Just got back from spending 7 nights here and although there were lots of positive points, if you are really looking for a 4* hotel, this might not be what you are looking for.
The setting is tranquil and lovely but part of the"grounds" were actually a public park and some of it was cordoned off. If you had a room at the side of the hotel as ours was (263) you were also woken up every morning at 7.30 with the sound of deliveries being trundled in.
The bedroom was small but functional, the bed was comfortable and the cool marble floors looked lovely. However, this also meant that you could hear every single footstep both outside in the corridor but also on the floor above! Every scrape of the chair, every opening of the door. Unfortunately at the begining of our stay, there was an American school trip there and we had to complain about then fact that we were still awake at 2.30 am because of the constant noise. The bathroom was small and the shower was very poor but I have to say it was always cleaned to a good standard. There were no tea/coffee facitilies in the room or any other "luxuries" like a trouser press or decent hair dryer (the one in the bathroom was rubbish) This was a real downside for us as we like to be able to have a cuppa in our room!
For the whole of the time that we were there, "renovations" were taking place, which should have been made clear at the time of booking because we would have not booked! It was noisy and dusty on occasion and once again places were off limits.
Free WiFi means only in communal areas and within a very limited space. T.V very expensive if you wanted to watch anything other the BBC world news or CNN but if you are out and about, this should not be too much of a problem.
Breakfast was very good for variety but very poor for quality. It felt a bit like a cafe as you get you coffee, juice etc from a machine. Cooked breakfast for me was inedible. Food in the Cloisters Bar was great and although the food in the restaurant was good, the menu was very limited and quite expensive.
You also need to be aware that this has conference halls which seem to be used fairly frequently and seems to be the hotel choice of many large groups. If you are looking for a cosy, intimate place then this is not it.
ALL of the staff were very polite and helpful and the service from them was second to none.
All in all, a good stay, spacious lounges, some lovely interiors, great staff but not worth 4* and definitely not a place that I would go back to when visiting Rome again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Church Palace is a charming 4 star Superior hotel housed in a magnificent historic building of Renaissance inspiration. The hotel has been completely renovated to meet the needs of an international clientele, but has maintained its noble and elegant lines and refined and welcoming atmosphere. Set in a private park,the hotel blends with the historic park of Villa Carpegna. Only 500 m from Cornelia Metro Station (line A - three stops from the Vatican Museums) and 3 km from the Vatican City, the hotel with its 200 comfortable rooms offers its guests a special selection of fine dining with three restaurants and a coffee lounge. The conference centre is set up with a large auditorium and ten meeting rooms equipped with the latest technology and advanced audio-visual media. Behind the beautiful cloister, right in the heart of the hotel is an unexpected and grandiose church, which is open for big concerts and prestigious events, in addition to its natural religious function. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Domus Mariae Palazzo Carpegna Hotel Rome
- Grand Hotel Rome
- Grand Palazzo Carpegna
- Grand Hotel Palazzo Carpegna
- Palazzo Carpegna