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Hotel Splendide Royal
Ranked #55 of 1,271 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 June 2009

Having just returned from a fantastic trip to Rome I felt that I should write a review on this hotel in the hope that it may help future travellers. The hotel itself was lovely, the breakfast was great and was served in beautiful surroundings but we felt a little disappointed with the room which we were allocated. I had booked a superior double, which is actually just a standard room. Whilst the room itself was very clean, tidy and nicely appointed the bathroom was a little 'tired looking'.

Also felt that 25 euros extra for t.v. was insulting given the price of the room in the first place. Mini bar prices were very steep as were the prices in the hotel bar.

Also a little disappointed that the hotel didn't even give us a complimentary bottle of wine or something similar, given that it was my husband's 50th birthday and our 10th wedding anninversary (a fact that they were aware of).

All in all a good hotel but not quite as good as I had expected. The little restaurant immediately next to the hotel (come out of doors and turn right) was excellent. Food very acceptable, service with a smile and complimentary drinks at a reasonable price (by Rome standards).

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2009

We just returned from Rome and recommend this hotel. We were a little worried about the Splendide given some of the prior reviews, but found a very plush, smallish hotel which we would certainly return to again. The hotel is situated very near others, such as the Sofitel and the Marriott, just outside of the Borghese. The Spanish Steps and Via Veneto are 10 minute and 5 minute walks away, respectfully. The metro stops are probably more like a 15 minute walk in either direction.

Our room was large, plush, and very clean. We were on a lower floor, and did not have a view of any sort, but as we were on our feet most of the day walking around the city, this did not matter to us. Likewise, the smallish fitness room (essentially a treadmill and a bike) had no demerits from us.

We did not utilize the high end restaurant, but did have breakfast daily as part of our rate. The breakfast area, on floor 6 at the top of the hotel provided a great view over the Borghese, with glimpses of St. Peter's and the surrounding hills.
Breakfast was good, and had a variety of mainly cold items. The wait staff was prompt and courteous and left nothing undesired.

Overall, all the staffers we encountered were very professional and top notch.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank notthatdeadyet
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Reviewed 21 May 2009

Though the cab to the Splendide was not memorable, the hotel was. Quiet, but excellent location … 5 minute walk to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, all that you can take in for as long as you choose.

We did arrive early but the staff made up our room within 10 minutes. Check-in and concierge service at the front desk was quickly and efficiently taken care of, with our dinner arrangements completed as we waited for the room. Our room was large and extremely comfortable even though we were “street side”. Bath was excellent also. Laptop Internet connection was “reasonable” by European standards and w/o issue.

We really liked the smaller size (certainly NOT a MEGA- hotel!) and the overall condition. Enjoyed the breakfast buffet with great views of the Vatican and Rome-Cityscape ,on the Terrace. Great coffee and just relaxing for us. Will certainly stay there when I return to Rome!!

  • Stayed: May 2009
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Reviewed 19 May 2009

Our room was beautiful; they upgraded us. Great location, minutes from everything. Restaurant on top floor, very good but expensive. Staff was efficient, friendly and very accommodating. Street cafes - as soon as you sit, check doubles. Stand at bar for breakfast and lunch. Costs a lot less. Nino's was our favorite place toeat. American Express booked the best tours.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Joseph M
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Reviewed 10 May 2009

We booked the hotel through our travel agent so we did not have any advance knowledge of this establishment. As most hotels the concierge hit us up as soon as we hit the counter for tours. I don't mind that because its usually a win win, they get a piece of the business and you get a tour from a reputable provider. However, in this instance we were sold a private Vatican tour where everything was supposedly included but as we soon found out it was not. When the dispute came between me and the tour operator the concierge stood in front of me and did not own up to what he had stated the tour would be. Secondly, having an inclination as to what type of guy this was I paid my tour bill in cash t the concierge, I included an extra 20 Euro on purpose and re-asked if this amount was correct after he counted it. He smiled and said this was correct change. I kindly told him the extra was his tip. Small price to pay to know the character of the people you are dealing with. In short, the hotel is very nice with a great location. However, I just cant give a good review when you can't trust the staff a what they tell you. As out of towners, we rely on them for good information, at least I think its their job to do so

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 May 2009

The staff were excellent - very friendly and nothing too much trouble. Although our room overlooked the street, the double glazing ensured a quiet room which was very roomy and comfortable and made our stay even more enjoyable. The hotel was located about 5 minutes walk from the Borghese Gardens and Via Veneto and there were plenty of restaurants to chose from within the vicinity. We used the hotel restaurant , which had wonderful views of St Peters,for a special birthday and couldn't find fault with it and the hotel even arranged for complimentary champagne to be served in our room which was a lovely gesture. A good selection for breakfast was served in the dining room again with wonderful views.
Notwithstanding all of the above, one good feature was the fact that the hotel was so centrally placed and within easy reach of all the main sightseeing attractions and by chance we chose a week where almost all museums were free.
The one big downfall, and not the fault of the hotel, was how expensive Rome is even taking into account the poor exchange rate.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Linda075
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Reviewed 29 April 2009

My Partner booked a surprise trip to Rome (to propose!) over the Easter break and we stayed at the fantastic Splendide Royal. We arranged an airport collection via conceirge and the driver was waiting in arrivals as promised - recommend this service for sheer ease!

We had a spacious room with a separate walk in wardrobe, large marble bathroom and huge bed. We stayed at the hotel for 6 nights and found it faultless. The staff (particularly the front desk) were really helpful and friendly, greeting us with a wave every time we left or arrived back at the hotel.

Breakfast was simple but plenty of choice and the staff were helpful and kept the buffet tables constantly topped up.

Hotel is a great location for the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain (5 minute walk) and the Via Veneto for the restaurants (recommend Harry's for the best steak in red wine sauce, pricey but worth the money). We spent a lovely afternoon lounging and strolling in Borghese Park.

Would recommend the use of the 48 hour guided bus tour route, on the first day we completed the whole circuit on the bus using the headphones just to get our bearings. We then used the bus like a taxi and hopped on and off at each attraction. The nearest stop, Barberini Plaza is only a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Another thing we would recommend is the guide at the Collesseum, for an extra 10 euros we got to skip the huge queue and found the guide really informative. We didn't use this service at The Vatican as it was a 2 hour tour and we felt that we would rather explore the musuems at our pace.

We dined at the Mirabelle restaurant on one night and although extremely expensive it was worth every penny as the food and service were excellent. Only disappointment was that we dressed up for this Michelin starred restaurant (as you would!) yet there were people who felt it necessary to wear tracksuits and trainers which I felt was a bit disrespectful as the restaurant clearly had a dress code and other guests had made the effort.

All in all we would definitely recommend this hotel to anybody wanting to visit Rome, yes it is pricey but worth the money in this fantastic city. Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via di Porta Pinciana 14, 00187 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Ludovisi / Via Veneto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#37 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#42 Business Hotel in Rome
#68 Family Hotel in Rome
#78 Romantic Hotel in Rome
Price Range: £193 - £423 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Splendide Royal 5*
Number of rooms: 70
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A jewel of elegance in the heart of the city, recently restored from a palace dating from 1890 and walking distance from the Spanish Steps and the Via Veneto area. ... more   less 
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