Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Romanico Palace
A pleasant surprise
Having read some of the reviews of this hotel, I was seriously thinking about changing our booking, as it sounded terrible. Thankfully, we were pleasantly surprised. Check-in was swift, room was spotless and had a great air-conditioning system, badly needed in Rome at this time of year, I can tell you!!The staff in the hotel were also really helpful, they helped to book tours around the city and were generally lovely. Breakfast was a highlight,the view from the hotel first thing in the morning is fantastic, especially with the bright blue sky stretching ahead of you! The hotel is in a really safe area too,with a police station next door, so we felt safe walking back at night. There's also a supermarket next door, so you can get water,fruit etc. in there before you head out for the day. The only thing I will say about this hotel is that it's a good walk from the nearest metro stop and that can make a huge difference at the end of a long day's sightseeing!!
Fantastic cocktails after a long day out
We booked this hotel through Bookings.com a few weeks prior to leaving and secured a good rate. The reviews gave the impression the hotel was 5 star luxury in close proximity to attractions. I agree with previous comments that it is definetely not 'old world', more like poorly modernised old world and although in a nice area, a little out of the way of the major attractions . On arrival we had a good welcome from the guy on reception and our room was ready within 30 minutes although they failed to mention the renovations that were underway on level 2. Lucky for us it was only recarpeting which was completed the next day. We both thought breakfast was good, there was a large selection of fruits, yoghurt, cereal, pastries, cakes, bread rolls, ham, cheese and salami, juices, tea and coffee and if you ask they will make cappuccinos. No bacon and eggs but we didn't expect that in Italy. The breakfast terrace had a good view over the city.
Each day we returned to the hotel bar and were served great cocktails by the friendly barman. Try the Pink Panther - variation on the Pina Colada.
We have no comparison to other hotels in Rome but thought Romanico Palace was worth the low rate we secured, however we would definetely not pay full price and would probably try somewhere else next time.
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We have just returned from Rome having travelled to Austria, Lake Garda and then on to Rome. This hotel was the biggest dissapointment of our holiday. We were expecting the room to be something similar to the ones they show, maybe not as lavish. Were we in for a shock. The reception area is quite nice if a bit overdone as are the lifts, but you don't sleep in the lift or reception. Our room was dark and depresing when we arrived at 2pm as they had all the shutters and blinds closed, however opening them didn't make much of a difference. The room was tiny we had barely enough room to put our suitcases in. The walls were covered in a horrible fabric which was stained in areas, the ceiling was also stained, probably from someones leaking bathroom. The bathroom was tiny, we had to remove all the towels from the bathroom when we took a shower as everywhere got soaked. We asked at reception if they had any bigger rooms available, the snooty recpetionist said they were full.
Breakfast was ok, also dissapointed the roof terreace wasn't opened at night time.
Luckily there's plenty to do in Rome so we didn't have to spend much time in the room.
I think they should show pictures of their standard rooms so people can see what they're booking.
one to miss
booked this through another travel site and after reading about the hotel and being on short notice to get something organised i went ahead and booked. when we arrived at the hotel i was impressed by the look of the hotel and the decor, but when i approached the receptionist the man was fairly rude and looked down upon us.
we were told to go away for a while but i got tired of waiting for them to sort our room out and had to leave for an hour. When the porter took us up to the room the room was tiny and the cleaners had closed the curtains and doors so the room was pitch black at two in the afternoon.
It didnt take long to figure out why as nothing looked as it had when booked and the room was in a sorry state. For one thing they gave us a card for the door but the door needed a key. One of only two on the floor.
the bathroom door wouldnt open if closed fully and the lock didnt work. I said about this and other things to reception but they did nothing to remedy our situation, when asked to be moved they said another suite would cost extra for each night.
I would never recommend this hotel to any one else, for the money they charge you could afford a much higher quality room in a much better location.
