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!
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Venere, Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline, TripOnline SA, Hotels.com and Agoda so you can book your Empire Palace Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Empire Palace Rome
- Hotel Empire Palace
- Empire Palace Hotel Rome