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Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte

Via della Fontanella di Borghese 56, 00186 Rome Italy
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#1,756 of 4,407 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte is a luxury bed and breakfast situated in the historic Palazzo Ruspoli, where Napoleone III, former Emperor of France, resided with his mother Hortense de Beauharnais, former Queen Consort of Holland. Conveniently located in the Historic center of Rome, you will be minutes away from the Spanish steps and other renowned monuments in Rome, and a small step away from the boutiques of well-known luxury brands on Via dei Condotti.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
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ImTheDad wrote a review Sep 2020
Maidenhead, United Kingdom149 contributions28 helpful votes
The Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte is well located. But that's about all I can say. The rooms and accommodation do not meet the description and photos provided by the owners. The Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte must have been grand at one point - unfortunately it is NOT anymore. In the Princess Pia suite, the 2nd bedroom in one of the suites amounts to a single bed put in an old closet. There is no air conditioning to that 2nd bedroom either. It was 38 degrees Celsius in Rome and about 42 degrees in that little bedroom. The person staying in the small bedroom (e.g. the closet) has to walk through the master bedroom if they need to use the bathroom. This isn't workable during the night and affords no privacy. You can see from the photos that I've added that the 2nd bedroom is really a closet with a bed. In the Emperor Bonaparte Suite, the second bedroom isn't a bedroom at all, it 2 Chaise Lounges in a hallway. There is no air conditioning in that room and the anyone staying in the main room has to walk through the "2nd bedroom" to use the bathroom. The listing makes out that the suites are open and spacious. In reality, there is a series of higgledy piggledy hallways that you have to navigate. Even to get to the suites, guest are expects to navigate a set of concrete stairs that opens at the end of one of the narrow corridors. The photos on Booking.com are very misleading. One might suspect that they are intentionally that way. The photos only show the grand rooms but not the details nor the layout. The smaller rooms, the corridors and the small bathrooms aren't pictured on the listing. The grand rooms themselves are faded and worn. The air conditioning is marginal and one many of the big room don't have any air-conditioning. On top of that the furniture was sagging, the wood floors creaked when you walked on them and the receptionist tried to extra a late arrival charge from us even though we were actually there at a normal arrival time. I asked for a refund - which the hotel refused. We are now issuing a chargeback with our credit card to get our money back.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Response from Maria Pia Ruspoli, General Manager at Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte
Responded Sep 2, 2020
The Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte is an historical palace of the 1500 century located in the center of Rome. Where the young Emperor Bonaparte resided with her mother Ortensia of Beauhrnais, queen of holland, that commissioned the execution of frescoes over the ceilings in all the hotel property. We have just 3 suites: 1_princess pia suite: is the smallest one( relatively small since is over 75 mq) Where there is a large double bed and two others singles rooms with two single beds. Obviously the room has air conditioning. 2_emperor Bonaparte suite: is over 100 mq with a large covered and uncovered terrace, a bedroom with a King size bed and a second room with two single beds and a large bathroom. 3_the suite queen hortensia: is our most important suite where the historic frescoes of Napoleon are and is over 90 mq. In order to have more information of the suite please visit our website: www.residenzaruspolibonaparte.com I am sorry that the customers were not happy, we also offered them a free upgrade in our best suite but they refused. It is not for everyone to live in a museum where art and history are confused with “ On top of that the furniture was sagging, the wood floors creaked when you walked” Just to say that the wood floor is from 1800 and his very historical and is in all of the most important Palace of Rome. Surely the customer would have preferred to stay in modern rooms usually not bigger than 25 mq with modern led lights and new floors in one of the many hotels and hotels chains and not in a historical boutique hotel. Thank you, Maria Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte
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MMB wrote a review Nov 2019
20 contributions45 helpful votes
I read a few of the reviews before staying here and was a bit worried given some of the negative comments. In the end I was extremely pleased and relieved to have a fantastic experience there and would recommend staying there if visiting Rome. My only caveat is that you cannot treat this as a normal hotel - it is not. It is basically a unique Airbnb with the added services of a concierge and breakfast. You do get to live in a truly authentic palace apartment, owned and still being occupied by the Principessa (who we met by chance and was very graceful and delightful company). Hotels will always be slightly artificial in their claims of offering palace like living and surrounded by marble everything. In the Rezidenza Ruspoli you get the original, there is nothing Disney World fantasy in this place. This does mean you wont get the perfect super turbo pressure water in the shower or 24 hour room service, but in my opinion, this is not why you stay here. Stay here for a unique experience to live in someones special home. And the bonus was our bedroom suite (the largest with 2 bedrooms) was considerably cheaper than similar quality/location hotels. Finally the staff and service was faultless, e-mail before arrival, perfect service while we were there and e-mail after our stay. There are many hotels which charge a lot more and offer less service.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Aloofbob wrote a review Aug 2019
George Town, Grand Cayman60 contributions54 helpful votes
From the Napolionic and Handel history, to the 10 foot single-piece marble steps, to the corridor of busts and massive statues, picturesque corridors and staggeringly beautiful interior, this is an amazing place to visit. The lady in the lobby was very welcoming and showed us around. Location-wise it's perfect: literally about 300 yards from the Spanish steps and in the middle of everything. Downers: it was hot, and the single A/C unit in the main bedroom couldn't keep up (v high ceilings). The adjacent bedroom was worse. The bathroom (accessible only by walking through bedroom 2) had a minute shower unit with a head far too big for either the unit size or the available water pressure. The living area and patio, although view-less, would have been lovely places to sit except they're hemmed in by other buildings so there's no draft to mitigage the heat. Great place to stay for a night, but I'd rather move to a hotel for night no.2.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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francescaiveson wrote a review Jan 2019
London, United Kingdom10 contributions1 helpful vote
This palace is a delight to stay whilst in Rome. Our room was magnificent and quiet which was more important to us than toiletries and beverages. The location was wonderful, being in the heart of Rome and central to most tourist attractions. The cafe opposite The Lego Shop situated nearby was the best.
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Date of stay: September 2018
kalivar wrote a review Nov 2018
Shropshire, United Kingdom36 contributions4 helpful votes
Excellent, luxurious b&b in the heart of Rome. It is full of history and you can really feel it around you. Breakfast can be requested. We stayed in the Ortenza suite which is stunning as the pictures, huge and spacious, felt like we were king and queen!! It also has an additional two single beds in an adjacent room. The Princess was lovely to meet and Riccardo and Alfonso were a great help and lovely too!! We would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions about Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte
Which popular attractions are close to Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte?
Nearby attractions include Serra (0.3 miles), Spanish Steps (0.2 miles), and I Virtuosi dell'opera di Roma (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and meeting rooms.
Which room amenities are available at Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte?
Conveniently located restaurants include CiPASSO Bistrot, Pane e Salame, and Lost Food Factory.
Are pets allowed at Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (1.2 miles), St. Peter's Basilica (1.2 miles), and Roman Forum (0.9 miles).