Duca DAlba Hotel

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Duca DAlba Hotel

, Rome
3 star

Rooms: 27

14 Via Leonina - Rome - 00184 - Italy Hotel Website | | 6484471
432 Traveller

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Historical Traveller Reviews of Duca DAlba Hotel

Definitely worth the price by European standards...

from kfairchild58
Don't be discouraged by the couple of reviews here that thought The Duca D' Alba was not up to standards...perhaps they have not traveled much in Europe...but those of us who have realize that the hotel, while small, has lots of character. If you travel extensively, you also realize that being one block from the metro gives you easy access to the entire city for very little money!! You do not need to call a cab...the metro is very empowering. We traveled everywhere very easily, the Metro in Rome is much smaller than Paris or London, and very easy to use...but will get you everywhere you need to go...HINT: Go to St.
Peters early in the morning...we left the hotel at 6:15am and arrived by 7:00 am...we were practically alone in St. Peter's..and were able to view the Pieta for quite some time alone.....the desk clerk at the Duca D'Alba not only called us on time for our wake up call...but called me back at 6:15 to remind me that I wanted to leave early for the Vatican!! He had heard us discussing it the night before, and since he knew it was our last day, he wanted to be sure we made the most of it!
Believe me, we did not give this hotel a good rating because it had a large American breakfast! We have traveled extensively, and we are fairly discriminating...if you are looking for a big chain, this is not for you. But if you are looking for charm and easy access to lots of places in Rome...this should be your choice!! Just ask for the room with the balcony when you chek in....it is very small, but very clean, and the balcony gives you the space where it is most important...outdoors!

Not too good.

from A TripAdvisor Member
I really read all these reviews and thought this place must be great.
It wasn't.

For a substantial price you get a non substantial room. Its small.

The hotel location is close to some great sites, but its almost impossible to find or to walk back to due to its location and being uphill.

I was beginning to think I stayed at the wrong hotel when I got there and saw all this. I just think the very good reviews should be tempered with overly high expectations. Its really more like a Holiday Inn Express.

Not very good

from A TripAdvisor Member
This was a disappointment after reading the glowing reviews in this section. Just got back the last week in November '03. The location is not that good unless you live in the Coluseuim. Two taxi drivers couldn't find it. You need to taxi or metro most anywhere. The nearby restaurants were limited in variety and overrated.The staff was cordial until the Bell Man was asked to help our TV reception. He explained " Americans always press the wrong buttons- why cant they understand remote controls"? The rooms were extremely small unless you agreed to be 'ugradeded to a suite' for $90 Euros more., This came in the from of a phone call from those at reception 1/2 hour after check in. We wouldnt return to this place. I am wondering if the positive reviews in here are simply because they serve a large breakfast? The hotel is obscure as is the staff, uncaring in most ways. I think they read these reviews and once enough are positive, they slack off. Good luck.

Alba never disappoints

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed at the Duca D'Alba for 3 nights in October. It was the fourth time I'd stayed there in the last five or six years. As always, the service was simply outstanding -- they can't do enough for you and are uniformly pleasant and warm. That's what keeps bringing me back, although the rooms are also comfortable and clean and the breakfast good. Great value in a very good location. I had a very good dinner one night down the street at Taverna dei Fori Imperiali (via Madonna dei Monti) and would recommend it too.

Excellent service

from yesom
Our family stayed here in the first week of Oct and we loved it.The location was wonderful and the staff service was excellent.The rooms were not huge but were pleasant.The breakfasts were good and having an English pub across the road was a bonus.Many excellent restaurants locally as well.We would happily stay again.

Excellent Room in Rome

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed at the Duca D'Alba in September 2002 for four days on our honeymoon. We spent 16 days in Italy and the Duca D'Alba was a great value hotel. The rooms are nice and the breakfast was fantastic and almost carried you through the day. The subway is also a half a block away so you could take the train to the Vatican or Spanish Steps and then walk back in less than 45 mins. You can definitely walk to all the major attractions.

