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“WONDERFUL HOTEL - touch out of the way” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Villa Duse
Ranked #211 of 1,292 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“WONDERFUL HOTEL - touch out of the way”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2011

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.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SKate82
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Dublin, Ireland
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51 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2011

Myself and my partner are just back from a trip to Rome. We stayed in Villa Duse following the high rating it received on Trip Advisor. From the moment we arrived we were made very welcome. The accommodation was excellent and facilities are second to none. The break fast room was very comfortable and well appointed. The food (continental breakfast) was of a very high quality and was beautifully presented. The Reception staff were more than helpful and gave directions to all the major attractions. Overall this is an exceptional hotel, quiet, very comfortable and I can't praise it highly enough. When I return to Rome I will make a point of staying here again. Cathy and Frank, Dublin, Ireland

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank cathyb555
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Bucharest, Romania
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2010

Exquisite good taste, excellent comfort in a very quiet (and safe) area still very well connected to the city main attractions ( 3 min walk to the bus to Termini station, max 10 min walk to the tram to Vatican and the bus to the Historic Center).
But probably the best asset of this Hotel is its staff: friendly yet discreet, very open and very courteous, ready to help with every possible request, very efficient .
Our special thanks to Sabrina, Loredana , Francesca and Abel and of course to Ibrahim, the maitre d'hotel who made of ( the excellent) breakfast an enjoyable experience to remember.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MihaelasiIonut
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UK
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133 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2010

Parioli is considered by most Romans to be the best suburb near the centre. In reality the hotel is still very close to Via Veneto and there are two buses that stop just up the road. The area boasts many trees and what is often considered by Romans to be the best gelateria in the whole city. Literally a hole in the wall. I know as I lived in Rome for ten years in the 1980s.

The hotel itself is fabulously appointed and no expense has been spared in delivering the best materials both in the rooms and the rest of the hotel.
You only have to look at the number of fire hydrants and extinguishers to understand that this is not a hotel that does things by halves. The decoration in the rooms is tasteful and each room has a full size plasma screen. The bathroom was exceptional with acres of marble and a shower unit like no other.

Breakfast was tastefully presented and the staff were always corteous and well presented. I have stayed at thousands of hotels but this one must be in my top ten of all time.

Its hard to believe that one year ago this place din't even exist but full marks to the owners. They have created a work of art and you will not be disappointed.

The only neo is that parking outside can be a bit of a challenge but we didn't experience too many problems with a smaller car. You just have to park "Italian" style.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank HastingsBanda
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Botosani
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2010

We definitely love this hotel and we will come back soon! Everything was how we expected: outside of the hotel, the staff, the room - beautiful, quiet, clean and with a beautiful perfume. A small advise - more diversity on breakfast food. Thank you 'Tripadvisor' and people which written on it for their good reviews

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Claudiu61
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The Netherlands
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131 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2010

When we arrived (by bus no 360, 15-20 minutes from Termini station, 1 euro), we immediately recognized the hotel from the pictures of their website. Luckily, because there was no sign on the outside of the hotel. The girl from the reception was already expecting us. She showed us the room and helped us with the luggage. We booked an executive room, because we wanted a room with a jacuzzi, which was great, after a day of strolling around Rome. The room wasn't really big, but good enough for a few (5) days: enough space to store our luggage, a nice bed, classic furniture, spacious bathroom.

The room was very tidy and they cleaned it every time we left the hotel (sometimes the towels were changed twice a day). Breakfast room was downstairs. They offered a wide range of cakes and some bread, yoghurt and fruit. Coffee (try the latte macchiato) and tea was served fresh. The men who worked were really nice. Breakfast was served until 10.30, which was great for us.

We spend most of our time in the centre (Colloseum, Vatican, shopping streets) with all the other tourists, but the location of the hotel was also great if we wanted to go to the park (Villa Borghese is a 10 minute walk), the Zoo (in Park Borghese) or when we wanted to go to great restaurants without other tourists. The receptionists at the hotel gave us great tips and made reservations for Molto (international food, great, but a little expensive) and La Pariolina (Italian food, not too fancy). We ate at 9, that's when it becomes more crowded in restaurants. Both restaurants are only a 10 minute walk from the hotel.

I would absolutely recommend this hotel to my friends, because it was clean, the location was great, the people were extremely nice and helpfull and the hotel was small and intimate.

Of course there's also a remark: the internet wasn't always working (but that problem can also be caused by my laptop).

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Femmers
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New York City, New York
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2010

I had a great experience at this hotel. Was there for the weekend. The room quality is at 5 stars level. One of the best hotels I've been in the last months. Just go for it!

Only one problem: the breakfast in room service ends to early, 10:30 am! They should do the service at least until 12.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Oluna_10
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Property: Hotel Villa Duse
Address: Via Alamanno Morelli 1 | Parioli area, 00197 Rome, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Parioli
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #211 of 1,292 Hotels in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Duse 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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