River Palace Hotel

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River Palace Hotel

, Rome
4 star

Rooms: 41

33 Via Flaminia - Rome - 00196 - Italy Hotel Website | | 6830011
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Submitted by: Shaun in 09/01/06
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  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Our stay was ok but on our arrival we asked for an upgrade which we were told we could have the following day, we did not unpack. On the following day we were told we could not upgrade until the next day. Later that evening our room on the third floor along with about four other rooms were broken into (no forced entry) just by using a swipe card and my beloved Apple Powerbook laptop was stolen along with a charger for my camera, my wife's switch card and Forty Pounds in English money.

All in all not an enjoyable stay, we have been back now about two months almost three The Manager refuses to return any emails, Fax's and telephone calls as do their insurance company.

So to sum up, If you have something you treasure or al least like unless you want to carry it around Rome with you, DON'T STAY THERE.

Shaun Love (Nottingham, UK)

Historical Traveller Reviews of River Palace Hotel

Lovely Hotel - River Palace, Rome

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed in this hotel for 5 days at the end of November and had a wonderful time. The hotel was spotlessly clean with a high standard of decor and furnishings. The staff were very polite, friendly and helpful and nothing was too much bother for them.
We ate in the hotel restaurant one of the evenings of out stay and were more than happy with the food and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. The hotel is ideally situated for all the main attractions, designer shops and lovely little restaurants, all just a few minutes walk away. In fact during our stay we didn't use any form of transport as we felt every where was within easy walking distance. We would recommend this hotel without hesitation.

great value,great little hotel,great time-OK Great!

from guffin
A classy little hotel with a great location for sight seeing. Check-in was easy with no language problem. The rooms are small-the bathrooms even smaller. If you are over 5ft 10 in.and 180lbs you may struggle in the bathroom for everything. The rooms are extremely well decorated and comfortable-bathroom excluded for comfortable. I recommend the king size option for more space unless you are short and thin:) The rooms were hot-temperature wise- not just our room but others complained also. Trying to get the phone to work or the temperature turned down was impossible- like Jamacia- no problem-no fix. The food for both breakfast and dinner was excellent. (Breakfast was included.) Try the dinner-very,very good-food and service. The bar is extrewmely cozy with a beatuiful sitting area. Drinks are 9E - yike!An after dinner drink is worth it however. This hotel is rated by some 3 star-don't believe it-a good 4. We were there 6 days so with every hotel nothings perfect. I'd stay again-and I hope will.

Nice hotel, great location

from JGC
I thought the River Palace was a nice hotel. I didn't think it was a great hotel, but is was more than adequate. Bear in mind, we visited this hotel after staying at the wonderful Locanda Orseolo in Venice, which had raised the bar pretty high.
The breakfast was your standard hotel buffet fare--breads, pastries, cold meats, cereals, juices. I did notice that the table linens were dirty, as were the jackets the servers wore.
The rooms were smallish, but quiet. The linens were lovely. The rooms were clean and the ceilings in our room were painted with a cloud mural, which was nicely executed. The decor veered toward the Carmela Soprano-ish, but what the hey.
We booked thru last minute and got a good rate. I would probably try some other hotels on future trips to Rome, but would not mind staying here again.
The location is great--near the beautiful Borghese gardens, Piazza del Popolo, etc. Metro station is yards away, and there was a very decent casual restaurant right down the block.

Great little hotel in a great location

from surreylady50
Booked the River Palace through UK build your own holiday webpage and lucked out by being allocated the Villa Suite on the 8th floor - the only room with a balcony. What fantastic views of the Vatican to the right, the Pantheon and right down Via del Corso straight ahead. The Suite had a huge king size bed, a separate little lounge area and the bathroom had a huge jaccuzi bath - great except we couldn't get the bubbles to work - after repeatedly asking Reception to get it fixed. A minor problem because everything else was excellent and spotlessly clean. This little gem of a hotel is two minutes from the Flaminio Metro giving you access to all the sights although we managed to walk to most places from the hotel. Breakfast provided was full of all the usual buffet choices you could want and nicely presented in the little restaurant. We'd definitely recommend this hotel.

Double booked-no room upon arrival!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We arrived at the hotel well within the designated arrival time. We were told that the hotel had made a double booking and we would have to move to another hotel. We later learned that at least 3 other couples suffered the same problem and were moved to alternative hotels. The stress of moving on after a long initial journey was considerable especially as we had to move back to the River Palace hotel after 3 of the 5 days we were due to stay in Rome.
We were provided with an alternative hotel that had a better location but, obviously, the problem should not have arisen in the first place.

