Plaza Hotel

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Plaza Hotel

, Rome
5 star

Rooms: 200

126 Via del Corso - Rome - 00186 - Italy Hotel Website | | 669921111
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10/10
The Grand Hotel Plaza is Plush but Pricey
Submitted by: Peter Smith in 28/09/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
The Plaza is worth every penny if you want an authentic Italian hotel with fiery Italian service and old world charm.

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Grand Rip Off

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed at the Grand Plaza for four days in so called "junior suite".

Location good and concierge staff helpful but thats about it.

Room was badly furnished and faded. Beds looked like they came from a dorm room. Clearly there has been no renovation since the hotel opened in 1837. Service was non-existent.

Frankly I left with a feeling of having been ripped off. My advice is to stay somewhere else that reflects a true 4/5 star hotel - this hotel barely makes a 3 star in my book but has the tenacity to charge at 5 star prices.

Faded Grandeur - let down by the service

from 314159
I endorse many of the earlier comments. This is a magnificent old world hotel that unfortunately does not live up to its potential. The location can't be beaten and they seem to be renovating many of the bedrooms. It is a wonderful old lady that could be fabulous if only the people working there had a more positive, friendly attitude.

We had a double bed which was actually a single base with a double mattress on it. We didn't complain about it but informed the lady at reception when we were checking out and she couldn't have been more disinterested and surly. I like hotels with a bit of faded grandeur but there is such a lack of service mentality that they let the hotel down. When you pay the sort of prices they are asking you do feel that you deserve to be treated better.

Super location

from Philip0010
As said before location is great, we never go to Italy with great expectations about hotels.
Breakfast is average ,not special.
Rooms can use a renovation especially bathrooms.
If you come by car ,hotelparking cost you 45 Euro a day!
But price is based on the legendary three LLL in real estate.
Location Location Location
Philip Cnockaert

Stay in a museum and make allowances

from Douglas99
Built in 1860 this hotel is like a living museum, in any other city it would be a museum but by Rome standards this is a new building. Chandeliers, paintings on the ceilings (explains no natural daylight in the breakfast room!) Reasonably sympathatically modernised bathrooms albeit on a budget, this hotel is not for your average chain hotel fan. Bathrobes are available but you need to ask although there is no extra charge as are breakfast items not on the limited buffet, smoked salmon caused no problem but was not on the buffet. Requests are politely dealt with so if you want something that is not provided just ask.

We arrived during a cold spell and the heating could have been on for a while longer but was sorted by our last day, only a small cause for complaint though!

We had a basic twin room which was huge with a view to the Spanish Steps, looking at the floor plan for our floor (4th) the room sizes vary enormously so if you don't like your room check out the room plan before you ask to be relocated to see how the size compares with other rooms.

We booked through Expedia and paid about €300 a night which included breakfast. If you can get it for this price or less book it, more than that it may not be worth it. Bar was very expensive but phone calls were reasonable!

This hotel may have shades of former glory but still exudes class and will impress any visitors. Location can't be beat for walking access to all the sites.

The Pungent Plaza

from A TripAdvisor Member
smelly, old, poor service and a complete rip off at 300 plus euro per room per night. avoid this hotel at all costs - book the st regis, de la ville or westin excelsior - those are real 5 star hotels.

friendly staff.

from Phil-Deb
If you want a first class hotel with the wonderful ambiance of 'Old Rome', in a great location & within easy walking distance of all the major tourist sights, then the Grand Hotel Plaza is for you.

The Via del Corso (and the streets adjacent to it) on which the hotel is positioned is a vibrant shoppers delight and only a short walk from the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain & The Pantheon.

In our 4 days we did not feel the need for a taxi & opted instead to walk everywhere including the Forum, Colosseum & even the Vatican City.

The hotel staff were extremely friendly & went out of their way to ensure we enjoyed our stay. We stayed in a deluxe double and having viewed other rooms I would suggest that the cost of the upgrade is well worthwhile.

The only disappointment were the breakfasts which offered a very limited 'hot' menu but were certainly adequate.

We fully intend to return to this wonderful city & when we do we will return to the Grand Hotel Plaza.

Centrally located, quiet clean

from A TripAdvisor Member
Enjoyed our stay. Centrally located to tons of shopping and sites. Walk to Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Fountain. Short (8 euros) cab ride to Vatican and Coloseum/Forum. Our room was on the sixth floor, it was quiet, clean, nice size bathroom with hair dryer and we could see the Spanish Steps from our window. The daily breakfast which runs from 7am -10:30am is great! We will stay here again.

Mamma Mia - The Grand Plaza

from A TripAdvisor Member
Before arriving, I wasn't sure what to expect at the Grand Plaza. Reviews I had read, (admittedly after booking but before I arrived) gave me concern that I had done wrong by booking this hotel.

Thankfully, my concerns were extinguished upon arrival at this amazing hotel.

Arriving straight from the airport by private car - we were greeted by a suited doorman who expertly negotiated our luggage through the swivel doors that marked the boundary of the hotel with the 'Oxford Street' of Rome - Via del Corso.

