Just returned from a fabulous 7 night holiday in Rome based at the Aldrovani.
The place itself is superbly situated away from the noise and hub-bub of central Rome and the pool and gardens - which is one of the main reasons we booked the place - are a fantastic retreat and an oasis of calm in what is a pretty mad-cap place.
Given its locale, the shuttle bus is a must and we used it on numerous occasions. A really relaxed, efficient and well-organised service that is very much not in keeping with the rest of Rome!
The staff - and I mean all of them - were just simply superb. Friendly, helpful, genuine but not in your face. Rooms were very pleasant, breakfast was just superb, the poolside service was again just spot-on and the Concierge were excellent.
The only downside was that the cost of the food / drink etc from either around the pool or elsewhere (mini bar) was eye-wateringly expensive.#
As for Rome? Well, what can I say? Well, just accept the inefficiencies, crumbling infrastructue and semi-chaos of the place and you will have a whale of a time in what is truly one of the most vibrant and unique cities in the world.
Yes, you could always try to do something different and shy away from the 'usual' suspects such as the Colosseum, Panthenon, Trevi Fountain, Vatican etc. But you would be serioulsy be missing out on some of the truly great sights of the world, never mind Italy or Europe. I'm not easily impressed, but boy, was I impressed by what I saw!
My tip is to leave it late (2 - 3pm) to visit the main sites as by then a lot of the tour buses have gone and it is far less hectic (although still very busy) and you'll still have 2 - 3 hours to soak up the culture and atmosphere of your chosen 'venue'.
So, if you are contemplating going to Rome then my advice is book it now. And if you are looking for a bolt-hole away from the city-centre where you can relax and have a bit of well deserved R&R, then look no further than the Aldrovani!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched above the Eternal City in Rome's exclusive, residential Pinciano neighborhood, Aldrovandi Villa Borgheseis a palatial retreat that feels a world apart from the crowded piazzas of the Italian capital, although within walking distance of many highlights of the Eternal City. Overlooking the gorgeous greenery of Rome's Borghese Gardens, Aldrovandi Villa Borghese takes center stage in the Eternal City's poshest neighborhood. A former convent, this grand 19th-century ivory villa is dressed in marble and dripping in chandeliers. With its new SPA by LA MER and state-of-the-art fitness suite featuring the latest equipment, the two-Michelin-star restaurant Oliver Glowig, secluded garden with outdoor pool and palm tree-lined terrace, and a private shuttle to whisk guests straight to the Spanish Steps, this urban retreat offers all the perfect luxurious amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aldrovandi Villa Borghese Hotel Rome
- Aldrovandi Palace Hotel Rome
- Aldrovandi Palace Rome