Historical Traveller Reviews of Parco Dei Principi Hotel
A place to relax in Rome
We stayed at this hotel while on a Tauck escorted tour.
This hotel is located outside of Villa Borghese in a nice residential neighborhood; there are also several embassies located nearby. For me, the location of the hotel was it's only minor drawback. If you are looking to maximize your sighseeing time, you may be better off staying somewhere more centrally located. However, if you like being situated in a residential neighborhood and within walking distance to restaurants that have a more local clientele, then you will love it. This hotel will also put you away from the milling throngs in the main city center. To give a sense of distances, I would say it is approx a 10-15 min walk from the hotel to the head of Via Veneto.
My room was on the 5th floor and was well appointed. Every room at this hotel has a balcony; the rooms overlooking the pool and Villa Borghese offer the nicest views.
I really enjoyed the lovely pool area at this hotel-- it was very peaceful, which is why I can't complain too much about the hotel's more remote location. If it wasn't situated where it is, they wouldn't have the nice pool that they do.
The breakfast buffet seemed to offer a fair number of selections. We ate dinner in the hotel dining room on our last night and I found the food to be quite tasty and well prepared.
Grand comfort and luxury!
We stayed two nights at the Grand Hotel in Rome as part of our Tauck tour. We arrived on Easter Sunday to weather so beautiful that the kids swam in the lovely outdoor pool (which had just opened for the season!) The pool area and gardens are so peaceful you would not know how close you are to the hustle and bustle of downtown. Our room overlooked the pool and had a distant view of St. Peters. In the morning the birds in the nearby zoo's aviary would sing beautiful songs. The rooms were spotless and well-appointed--though they did go a bit overboard on starching the sheets (something we're not used to.) The breakfast buffet was delicious in every way. In our free time from the organized parts of our tour we used cabs to get to Pantheon, etc. as they were too far to walk to with 76 year old mother. We did, however, enjoy strolls in the nearby gardens/park which was very lovely and safe (police were parked near entraces day and night.) I'm glad we stayed at the Parco Dei Principi as it was a welcome respite from the crowds we encountered everywhere else in Rome.
A sumptuous hotel - ideal for a romantic escape to Rome!
from A TripAdvisor Member
We visited Rome during 30/03/06-02/04/06 and stayed in Hotel Parco dei Principi. It was our first trip abroad and we surely wanted our hotel to add to the romantic scenery. After a long search in the Internet we decided to book with this hotel - and it turned to be the best choice we could have made! The hotel location is privileged and, in a sense, unique. It is secluded in the middle of the Borghese gardens, yet just a 10 minutes stroll down to Via Veneto. To our opinion and after exploring Rome for four days we believe the hotel location is even better than that of great Via Veneto hotels, in that it combines the serenity of a luxurious retreat with a proportioned closeness to all Rome major sites. The hotel itself is sumptuous and elegant in a relaxed manner. To be highlighted that internet info and room pictures correspond fairly to what the guest envisages when checking in with Parco Dei Principi. Also, hotel prices are very reasonable for rooms and services offered, especially considering how overrated Rome hotels are in general! Rooms are lusciously decorated - rich tapestry, heavy velour curtains, marvelously gilded furniture. We particularly asked for a nice room and indeed, we were offered one of the best-view standard rooms, no 513 on the fifth floor facade to Borghese gardens. Breathtaking view! We were happy with our breakfast- a rich American buffet. Our warm thanks to the front desk people, who were very polite and helpful in a most professional manner. Special thanks to Alfredo for arranging our transport to the airport on such a short notice! We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Rome (reviewers: Mara & Nikolas, Athens, Greece).
Beautiful but Stuffy
This was one of three, 5 star hotels that we stayed in the first week of March and this was my least favorite. The hotel was beautiful. The room was smaller but nice which I expected that in a bigger city. The staff were snobs. Not very helpful or friendly. The location of the hotel was nice next to the Borghese gardens but it wasn't close to any of the major attractions. The closest was the Spanish Steps. We ended up taking a taxi almost everywhere. If I went again I would stay closer to the center of town.
Excellent Quality and Service
from A TripAdvisor Member
I travelled to Rome with my girlfriend for a 4 day weekend and we both could not have been happier we chose this hotel. From the moment I called a few days in advance to confirm the reservation and arrange for airport transportation until the time we were taken back to the airport, we were treated in a manner that was simply "first class". The facility is very modern by European standards and the rooms were large enough. Though the sheets on the bed were slightly uncomfortable, I was more than willing to overlook this fact. The rooms were very clean and well maintained. The location was in a quiet residential area and you never heard outside noises while you were trying to sleep. In a city considered loud by many, this was a nice luxury. Clearly the strength of this hotel lies in its front desk staff. The concierge staff was incredibly helpful with reccomending places to eat and helping us arrange tours. Every restaraunt suggestion was right on the money. We needed to do quite a bit in a short period of time, so the staff helped us identify important places to go and how to best utilize getting there. I would strongly reccomend this hotel to anybody travelling to Rome.
