Jun 9th, 2006, 03:20 PM
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Has anyone stayed at either the Hassler Hotel, Ponte Sisto or Hotel Dei Mellini?
Which has the best location and service and nice rooms.

Does anyone know which is the best prestigous hotel in Rome? Just curious.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 03:25 PM
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I would say the de Russie is Rome's most prestigious hotel right now. I've not stayed at the hotels you've listed.

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Jun 9th, 2006, 04:29 PM
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We stayed at the Dei Mellini 3y ago.
Loved the rooms; classy, modern state of the art bathrooms, very clean & well kept. High celling, wood floors, large tall windows. "Upon reception" stage was not so good though; although we had our rsvp made months ago, and it was way past Easter(it was April) and reconfirmed the details of the resv, the lady at the desk kept us waiting too long, was not wellcoming and indifferent to the fact it was late and we had our very tired 3 year old with us. She said our specific room is not available and asked if we mind to get a diffrent one. You bet we did. So we got the one we were suppose to.
Maybe this particular person is gone, but do check with any hotel at least twice about your rsvp.And do take a hard copy of it too.
Location: we liked it, quiet in front of a lovely palazzo, not too close to all the hustle & bustle, the Vatican is pretty close! you can walk along the Tevere(the Roman river)it's practicly steps behind to hotel. We liked the rest. in the area, residential types.
I would recommend it if you have more then just couple of nights, becouse if you do you are better of with something more central, to catch up with alot, faster.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 06:29 PM
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I stayed at the Hotel dei Mellini 2 years ago. We really liked the room ( we had a deluxe double) as well as the location. It's convenient to main sights but at the same time away from the hustle and bustle.

We are trying the Ponte Sisto this summer as we found the rates of the Mellini too high.
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Jul 29th, 2006, 11:25 PM
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I would avoid the Mellini. It's on the wrong side of the Tiber River in a bad area. The rooms are ok but there is no restaurant and there is nothing special about the hotel. You won't want to walk out of it at night and have the fun of being in Rome is being in the middle of the night life. There are much better places to stay!

I never stayed at the Hassler but as I recall its in a great location at the top of the Spanish Steps.

The Hotel De Russie is an awesome hotel in a great location but very expensive. Highly recommend it though as it's definitely one of Romes best!
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Jul 30th, 2006, 04:41 AM
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The Hassler is a grand old hotel, at the top of the Spanish Steps. Excellent service, good rooms, but when I stayed there a few years ago I thought it was a bit too old-fashioned for me. I would go for De Russie next time. I don't know the other hotels.
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Jul 30th, 2006, 08:02 AM
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I disagree with traveler90025 totally. Wrong side of the Tiber and in a bad area?? I think traveler didn't stay in Prati at all. The hotel is in a quiet area called Prati, a nice neighborhood. We stayed a few blocks from the Mellini at Visconti Palace. The location is a couple of blocks from the Tiber and you cross over to the more populated areas with Piazza Navona being closest. It's also within walking distance (about 20 minutes) to the Vatican.
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On our first trip to Rome, we stayed at a hotel quite near the Hassler that we arrived at and were horribly disappointed. We decided to go in search of another hotel even if it meant having to pay for a night or more at the one we had booked. It was early in the afternoon and we went to the Hassler. I asked if possibly they had any rooms for the next four or five nights. The clerk looked down his nose at me and in the most aloof voice imaginable said, "sir. This is the Hassler." I guess they've never ever had a cancellation there. I admire that kind of record. But I'd be very uncomfortable there always looking up the noses of the staff. Wouldn't a "let me check and see" have been a bit nicer?
Jul 30th, 2006, 08:14 AM
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The Hassler: #156/988 at Trip Advisor. If it's that great of a hotel especially with the rates they charge, they should be in the top 10 at least.
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Jul 30th, 2006, 08:27 AM
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The Hassler occupies an enviable (location) for some at the top of the Spanish Steps. However, you'll pay plenty for a room with a view of them.

I've only been in the public rooms but those, when I went, seemed rather dated somehow and kinda worn around the edges.

Where to stay and also the amount of significance that lodging has on an indivdiual's travel is so variable IMO.

I think if you want to spend a lot of money on a hotel in Rome you'll get a lot more for that money at an establishment other than The Hassler.
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Jul 30th, 2006, 08:46 AM
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I've never stayed at the Hassler but I've known people who have. It is a grand old hotel, but kind of like an aging movie star, living on the reviews of the past. A little dated and frayed, but still a nice place.
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