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“Very large room, excellent location.” 4 of 5 stars
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Grand Hotel de la Minerve
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Piazza della Minerva 69, 00186 Rome, Italy   |  
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€990 (EUR)
Ranked #414 of 1,265 Hotels in Rome
The Hague, The Netherlands
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49 reviews 49 reviews
43 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
“Very large room, excellent location.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Our room in Grand Hotel de la Minerve was a room with a view. From our window we saw the back of the Pantheon (very impressive), part of the Piazza Rotunda, the front of the Santa Maria sopra Minerva church, and the famous little elephant carrying an obelisk (a sculpture by Bernini / Ferrata on the Piazza della Minerva). Yes, it was an expensive room, but we felt this view alone was worth the money.

It was a Grand Deluxe room, and one of the largest hotel rooms we've ever had. Comfortable bed, excellent seating area, good lighting, very good bathroom with all amenities. Everything was very clean. Free bottles of mineral water each day. (No newspaper, although our reservation had said it was included. But there is a table with newspapers downstairs.) Good air conditioning, but the bed got a bit unpleasant at night, apparently because of one of these impermeable mattress covers: like lying on a sheet of plastic.

The breakfast buffet was a disappointment. Dry, precut slices of bread; tired croissants. There were some good, small breadrolls, but apparently so few of them that there was only one left when we arrived (at 8 AM). When I complained, the only answer I got was a shrug: "No, sorry, finished." For € 35 a person it was sadly overpriced, even though the cappuccino is good. We were staying in the hotel for five nights, and the other mornings we had breakfast on an outdoor terrace in front of the Pantheon: absolutely great!

We loved the hotel's rooftop terrace, having drinks there every day (excellent Bellini's!), and going there twice for dinner. Wonderful views: in the daytime, and in the evening (the illuminated monument of Victor Emmanuele II is quite something, love it or hate it). Dinner was good. Everything was very expensive, but of course you pay for the view.

Service was mostly rather impersonal, we've had much better than this in 5 stars hotels. Just one example: two days after having dinner on the rooftop terrace, we returned to have dinner there again. Both times we had made a reservation in advance, giving our name and room number. The second evening we were served by the same staff member, but this person didn't recognize us, and our name apparently didn't seem familiar. Now that's quite all right with us (we're ordinary people, no VIPs), but we've seen so many instances of more professional behaviour, that it surprised us. On the other hand, we met with a very friendly 'stagiaire' in the roof top bar, who took care that we had excellent service.

We would stay in this hotel again for the view, the location and the size of the room. But we wouldn't have breakfast there again, and we wouldn't expect too much in the way of service.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Boulder, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

The location of this hotel was ideal, but for the cost of the room, we expected much better service and amenities. They provided no ironing boards in hotel rooms and do not provide them upon request. The only option for ironing clothes is to have them sent out. A diet coke in the hotel is 9 Euros and food in the hotel was about 3x more than you would pay to go out. The air conditioning was very weak and we ended up removing the comforter from the comforter cover to use the cover as a sheet. Just overall overpriced for what you received.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Medford, ma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Wonderful location - gorgeous hotel. I read the mixed reviews and "got" them but all in all this place was wonderful The pros: Very helpful in arranging any reservations needed for anywhere, lovely lobby, beautiful room, terrific location (look out your window to the Pantheon-priceless!), close to Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiore Square, small but nice bar off the lobby, view from the lovely rooftop restaurant/bar. Cons: Pricy buffet breakfast, aircondtioning was not very good, and that lovely rooftop garden comes with an EXPENSIVE price tag - go there for drinks (and complimentary small munchies) but go elsewhere if you don't want to spend a lot for dinner. But the view at night - hard to believe how beautiful it is.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

In an excellent location. The hotel itself is tired and in need of a make over. Good 3 star at best. Staff are generally quite good and helpful. Breakfast is not worth eur35 per head. Becareful when stepping out as taxi's come past faster than would be expected for a road that the hotel occupies.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

The Grand Hotel de la Minerve has ambitions to be a great hotel. Management may think they've already achieved it. Yet the hotel's best aspect is its wonderful location just a few steps from the Pantheon in a much quieter piazza. Rooms are spacious by European standards, with modest amenities, and linen that could be retired. Public areas are lovely. Staff is polite if a bit stuffy with the notable exception of the bartenders. The rooftop restaurant is notable for its views, but price/value ratio is poor, and there are plenty of restaurants close by that offer great menus at lower price. A nice, but average, hotel in the heart of one of my favorite cities.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Monrovia, California, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012 via mobile

For a quality hotel in the heart of Rome I recommend this place. Great restaurants, shops and activity just outside the door. With a five star restaurant on the top floor you don't even have to leave. Two thumbs up.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

Our stay was nice, the Wi-Fi did not work in 2 of our 3 rooms. The room service food was good and the hotel staff was friendly and spoke fairly good english. the hotel did not have turn down service, the only disappointment was that there was no swimming pool

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Piazza della Minerva 69, 00186 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#166 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#186 Business Hotel in Rome
#328 Romantic Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Grand Hotel de la Minerve 5*
Number of rooms: 134
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Six-story hotel housed in a restored late-17th century building with Napoleanic decor. ... more   less 
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