My partner and I stayed here over valentines. The hotel is small, but decent sized rooms and beautiful decor.
The beds are amazingly comfortable and they have electronic blackout bindes. They have a well stocked mini bar and the wine in the room is delicious. The flat screen sky TV is a bonus, as is the decent shower, bath and hair-dryer is included. Big towels & bath robes are another plus.
In Italy it's apparnently illegal to supply/lend irons by the hotel (or at least this is what we were advised by the staff) so gentleman, take a travel one if needed.
The cold breakfast was really good too, beautiful/cozy dining area with plenty of cold food available, fruit, yogurt, cereal, cakes, and pastries and good coffee.
The staff were absolutely wonderful, everyone's english was fantastic and they all knew plenty about Rome to give advice from places to dine and drink to transport.
The location was the only slight downfall as you're about 20mins from town. Catch the 360 bus to and from the Termini, you want the bus going to Romania street from the centre when coming back, you're the final stop or second to last, the hotel is a 5 minute walk from the Romania stop if you get confused. The 19 Tram will take you to the Vatican (expect 1.5 hr queue in the morning, we paid €35 to a tour group including entry which is usually €15+€7 for headset, and to skip the queue and gained a 2 hour tour with an american speaking italian within the price, definitely pleased we did, this tour group work with the little coffee kiosk in the centre of the square if you want to use them) and after there you can walk to the Colluseum (closes at 3.30 if you want to do this 1st and go the opposite way to us as we missed getting in by 15 mins) with lots of other sights on route. Buy transport tickets from the tobbaconists, or at the hotel desk €1 a trip or €4 a day or €11 for the week. No one ever checked the tickets on the trams or buses but we bought them anyway. The metro shuts at 9pm. The buses are every 15 mins, and the trams are frequent too, running late around midnight, so the location isn't really an issue. DO NOT DO TAXIS IF POSSIBLE. They are expensive, and they add on euros, quickly turning off the metre so you cant see it, or adding several euros if you ask directions anywhere. Italians are so lovely - every stranger we stopped couldn't have gone out of their way more, one couple even missed their bus with no concern so that they would direct us. The waiter of the cafe called the hotel without being asked, and the restaurants are happy for you to use their washrooms without purchasing from them. So no need to ask the taxi driver. Also if you order one, the metre starts from when they take the call - not when you get in.
Note - upon departure in all hotels the government have imposed a new tax €6 per person per night which you will need to pay.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to any friend. Rome is a city to fall in love in and with and this hotel just perfected the trip - I can't wait for another opportunity to go back! Next time I'm requesting a room with a jet bath though as our room didn't include this and we hadn't realised they were available.
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- Experience the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Eternal City and finally retire in the quietness of Villa Duse, one of the most exclusive Roman houses, the perfect place for a happy landing. Claiming its uniqueness, Villa Duse will wrap you in an environment which exudes discretion, quality and style, and will give you the feeling of an increasing comfort, relax and peace. ... more less
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