This hotel is just as charming and pleasant as other reviewers described it! We enjoyed the north Rome location. Our room was absolutely clean, comfortable and quiet. The "prestige executive room" was nicely sized--no complaints from my husband about European hotel rooms this time. Room 11 had lovely wood floors, and traditional furniture, so that you felt like you were actually in Rome, not some generic hotel chain. The shower was the most heavenly shower, the length of a full bathtub, with two water jets, and abundant flow of hot water and luxurious marble everywhere. We stayed here two nights and this was the sort of shower we wanted after that translantic coach plane flight the first day, and warm crowded streets and grandiose ruins the second day.
My seventy-something parents stayed in the Library Junior Suite and got a sofa and a reading nook, though the shower was smaller. They also liked their rooms, and we all agreed the beds were extremely comfortable and provided a good night's sleep.
The morning buffet was also better than we expected, because on our two days they had quiche (at least at 8:30am the first day and 7:30am the second) as well as meats and cheeses. And yes, the selection of baked goods was fantastic. The only thing lacking was a small container of cream for our coffee (also good). Also nice were little signs listing the ingridients of the baked goods.
The only down side is that you will want to take transportation to the major tourist sights. The hotel staff members will call a taxi for you and they can specify ones that take credit cards if you'd like. Most taxis arrived in about 5 minutes. (Note that in Rome you pay the taxi fare it takes the taxi to get to you as well as the fare). Taking taxis on the way back, we found it helpful to bring a Google map of the hotel as Villa Duse is out of the tourist areas. (We also had a helpful map of Rome that showed where the taxi stands were). We decided that for a stay here, you still come out ahead, because the quality of this hotel is probably comparable to the best of the centrally located ones twice the price near the crowded tourist areas.
Another nice feature is that if you email the hotel before your stay, they will arrange a transfer to Civitavecchia if you are leaving for a cruise. That port is about an hour and a half to two hours away from Rome. The price for the four of us and luggage in a mini-van came out roughly cheaper than the transfers offered by the cruise line (per person and you still had to take a taxi to the designated cruise hotel at their choice of time). I don't know if it was the cheapest transfer, but I cannot say enough good things about the transfer driver, who spoke English, drove well, helped with all the luggage and was patient when two of us arrived back at the hotel more than a few minutes later than the agreed upon time.
Interestingly, I did not find this small hotel listed in my 2012 guidebooks, so I was very happy to find this was as nice as the websites and reviews would suggest. If we ever return to Rome (for a longer period of time), hopefully, we'll be able to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Eternal City and finally retire in the quietness of Villa Duse, one of the most exclusive Roman houses, the perfect place for a happy landing. Claiming its uniqueness, Villa Duse will wrap you in an environment which exudes discretion, quality and style, and will give you the feeling of an increasing comfort, relax and peace. ... more less
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