More about Aldrovandi Palace
Luxury accommodation in Rome
Not all of them do provide imo real 5 star service/facilities though. I did put first those that are officially 5 star deluxe and then the 5 star (only):
5 star deluxe
Aldrovandi Palace www.aldrovandi.com
Ambasciatori Palace www.ambasciatoripalace.com
Bernini Bristol www.sinahotels.it
Cavalieri Hilton www.cavalieri-hilton.it
De Russie www.hotelderussie.it
Westin Excelsior www.westin.com/excelsiorrome.com
Grand Hotel de la Minerve www.grandhoteldelaminerve.it
Hassler Villa Medici www.hotelhasslerroma.com
De La Ville www.rome.intercontintal.com
St. Regis Grand www.stregis.com
Lord Byron www.lordbyronhotel.com
Parco dei Principi www.parcodeiprincipi.com
Regina Baglioni www.baglionihotels.com
Splendide Royal www.splendideroyal.com
5 Star (only)
Radisson ES www.rome.radissonsas.com Very expensive!!
De-Luxe Experience at the Aldrovandi
Just had a four night weekend break at the Aldrovandi Palace Hotel, Rome.On arriving at lunchtime having left home at 3am , we were impressed with the polite friendliness of the staff which set the standard throughout the break. The Hotel is away from the noise and bustle of the city but only a 25 minute stroll through the Villa Borghese Park which the hotel overlooks. The room was furnished to a high standard and the bathroom clean and well appointed. The adjacent patio commanded a panoramic view of northern Rome.
The added bonus was the gourmet style dining in the "Baby" restaurant with immaculate presentation and service. A courtesy shuttle bus operated hourly during the day to the main area of the city
Clearly not a 'Leading Hotel of the World'
We stayed at the Aldrovandi Palace for a weekend in November (so the pool was not a major attraction then) and were disappointed. Although the hotel had allegedly been refurbished recently, it did not show (at least inside). The hotel lobby is unimpressive and our room was fairly small and worn down. Despite being on the fifth floor (the hotel's highest), you could hear significant street noise. The hotel service was very uneven: while some people were helpful and friendly, others were not (although we had requested newspaper delivery when we checked in, the newspaper never came). Another downside is the location. Unlike what the hotel's website makes you believe ("just steps from the Spanish Steps"), it is an approximately 30 minute walk to the Spanish Steps and even further to other sites. Also, don't walk to or from the city at night!! The Villa Borghese gardens near the hotel are a hangout for gay prostitutes and another couple was attacked in the park on their way back to the hotel (the concierge, whom they had asked to call the police, was very unhelpful and quite rude). So, while the city is beautiful and interesting, we would not recommend the Aldrovandi Palace. In fact I wonder how the hotel ever got accepted by the "Leading Hotels of the World" organization; the Aldrovandi certainly does not seem to meet their typical standards.
I stayed at the Aldrovandi Palace Hotel from 25.01.06 - 27.01.06.
On the first morning at around 8am (!) they started renovation of the bathroom ceiling right next door to our room.
When I called the front desk someone showed up and explained that "a guest is taking a shower next door in the bathroom" while you could hear the hammering and sawing !?!
He refused to do anything about the noise as it was a "guest". After breakfast - there was no sleeping any longer possible - we noticed through the open door next to our room that two handymen were fixing and renovating the ceiling of the bathroom.
We found this "service- and guest oriented" behaviour unacceptable.
The next day I found some appliances the handymen must have used for renovating the bathroom wrapped around my toothbrush in our bathroom - an extra "joke" by the hotel.
Forget the breakfast as for 29,- Euro any 3 star hotel can do much better and coffee would probably be hotter and the orange juice be fresher.
A strong non-recommendation !
I wouldn't waste your money here
This hotel was the most expensive one we stayed in on our visit to Italy, and unfortunately we didn't get what we paid for.
I think the hotel description is misleading as to where it is located - we had stayed at the Duke hotel a couple of minutes away from here a few nights previously and had no problem with the location, because we knew about it before we arrived. We also didn't pay a city centre premium when we stayed at the Duke like we did here.
The staff were plain obnoxious, the worst customer service in our whole trip. No matter what else is wrong with a hotel you will usually forgive it, at least to an extent, if the customer service is good and the staff friendly and helpful.
Our room was outdated with one entire wall mirrored, and decorated in an interesting aqua colour. Our room was at the front, but we were lucky enough to be on the 5th flor so although we could hear the trams they weren't a huge problem. The location of the air conditioning unit was really stupid - in the window recess behind the curtains, so the choice is light streaming in at 6am, or being roasting hot... There was a safe, a well stocked mini bar (although at 8 euros for a fanta I would think twice) and a TV with a good selection of channels. The room had an integral door leading to the room next door if a family were staying in it. The bathroom was okay, but no tub, only a very average shower cubicle. And even though the booking was clearly made for 2 people there was only one robe in the bathroom. The marble sink was nice though.
