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“Charming and Pleasant Room in Rome” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Villa Duse
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Alamanno Morelli 1 | Parioli area, 00197 Rome, Italy (Parioli)   |  
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Ranked #36 of 1,265 Hotels in Rome
phoenix
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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“Charming and Pleasant Room in Rome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

This hotel is just as charming and pleasant as other reviewers described it! We enjoyed the north Rome location. Our room was absolutely clean, comfortable and quiet. The "prestige executive room" was nicely sized--no complaints from my husband about European hotel rooms this time. Room 11 had lovely wood floors, and traditional furniture, so that you felt like you were actually in Rome, not some generic hotel chain. The shower was the most heavenly shower, the length of a full bathtub, with two water jets, and abundant flow of hot water and luxurious marble everywhere. We stayed here two nights and this was the sort of shower we wanted after that translantic coach plane flight the first day, and warm crowded streets and grandiose ruins the second day.
My seventy-something parents stayed in the Library Junior Suite and got a sofa and a reading nook, though the shower was smaller. They also liked their rooms, and we all agreed the beds were extremely comfortable and provided a good night's sleep.

The morning buffet was also better than we expected, because on our two days they had quiche (at least at 8:30am the first day and 7:30am the second) as well as meats and cheeses. And yes, the selection of baked goods was fantastic. The only thing lacking was a small container of cream for our coffee (also good). Also nice were little signs listing the ingridients of the baked goods.

The only down side is that you will want to take transportation to the major tourist sights. The hotel staff members will call a taxi for you and they can specify ones that take credit cards if you'd like. Most taxis arrived in about 5 minutes. (Note that in Rome you pay the taxi fare it takes the taxi to get to you as well as the fare). Taking taxis on the way back, we found it helpful to bring a Google map of the hotel as Villa Duse is out of the tourist areas. (We also had a helpful map of Rome that showed where the taxi stands were). We decided that for a stay here, you still come out ahead, because the quality of this hotel is probably comparable to the best of the centrally located ones twice the price near the crowded tourist areas.

Another nice feature is that if you email the hotel before your stay, they will arrange a transfer to Civitavecchia if you are leaving for a cruise. That port is about an hour and a half to two hours away from Rome. The price for the four of us and luggage in a mini-van came out roughly cheaper than the transfers offered by the cruise line (per person and you still had to take a taxi to the designated cruise hotel at their choice of time). I don't know if it was the cheapest transfer, but I cannot say enough good things about the transfer driver, who spoke English, drove well, helped with all the luggage and was patient when two of us arrived back at the hotel more than a few minutes later than the agreed upon time.

Interestingly, I did not find this small hotel listed in my 2012 guidebooks, so I was very happy to find this was as nice as the websites and reviews would suggest. If we ever return to Rome (for a longer period of time), hopefully, we'll be able to stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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Perth, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

My fiance and I travelled to Italy in May 2012, as soon as I saw the advertisement for the Villa Duse I absolutely loved it, it looked really nice, peaceful and it wasnt too far away. Once we had booked we were greeted with a very nice email offering a transfer service or the advice of which public transport links to take to reach the hotel, we opted for the transfer service, of course it is more expensive but it just took the hassle out of figuring out the public transport network after a flight over from the UK.

Upon arriving at the hotel we were greeted very nicely by the reception who kindly offered us a map and all the usual details regarding breakfast, and then we were taken to our room, the list is quite small but feels safe. The hotel is wonderfully decorated with a very nice staircase and fittings.

The room was very spacious, we had a large bed with ample room on either side to move around, there is also a comfortable chair in the corner as well as a chair at the desk in the room. We stayed in a Prestige Classic Room (if i recall correctly), and it was just brilliant overall, the TV was easy to use although it was all in Italian and we felt very comfortable. The bathroom was also a very nice size, and when you get the shower window in the right place the water doesn't drop all over the floor either.

