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“Really enjoyable stay - the heart of it all” 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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Southampton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Really enjoyable stay - the heart of it all”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Stayed here for 3 nights and got back Saturday the 26th. We were really lucky with weather about 22-25 degrees when it broke out from the morning clouds. The hotel is very pretty and grand. Concierge are incredibly helpful, couldn't do enough. Very friendly and no queue's for check in which is what I’m use to.
We got a white/yellow taxi from out front of the Fiumicino airport for 48 euro which was fixed rate for Rome. Quick and easy as trains and taxi wouldn’t have saved much we thought.
We were on 5th floor, room was perfect, comfy massive bed, hairdryer in bathroom not massively powerful but fine. Powerful shower, big windows and small balcony to look out over the Pantheon. Was quite loud at night being in the heart of it all so was quite difficult to have windows open as I kept being woken up, but they were the sounds of people having fun so didn’t bother me at all.
In every direction there was something. We pre booked Vatican and Sistine Chapel, Colosseum which I’d recommend (get the 3 in 1 ticket so you do it all) as the queues were massive. Did Pantheon which is more magical than we thought, amazing building seriously. Vinezia the Christmas cake as it’s known which we just loved to look at and every day we walked by deliberately and, the museum to the right of it of the first king of Rome. Do the lift to top as well as we missed this and probably regret slightly also and the cafe with 360 views before this lift, Navona with fountains and other Basilica’s, do this day and night as so beautiful, great restaurants there though as can sit out opposite the fountains, Colosseum, Forum and Paletine hill, Vatican, Sistine chapel, St peters Basilica which blew us away. Trevi fountain all light come on when dark and it gets so busy but again worth seeing day and night, walked to the tiber river, Spanish steps where you just have to be careful when someone shoves 3 roses in your hand and says free. As they’re not free and wasn’t happy with the few pennies we gave him. Easier to just say no really or just don’t latch on like I did. Hold onto cameras tightly, had a couple of looks but overall if you secure things well and hold onto camera with strap around wrists then we didn’t have any issues at all. Saint Eustachio around corner which was great for breakfast and amazing coffee. Then with Pantheon behind you, walk up and past the church on the left you have Della Palma, don’t miss this, twix, profiterole, strawberry cheesecake, nutella etc...amazing!
Would stay at this hotel again as perfect location to walk everywhere and amazing break away. Rooftop you shouldn't miss, yes expensive drinks 13 euro for a glass of wine but you get almonds, olives and nuts and an amazing view with the best sunset which we got ;-).

Room Tip: Had a side view to Pantheon which was great but as side street a little loud with windows open but g...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

If you are looking for a good hotel for a special trip, then you could do no better. It isn't cheap, but you get what you pay for. Its location is perfect; it is right in the middle of the historic city centre with the main sites and museums all within easy walking distance for the tolerably fit. Our suite of rooms (double bedroom, sitting room, bathroom and lobby) were very clean, comfortable and spacious with air conditioning throughout and with one of the best views in the hotel - the rear of the Pantheon and overlooking the Piazza della Minerva with its Bernini elephant. The main reception area of the hotel is absolutely stunning with its large coloured glass ceiling; it is a wonderfully welcoming space after the heat and bustle of the Roman streets, with lots of soft chairs and sofas and the gentle breeze of air conditioning. (It may have been early April but it was still rather hot, and Rome was certainly very busy.) The "American" buffet breakfast was excellent and we found it ample enough to fuel us up for a whole day of strenuous sightseeing; there was a full range of hot and cold breakfast food including smoked salmon, bacon, Italian sausage and scrambled eggs together with breads, toast, cakes, pastries, and lots of fresh fruit. We didn't eat any other meals at the hotel, but we did venture up onto the rooftop terrace for a look, and the views were truly spectacular. (When it comes to food, there are a great many eating places nearby, and we found a couple of good ones in the Piazza Capranica which is just five minutes' walk away.) We found the service excellent; the staff were efficient but in a calm and unobtrusive way, being also friendly and approachable. We went on a package deal with Kirker Travel which was very good value, particularly given that April is one of Rome's more expensive months; for about £1800 we had four nights for two with breakfast plus flights to and from the UK and transfers, along with free prebooked tickets to the Vatican Museum including the Sistine Chapel. (An important travel tip - the queues for the Vatican Museum are unbelievably enormous, so it pays to book in advance.) Kirker also let the hotel know that this was a special trip (to celebrate my 50th birthday and our silver wedding anniversary which both fall during 2014) and they had a bottle of Prosecco on ice to greet us on arrival as well as giving us this room with such an excellent view. All told, it was a perfect trip.

  • Stayed April 2014, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

My wife and I didn't stay here, but we did go to the rooftop Deck bar to have a happy hour drink.
The drinks were expensive but very good and overall the experience was bucolic. The sun was beginning to go down, the temperature was perfect and so it was a perfect pre dinner destination
to go to, although you could eat dinner there as well. We had made reservations already elsewhere but would consider dinner there in the future. The concierges at the front desk were so helpful in answering questions and even gave us maps with directions to hard to find venues.
We didn't even stay there! Romans are very hospitable, that is my great discovery here!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rhode Island
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

In the middle of everything. Easy walk anywhere. Behind Pantheon and its square was perfect for getting drinks or tapas before dinner each night. Bar at hotel very expensive. Rooms nice - large bathrooms. Again - its all the location here.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

The location of the hotel is ideal for seeing the sights, that's the only good thing I can say. The staff and service are quite poor, with the roof top restaurant being the worst place that we ate during our 3 day stay over the Easter break. The roof top restaurant is over priced and over rated, the service was particularly bad, long delay to be served and having the wrong main course served. I can't say it was down to it being busy, as there were only 7 couples in the place. All the waiters just seem to be standing around talking to each other or on their mobiles!! We had to pour our own wine as the waiters were too busy chatting, the table next to us did complain about the service.
The final straw for me was when I was paying my bill by credit card the waiter walked off to answer his phone!!
Don't stay in room 353, if they give you this room ask to be moved,
Wont be staying here again, and will eat out in the Piazza Novona nearby where the service and food was superior.

Room Tip: chose another Hotel in the area
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Very well located for those who want to stay in the historical center, this hotel offers a superb roof terrace, unfortunately not available for breakfast.
Confort and services are definitely closer from a good 4 stars standard rather than a 5 *. Rooms are clean, confortable but a little bit small (both the room and bathroom) and could be very noisy (bad isolation from the corridor or the room beside). Staff is nice and kind to help.
Breakfast is good but doeńt worrth the €35, charged.

Room Tip: Despite being small, if you go for standard room i would suggest to ask for the ones located in the...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Trosa
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35 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Perfect location in the centre of Rome with walking distance to many attractions. Some parts of the hotel feels a bit outdated, others are quite good. After making some demands I got at great room at the 4th floor with my own terrace. Some colleagues were less fortunate and got very small rooms. Don't miss the roof terrace with good food and a great view of the roof tops in Rome.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 3 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
#178 Business Hotel in Rome
#319 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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