Empire Palace Hotel

, Rome, Italy
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Empire Palace Hotel

, Rome
4 star

Rooms: 113

39 Via Aureliana - Rome - 00187 - Italy Hotel Website | | 6421281
329 Traveller

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A quality hotel!

from emeritus
I recently stayed 3 nights at the Empire Palace in a single room. Rooms aren't very large - even those that were for couples, but the furnishings, linens, cleanliness were top notch. Staff was very helpful and the morning breakfast was truly excellent - much more variety than any other hotel I experienced in my 17 nights in Italy. The hotel restaurant was so-so for other meals - well presented food but nothing special in the taste area.(and it was very pricey).

You aren't really very close to anything at this hotel. The bus terminal where you catch the 'hop on hop off' service for 13 euros was not far and good value. Watch for people trying to sell you on a tour before you get to the windows where most tickets are sold. I knew of someone that booked one of these for much more than I paid and their bus for getting on and off came only every two hours! Insist upon the 'trambus 110 open' for the best value. Closest points of interest would be the Spanish steps (church at top surrounded by scaffolding so not a great 'Kodak moment') and the Trevi Fountain. All are easily walkable in about 20 minutes on fairly level ground. Easiest to take the bus I mentionned and see the sights without wearing yourself out.

There are a few shops in the area to buy fresh fruit, drinks, pastries if looking for a simple lunch. It seemed very safe to walk around and apart from a few gypsy's begging at the bus terminal and some tourist sites, there were no hassles. Shops do close in the afternoons, but you just simply work around this when in Italy.

The Empire Palace is a small quality hotel and I have no reservations about recommending it to Rome visitors.

A Nice Place to Stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
I just returned from Rome, where we stayed for three nights.

When we arrived we were assigned a room that was on the small side. There were two twin beds, right next to each other, a desk, and a table. The room opened to a street, which was too noisy for my roommate. We asked to be moved to a quieter room, which was arranged.

The second room was quite a bit larger, with a hide-a-bed sofa and a little space to move around. The bathroom in the second room was much smaller with a small shower instead of a tub.

The staff was always nice and, as others have mentioned, the breakfast was good (eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, sliced meats and cheeses, fruit, yogurt, rolls, juice, coffee and tea). One day we arrived for breakfast at 9:30 and had to wait 15 minutes to be seated.

The rooms have nice linens and the beds were turned down each night.

The first day we arrived a platter of fruit and a bottle of water were in our room, which was nice. There was also a mini bar and small tv.

The location was not central, but the neighborhood is pretty quiet and nice after a long day of sightseeing. Also, there's an ATM machine a block away. There's a nice little wine bar/restaurant nearby called Trimani that we really enjoyed. You could walk to some attractions, but many were a taxi ride away. Beware, we had trouble with taxi drivers overcharging us. Keep an eye on the meter and your money when you hand it to them.

We enjoyed our stay at the Empire Palace Hotel and would recommend it if you don't mind taking taxis to get to some of the sights.

Slightly Above Average

from A TripAdvisor Member
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Empire Palace for three nights in May of 2004. I would rate the hotel as slightly above average. The rooms were small, but clean and the staff was very helpful and accomodating. The location was a bit off the beaten path, but we actually didn't mind being out of "tourist central" and in a quiet part of the city. It's close to the Via Veneto and the Villa Borghese but a good hike from most of the tourist hot spots. I wouldn't mind staying there again, but would probably try another hotel on our next visit.

So-So Hotel in a Hard-to-Find Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed for 2 nights in March 2005 on business, as per our corporate travel agent's recommendation. This 4-star hotel is part of the "Small Luxury Collection" organization but I don't think this really means much. True, the amenities in the room are luxurious, but the room itself is so tiny that you feel as if you're staying in a 2-star or 3-star hotel. Breakfast is excellent and the waitstaff are nice. However, the front desk staff are not particularly friendly or helpful. The hotel is difficult to find and, unless you are very specific and provide cross-street information, most taxi drivers won't have a clue. And it is NOT close to the Spanish steps -- the walk is at least 20 or 30 minutes.

