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“Nothing special and out of the way”
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The Duke Hotel
Ranked #148 of 1,263 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Nothing special and out of the way”
Reviewed 27 September 2008

The hotel is in a great neighborhood but is a distance from the city center. The shuttle service they mention only holds 8 people and you must book well in advance. We waited 20 minutes for it to pick us up in the evening as it was late. It would be better to take the number 52 bus at the top of the hill, 5 minute walk. There is always some discussion as well when trying to book the shuttle if they have room for you. Just annoyance that one does not want to deal with when on vacation.

Service is uneducated as to restaurants in their neighborhood or anywhere else. Good at the normal day to day stuff one would expect.

Rooms are nice and clean with lovely balconies.

Besides breakfast food is TERRIBLE!!!

Look over your bill, I was charged for things I did not have from the bar as well as an extra 365 euros for a room night I had already paid for. They took it off the bill but was still unacceptable.

I would not stay here again, there are much better hotels in the city center with grand lobbies and better services.

  • Liked — Balcony off of our room
  • Disliked — Everything else, especially the food
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with family
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Dublin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2008

My wife and I stayed 5 nights in the Duke at the end of August. It is a fab hotel just a 5 minute walk from Euclide train station (not a metro station). The hotel runs a regular shuttle bus to and from the Spanish Steps which is very convenient. The breakfast was really nice and the staff were all very helpful and friendly.
The hotel is north of the Villa Borghese which is a must see (as is the Galleria)
We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2008

After reading the reviews here and hearing others I know who have stayed at the Duke and loved it, I contacted the hotel directly for a reservation. My email was answered within minutes with two great options for what we were seeking (two rooms adjoining). It only got better from there.

Upon arrival at the hotel (early in the morning), our room was made available to us even though we arrived 8 hours before check in time. The front desk staff was incredibly helpful, offering maps, shuttle reservations and advice on when/were/how to see Rome.

Our adjoining rooms were gorgeous - hardwood floors, marble bathrooms, satellite TV (we even were able to watch a Red Sox game one night!).

Breakfast was very good - the house made granola was wonderful. Service was very attentive, good (not great) food, nice selection.

The Duke has made it to my list of favorite out-of-the-way boutique hotels in Europe!

  • Liked — Excellent service, beautiful rooms, breakfast included
  • Disliked — Expensive mini-bar, location a little out of the way, but managable.
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Sheffield
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2008

We went to The Duke Hotel for our honeymoon and thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. Rome was amazing and the hotel was really good. We booked our holiday through expedia and all of the information and photos provided about the hotel were accurate. The rooms were confortable and very clean, breakfast was brilliant and all of the staff were very helpful and nice. Virtually all of the staff speak english so you have to wait until you get into Rome to practice your Italian!

The one drawback was that it is a little out of the way, although it is in a residential area. We found that it was quite quiet and tended to eat out by the Spanish Steps as it was a bit more lively. However, it is only a short trip on the metro, and the hotel does offer a free bus service to and from the Spanish Steps. This would not stop us from staying at the hotel again and we would definitely recommend it to friends and family.

  • Liked — Breakfast!!
  • Disliked — Walking from the train station after a long day!
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Chilly79
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New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2008

We stayed for a week in late July. It is a very nice and well kept property in a quiet neighborhood. You do need to get accustomed to scheduling the shuttle rides but once you get over that it is very manageable. I also recommend taking a 10-15 minute walk down the hill (you pass the supermercato street which is down hill 2 blocks and then a right turn). There is an inexpensive restaurant as well as a good wine bar, very, very fine gelato location, and good but more expensive/better restaurant at the base of the hill. Simon, an outstanding staff member, was kind enough to drop us at one eatery and speak to the manager to ensure fine service.

Also recommend a drink off the lobby, the house Red was excellent and I was the recipient of several "stout pours" by the staff. Regardless of the genorosity of the pour, the drinks room is extremely civilized.

The hotel is definitely on the quiet side and the staff is very professional. A minor complaint was we coudn't control the AC from our room and no matter how much the desk turned it up it never really got particularly cool.

  • Stayed July 2008
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1 Thank sean49
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Norway
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2008

The Duke Hotel is really a good choice in Rome.
Our room (a standard room) was very clean and appealing, the bathroom is fantastic! There were robes and slippers provided, a nice little touch. You can either take the train and metro, the free shuttle bus or a cab to get into town, all good options - although I would either catch the shuttle bus (remember to book the shuttle bus at the front desk) or take the train - you save some money, and it's very convenient.
Loved the breakfast - the restaurant is very elegant with a touch of luxury, and the waitors are very helpful and polite.Safe and pleasant residential neigbourhood!
Rome is an amazing city, and you will have a calm and relaxing stay at the Duke. The distance to "downtown Rome" is a disadvantage, but if walking distance isn't very important to you, this is a good choice.

  • Liked — The cleanliness, the luxury feeling
  • Disliked — Distance from downtown
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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2 Thank nidabl
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Eskilstuna, Sweden
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22 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2008

We went here on our honeymoon and were pleased with most things:
Positives:
* Very nice room - the junior suite that is.
* A very quiet neighbourhood.
* Polite and professional staff.
* Champagne for breakfast!
* Great service with shuttle to and from Piazza di Spagna. It was needed and appreciated.

Negatives were just som minor things:
*When we were eating dinner the waitress acted very stressed and seemed to want us to leave as early as possible.
* A REALLY overpriced minibar. I mean, a Coke for 4 Euro?

Overall we were very satisfied with our stay and would recommend this hotel to our friends.

  • Liked — The little touch of luxury.
  • Disliked — The restaurant.
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Golben
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Property: The Duke Hotel
Address: Via Archimede 69, 00197 Rome, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Parioli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#79 Business Hotel in Rome
#82 Family Hotel in Rome
#87 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#101 Romantic Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Duke Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 86
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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