We chose to stay in the Principe Torlonia because of the good reviews on tripadvisor, the good location and the fact that it is a 4-star hotel. Overall, it was a good choice and I would book again if I could go back in time.
The hotel appears to be an old "Palazzo" that has been completely renovated. It kept a lot of charm and feels really authentic and classy. From that point of view, it deserves its 4 stars. The rooms combine new and old furniture in a very tasteful way. The bathroom was also very nice and clean.
The hotel is 10 minute away from the Bologna metro station, in a very quiet street. We were afraid Termini would be too busy / loud, if not shady in some of the back streets, like train station districts sometimes are. That's why we opted for something not as central, but still within 20 minutes from most attractions. I think this is a good compromise overall, especially if you don't plan to come back to the hotel during the day.
I don't know exactly how many rooms the hotel has but it's definitely not a big hotel. This means the breakfast does not offer a very wide variety. The quality is very good, though. You can expect scrambled eggs, Italian "salame", ham, 2 or 3 sorts of cheese, cereals, honey, jam, some wannabe Nutella (original preferred, please!), croissants, bread, yogurts and juices. Unfortunately, the juices aren't really great - tasted like cheap juices from the supermarket which was kind of a disappointment.
I have trying to paint a positive picture of the Principe Torlonia. Yet, I gave it "only" 4 stars in my rating because it fell short of expectations on some details. No big deal, but they are things that I would expect to be better in a 4-star hotel:
- the fruit juices as said in the previous paragraph were less than average
- there was a persistent smoke smell in the room when we arrived - they could have used air fresheners or something
- the TV, a brand-new flatscreen, never worked (it wanted to scan for channels, but never found anything). We were not interested in watching TV but still, you expect to be able to watch TV if you want to. We did not report this to the reception, so I can't say how the hotel reacts.
- the A/C was noisy but not really effective (no cool air coming from the vent). I suspect the hotel disables the A/C before June. That or the A/C simply does not work. In May, the nights aren't that hot, so we could live without A/C.
- the hotel wanted to charge us to use their wlan. I don't understand why since it's for free in plenty of cafes (even the city of Rome installed some free hotspots in the street).
As I wrote before, the rooms look great. The service is efficient and friendly. And the price was also fair (350€ for 3 nights in May). Definitely a thumb up for Principe Torlonia !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4-star Hotel Principe Torlonia is in a historic villa surrounded by a peaceful park. Just a 5-minute walk from Rome's Bologna Metro Station, this elegant property features a terrace, stylish rooms, and free Wi-Fi throughout. The air-conditioned rooms at the Principe Torlonia all include a TV, a minibar, and a private bathroom. Your daily breakfast can be served on the terrace or on the grounds. In the Nomentano neighborhood, this hotel is half a mile from Villa Torlonia and Villa Paganini. Termini Train Station is 3 metro stops away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Prime Hotel Rome