Aldrovandi Palace Hotel

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Aldrovandi Palace Hotel

, Rome
5 star

Rooms: 119

15 Via Ulisse Aldrovandi - Rome - 00197 - Italy Hotel Website | | 63223993
467 Traveller

Reviews - Aldrovandi Palace Hotel

2/10
Hotel Review
Submitted by: Patrick in 03/01/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Ireland
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
The hotel is very nice but it is a bit dated for a five start leading hotel of the world and is not up to the standard. Some of the rooms are very very small. The staff are very unfriendly and its 15 euro for a small panini.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Aldrovandi Palace Hotel

Nice Pool

from paumatt
The hotel has a great swimming pool and pool service although it's very shady early morning/late PM.

Breakfast is very expensive, take care not to choose from the buffet unless you want to pay 30 euros per person each morning. The waiters will over charge you for choosing from the breakfast menu, you are paying for their service.

Rooms are average, I would have expected better from this hotel. They are in need of modernisation!

The 'baby' restaurant looks great but very very expensive, somewhere you go for a real treat. There's no other dinner facilities in the hotel apart from room service.

Location wise, it's a bit far from the centre, taxis are required for every trip and you can be charged between 7 and 25 euros depending on the taxi driver. The hotel is opposite the zoo in Rome, if you are interested in seeing the animals. Although the tiger looks very sorrowful in a very small enclosure!

A beautiful place

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had a wonderful stay at the Aldrovandi. The staff was very attentive, the room was beautiful. It has a gorgeous pool, which as I understand is not
common in Rome. I would highly recommend it.

I usually sleep through thunder storms.

from A TripAdvisor Member
Went back to the Aldrovandi after staying there in July & writing a good review then.
That time had a rear facing room with a staircase on 1 side & what must have been an empty room on the other, had a great time!
This time had front facing room , big problem , sound proofing from double glazing none existant, road noise massive.
Transfered to the back of the hotel , still major problems the room party wall sound proofing is completly unacceptable for a hotel of this cost.
Normal conversation passes through the walls & wakes you.
I could hear both sides snore. Other peoples hairdryers appeared to be in your room.
If that was not bad enough the hotel staff decided most mornings to use power washers on the pool furniture at 7.30am.
I was never happier to get home to a quiet bed & will never return to this hotel.

Mixed views

from A TripAdvisor Member
THE pool at the Aldrovandi is attractive and most welcome after sight-seeing. Our room was spotless...as it should be for the price. We liked the location very close to the park and didn't mind a 10 minute walk to the Via Veneto. We wouldn't go back though mainly because of the ridiculous price of the meals. The ludicrously named "Baby" restaurant was pretentious, overpriced, nutritionally unbalanced and the portions were too small.The very average breakfast buffet was 30 dollars each. Staff were pleasant but not particularly well informed...they couldn't tell us how to get to Ciampino airport by public transport ...in fact the concierge told us "no-one goes there". Rather a dull place with acres of empty rooms and swirly carpets.

Let the trams wake up you at 5:30 am

from Simao
If you are unlucky enough to be given an odd numbered room on the lower floors, then you're likely to have the pleasure of being waken up by the trams that run just 5 metres outside the main entrance of the hotel at 5 minute intervals from day break. To make the experience even more pleasant, the trams drivers seem to have the habit of ringing their bells leading up to the tram stop close to the hotel.

The rooms were pleasant and the bed comfortable. There is a workable desk although the broadband connection (which apparently should be available) was missing. The bathroom was the highlight and was very good by Roman standards.

Without being overly helpful the staff were certainly not rude.

The hotel itself was a little out of the way and it always seem to take a while to get a taxi.

Great, but out of the way

from A TripAdvisor Member
Because it was August and in preparation for the heat, we wanted a hotel in Rome with a pool. The Aldrovandi Hotel has a small but elegant pool and poolside dining except we were sightseeing so much we never used it!
Located at the top of the Borghese Gardens, it is a 15 minute walk to the Spanish Steps. Wonderful room- great bed, marble bath. $$$$ but you can get a deal through a travel agent. Loved the hotel, location OK for tourists.

Great place to stay!!

from KOHG
I stayed at the Aldrovandi for four nights at the end of July with my boyfriend. We got a great deal with Expedia and only paid £450 for the four nights.

The hotel rooms have been recently refurbished and our room was fantastic! The bathroom was marble, the bed huge and comfortable and everything was extremely clean and very stylish.

I am surprised at previous reviews mentioning unfriendly staff. We couldn't have found the staff any friendlier! All the staff we met were smiling, helpful and attentive with excellent English. One of the bar men even recommended places to eat outside of the hotel and we ended up having one of our best meals out based on his recommendations.

