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Empire Palace Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Aureliana 39 | Centre - Via Veneto, 00187 Rome, Italy (Ludovisi / Via Veneto)   |  
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Ranked #264 of 1,269 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2 reviews
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“Loved it-would recommend to anyone!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

We stayed here during our first few days in Italy before moving on to Florence. We were jet lagged and exhausted upon arrival; the staff greeted us and had our room ready by 10 AM! They also welcomed and brought us to eat a nice breakfast during our wait since they knew we were exhausted. The staff was fabulous and the breakfast they provide was worth it's weight in gold. So delicious and again, the service was great.
The room isn't something that Americans would expect in a 4-star hotel at home; but it was great for an old European hotel room. The bed was comfortable enough and I liked the bathroom a lot. The only complaint was that it wasn't very cool being that it was August. Their AC doesn't work the same way we were used to being from Louisiana-but that's ok.
Our favorite part of the stay here was the recommendation that the door man made (he was awesome, by the way) to eat at a restaurant called 44 (I think this is the name) about a block up the street. This was one of the best meals we had in all of Italy! The owner of the restaurant served us and we enjoyed an almost 7-course meal (including pre and post meal digestives on the house) and two bottles of wine for about 110 euros. This meal would have cost twice that elsewhere.
After this dinner we came back to the hotel and spent an hour or so in the hotel bar just chatting it up with the bartender. He spoke great English and shared his stories of living in the United States for a few years. He was wonderful and helped us gain more perspective on life in Italy as well as how Americans are viewed by the rest of the world. It was a wonderfully interesting discussion! This bartender was so friendly and smart; we will remember him for a long time. Please give him our gratitude-he was working the night shift on Friday, August 24.
The hotel was conveniently located to everything we wanted to do. It wasn't a long walk to shop, eat, and explore. Of course, we did need a taxi to go to the Vatican.
Another recommendation to anyone would be to take a trip over to the Villa Borghese. My husband and I took a run over one morning and wished we had a chance to spend more time there. It would be a perfect place for a picnic or dinner in a beautiful park setting. It is huge and offers bike and cart rentals. This would be great for a couple or family.

Overall we loved our stay here. Thanks to the Empire Palace hotel staff-you were great!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

We were in Rome for about 8 days, and our hotel (recommended by our travel agent) was a nice place to stay. We would take the metro (Repubblica station is nearby) to places further away like the Vatican, but found walking to almost all the sites we wished to see an easy thing. The rooms we stayed in (we had two separate rooms as our trip was broken up with a trip out of Rome in the middle) were clean and functional (although if you can get upgraded to a deluxe you have a bit more room to situate luggage, etc). The staff at the front desk all spoke very good english, had suggestions of things for us to do, and were very helpful with a great little map. We only patroned the restaurant once, when we had to wait for our room to be ready (to be fair, we were checking in very early in the day), and decided to have a drink. The restaurant is very expensive, and in my opinion, you can find much better deals just across the street.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Nice hotel, close to train station (but not walk able with luggage). Internet in room is €10 extra, but doesn't work. They said they are fixing, but we still paid for a service we didnt recieve. Bathroom shower was strange-no shower curtain made it very difficult not to flood bathroom while showering. Beds are super hard, as are the pillows. Complimentary breakfast was good, although they should serve espresso or cappuccino instead of very bad American coffee.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

This is a very nice hotel - clean, comfortable rooms, high ceilings, nice bathrooms, great service, good breakfast etc.
It is close to the US Embassy and other office buildings so during the day the area is busy but at night is quiet (more car traffic than pedestrian traffic). However, it was very safe to walk around. We walked at different times of the day and night and had no problems.
The closest metro is Piazza La Republica which is a 5-7 minute walk from the hotel. From there you can connect to the Spanish Steps and many other places (everything within 15 min). The hotel is also walking distance to via Veneto and the Borghese Gallery (15 min walking)
If you want to be in the middle of everything you need to stay close to the spanish steps, the trevi fountain etc. However the hotels around those areas are small. The hotels around Piazza La republica are bigger and comfortable.
I would go back!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Here's why you should stay:

1. Great location, with easy access to many buses just at the end of Via Aureliana & Via Vient Settembre street. There are also 2 metro stops within a 10-15 minute walk. If you're visiting for at least 3 days spring for the metro card which includes entrances to national museums.

2. Helpful front desk except during peak times of check in and out. You may be waiting awhile.

3. Free wifi in Lobby, eating area, outdoor bar, one computer and printer availabe as well.

4. Hotel is dated, but the front staff told us renovations will be happening in many of the smaller rooms which includes expanding the size of the smaller rooms, so ask if they have a renovated room when making a reservation. Junior suites are a nice size for up to 3 people. Slippers and robe provided.

5. Nice bathroom that offered bath products of good qulity, large size 3-4 oz that were replaced each day. Room service was very efficient.

6. Breakfast was lovely and was one of the better spread that we had during our entire trip. It is repetitious every day, but eating out is expensive, so having a really nice big breakfast kept us going until we could get a snack for lunch and a really nice meal at dinner.

7. Lots of good places to eat within walking distance. Skip the hotel food, and tackle the outdoor bar only if you like really slowwww service. Instead head down towards the bus stops, but skip the wine bar at the corner,turn left and you will find some lovely resturants. Don't be afraid to walk a little ways. The area is very safe, and the better priced eating establishments are farther from the hotel.

Loved our stay at the hotel, and would not hesitate to return again!

  • Stayed July 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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Fairfax, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

My two teenage children (14 & 16) and I (single father) enjoyed three nights at the Empire Palace Hotel. It's not right next to the main tourist attractions, but we liked that after three long days of first-time-in-Rome sightseeing in hot, late-June weather. The streets next to the hotel were quiet but only a 10 to 15 minute walk from some attractions and an affordable cab ride to other attractions. We walked to Trevi Fountain one night after dinner. The lobby, restaurant (which we used for breakfast), and courtyard (which we enjoyed for late-night dessert), were nice spaces with great service. Our room was a good size, especially compared to hotel rooms in other large European cities, and was very clean. The shower was comically small, and it was impossible to wash without knocking one's elbows on the shower walls. For us, however, that ended up being an amusing conversation topic more than a nuisance. We enjoyed the restaurants that were less than two blocks from the hotel, especially our outdoor table at Taverna Flavia, less than one block from hotel's front door. Note that we dined late and leisurely, between 9:30 and 11:30 p.m., so it was cooler when we sat outdoors.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

We enjoyed our stay at the Empire Palace in Rome. It appears to be in the business district so quiet in the evening with some good restaurants nearby away from the busy Piazza's. Room very clean and comfortable after long days of walking around Rome.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Aureliana 39 | Centre - Via Veneto, 00187 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Ludovisi / Via Veneto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#125 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#135 Business Hotel in Rome
#202 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#253 Family Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Empire Palace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 110
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Empire Palace Hotel 4* is located in a quiet area a few steps from the famous Via Veneto in Rome downtown, has 110 bedrooms and suites, cocktail bar, restaurant and 4 meeting rooms.With its pointed arches and double lancet windows the elegant building that houses the Empire Palace Hotel recalls the architecture of Venice, was in fact built around 1870 as the Roman residence of noble family of Venice. ... more   less 
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