Once one of Rome's landmark fixtures, this 17th-century palazzo used to be a favorite address for everyone from Stendhal to Sartre along with a bevy of crowned (and uncrowned—Carlotta, the deposed empress of Mexico resided here for a while) heads. However, many wouldn't recognize the former grand hotel since its zillion-dollar renovation two decades ago: results were mixed, from the gaudy (that lobby glass ceiling) to the great (the rooftop restaurant, which allows you to almost touch the dome of the Pantheon). Happily, it retains its prime position in the lovely square that is home to Bernini's elephant obelisk and just around the corner from Hadrian's mighty temple. Though many of the rooms have had a facelift in recent years, several guest rooms still have furnishings that are a bit outdated and worn around the edges.
Nov 9, 2009
Rcently returned from a stay in a 2-bedroom suite. The hotel is in a perfectly-convenient neighborhood, steps from the Pantheon, a 5-7 minute walk to Piazza Navona, a 10-minute walk to Campo dei Fiori. I'd always make that my neighborhood in Rome. The hotel is venerable and grand, as befits its name. Our suite was roomy and beautifully-appointed, though our rooms had very dim light. Bedside reading was a strain; reading in our suite's lounge
was nigh impossible. To read a guidebook in the suite's lounge, we had to read during daylight hours. If we'd wanted to do any real work on computers and such, that would have been even more of a problem. The breakfast buffet was very pricey (31 euro pp) and while the food quality was excellent, I'm not sure the range of offerings was worth the price, though the convenience counted a lot. On departure day, we had to leave the hotel at 6am to make our early morning flight back to the USA. Incredibly, hot beverages (coffee, tea) were not available at that hour--we were told that until breakfast officially began at 6:30 am (too late for us that morning), the overnight menu didn't include coffee or tea. I still find it hard to believe. We were pleasure travelers, and there are business guests as well, who find it reasonable to be able to order coffee early in the morning, especially with this hotel's prices and reputation. We have since written to the hotel about this, and they've told us they intend to start a self-service coffee bar in the lobby lounge between the hours of 5am and 6:30; they get points for responsiveness! We did very much enjoy our stay, would stay there again, and recommend the hotel.
Jul 13, 2009
My husband and I decided to visit Rome for our anniversary. We researched the internet for days and finally decided on this hotel. We reserved a deluxe room for 6 nights but were unexpectantly and plesantly surprised to find that we were upgraded to a junior suite with a balcony. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend this hotel to anyone. The rooftop bar and restuarant was spectacular with a fantastic of the city. The only downside
is the prices at the bar and restaurant. A cosmopolitan was 15 euros!