Unfortunately there were no reviews on tripadvisor when we booked this hotel, If I had seen them i would not have booked. We booked 3 double rooms which luckily were the modernised type with good bathrooms.. I had paid extra for two of the rooms to be deluxe rooms but they were of the same size and standard( very small) of the double standard room which I had myself ( note DO NOT have a room on the 1st floor as the noise is terrible) the hotel is not a 4 star,more a 3 star actually and the breakfast is very boring compared to other italian hotels Ive used. The worst part of the hotel was the reception staff apart from one person ' rudeness and indifference' seemed to be in their main attitude.. location is ok , but not as close to attractions as it suggests. Although the rooms where clean ( actually very clean sheets and towels) we would not stay at this hotel or recommend it to other travellers as other hotels seemed to be in better locations for the money. During our stay we also experienced other guest complaining about rooms.
Avoid this hotel
I unfortunately booked this room before reading the reviews below. After reading, I contacted the hotel to ask for a good quality renovated room (I still had a chance to cancel the booking at this stage). The receptionist told me that they would upgrade us to a large renovated room and I took him at his word. This was a big mistake; the first room we were given had stains on the wall and was tiny. After complaining, we were shown to a worse room that had unfinished plastering around the door and was generally drab. I suspect the receptionist got a great laugh out of this.
We were finally given a third drab room that was at least clean and finished. Breakfast was a joke. I will never return to this hotel.
Lovely Hotel Near Borghese Villa and Gardens
WOW! Talk about a lavish hotel! This was a great place to spend our anniversary and my birthday! We splurged because we wanted to live it up. We never missed a breakfast on their lovely rooftop terrace. (Although I have to admit their cappucino wasn't quite as good as the cafes nearby, you can't beat the setting.) My husband booked this hotel online because he found a good deal. Actually, we were originally booked at Hotel Veneto, which was also nice, but we ended up with a free upgrade to their sister hotel because they overbooked. The staff was very helpful and friendly. All spoke perfect English, and when we asked, we got good directions. The included breakfast is standard continental. (If you can't live without bacon and eggs, go to England, not Italy.) The location is in a very elegant and safe part of Rome. Coincidentally it's practically next door to the US Embassy. The only tourist attraction it's very close to is the Borghese Museum and Gardens. (The Museum requires reservations; if you plan to go, book ahead.) The Forum is easily accessible by Metro. However, anytime we spent the evening around the Piazza Navona or Spanish Steps, it only made sense to take a cab back - about 8 Euros. During the day, getting around by bus between this area and the hotel is possible but sometimes time-consuming and frustrating. You're better off taking the cab and enjoying your time, if you can afford it. The decor was really over the top (some might say too much - see the photos). It's a more modern take on old-fashioned luxury - not what I'd call "Old World" style. Overall, this is a very comfortable hotel, and we felt like we got our money's worth.
Be prepared to fight for an updated room!
We spent four nights at this hotel and agree with all comments made about this hotel – it’s a major disappointment. After complaining about our room, we were told by the rude hotel receptionist that ‘in life you get what you pay for!’. If however you fancy getting your hands on an old retro TV strapped to a wall room and an old fashioned shower, room 111 is for you, positioned nicely right above the taxi rank.
Booked this hotel through expedia as it was subject to a special last minute offer. Our 1st floor room looked nothing like the room we had actually purchased. My husband complained and the staff were very arrogant and rude with him and advised that there were no other rooms available. The receptionist actually told my husband that the hotel automatically allocates the cheaper rooms to the people who book at discounted rates through travel companies. After fuming in the room about where we had ended up, we phoned reception and demanded to speak to the manager who was just about to come on duty. Strangely enough, another room on the 5th floor suddenly became available which we were given at no extra charge. This room did indeed resemble the room pictured and described on the expedia website and was much nicer, brighter, LCD tv, marble floors, updated bathroom with power shower and massage jets and a Jacuzzi bath. We’re glad we spent the first few hours of our trip arguing to get this room because you should be able to relax in a nice bathroom at the end of tiring day walking round Rome.
The breakfast was a strange affair and everyone seemed very miserable although eating on the terrace was a nice experience. Don’t expect fresh fruit, fresh coffee, or toast though.
We found the location quite good. Only a 15 minute walk to the Spanish steps. We only wish we’d have booked to stay at the Rose Garden Palace on the same street and paid a bit more to make our trip special. The Rose Garden looked really lovely and welcoming in comparison to the Romanico. If it’s your first trip to Rome, please don’t ruin your experience by staying at the Romanico hotel unless you’re prepared to put up a fight for one of the refurbished rooms like we did.