Great hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I spent 4 nights at this hotel in Sept 2003. We took the train from the airport to the main termini subway station (8 euros per person), very worthwhile. From there we took a taxi, but were hardpressed to find an honest cab driver! We had some trying to charge us 30 euros! Eventually we took a chance with one and he was honest and our fare ended up being about 8-10 euros to the hotel (he put the meter on). The hotel is very conveniently located, not on a busy street, just tucked beside a main street called via Cavour. The metro stop is a one minute walk away (great to get around to anywhere). The hotel was nice and our room was very clean and comfortable, as was the bathroom.We had a nice room on the 4th floor with a little terrace. The airconditioning was not bad but not as cold as some places we had stayed, but fortunately it wasn't that hot the days we were there (18 degrees celcius in the evenings). Our bed was a double (the usual two singles pushed together in Italy, but there was a bit of a height difference between the beds which made the crack more noticealbe...hopefully they will fix that as we mentioned it upon our leaving). Otherwise, the staff was friendly, professional and helpful. Our flight out of Rome was very early in the morning and upon our request they booked a cab for us which charged us a flat rate of 50 euros. We wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

Nice place - Great Price....Advice about eating in Rome

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I spent 4 nights at the Duca D'Alba and enjoyed it very much. The price was good for the location in the fabulous historical district. The staff was very helpful and the free breakfast with the exception of the grissely bacon was fabulous,As for the pizza place several reviewers have raved about that is right next to the hotel.
Skip it. The food was so so and we were not treated nice by the weight staff or the owner. There are much better places. If I didn't know any better I would think those reviews were written by the restaurant's management. It took us so long to get our bill that other patron's in the restaurant were pointing it out to the manager how long we had waited. If you want something quick the pizza place on the opposite side of the street from the hotel down the ally is good and cheap. The Irish pub across the street gives a very generous serving of Baileys at a good price if you are looking for a last night cap before you head in. There is a restaurant up the stairs that is located right by the hotel. The food is ok, but it has one of the best red house wines we had our whole trip and that is saying a lot!TIP: When looking for good places to eat walk to the middle of nowhere off the beaten path. That is where you will eat the best for the cheapest. Also, if you see any retaurants that are full of actual italians by 6 or 7pm...eat there.
Most italians don't eat till very late so if a retaurant fills up early you know its good. If no one is in the retaurant by 7:30 - 8:00 stay away.

wonderful choice

from Thilan
We stayed in Rome for four nights in August and loved this hotel, which is five minutes' walk away from the Colosseum and the Forum. The breakfasts are delicious and the neighborhood charming, with many stores and restaurants close by.

Exceptional Staff!

from Corina1231
Our six year old was treated like a Princess at the Duca D'Alba Hotel.
She loved the bacon served at breakfast. The gentleman who worked at the front desk was very helpful and spoke perfect english. He directed us to great pizza and gelato shops. Around the corner there is a cute little square with a fountain and lots of pigeons to feed (and an incredible view of the Coliseum). We walked (with our daughter) to the coliseum, trevi fountain, piazza navona, palantine hill. The train from the airport to the Termini was great. However, I would not recommend the underground metro. Cab fare was about $6 - $8 euro from the termini to Duca D'Alba.

Top Local Tips for Rome

Bus transfer from Ciampino airport Do not use Terravission aiport transport provider recommended by RyanAIr (tickets sold on flight) - so badly organised - on arrival you are just left standing around with buses sitting there but not allowed to get on. Was worse coming back - told to head to bus by 6pm but when got there, there was crowds of people waiting on buses too - took over an hour before could board a bus - absolutely no organisation - didnt know when bus would arrive & it was a free for all when boarding bus. Rude staff who didnt know anything!!!

Guided Tours Recommed Romaround Tours for various guided tours of Vatican and Colloseum;

subway Be aware that the subway Line A, the one that runs to Spagna, quits running at 9. Line B runs until 11:30. Taxis also can only be picked up at taxi stands.

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  • Address: 14 Via Leonina - Rome - 00184 - Italy
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