Stayed for 3 nights in May, I could say so many wonderful things about this hotel.....
Well, for starters we booked theleast expensive room in the hotel, myself and my husband. The room was excellent, linens high quality, bed of good quality (and I am picky) ac great, bath with shower sep tub, bidet and 2 sinks. Heated towel rack a great plus. Lots of fluffy towels, robes, good bath ameneties, and yes, washcloths -a rarity in Italy. The complimentary mini bar was a nice touch, although we were only interested in the mineral water there was beer, pop, alcohol. Hi gh speed internet worked well. Great lighting. Decor made a bright, cherry room. We heard absolutely no noise at night, windows had thick wooden shutters to block out light and sound. Is there anything I can criticize?.........I need to find something, or I will have found the perfect hotel (which I am sure cannot exist) The only clock was small and on the TV, couldn't see it well from bed and I could not find an alarm on it. I carry my cell phone ( clock and alarm) so it was no bother. You can get a wake up call from front desk. I think none of the Italian hotels I stayed in had an alarm clock.
That was the room. Now, the other ameneties. Breakfast was top notch. Its worth explaining since I read a previous review that felt the breakfast was less than perfect. What a spread. Cappucino, latte etc made to order, just press the bell by the door and an attendant will come to take your order ( if she is not already there greeting you !) Choice of breads and rolls, jams honey. Pasteries and cakes. Incredible yougurt. Cereal and granola. My personal favorites, cheeses and sliced ham and salami. Of course, fresh fruit and juices. There was probably more, too. All served on fine china with real silver. Somehow that makes it taste even better. Oh, did I forget the beatiful sunshine coming through the windows which overlooked the beautiful gardens? Breakfast was served late as well, until 11. That came in really handy when we overslept on our fist (and very jet lagged) morning.
Well, what else can I say....location is in a quiet part of Rome, a real plus as Rome is busy with cars and noisy on the main streets. There are still plenty of places to eat and bank machines etc nearby. The location is indeed central to most Roman sights....which brings me to some advice for getting around. Rome is spread out, it is big and hilly. If you want to walk, get in shape before your trip. The metro stop is still a bit of a walk (10min-maybe more, we walk fast) from hotel, but the metro stops in general are very spread out. I actually used a cab to hotel upon arrival from airport (good service, Roman cabs get my stamp of approval) and upon departure to train station. I feel that one of the best ways to experience a city is on its public transport and by walking, but with limited time I would indeed recommend a cab in Rome for certain trips, to save time and your feet!
We had done our homework so didn't need much help with planning, but any questions we had were expertly answered by the hotel staff, they recommended excellent restaurants for us. In Italy, supper is not before 8pm. Its quite nice, really once you get used to it. You leave our key at the desk when you leave ( a custom we lack here, in North America) Its a nice personal touch. The staff know when you are gone, and housekeeping goes in and cleans your room, like magic its done when you get back. No "do not disturb" sign needed, although there was one available. I really liked the fact that you rang a bell to enter the hotel, I felt very secure because of this feature.
We did not have time to use the spa/exercise facility, as we were busy sight seeing all day, but I am sure it would have been excellent judging from the rest of the hotel.
There were complimentary drinks and snacks before supper hour in the lounge area, alcohol, mix, pop, prosecco........very nice touch. We had a drink and read a bit before going out one evening, very relaxing.
Another helpful tip or 2...there is a travel agency just around the corner. Buy your train ticket there in advance to avoid line ups or impersonal machines at staion. The hotel has only a small sign out front and is on a side street. I gave the cab driver a map I had printed out from the hotel's website and he had a GPS (which yes he was typing into while driving us... I give Roman drivers much credit, I could not drive in Rome) but when he dropped us at the far edge of the hotel, I still think that neither I nor the driver knew exactly where the hotel was. I had remembered a photo onTA with the white steps going up to the park across the street, so when I saw the steps I knew we were at the right spot. Thanks to the TA member for that photo!
Overall, the best there is in Rome, don't stay anywhere else. Downside, the Villa Spalletti Trivelli spoiled me for the rest of my Italy trip, it made my relatively adequate Venice hotel ( where I stayed next) feel like a hand me down....
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- The urban Villa of the Spalletti Trivelli Counts rediscovers its vocation as host of business and leisure travelers, connoisseurs of art and wellbeing. In the heart of Rome, Villa Spalletti Trivelli is unique among the historic residences: a splendid Italian garden, elegant and refined environments furnished with genuine antiques, exclusive energy bar, sumptuous rooms with every comfort... ... more less
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