The hotel later offered to order us a taxi to take us to the railway station at a cost of E35. We ordered our own taxi at a cost of E16.

Perfect location!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I just came back from Rome where I spent 2 nts at the River Palace, and am so glad I did. The reviews I had read previous to me booking, were dead on. The only negative at all, was the size of the standard rooms.
They're very tiny, but lovely. Then again, how much time do you spend in your room while in Rome?? I can't say enough about the staff and the service we received....I must say it was exceptional. I am a travel agent and I must confess that besides being on a cruise ship, there aren't that many hotels I've been to in the past the offered the same service ( remember this is a 4* not a 5* ). The hotel itself is quite petite ( as are most in Rome ), but very lovely, with a very cozy decor.
It's not cheap, but hotels which are dumps, sell for very little less.
The continental bkfst which is included is great considering it's continental. Good variety, great service again. The location of the hotel is perfect!!!
You step out of the front door, hang a right and just walk. You're in the main area of Rome, all the shopping is right there and you can reach the Spanish Steps, among other piazza's in no time. Great to just hang out. The variety of the restaurants nearby is great. Will definitely go back here in the future. Also, you're a 2 minute walk to the underground metro....sooo easy to use and will take you anywhere...we were at the Vatican in less than 20 minutes, including a short walk.

I would recommend the River Palace

from A TripAdvisor Member
The River Palace Hotel is situated at the top end of town right near the Piazza del popolo, which is a lovely quiet area just outside the central Spanish steps area. The place was spotlessly clean with a great fondness for marble. The hotel isn't overly large and the rooms are small but perfectly formed. The hotel staff were lovely and the breakfasts very ample. It is an ideal quiet place to return to after the bustle of touring around Rome in the day. I would definitely return there. The bartender is a real character, very courteous and from another era.

Lovely hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Location is great - we walked everywhere! although there was not a great choice of restaurants in the immediate area

We did not find the street to be grim , maybe a little lacking in character. Nice hotel though rooms were on the small side. Not made for lounging around in.

The bathroom was very clean and a good size. Breakfast was nice with great capuccinos and cakes. We got a good rate as we travelled in July and I think it was good value.

Lovely Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
The River Palace is a lovely 4 star hotel in Rome very near Piazza del Popolo. The property was renovated just a few years ago and the rooms and bathrooms are beautiful. Marble in the bathrooms and the ceiling in the bedroom was painted like the sky. The rooms are smallish by US standards so I would suggest that you opt for the superior room upgrade.
The staff is very friendly and helpful.

Loved This Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
This was our first trip to Italy and we stayed 9 days - although the room was small by US standards, we have nothing but great things to say about the hotel and staff. The adjoining restroom (shower only, no tub, tho) was more than adequate, and the small room seemed inconsequential as we used it only to sleep and freshen up before our next daily adventure out in the town. We looked all over the city (including the Via Veneto hotels) and could not have found a more perfect, centrally located hotel for seeing the sights. Located just north of Piazza Poppolo, the streets then radiate from that Plaza thru all the locations in central/old Rome; if we wanted, a taxi stand is located at the south end of that plaza plus a bunch of cafes. Many nights (esp weekends) we took a short walking trip to the Spanish Steps - but all the wonderful shops were located just south of Plaza Poppolo and the hotel - these shops and cafes were much more diverse and interesting than those we saw on Via Veneto. The hotel has a complimentary breakfast each day from 0700-1000 hrs that really was a great help to us. The staff were all outstanding and very, very helpful - and there is an ATM/bank right next door. We booked a couple of day trips using the staff. Our room was on the 7th floor. Previous comments regarding the small lift are accurate - very small - but not much different than we found in Paris. All in all, we really enjoyed finding this hotel and we will stay there again when we come back - and we say that after looking at alot of other hotels when we out and about in the city.

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so much to do, so little time well.......................... you can walk around attractions such as piazza novona, piazza de popollo, spanish steps, tevi fountain, pantheon etc with ease in a single stroll. You will need a day alone to explore the colleseum and forum. The same goes for the vatican. dont miss any of the above mentioned........................and there is so much more!!


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  • Address: 33 Via Flaminia - Rome - 00196 - Italy
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