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“At the heart” 5 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“At the heart”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

At the heart of Rome this hotel sits next to the beautiful church De la Minerva. The church, the hotel and the Pantheon all sit as neighbors around a beautiful little plaza with a fountain in the center. I remember sitting at this fountain watching the people go by as the sun warmed my skin. A moment I will never forget.

From this plaza you can walk anywhere in the old center of Rome. This hotel is full of old world charm. I had my own balcony to enjoy the sun in my very plush terry robe. Everything about the hotel is real, real brass doorknobs, real marble, real old world porcelain, real flowers, real fresh towels in the public bathrooms, real solid wood furniture, real old world chandeliers. Nothing plastic about this hotel!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 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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  • 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Dont stay in this hotel if you are looking for luxury. All traces of what was once a palace have been eradicted. Shabby reception, dark dungeon like breakfast room (at 35 euros per head which is essentially a continental breakfast with scrambled egg). I was extremely disappointed to say the least. We paid 600 euros per night for a suite. It was not worth it. Laminate floors, cheap curtains, uncomfortable saggy bed, not enough wardrobe space, the room felt cold and damp. To say we felt slightly ripped off is an understatement.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Having stayed in Rome close to the Spanish Steps before we decided to change to the Piazza de la Rotunda this time and what a difference at the Hotel de la Minerve! A five star Italian hotel with friendly service! It was my 60th birthday treat and I was made to feel very special. My children had arranged a bouquet flowers and cake from England and both were superb. The room had it's own balcony and there were plenty of places around the hotel to sit and relax. The fabulous top floor restaurant/bar offers wonderful views over Rome and is very romantic. Of course it's expensive but it is in the very heart of Rome and easy walking distance from all the major sites. All the staff were friendly with lovely smiling doormen to set you on your way. Truly a happy memorable stay.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

I normally scoff when I read hotel reviews complaining about noise -- I stayed in a hotel next to a busy police station once and it didn't bother me-- but this place really was pretty noisy. With the windows closed, the street noise was minimal, but the room was quite small (as you'd expect in any major city) and so it quickly became uncomfortably hot and stuffy. (We tried both the a/c and fan on the thermostat to no avail). But with the windows open, the banging from a loose manhole cover every time a car drove over it (about once every fifteen seconds) was just excruciating after a while, not to mention the usual street noises of drunk and loud people in the middle of the night. I think the fabulous location on the piazza --and make no mistake, this is the absolutely best hotel location in Rome ---may actually amplify sounds. Anyhow, even all that wasn't so bad -- closed rooms get stuffy, city streets have noise-- but there was also a lot of "inside" noise as well. The hallways are not carpeted, so the normal hotel sounds of people talking, rolling bags and closing doors really reverberates. The doors are somehow set to slam very hard (maybe something to do with the electronic locks?), and this was loud enough to wake me up several times a night, any time someone on my floor entered a room. Even when people were going into rooms way down the hall it was pretty loud, nearby it was...very, very loud. When there were people in the room next door (speaking normally, not yelling), I heard every word clearly and could also hear...other stuff going on. On the plus side, as mentioned, the location is just amazing -- you can see the Pantheon from your room! And the hotel is central for all the major sights. The bathrooms are very nice and seemed like they were recently renovated; the water pressure was good; the bed was very comfortable and the staff were all helpful and courteous. But if you are a light or fussy sleeper, I think you'll go nuts.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rhondda Cynon Taf, United Kingdom
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121 reviews 121 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Stayed here for a three night break recently. We have been here before and were happy to return. The location of this hotel is idyllic, a short distance from the Pantheon, all the historic sights are easily accessible. Staff friendly and attentive and good breakfast selection. Only slight downside was the room, which looked to be in need of a little re furbishment. Spotlessly clean however and room maid left a contact number to deal with any problems. (There were none!) Amazing roof terrace, and a very comfortable stay overall!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Helsinki, Finland
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights in February as a part of week long holiday. For the first part of our Roman holiday we booked Luxury Suites Rome in Via Mario dei Fiori and that was indeed excellent. After we explored that part of the town, we wanted to move closer to Vatican, as that was to be the main object of our stay. Oh what a mistake that was! Luxury Suites Rome surpassed everything Minerve Hotel had to offer in every sense possible.
To clear up something right from the start, there is nothing terribly wrong with Minerve; it is just the fact that they are SO shockingly overpriced for what they provide that one feels a bit taken for a fool. The location is indeed amazingly beautiful, but so are the locations of many, many, many other hotels in Rome - the city itself is like an open-air museum and hotels are everywhere.
What we felt is that Minerve needs a reality check - it's stuck on its former glory, stubbornly clinging to outdated concepts of hospitality and refusing to move along with times thus fast becoming a place only your 85 year old granny would enjoy. Let me explain.
Wi-Fi and fast, reliable Internet connection is ESSENTIAL in this day and age. it is indeed appalling that my husband and I (and our 10 y old son who needed to do his homework online while on holiday) had to decamp to a nearest hole-in-the-wall caffee to do our necessary bit of work. Not only the connection in the hotel didn't work (they generously give you your initial 30
minutes for free) - but you had to pay for it! After one consents to fork over the highway-robbery price for the night - they charge you for an Internet connection?!? Honestly?!? The fee itself was a pittance (20e), but it's the attitude that is so offensive and wrong here...
The TV - well, of course we didnt come to Rome to be holed up in the room watching TV, but the size of it in proportion to the size of the room - you needed binoculars to see the screen from the bed. The reception was fuzzy and snowy, and the selection of the channels truly useless. I imagine most families come back to their rooms after a gruelling day of sightseeing to refresh before heading out for dinner - and that is the very moment when TV becomes a welcome thing to have while in the room (a spot of a movie before falling asleep; a spot of news in the morning before heading out for breakfast; a member of a party falling ill and having to stay in the room...) One might argue that TV is definitely not necessary or even welcome, but I'll say it has it's purpose and needs to be adequate.
The thermostat didnt work - the dial turned all right, but nothing was happening. It was stuck in one position - the tropics. Luckily, the windows opened easily, so that were our means of temp regulation. The hair dryer in the bathroom was one of those museum contraptions on the wall that has one setting - hotter than Hades and strength of a monsoon wind. Not good if you're looking to style your hair...
And the final thing - the stench of sewer was seeping out of the bathroom, as it will in old buildings, and slowly taking over the room; indeed, the same faint but unmistakeable stench was permeating the elevators and all more closed off spaces. We complained, and they offered to move us, but we couldn't be bothered to pack up - again - and so settled for artificial air fresheners to mask the odor...
I will say it again - nothing was really wrong with Minerve, but one definitely leaves with a feeling of being taken for a ride... It is a pity that such a grand palace is not treated with more respect and loving care, because it definitely has a potential to be taken into a 21 century with a little bit more attentiveness to times and mores of the world as it is today where take-the-money-and-run attitude is not accepted lying down anymore...

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Julian's, Malta
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Our Junior suite was absolutely perfect, Quiet and huge! Everything you need was included! Breakfast was perfect but a bit snobbish. Maybe just because of peepz who were sitting next to us. Bed was extremely comfortable and huge!! Clean and well equiped rooms! Perfect location, everything was in walking distacnce. Staff were very friendly especially Thomas, he was best ( hope i remember his name correctly) The television could be a bit bigger for a 5*. i would go back if i have a voucher for acommodation as i had :)

Room Tip: junior suite is great choice. Bed i had was one of the best i ever had!!
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  • Stayed September 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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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:
#157 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#180 Business Hotel in Rome
#312 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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