Stayed here for 2 nights at the start of our vacation in Italy. The place is a bit hard to find at the first go. The taxi driver who took us there didn't seem to know where it was either. But once you get there, it is all worthwhile. Set in a very quiet residential area, you never really feel like you are in one of the most crowded cities in Italy.
The staff at the hotel were really very helpful. They sell the public transport tickets at the reception at the same price as the Tabacchi. This is particularly useful because the closest Tabacchi is not really close. They also helped us figure out various public transport routes that helped us save a lot of time travelling in Rome.
The breakfast was a decent spread served in a really homely atmosphere. The room itself was extremely comfortable. We had a private garden which was a really nice place to sit and have a glass of wine in the evening. Even without the garden, they have a nice common sit out area which is equally cosy.
But all this comes at the cost of accessibility. There is only one bus, 360 connecting the hotel to the city and the bus is not very frequent. Well, technically there are two but the other one is a bit of a walk. The hotel recommended a path to walk to the city through some gardens which was really beautiful. The walk takes about 45 min and is beautiful the first time. Not a very practical way for everyday use.
There are some small cafes nearby but the proper restaurants are about a 15-20 min walk away. Considering the hotel does not have a restaurant, make sure you organize dinner plans before you get back to the hotel.
Having said all that, I would definitely recommend it as a place to stay (because it is a really nice place with even better staff) as long as you are ok with walking a reasonable amount.
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- 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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