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Hotel Principe Torlonia
Ranked #363 of 1,257 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Dusseldorf, Germany
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185 reviews
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“Very good hotel - few details to improve”
Reviewed May 17, 2012

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 !

Room Tip: Second floor seems like the best option. You probably want to avoid the first floor.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zaragoza, Spain
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

At the beginning I was a little bit worried about the location (10min away from the Bologna station, not really in the center of Rome), but this was not an issue at all. And at night it was very quiet, which i'm sure is not the case in most hotels in the center.

The Metro station was easy to reach and the way there was very enjoyable. The suburb has very pretty houses with little gardens that are really nice to look at, and some shops / cafes as well. Even after a hard day walking and hurting feet, the 10min home from bologna were not a problem.

There are also several buses nearby conecting to Termini and the main turist areas, but as buses are less reliable than the metro, we never considered exploring that option.

The hotel is in a beautiful building. The rooms are also tastefully decorated and are spacious enough.
Unfortunately our room smelled of smoke when we checked in, but after two days it was back to normal. I assume it had been the previous client, and not something that can be expected in all rooms.

Everything was very clean and the shower in the bathroom was huge. Soap and Shampoo smelled very good and they had other small toiletries that, although nothing special, are not always provided in hotels of this category (sewing kit, q-tips...)

There were some bad things though: toilet seat was a little bit loose, tv not working, a/c could not lower the temperature to less than 20°... Small things, but for the price they should have been fixed.

The breakfast had a good (although not huge) variety : cereals, meats, cheese, eggs, cornettos, coffee... . it was served in a nice area with views to the garden.

Service was friendly. No complains there.

Overall a good experience.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

The hotel is located in a very nice part of Rome, surrounded by old villas and is itself housed in an old villa with garden and roof terrace, but completely renovated. The room was nice and modern ( a bit on the small side) with a big new bathroom. A basic breakfast was included , buffet was basic but did the job. The hotel is a 10 min walk from Bologna metro station which is only 3 stops from Termini and the metro line goes straight to the Colosseo. Even though the hotel isn't in the historic center, the location is very convenient and all sights easy to reach. I would stay there again and definitely recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Athens
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

We stayed at first floor.Room was clean and large enough.TV satellite works fine. Room was extemely hot maybe it had good insulation. I didnt hear any noise from the other floors and i didnt hear any vaccum cleaner.But there was a locked door seperating the other room and i could hear the tv at early night..Bed was hudge and confortable.There was an oddor from the toillet but i think their plumber sucks because they have some issues with these stuff.
Accesories(sampoo,etc) were good /high quality.Breakfast was average but for italy standars maybe its very good. (bread,cereal,juice,croisant,eggs,ommelete,motcharela ,yogurt, and lots of others but not much meat etc).It also had some fruits that were good and fresh. The guy at breakfast room although very polite and helpful made me feel a bit anxious as he was most of the time at room observing.(maybe to check if anything is missing ).
The hotel outsideis clean and the garden well ad regulary maintaned.
I think that they should fix some things in the rooms.like the misinstalled roller shade at one window that was already woren and fall of when a cleaning lady tried to raise it, and it wasnt fixed.Also a fixed charge for internet would be better..
Location is good you can take bus or metro not far from the city.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Belfast
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

Although this is not in the centre of Rome it is easily accesible by metro or bus, it is in a lovely residential area that is safe and offers an insight into how people live in Rome. The rooms are modern and clean, the shower has good pressure for Rome. There is a lovely terrace were they serve breakfast, staff are lovely and very helpful.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed January 13, 2012

We really loved this hotel. The main building is beautiful although we were staying in one of suites in the garden. Another review here mentions the smell of mould in one of these, but this problem had gone by the time we came here in autumn 2011. The suite itself was beautiful, huge bedroom, flatscreen TV, small private patio area screened by shrubbery, beautiful and large bathroom with spa bath. And so quiet and peaceful, with a walk through the garden in the morning for breakfast in the conservatory. It was also spotlessly clean. It didnt serve evening meals but had a bar. 10 mins walk from Bologna station but so what? Nothing much around the area to speak of but we found a nice local restaurant (can't recall the name!). It was only a few minutes on the underground into the centre of Rome. Would highly recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

Although at first sight the area might appear deserted and the hotel abandoned, it is actually far from truth. The hotel is very clean and modernized inside. The staff were fluent in English and were very helpful. I'm not sure if our room was standard or upgraded fro honeymooners, but everything was sparkling clean and the bathroom spacious. The fridge however wasn't working and one of the staff members tried to make it work but something just wasn't right. Also the shower-head wasn't switching modes but couldn't care less about that. To my surprise, the area seemed to be fairly safe, as we constantly made trips back and forth at night with no incident. But it CAN appear intimidating owing to its very quiet neighborhood. The walk to Bologna subway station is at least 10min (unless you make a run for it) and the buses take longer to get to the center, so I recommend the subway.
The full breakfast was great, something we really missed in some of our consequent hotels.
Overall, if you don't mind the walk to the subway, this hotel is an amazing find!

PS: do your research on what's closed on Mondays in Rome and what season is the "vacation" season for the locals - it would save you a few surprises when you face the closed doors of a certain attraction or restaurant

Room Tip: Rooms on the first (main) floor have soundproof walls covered in fabric. Not sure if the rest of the...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Principe Torlonia
Address: Via Carlo Fea 5, 00161 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#30 Business Hotel in Rome
#126 Family Hotel in Rome
#194 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#195 Luxury Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Principe Torlonia 4*
Number of rooms: 27
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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