Myself, my husband and our eight year old son stayed at the Duke Hotel for one night at the very end of our trip to Italy this past July. We had stayed in a more centrally located hotel for the first two nights of our trip. However, my son felt that our room at the other hotel had been too dark (due to scaffolding), and he insisted that we needed to find a new hotel for our last night. Expedia was offering a terrific rate for a junior suite at the Duke Hotel, about which I had remembered reading rave reviews on Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed. The room was stylishly appointed, light, and very comfortable. The concierge booked us into a quite good restaurant in the neighborhood called Pagaroma. The shuttle bus transported us there for free. One thing that I quite liked about this restaurant was that the only tourists eating there that night seemed to be from the Duke Hotel. (I know this because we encountered most of them the next morning at breakfast.) Everyone else appeared to be real, live Romans who actually lived in the neighborhood.
The next morning, the buffet breakfast was really good. My son was thrilled. At the first hotel, the buffet breakfast had not been included and, I had felt, not worth the splurge. We had eaten a perfectly nice breakfast in a cafe nearby, but it had been a big disappointment for him.
The Duke Hotel does seem to be very child friendly. I think they must get quite a lot of families staying there. The suggestions for children's activities in their brochure were interesting -- a trip to the children's museum, bicycle riding in the Villa Borghese Gardens. The sort of activities I might recommend to a Roman family visiting Manhattan. My son definitely wants to stay there again next summer, but for longer. My husband would prefer to be nearer to the historic center where he can walk around. He had preferred the first hotel. I think that we might have to split it up again just to keep everybody happy.
I should add that I assume that the reason that I was able to get such a good rate at the last minute was due to the fact that the location of the Duke Hotel is not ideal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4-star boutique hotel The Duke Hotel allows you to enjoy the city at its best: art, culture, shopping and business. Nestled in the Villa Borghese area The Duke Hotel offers a quiet and private place to return to after a day of exploring the Eternal city's attractions or doing business. Just minutes away from the historical center, where the finest shops and historical sites can be found and nearby the new Auditorium Parco della Musica, Galleria Borghese, Olimpic Stadium and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. The Duke Hotel will be an ideal place for single tourists, families and business travelers alike.The Duke Hotel has 86 comfortable rooms. The rooms are distributed over 6 floors and are different in shape and size. Some rooms have balcony or terraces. Several connected rooms. Four rooms are equipped for disabled guests. A smoking floor is also available. All these rooms are tastefully decorated with the furnishings further enhanced by coordinated flowers and offers all comforts and services of a 4* hotel. Authentic Italian cuisine is served in its restaurant "I Duchi". You may enjoy a variety of original menu creations and regional home-made pastries. The cuisine adds a touch of creativity to the traditional cooking with international specialties recommended by our Chef. The comfortable Polo Lounge Bar is a popular meeting place. The warm atmosphere makes it an ideal meeting point where you can relax, enjoy a large choice of cocktails and drinks and taste the traditional English Afternoon Tea. For business travelers or those hosting a social event while in the city The Duke's Meeting Rooms are equipped with all technical fittings as well as special technology for videoconferences such as ISDN lines. All the Meeting Spaces maintain the same taste for detail as the hotel with comfortable chairs and furnishings in delicate shades creating an elegant yet efficient atmosphere.If you are looking for a quality luxury hotel in Rome ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Duke Hotel Rome
- Rome Hotel Duke