One of the nicest things about this hotel in comparison to something like a named brand luxury hotel is that you can normally speak to the concierge or reception desk on your own and not with a great big queue around you. There are relatively few guests and if that means that you have to pay more to maintain the ambience and the quality of staff then so be it.
It felt welcoming straightaway. Unlike a lot of hotels that I have stayed in, the touches of luxury and extreme cleanliness go beyond the reception area. I think it fair to say that the entire hotel is maintained fastidiously. All of the friendly staff that we encountered were happy to converse in our limited Italian or in English.
We were shown to our room which was easily the best room or should I say suite that my wife and I have ever been given. Obviously luck comes into this and so I want to go on about the features of the room in case you don't get that one! I can tell you that it was spotlessly clean and thoughtfully presented with beautiful furniture that did not look worn out or damaged.
There were downsides. This hotel is not in the centre of Rome which affects the set fare of the taxis from the airport which is normally €48 to anywhere in the centre of Rome. However this was just a couple of euros extra for us but maybe worth pointing out in case you end up in an argument thinking that you would get the set fare. Also concerning taxis, you will need plenty of them as the hotel is a little way away from most facilities. This was part of the attraction as well but while we were staying there the restaurant in the hotel was actually closed which meant going out every night as well as every lunchtime. Yes it is a nice walk through the park to the city centre but you do not want to do it every time. We were not told beforehand that the restaurant was going to be closed and that was perhaps a little cheeky. Having now stayed there I can say that with the benefit of hindsight we would still have stayed there even with no restaurant. When reception order you a taxi it takes moments only, so its isolation is not really a problem other than for your finances possibly. The air conditioning never seemed to work so most nights I awoke feeling as though the room was very stuffy and had to go and open windows. I did not complain though since it was easily the nicest room I've ever stayed in and I didn't want to be moved!
The coffee that is served for breakfast was the quality far surpassing most hotels I have ever stayed at. However we would say get there early for the best choice of food because it did run out on the one morning we were there fairly late.
I have to say that we never regretted booking this hotel at all. It was by my standards expensive, but I didn't feel cheated, it was exclusive and beautifully decorated and all you can ask for a hotel.
Just be aware of the potential expense of taxis to and from civilisation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A few steps from the luxurious Villa Borghese and the chic shopping of Via Veneto, the exclusive Hotel Lord Byron, once a patrician villa, provides the best of both worlds: vicinity to the bustling Eternal City's main attractions and the opportunity to relax in a secluded environment surrounded by the staff's attentive and discrete attention. The property is a proud member of "Small Luxury Hotels of the World". ... more less
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