Far From Palatial !
This hotel is no palace! in the description it claims to have only opened in April this year, well it may have just opened but only after a very shoddy refurb. It looks like a quite run down old hotel that they have tried to give a face lift to by adding an attractive reception area twinkly lights in the lift and lots of drapes. The location description is more than misleading, it claimed to be very central and walking distance from the Trevi Fountain & Spanish steps, well I dont call a 25 minute walk particularly close.
Breakfast was ok but nothing special, plenty of pastries & Bread but as someone who can not eat wheat i was left with one variety of cheese and ham to choose from, oh and cheap tinned fruit cocktail
I was looking forward to an evening cocktail on the rooftop terrace bar....well no chance, it was closed and no explanation given. The staff were arrogant and not very friendly (with the exeption of one nice breakfast waiter). The Hotel main bar had about as much atmosphere as a morgue and was freezing, air con overload. The room was dark and dingy with a terrible cheaply done bathroom, the shower was basically a plastic box. Generally i would not reccomend this hotel to anyone, it was far from good value and is no way near a 4 star, even by Paris standards. There was even water dripping from the ceiling in the hallway....terrible, do not stay here
NICE HOTEL NOT A 4 STAR
Just come back from 4 nights at the Romanico Palace. Hotel listed as a 4 star but it all depends on which room you get! We got Room 221 which was a far cry from 4 star, struggling to be a 3 star. Very small room, furnishings and decor very shabby, nothing like the web site photos. Room in dire need of redecorating. Electrics a bit dodgy, we had flashing lights and sockets that did not work, only sockets we could find that worked were one in the bathroom and one behind the wardrobe, hardly convenient! No LCD TV (14" portable instead), No WiFi connection, no clock radio, no slippers and no marble bathroom. Shower was good but it flooded the bathroom each time you used it. There was a jacuzzi but it did not work. Room cleaned daily and plenty of clean towels & complimentary toiletries. We asked for 2 extra pillows but never got them. Breakfast room on the 7th floor was very nice with magnificent views over the city and the food was ok, nice start to the day. It states that this room is also a restaurant in the evening.....alas not, closed, only used for breakfast.. Public areas of the hotel are very nice, indicative of 4 stars, if you intend staying here ask for a high floor as these rooms seemed to be nicer (from what we could gather from the corridors). All in all Hotel location is ok, near Via Veneto and quite close to the Spanish steps(15 mins walk), everywhere else is quite a walk from here. 15 mins walk to the nearest tube station and 20 mins walk from the train station. This could be a very nice hotel once they have refurbished it, it looked as if they were in the process of doing some work on it as they were changing the Room doors when we stayed there. All in all this did not spoil our trip to Rome as we didn't spend much time in the room anyway...too many sights to see, very tiring 4 days, take comfy shoes with you!!.
Top Local Tips for Rome
Tourus Maximus tour groups for the Vatican Museum, the Forum, and Coliseum
My husband and I spent 2 hours in line at the Vatican, only to learn the next day that if we'd booked a tour, we could've skipped the line... plus known what the heck we were looking at!! If you don't take a tour at these ancient sites, it's hard to tell one old pile of rocks from another old pile of rocks. Someone needs to be there to point out what's what. We were standing around the Coliseum, and someone asked if we wanted a tour. The price was right, so we toured with Tourus Maximus.(www.tourusmaxiumus.com) Max was very entertaining and knowledgable. Before starting a tour company, he was an archaeologist. Included in the Coliseum tour price, we also got a tour of the Forum later in the day. I wish we could've taken Max's Vatican tour too. We've watched a ton of documentaries, and I studied the Latin language and Roman history and culture from the 7th grade to my sophomore year in college, but I would've been just been guessing what's what without a guide.
if you are going to the colloseum, you may need to queue for a long time in the actual; colloseum, but you can actual buy your ticket at the forum ruins across the road and there is never any queues there.
Getting around Rome
Use the buses to make it easier on yourself. We walked everywhere which was nice initially but after 3 days very frustrated with tired feet.