The "extras" at the hotel are expensive. The mini bar is highly priced, as in any hotel I've stayed in, and the food at the poolside bar is also quite expensive - 20 Euros for a club sandwich, but we ordered a side of french fries and were not charged any extra for it.

We didn't eat in the "Baby" restaurant but I am not surprised it is very expensive - it is Michelin starred. We chose to eat at the Cavlieri Hilton restaurant one night, which has two Michelin stars, and that cost £317!

The pool was great - the use of the pool is now free for guests, with sun loungers and towels also provided free. It was fantastic to get back to the hotel after a hot day sight-seeing and relax by the pool for a couple of hours.

One small word of warning, and the only negative thing about the hotel, was that a few small items of mine were stolen from our room on the first day. These were not expensive - they left my jewellery and everything with sentimental value, but took a tube of foundation and a trial size perfume!? I have alerted the hotel to this so hopefully the culprit will not be working there much longer. Otherwise I would thoroughly recommend the Aldrovandi and would not hesitate to stay there again when I next return to Rome.

Nice Atmosphere, Exorbitant Costs

from emansouri
If money is no object, then this is a good hotel. However, if you are looking for any sort of value whatsoever, avoid this hotel at all costs.

I have been fortunate enough to stay in some high end hotels and resorts in some notoriously expensive destinations including Tahiti, Fiji, and Singapore, and I have never experienced anything close to this hotel's food costs.

Some examples, $10 US for a 12 oz. can of soda from the minibar. $10 US for a bag of peanuts the size you get in coach class on US airlines. $80 US for a buffet breakfast with a very small selection of very small portions. Our dinner in the hotel's restaurant, "Baby", costed us $300 US for two of us, for two glasses of wine each, an appetizer, an entree, and dessert. The unfortunate thing about this was I think they named the restaurant for the size if their portions.

That's fine for some I suppose, but not this 220 pound American.

Also, the hotel is far removed from any sort of shopping or commerce so expect a very long walk or cab ride if you plan to circumvent this hotel's extremely high food costs.

Particularly good for a Summer trip to Rome

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here at the end of a holiday in Italy and chose it specifically for its small-but-effective pool, gym and gardens. We found the reception and most other staff to be very helpful and pleasant and were delighted to be upgraded to a beautiful deluxe suite. This was a very spacious living room with adjoining bedroom, bathroom and walk-in wardrobe/dressing area, all furnished and serviced to a high standard.

The breakfast, garden restaurant and room service were expensive, but this is par for the course in Rome and indeed most European capitals, and the service and quality were good. The new "baby" restaurant (at which we did not eat, although we had intended to as its chef has an excellent reputation) and separate garden restaurant were immaculately designed in a very fresh and elegant style.

The hotel is not located in the centre but in a lovely residential area beside the Villa Borghese Gardens, so it is an oasis of tranquillity to return to, particularly if you are travelling during the Summer months. A shuttle bus is available at certain times of day although we did not use this. Taxis were obtained for us almost immediately and the costs were reasonable for a European capital (e.g. 5 Euros to Via Veneto in daytime, 10 Euros back from the more distant Colosseum at night).

All in all and very pleasant and comfortable stay.

One hint about Rome generally - the Summer months are far from ideal for serious amounts of sightseeing. Take it very easy and don't plan to do too much. This hotel offers particular advantages in the Summer due to its garden and pool.

great time at the Aldrovandi Palace

from ChicagoGrrl
We had a wonderful time in Rome and at the Aldrovandi Palace. We found the service to be excellent--the front desk staff was gracious, and the concierge was most helpful; they arranged everything from tours to train tickets. The pool area is lovely, and my children had a great time and were well trated by the staff. They accomodated us with connecting rooms, etc.

The breakfast buffet is very nice, but we did not try the restaurant. We got a deal through LHW and paid for three nights and stayed for four, so it was very affordable. Cannot beat the accomodations for the price!

The location is somewhat remote, but we have found that no hotel in Italy that has a pool is in the tourist center.

Top Local Tips for Rome

Don't get 'ripped off'! Please be aware that the price from Ciampino airport is about 40 Euros and not the 70 that we paid.

Jump the huge Vatican queues! www.museumrome.com is a service which organizes Vatican guides. You pay EUR 30 to Museum Rome before you go and give them the list of visitors names, and they arrange a tour guide. You go to the front of the queue and you get a much more interesting trip around the Vatican Museums. Even the kids enjoyed it!

Taxis to town Do a search for cheaper traxis on the internet and do ot always necessarily go with the hotel cars/

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  • Address: 15 Via Ulisse Aldrovandi - Rome - 00197 - Italy
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