flavours are simple and natural, yet exquisite, with recipes from Rome, Sicily and beyond. Journey with him with a seven-course tasting menu paired with Italy’s finest wines.

POOL BAR & RESTAURANT Celebrate summer with the catch of the day, colourful cocktails and one of the best views in Rome. Perched poolside overlooking the piazza, the rooftop lounge is the place to be, with all-day dining, drinking and relaxation.

LA FONTANA RESTAURANT Wake up to one of the most spectacular breakfasts in Rome. A white marble dining room overlooking the bustling Piazza della Repubblica is the setting. Enjoy a cappuccino, freshly baked goods, poached eggs, pancakes and more.

CHAMPAGNERIE Taste your way across the vineyards of Italy, all without leaving your table overlooking the Fountain of the Naiads. An extensive collection of Champagne, prosecco and wine is paired with an unrivalled setting, a relaxing ambience and an array of light bites to enjoy.

Services and facilities

The hotel is one of six that make up the Dedica Anthology, a collection of luxury hotels that emphasise personalised service and sense of place. Indeed, the attention to detail is remarkable at Palazzo Naiadi, more akin to a boutique bolthole than a bustling Grand Dame. The hands-on management style and generous staff-to-guest ratio means that no matter how busy the hotel may get, you’ll find someone who knows you by name and is keen to serve you a drink, book you a taxi, or steer you to the rooftop table with the best view.

The exacting service especially shines through at the hotel’s Fusion Spa, where the staff create massage oils using hand-picked herbs based on ancient Asian and Roman treatments; after your massage, a tray of healthy juices and a freshly drawn bath with perfumed salts await in your room. The hotel also has a small but fully equipped fitness area with a trainer and yoga instructor, a champagne bar and restaurant adjacent the lobby, and chic rooftop pool and bar where footsore guests can cool off with a dip and sip far above the city.

SPA & WELLNESS Anantara Palazzo Naiadi is built on the foundations of the Roman Empire’s most Luxurious baths. Drawing on a history of hydro-wellness and fusing it with the Eastern traditions of Anantara, we offer spa healing amidst the most stunning of settings overlooking the Piazza della Repubblica. Anantara heals body and mind with serenity, inspiration and balance. Keep in shape with a personal trainer. Meditate overlooking ancient Rome. Detox with natural remedies, hydrotherapy and an extensive range of Western and Eastern wellness treatments that draw on the powers of nature.

AYURVEDA ABHYANGAM A healty form that connects body, mind and spirit based on ancient Indian massage techniques. After identifying the mood and biological constitution of the person, the operator suggests the proper kind of massage using pleasantly warm herbal oils. It brings back well-being, relaxation, purification, regeneration and rejuvenation.

SHIRODHARA A deeply relaxing Ayurvedic treatment. Warm herb-enriched oils are poured in a gentle and continuous stream over the forehead, enhancing brain wave synchronisation, calming the mind, and harmonising body and spirit. THALASSO SPA Immerse in the healing qualities of Roman minerals. A soak in sodium- and magnesium-rich seaweed water is followed by a purifying mud wrap, massage using trace elements, and a steam exfoliation.

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Key info

Location: della Repubblica, 47, 00184 Roma RM

Hotel Website: link

Phone number: +06 489381

INSTAGRAM: @anantarapalazzonaiadi