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“Absolutely Spectacular” 5 of 5 stars
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La Residenza Napoleone
Fontanella Borghese 56, 00186 Rome, Italy   |  
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Ranked #195 of 2,893 Rome B&B and Inns
Winchester
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Absolutely Spectacular”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2007

I took my girlfriend here as a surprise and it was a huge success. The apartment is breathtaking. Very large and sumptuous and right in the centre of Rome. The staff were exteremly helpful (you have a maid and a butler) but kept out of the way unless you called. A restaurant was booked for us one night and nothing was too much trouble (car from and to the airport for example). This place is expensive but it is worth every penny. If you have to streach to afford it - do. You won't regret it.

  • Stayed September 2007
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Toronto, Ontario
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2007

My husband and I have stayed at this hotel twice, in March 2007 and in November 2005.
We have travelled widely and stayed in many beautiful hotels all over the world, but La Residenza is, bar none, the most beautiful suite we have ever experienced. The palazzo's history is well documented and as you unlock the huge doors at the end of an evening out and make your way up the magnificent staircase or ride the romantic little elevator, it is easy to imagine life in a bygone era.
Every detail of the decoration is exquisite, from the sculptures sitting in niches in the hallway to the sumptuous bed linens in the suite to the pretty ribbons tied around the morning newspaper.
The staff is helpful and thoughtful and the restaurant recommendations we received were all perfect. The staff was also extremely helpful in securing reservations to sights we wanted to visit and all interactions were discreet and without fuss. While we were there on our last visit , we required the services of a doctor and this too was arranged quickly and efficiently.
The Palazzo is extremely well located - just around the corner from a courtyard with several casual restaurants, a two minute walk from great shopping and a five minute walk from the Spanish Steps. Taxis are generally available right outside the door.
While we stayed in the main suite we were lucky enough to see the garden suite and the "Blue Room". We would definitely consider booking the "Blue Room" on a future trip if we travel with friends or our children or grandchildren.
The garden suite has a roof-top terrace with exquisite views of the rooftops of the city. It would be the perfect accomodation for a honeymooning young couple.
I cannot recommend La Residenza enough. We are looking forward to our next visit at our "home away from home" in Rome.

  • Liked — Exquisite accommodation and setting
  • Disliked — It was perfect
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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new york city
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473 helpful votes 473 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2007

I stayed in the rooftop apartment but also saw the downstairs suite, both of which are beautiful and good value for money. The rooftop is best for a young couple or a single -- not appropriate for small children and be prepared to walk up and down lots of stairs with the rooftop apt. But it is a unique way to experience Rome -- I enjoyed sitting on the terrace having breakfast, picking out the sites, watching the sunsets and the birds along the rooftops, one of which was nursing her little ones all the time I was there. The apartments are well furnished in a very personal style and well appointed with amenities and Sky satellite TV with many channels. The bedroom in the
upstairs apartment is very quiet. Only thing missing there was an appropriate plug or transformer for US electrical devices to work given the older wall outlets there. Beatrice, the personal assistant to the owner, is charged with taking care of visitors and is quite reachable by cellphone. The location is excellent; right on the corner of via corso and condotti, just 5 minutes walk from the spanish steps or the rinascente at piazza colonne. The only drawback here is that it is not a full-service hotel (although it is a fully serviced apartment) and when you return to the residence at night you have to let yourself in and get upstairs without an escort; a little creepy and dark but perfectly safe since you are inside an urban palace home to a large family that has been around there for over a century and the building itself is an architectural gem with marble staircases chock full of commissioned works of art.

  • Liked — a unique way to experience rome from the rooftops in a lovely apartment
  • Disliked — a bit uncomfortable at night because it feels lonely and isolated
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2004

There is no more elegant apartment in Italy, nor a more elegant hostess than P. Letizia Ruspoli. We stayed for three nights on a friend's recommendation, and were very pleased indeed!

The apartment consists of three rooms in the Palazzo Ruspoli at the intersection of the viz Condotti and the via dei Corso -- the heart of the shopping district and 3 minutes from the Spanish steps.

There is a large arch and gate to enter, and a climb in a delightful old elevator, where you are greeted and taken inside the apartment on the second floor landing, a huge semi-enclosed hall with 18th Century busts in niches overlooking the courtyard. The Palazzo houses a small museum and some offices, so the landing is semi-public.

The first room is a huge, ornate dining room, the table set with silver pieces and objects on every side table. This is where a wonderful breakfast appears as if by magic each morning, without disturbing you. There is a rope to ring when leaving to call for the housekeeper. The second, sitting room is equaly vast and sumptuous, with large, comfortable chairs and sofas all in exquisite Venetian/European taste, with objects d'art and pleasant old oil paintings (some hiding plasma screen tvs). The bedroom is again huge, with a splendid canopied bed and gleaming wood floors. The bathroom is tiny but a jewel of decoration, with a tub/shower you can squeeze into quite well. There is also a small powder room off the sitting room. And a tiny kitchen tucked through the closet is stocked with basics. We shopped for extras down the street at a small market.

The only shortcoming is that there are no views whatsoever, just a sliver of sky above the Fendi building across the street. Despite some untimely construction and the noisy streets, the Residenza was quiet (double windows) and restful after hustling all over Rome. The air conditioning was silent and POWERFUL, and you can shill the place to meat locker temperatures at your whim!

Letizia knows everyone and everything about Rome, and is a most accomodating hostess. She provides her cell number, and can get a table almost anywhere at any time. Ask for her recommendations, then take them! Also hire Mercedes, a wonderful guide, who brought the city to life.

What a neat spot, and an oasis of beauty and taste in a bustling and ancient city!

PS -- we took the kids, and they stayed in the absolutely cool rooftop "studio" which is like a tiny ship with multi-level terraces that have great views. Very cozy and romantic, but the bed is perhaps too small for two adults.

  • Stayed June 2004
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about La Residenza Napoleone

Address: Fontanella Borghese 56, 00186 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #195 of 2,893 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Residenza Napoleone III is one of the most luxurious and unique places to stay in Rome, situated in the XVI century Palazzo Ruspoli on Romes legendary Via Condotti, the Residenza is named after Emperor Napoleon III, who lived here in 1830. The Napoleone Suite consists of three magnificient rooms, with antique furnishings, massive oil paintings, XVI century tapestries, parquet floors and hand-stencilled walls.This suite is connected to an additional bedroom : the Blue Room so-called because of its blue and white Chinese vases. The Roof Garden Suite has one of the most beautiful roof garden overlooking the city, with a multi-level decked terrace of over 600 sq ft. ... more   less 
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