The pool area was very nice, and the only time we saw good service was from the pool attendant. There is a nice bar area out by the pool, but we waited 35 minutes before a waiter took our order (despite asking the waiters who were standing around doing absolutely nothing in the restaurant - clearly it wasn't their job to help customers though), and were seriously considering going somewhere else for a drink by the time he showed up.
I can't tell you anything about the breakfast because it wasn't included in our £183 a night room. This was the only time it wasn't included in our whole stay.
If you head left out the hotel then head straight up for about ten minutes you come to a really nice area with lots of restaurants and lovely shops. We had dinner in a good restaurant up there where the service was second to none (they wouldn't have had to try that hard to impress me after the hotel, but they were very good anyway!).
In summary, I would save a bit of cash and stay round the corner at the Duke Hotel, or else if you still want to splash the cash pay for the location and stay right in the middle of the action.
Rome great, Hotel lovely, but expensive
Went there for Wife’s 30th Birthday, we both had a wonderful time. Very friendly and helpful, lovely Hotel. But expensive. Hope you enjoy walking as Rome is very hilly, but there is a complementary Shuttle service run by the Hotel to the Spanish steps which was also very helpful.
Good hotel and fantastic service
We stayed here for four days over the New Year period and enjoyed our stay. The Hotel is old world Luxury. Probably not up to modern Leading Hotels of The World Standard but a nice hotel in a traditional italian way. The hotel bar is expensive at roughly £10 per drink for a spirit.We had a snack each and three bloody mary cocktails which came to 95euros! Not cheap for a snack and a few drinks! Good location and a nice walk through the park to the spanish steps. Staff very friendly and helpful..but then at the prices they charge they should be! We always stay at the Leading Hotels of the World chain or alternative 5 star but this was the most expensive hotel for sundries we have experienced in the world so far...apart from the Ritz in London. Enjoyable stay but would rate it 7 out of 10.
Relaxing stay at very comfortable hotel
We stayed at the hotel in the week before New Year. Despite other reviews, the hotel is clearly a 5 star hotel. The front desk and staff are helpful, the rooms are a good standard and the decor is reasonable. There is a very comfortable lobby, with a bar, which is nice to relax in.
The baby restaurant was excellent and the prices are not expensive for this type of gourmet food. Alfonso Iaccarrino was in the restaurant and visited all the tables. Unlike the rest of the hotel, the decor in the restaurant is very contemporary.
The breakfast, at something like €28 per person, is a ridiculous price. This may work for business, who can use their expense account, but this is too much for leisure travellers.
While the hotel is not directly in the centre, it is not bery far from the centre. The courtesy bus was good and the cost of a couple of taxis still makes the hotel cheaper than some of the hotels in the centre.
We found this a very relaxing place to stay. Based on the service and amenities, it is cleary a 5 star hotel. While I am sure that there are other better top end hotels in Rome, these are also likely to be more expensive. Our room rate for this hotel, around €175 per night, was very reasonable for the good service provided.
Wonderful hotel - great service - top food
At my stay in February 2006, they gave me an upgrade (since I am member of the Leaders club) to a room which was located on the 6th floor. It was very big (about 40-50m2), consisting of a room with a couch and a B&O-interactive TV, a big bedroom, also with interactive B&O-TV and a big bathroom. The room was absoultely nice and modern decorated and quiet, on arrival we got a basket with fresh fuit and complementary mineral water. The room has been cleaned two times a day (as it is usual in 5-star-hotels). They showed me also a room in the first floor (superior room, ca. 25-30 m2) which was also very nice and modern decorated.
I cannot understand that a few people in this forum claim that the rooms in the hotel are dated, small and loud.
Any member of the staff was very pleasant and helpful, much more helpful than other 5-star-hotel staff in other big european or american cities.
The baby restaurant (which is rated with 1 Michelin star; in my opinion it is underrated) is managed by Don Alfonso who is one of the best chefs in Italy. It is a modern decorated restaurant. Food is very, very good (most from Campania (south Italy), light and much, much, much better than in "La Pergola" (Cavalieri Hilton, Rome; chef: Heinz Beck).
The sourroundig of the hotel is great and quiet. Every morning I was jogging in the "Villa Borghese park" which was only 3 minutes away. To get to the spanish steps it is a ten to fifteen minutes walk through the park.
I can highly recommand this hotel and its restaurant.
Excellent !!! Recommend!!
Stayed at this hotel end of April 2006 for 3 nights, it was truly wonderful. The room and location were terrific for seeing rome and taxi's are plentiful to get out and about.
The staff at this hotel were extremely helpful, and very good to use as a source to help you find places to eat, Rome details and were always on hand to help you out.
Didnt eat in the hotel so cannot comment, but overall impression on my stay was excellent, I would recommend to anyone wanting a weekend break in Rome.