We’ve just been staying at the Villa Duse for a week. We had booked the Villa Duse for our honeymoon, and was looking forward to a week with both sightseeing, but also a hotel in a quiet area, where we could relax and enjoy each other. Unfortunatly our honeymoon didn’t start out that way, cause when we arrived at The Villa Duse, our booking somehow had been cancelled, and therefore the room we had booked was not free.
This came as quite a surprise to us, cause we had been in contact with The Villa Duse just days before asking about airport pickup (mentioning our booking number). Why does The Villa Duse not make a check when they get a query? The Villa Duse made arrangements for us to stay at another hotel the first night, and we could then come back for the rest of our honeymoon. We where sent to a nearby hotel, and had expected a hotel that was a bit similar to The Villa Duse, but ended up at a business hotel, close to a busy street, at a regular business room, with no balcony or terrace and wiew right into a wall! Not our idea of a good start on our honeymoon. When we got back to Villa Duse we mentioned this for the staff, and after som consultation with the hotel manager I think we’ve made our point clear and has come to an understanding with the hotel.
All that said we then had a very nice stay at the Villa Duse, the room lived up to our expectations and the private terrace (park room) was small but nice and lovely for a couple at their honeymoon, just remember to buy something against the mosquitos, cause they like to bite ☺ The bathroom is large compared to the room, and has shower with ”massage” function.
The staff was wery helpfull, both with directions and restaurant bookings and always had a smile. The ”public” terrace is nice with its sofas and soft chairs, especially after a long day around the city. After the ”bump on the road” start of our honeymoon we’ve had a really nice stay. And here’s a few tips that we hope you can use:
We chosed a airport pickup via a online pickup service – cost 80 euros (return) – a chauffeur will pick you up at the airport and drive you directly to the hotel (it’s the same price for a ordinary taxi) –you can find the companys that offer this service online.
1: The easy way to go to the center of town, Termini or The Vatican is via bus or Tram – Buy the ticket (1 €) at kiosks or, when not sold out, at the hotel. And yes it takes around 20-30 minutes to get into the center, but what else to expect when you choose a hotel at this location ☺ We like to walk around town, and it’s the best way to experience Rome – and it’s possible to walk into the center of Rome – around 35 minuttes to the Spanish Steps and 45-55 minuttes to the Vatican. You can go through the Villa Borgese park under the trees, which is quite nice – and when you get through the park you have a fantastic view over Rome.
2: If you go to the Colloseum then buy your entrance ticket at the Palantino – only 200 meters away – the ticket covers both Palantino, Colloseum and Forum Romano. There’s nearly no line at the Palantino ticket office – afterwards you can go to the Colloseum, and skip the 300 meter ticket line!!!!
3: If you go to the Vatican then be an early bird – be at the Sct. Peters Cathedral before 7.30 and walk right in – see the Cathedral without to many other tourists and then go to the Vatican Museum, where you, some days before, has bought your ticket via www.vatican.va - keep to your right where the line starts for the tickets – and just walk by the line and enter with your prebooked tickets – we skipped a line about 400 meters!!!
4: Just around the corner of the Villa Duse (to the right) there’s a small bar and next to it a ”take-away” place, where you can get delicious food at very low prices – if you get tired of eating out – A very popular place around lunch (lots of locals), but it’s open until 8. pm.
We would have liked to give the Villa Duse a five star, but cause of our ”bump”, and also that we think it’s a bit curious that a hotel of this category demands 3 euros for a egg to your breakfast – we didn’t use the option ☺! Therefore The Villa Duse only gets four stars.
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- Experience the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Eternal City and finally retire in the quietness of Villa Duse, one of the most exclusive Roman houses, the perfect place for a happy landing. Claiming its uniqueness, Villa Duse will wrap you in an environment which exudes discretion, quality and style, and will give you the feeling of an increasing comfort, relax and peace. ... more less
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