You have to decide what is most important to you, when considering staying here. They have exceptional service, at every level: doorman, driver, concierge, pool wait staff to put out towels and water, wait staff at the pool, service staff at the restaurant and generous breakfast buffet. The pool area and grounds are excellent and the location is out of the core but a five minute cab ride from the Spanish steps, 10 euros, so not an issue at all.
The negative, which for us was a big one, was the ability and quality of sleep. The walls between rooms and to the hallway, are THIN. You can hear EVERYTHING going on in the next room: talking, laughing, clicking of light switches, opening and closing of the wardrobe....everything. We had young kids in the room next to us and at times it was unbearable. The front desk did ask the family in the room to ensure their kids were quiet but you can hear just normal talking. There are a lot of kids at this hotel so we could have moved rooms but who knows what else we would have heard through the walls....i decided hearing kids was the lesser of two evils as I was with my teenagers!
In addition, the beds are hard and you can feel the springs....did you ever wonder what happened to the bad university mattress that you slept on....well it is at the aldrovandi in rome! The beds have lovely sheets, the pillows are fine but this is nice dressing on an awful matress. We found most beds in Italy to be hard but only at this hotel could we actually feel the springs!!!
You should also know that while the rooms are well appointed, they are small; there is no room for a cot so they truly suit only two people. The bathrooms however are large and well done with nice towels, slippers and robes.
So, exceptional service vs. ability to sleep....you decide what is most important to you before booking.
- 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