Nice Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Empire Palace Hotel for three nights in March 2005 and thought it was clean and smart with very helpful and pleasant staff. The location is fine if you like a brisk walk for 30 minutes down to the main attractions or just get reception to call you a taxi. Breakfast was good. The only minor complaint would be that the room was too hot and the air conditioning didn't seem to work (just sleep with the window open to the quiet courtyard!)

Clean, Tranquil Luxury

from A TripAdvisor Member
I've just returned from my trip to Rome, and I loved staying at this hotel. It was converted in 1999 from a 6 story home owned by a Venetian royalty, so the hotel has very modern facilities, but has gorgeous architecture and art.

Each room comes with a free breakfast, which is wonderful and includes all manner of breakfast pastries, sandwich makings, and even eggs and bacon. I even had my own little coffee and milk pots to make cafe au lait. It was a great way to start the day.

Every employee at the hotel went out of their way to greet me and see if I needed any help. The service was excellent.

The linens in the room are top-notch, and the toiletries are from the chic company Etro.

The location is close to tourist destinations, but is located on a quiet side street which is nice after a long day on your feet. Via Flavia, just one block away, is chock full of great little restaurants and even a great little market where you can stock up on bottled water and snacks. The Blue Bar is an oasis of velvet couches and Picasso-like art where you can relax, have a few cocktails, and enjoy the good life.

I will definitely return to the Empire Palace.

Extremely disappointed

from 1Member
When it took the cab driver 20 minutes to even find the street, we should have known to keep driving. The hotel is located in an odd area of town, next to impossible to find and not near anything. Our first order of business once we got there was to try to change hotels. Unfortunately, everywhere we checked was sold out so we were stuck. The only good thing about this hotel was the staff who were all lovely and very helpful. The rooms are tiny and very uncomfortable with the most uncomfortable bed ever. We were depressed every time we got back to the hotel. After a wonderful trip, this was not how we wanted to remember Rome.

Beautiful, luxury hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is one of the most beautiful and delightful hotels in which we have ever stayed. There is twice-daily maid service. The cafe is delightful and the architecture is beautiful. The service is the BEST. The front desk will help you with anything. The location is in a quiet party of Rome but within walking distance of the Spanish Steps and the train station. I highly recommend this hotel. If you enjoy luxury and fine service then this is the hotel for you.

Lovely hotel with good service

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Empire Palace is an elegant restored palazzo; most rooms are on the smallish side (typical of Rome) but extremely well-appointed. They get the little touches right, like plush bathrobe and slippers, and high-quality, generous toiletries. Front desk staff, porters, and restaurant and bar staff all gave friendly and helpful service. The buffet breakfast, included in the price of the room, was bountiful, varied, and fresh--lots of fresh fruit, pastries, yogurt, cereals, as well as a rarity in Europe: a cooked American breakfast (and an excellent one at that!)
The only slight drawback to the hotel is its location: a nice, upscale area set among Italian government ministry buildings, but quite a hike from many tourist attractions. It's a long walk to the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, and not really walkable to other attractions like Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. But given all the amenities, if the hotel were more centrally located, it would cost a lot more. So, it's worth making this little gem your base in Rome, and take taxis to get you to the more distant sights.

First Class Hotel

from AlicatsScotland_UK
Stayed in this lovely hotel for 4 nights in October 2004. Staff could not have been more courteous. Rooms are lovely and linen/towels changed every day - towels twice a day. Food is of a very high standard. Vicinity of hotel is ideal for restaurants and within walking distance of a number of famous sights. My husband celebrated his birthday during our stay and a lovely fresh fruit compote awaited us on our return from our days sightseeing. What a lovely gesture. Would highly recommend this hotel and would definitely return.

Top Local Tips for Rome

Taxi from Airport We got a taxi from the airport which was booked by the Hotel. Although this was expesive 130 Euros from Rome Fumicino airport, it was worth it, and once in Rome you do not need any other forms of transport as everything is so close.

Get a Guide We found it was well worth joining a guided group for both the coleseum and especially the vatican museums and St Peters. It was money well spent!

transfers Pre book a transfer as it can be baffling when you come out of customs and then try to sort out how you get into the city. Having a man with a sign with your name there is such a blessing, into your car and 30 minutes later you are in the Hotel.


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  • Address: 39 Via Aureliana - Rome - 00187 - Italy
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