Breakfast was included in our stay and it was very nice, there was a selection of cereals, cakes, drinks and fruits available, it was completely self serve and it was all fresh and nicely laid out to be taken, and I would highly recommend trying to get the breakfast included with your stay as it is definitely worth it. Room Service was expensive but again it was very nice, and anyway your on holiday in Europe, its never going to be cheap.

And finally regarding the location of the hotel, we felt very safe walking to and from the hotel every day, we always walked into the centre of Rome, the walk is around 45-60 minutes walking at a nice pace, however through most of the walk you get to walk through one of the most amazing parks I have ever seen, the Villa Borghese, which is so peaceful that my fiance and I spent a whole day just relaxing in this park because it is so vast. If you are not completely unfit there is no harm in walking to the centre to alleviate all of the pizza and pasta you will be eating on your holiday. However for those public transport folks, the bus is only just around the corner, or you can walk down the road towards what I assume is the Police Centre (really obvious as you walk towards down) and there is another bus stop just there.

All in all a highly recommended stay, even in one of the cheaper rooms, it was 100% worth it and if we return to Rome, we will definately stay at the Villa Duse!

Room Tip: All of the rooms are amazing, if you have the money for a suite by all means pay for it but honestly...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ljubljana
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

Lovely small personal hotel,8 rooms approx.Helpful staff.Located in leafy residential area.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gomel, Belarus
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

Wonderful, silent, cozy hotel! Not near to the center and historical sights, there is a bus 360 which goes from Terimini and there are to hotel, 12 stops. The hotel of that costs, green, beautiful design of rooms, a fine breakfast!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

This was our last stop after two-weeks of euro-tripping before we headed home. What a fantastic way to end our trip! We stayed a total of 3 nights @ Hotel Villa Duse. The hotel is tucked away in a nice residential area & as per previous reviews, it is a bit far from the centre where all the actions are. However, this drawback is all made up by the hotel's quality & service level. All the staff were extremely friendly & helpful, nothing but top-notch services! Moreover, after a long day of exploring the city, I certainly do not mind coming back to a comfy, cozy hotel to relax & get a good night's sleep.

Breakfast served is your typical European breakfast incl. Cold-cuts, Cheese, Bread, Cereals, Juices, etc. But what Hotel Villa Duse excels in comparision to other hotels is the quality of food such as its daily house-made quiche pie, a refreshing macedonia fruit salad down to a simple cup of cappuccino! They were all well-made & delicious!

Overall, Hote Villa Duse is a nice quaint hotel where you can get away from the buzzing city centre which is packed with tourists & get a chance to take in the local lives.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nowra, Australia
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

No doubt this is probably the best Boutique Hotel in our travelling experience. Staying as I write this review, we are so impressed. Style just oozes from this establishment. The owner was available and introduced herself to us on arrival and a personal escort to our room by the reception. The receptionist has been so helpful in our limited understanding of Italian. Everything is class from the room and private courtyard to the aperitif at 6pm in the garden. I'm throwing some coins into the fountain today - to make sure we return to Villa Duse.

Room Tip: Book early, its worth it to ensure you get to stay here.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mijdrecht, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

Our third visit to this beautifull world city.
The tipical tourist locations were not our main target this time. So a hotel in a quiet area and not too close to the centre was our goal.
We found it . . this Hotel Villa Duse.
A good transportation connection with the bus 360 'Muse' from Termini railwaystation every 10 -15 min. The bus-stop is almost at the hotel door.
A nagative point perhaps is the small room and also the bathroom is small but with good (working) modern and clean facilities. As our intention were not to stay too many daily hours in the hotel it did not matter us.
The realy very good breakfast (for Italian standards) is served in the basement of the nice villa and has a nice/good selection of bread, croissant, cheese, antipaste, yoghurts, fruit, cake and rolls.
Service staff was verry good and polite . . all speak English.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Alamanno Morelli 1 | Parioli area, 00197 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Parioli
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 1,265 Hotels in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Duse 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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