Great introduction to Rome
from A TripAdvisor Member
This was our first trip to Europe and the tour company arranged for the hotel. It looked good in the brochure but I checked with a friend who travels to Rome frequently and he had stayed there and predicted we would not be disapointed. He was absolutely correct. The ambience was fantastic, the staff outstanding and the location, in a more residential area but across from lush gardens, we thought ideal. Unfortunately the second from the last evening there my wife became ill and the remedies we had brought were not helping. I inquired at the desk as to the location of a pharmacy and the next thing I knew my son and I were in the hotel's vehicle with a bellman driving us all over Rome until we found an open "chemist" shop where we were able to purchase something to help relieve my wife's symptoms. We have already decided if ever we have the opportunity to visit Rome again this is where we will stay!
Gorgeous Grand Hotel next to Borghese Museum 5-stars luxury
My wife booked this Hotel with the advise of our private Tour with Bestlimosinrome.
We stayed in a nice suite, slept very good since at night it very peaceful.
While in the morning Bestlimosinrome gave us our private tour in Rome, Tivoli, Pompey, and Vatican. We stayed in this Hotel for five days.
My realtives that will visit Rome with Bestlimosinrome.com next year 2006 also booked this Hotel in March.
It is the best Hotel for the money I found in the discounted web Hotel sites.........
from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I only stayed at the Parco Dei Principi because the hotel we were supposed to stay at was overbooked. The staff at the Parco Dei Principi did everything in their power to make our three night stay great. When we first arrived we were delighted to see that the hotel itself is actually very charming and the lobby instantly made a favorable impression on us. The gardens and pool area are also quite impressive. We had a regular double room and it was very comfortable and very clean. Our room had a terrace facing the park, which was nice. The hotel was a little out of the way, but only a five minute cab ride to the center of everything. It's not a bad walk if you're up to it. Again, the staff was VERY helpful and this is what seperated this hotel from the rest. I stayed at the Savoy In Florence, the Quisisana in Capri, and the San Pietro in Positano, and this staff was superior to the staff's of all those other elite hotels in Italy. Lastly, it featured the best continental breakfast I had on my three week trip. I would definitely stay there again. It was an excellent hotel.
I enjoyed just one night at the Parco Dei Principi, which was booked by Crystal Cruise lines as part of their Rome hotel package. I was VERY impressed, as this was my first European hotel. I expected something much less than what I expect in the US. This was probably the nicest hotel I have ever stayed in, and I have stayed in many 5 star hotels in the US.
The room was a little jewel box with walls padded with silk fabric and antiques from one end to the other. The bathroom was on the small side but all restrooms that I found in Italy were very small to say the least. The bathroom did, however, have all the amenities. I wish I could have stayed longer. The sheets were linen, which was interesting. Maybe this is common in Europe.
The breakfast buffet was included in the room charge and it was over the top....fabulous. The lobby is what I would expect in a luxurious palace. There is also a lovely pool. I could see the entire city of Rome from my balcony.
My only complaint is that it is tucked away on the edge of Borghese Gardens and quite a walk.........or taxi ride, from the center of town.
I would definitely consider staying here again, even though it is a 20 minute walk from the "action".
Fantastic Customer Service
I did not choose to stay here but got transferred from the Hilton to here as an out booking, as they had no room for us - do not trust Hilton!! However when we arrived, it was beautiful, the location is pleasant, and the reception staff are like something out of pretty woman. We got taken to our room, and I was disappointed as it was not as big as the Hilton rooms, and since we had been transferred, spoke to reception to ask if they could put me back through to the Hilton, however they asked me to advise them of the problem, I told them, the manager asked me to please stay in their hotel, and they would show me an alternative room. Within minutes the hotel manager was showing us a suite. It was fantastic, gorgeous views, big jacuzzi bath, only downfall no balcony, but now we were on a par with the Hilton. They could not do enough for us, and totally redeemed our stay in Rome. It is small, but outstanding, and when we stayed there the paparrazi were there, not quite sure who was staying there but someone important clearly was. I have stayed in Ritz Carlton, Waldorf Astoria, New York, been to Monte Carlo etc, been in many many hotels, and this is one of the best.
Top Local Tips for Rome
NOT TOO CLOSE BUT NOT TOO FAR
stay at the Grand Hotel Parco Di Principi and enjoy a walk through the park to access all the attractions of Rome. This hotel is quiet and beautiful, no noise or pollution from the busy centre and a relaxing walk of about 20 mins away from everything you go to Rome to see.
in Rome, stayed safe, stay away from Calvin Klein CEO...
Kept a money belt on. Did travel on Metro/buses was alert, even watched for well dressed people, stayed away from all. Felt safe at all times, even late at night. Watch out for Calvin Klein CEO who will try to sell you "leather" jackets next years model, not in catalogue, for E70 not E15,000. Happened to my friends.
Book Borghese Gallery way in advance
You will not get in unless you book in advance. No exceptions! And the hotel was ZERO help.