Posted by: Debra Kolkka | May 25, 2014

The beautiful Regina Baglioni in Rome

Sometimes I feel very lucky indeed. I was invited with a small group of bloggers to the exquisite 5 star Regina Baglioni in Rome for a 2 night stay.

The hotel is a stone’s throw from the Villa Borghese gardens and the heart of Rome, in the Via Veneto, well known from the La Dolce Vita of the 1960s. The street was recreated within the confines of the Cinecitta studios for the film, but the real street became the gathering place for the beautiful people.

Via Veneto retains its elegance, even though Marcello Mastroianni doesn’t drop by any more. The Regina Baglioni is a regal Roman retreat for modern travellers.


The hotel was built between 1892 and 1894 and owes its name to Queen Margherita of Savoy, who resided at the hotel after the assassination of her husband King Umberto I, while waiting for her new house to be built. It is directly opposite the hotel and is now the embassy of USA.

The hotel retains original aspects of Art Deco design, has magnificent Siena marble floors and trims and hand made Murano glass chandeliers. The foyer and breakfast rooms are enchanting, why wouldn’t a queen want to stay here?


Our room was an elegant and restful retreat from the chaos and noise of Rome.


Lunch was at the very stylish Brunello Lounge and Restaurant, a recent addition to the hotel. The food was delicious (I think it may have been the best tiramisu I have ever eaten) and the service was friendly and quietly efficient.

A very special treat was aperitivo in the luxury suite at the top of the hotel. The suite has 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a kitchen and dining room, elegant living areas, a terrace offering views of Rome and a private pool…what more could you want? We all wanted to stay forever.

Thank you very much to Baglioni Hotels and especially to the charming Raffaella and Beata who were our guides for the day. The next post will be about La Grande Bellezza – The Great Beauty – tour of Rome. We were taken to many of the scenes featured in the celebrated Italian film which recently won the Academy Award for best foreign film.

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Regina Hotel Baglioni…Via Veneto, 72


  1. Lovely photos.

    • It is a beautiful hotel.

  2. Beautiful images, it look so rich with beautiful interior 🙂

    • The hotel is exquisite…the perfect place to stay in Rome.

  3. I think if I ever had the good fortune to stay there, the staff would have to physically remove me from the building – I would not want to leave – i’m having difficulty taking my eyes off the page even now, what a stunning hotel. Its buildings like this, and of course lots of others, which restore my faith in human ingenuity. Look at what we are capable of. Let stop building boring things like schools and hospitals and just build lots of lovely hotels.

    • It was difficult to leave. I would love to move into the penthouse for a while.

  4. You lucky girl!

  5. Looks like an amazing place to stay Debra!! Green with envy 🙂

    • It is stunning, I am very lucky.

  6. What a wonderful place! I’m so glad you had such a treat – you deserve it. They must have heard that you take the best travel photos in the blogosphere.. 🙂

    • You are too kind. I had some very good subject to photograph there.

  7. Lucky you! That was a nice invitation to receive.

    • It was a delightful invitation, I loved it.

  8. Fancy place! How gorgeous! You deserve to see these lovely places. Thanks for showing us.

    • Thank you for stopping by my blog.

  9. Lovely place indeed. And a great invitation.

    • I feel very privileged to be invited.

  10. Well done!

    You would have met my friend, Karen Henderson from Venice on this special weekend!


    • I did indeed. We all had a great time together.

  11. If this doesn’t take your breath away, I don’t know what will. Stunning

    • The hotel is fabulous, it was a great weekend.

  12. Well played Deb! Mum and Dad stayed here over 20 years ago on our first big trip to Italy all together. They still talk about it!

    • It is a gorgeous place to stay. I would love to have it as my regular stop in Rome.

      • Very easy to get used to a doorman I always say!

      • I could certainly get used to that.

  13. What a sublime hotel! I especially love the bathroom and bathtub in the luxury suite! Sigh…I do love hotels 😀

    • That bath was huge. I love hotels too.

  14. How absolutely stunning. I would love to walk in there and feel ‘at home’! Sometimes I think you are very lucky indeed too! The food looks delicious.

    • The food was fabulous, Italian food at its best.

  15. Looks like a great stay. You are very lucky indeed.
    I wish they would invite me too.
    I could take very nice pictures for them. 🙂

    • I felt very privileged to be invited to stay.

  16. Thank you Debra for a beautiful article and amazing photos of the Regina Hotel Baglioni. Your articles on Italian Talks are always so engaging. We are honored to have you as a contributing writer.

    • Thank you for including me in the group of bloggers. It was a wonderful couple of days and I felt very special indeed. The hotel is beautiful and our tour, which I will post about soon, was amazing.

  17. Very beautiful ambience!!

  18. An amazing place Debra…. Absolutely stunning! And a great blog showcasing its beauty! Congratulations!

    • It is a beautiful place to stay in Rome. The hotel was full while we were there, and I am not surprised.

  19. How fabulous Debra!!! Well deserved too, cheers to the Spritz!

    • I could get used to 5 star treatment.

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