We were checked in swiftly, escorted to our room before turning in for the night. The room we had was compact but spacious. Large wardrobe space, a safe within the room, mini bar and TV. The bathroom was dressed with marble and the rooms were furnished with tasteful furniture that fitted into the period features that the room had retained. The rooms even had doorbells!!!

We stayed on the 5th floor and had a room at the side of the hotel. Whilst the views were not over an internal courtyard, I think the glimpse of the dome of St Peter's through the buildings at sunrise and sunset made up for it.

Other commentors were not joking about the breakfast...if your after continental...you get it...if your after american...you get...or if a yoghurt and some fruit takes your fancy...you get that too. As much or as little as you want. The breakfast is mammouth and is housed within a fabulous dining room.

The bar...serves a very good range of drinks and offers a selection of meals through a Bistro arrangement. Staff are very friendly...and if your worried about the language barrier don't be...experimentation on both sides is perfectly acceptable and a source of laughter with the staff.

The grandness suprised me. The life-size lion on the staircase, the ornate ballroom and the sun terraces all need to be seen to be believed!

One tip - use the concierge staff for anything. They assist your stay through the normal means but they also act as personal advisors on tourist matters, shopping matters and dining. They arranged a car to take us to the airport and were very accomodating when on our last stay they allowed us to leave our baggage at the hotel - whilst having to checkout by midday. We returned later in the afternoon to collect it and stay until our car arrived to take us to the airport. The car, is a better way to see the city than a taxi - as the drivers they use follow the scenic suburbian route to the airport rather than the motorway.

All in all, a fabulous stay and if ever I am in Rome again - I know where my first port of call will be.

The Plaza Rocks

from lingolovesulongtime
After an exhausting afternoon of retail therapy, there’s nothing more relaxing than making your way through the swing doors of the Grand Hotel Plaza. Situated on the main strip of the Rome’s shopping epicentre – Via Del Corso – this hotel’s old world charm is very much an antidote to the hustle and bustle of the crowded walkways on its doorstep.

The staffs here are suitably convivial and there’s an understated sophistication suited to a hotel of its status. If your partner’s shopping receipts haven’t left you a little shell shocked, the entrance hall and foyer will take your breath away. After meandering the narrow streets outside, the sense of space is a welcome tonic – especially if like me you’re and carrying an incongruous set of golf clubs through a bustling city. Unlike the usual excitement of decamping to your room, my first instinct was to explore the grand dining hall. Leading directly off from the reception, it’s rich colours and tasteful décor make you want to laze about and order a gin and tonic.

Against my better judgement, I made my way up to my room. But only after passing the outrageous lion carving on the stairs. Barberini, the don of all Baroque sculpture, would have no-doubt nodded his head in appreciation of such undertaking. Whereas The Chinese Ming Dynasty believed that two lions outside a building would ward off evil spirits, this place clearly believes that one life sized Lion guarding the lift will scare the life out of any wrong-doer.

My room looked out onto the adjacent courtyard and there’s thankfully a true sense of space. The room itself was high and opulent, but without being crass. The bed was thankfully firm and the bath made me laugh out loud. Like the lion sculpture, this is larger than life and must have been built back in the 1920’s when porcelain was going cheap. Forget Victorian legs on a bath; the sides to this one were like a wall. You practically have to Frosby-flop your way into it. Make sure you fill it up before trying this.

The soundproofing at the Grand Hotel Plaza was fantastic. Not a single disturbance in the three nights I was there, and then after a good night’s sleep, a feast to behold. From 7.30 a.m. until 11.00 this place has a breakfast that is not for those watching their weight. I challenge the most particular of guests to find fault with this gargantuan spread. The sheer size of choice on offer dictates that you’re bound to find something you like.

Great Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
I go to Rome every June and this was the first time at Grand Hotel Plaza. Great location just off the Via Condotti. Very nice staff and service. The room was excellent. I usually stay at a 5-star hotel nearby, but will now always stay at the Grand Hotel Plaza when in Rome. Just as nice for half the price. I had read a few very bad reviews after I had booked the hotel. They were wrong. I highly recommend the hotel.

Top Local Tips for Rome

Seeing the sights, taxis Ladies, bring some comfortable shoes. My girlfriend's feet were throbbing after all the walking you end up doing. As for taxis, bargain with the drivers! Our trip from the airport was 50 Euros. Our trip to it was 30 Euros, thanks to some bargaining.

Guided tours I would really recommend Roamaround Rome guided tours. I took the Coliseum and Palatine Hill combined tour, and the Vatican Tour the next day. If you just walk up to the coliseum you will be approached by tour guides. I think the cost was 10 euro for the coliseum guide, plus the normal entry fee. The benefits are you can jump the queue as part of a group,they are long!, and the guide really did bring the place to life and had excellent knowledge.The Vatican Tour was 30 euro plus entry fee but was equally as good. Honestly, if you don't get a guide you could find yourself looking at a pile of rubble and not really getting a feel for what it once was. It was money really well spent.

Metro I thought the Metro was excellent. It has a limited range, but takes you to most of the main sites. (Or close to them) We were at the Spagna stop, and took the metro from the train station, to the Colloseum, and to the Vatican.

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  • Address: 126 Via del Corso - Rome - 00186 - Italy
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