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“A Special Place”
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Hotel Villa Duse
Ranked #163 of 1,259 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“A Special Place”
Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

In a northern section of Rome, just a stroll from Villa Borghese, waits the Hotel Villa Duse. Tucked away on a quiet block adjacent Via Elanore Duse, the hotel evokes its namesake Duse: intelligent, romantic, captivating.
A former private residence, Villa Duse is an intimate treat for sophisticated visitors to Rome.

This is a place where every detail is cared for and curated--you'll find the exterior courtyard inviting, the staff pleasant and knowledgable, and the rooms elegantly furnished. Book a room with an outdoor space and you'll be treated to a relaxing oasis from the bustle of the city center. This is the kind of place where you'll want to eat room service breakfast on your terrace and sit there all morning reading and adjusting to the time zone. If you're American you'll want to order the organic eggs (listed as "biological eggs" on the menu, a quirky translation). We had the omelette with ham and cheese and the scrambled eggs with bacon: both were excellent, and a relief from the warnings we'd heard about how hard it would be to find a hearty breakfast with eggs in Rome.

If you're worried about how to get around you may want to stay somewhere closer to the sites. However, if public transportation and taxis don't phase you and you need an smart escape every night from the other tourists, if you want to visit and truly do like the Romans then make a reservation at Villa Duse. You'll be very happy with your decision--and especially so if you have an eye for the sublime and appreciate the thought behind a detail, like Duse herself: "If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive..."

Thank you for a special experience.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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duseduse, Proprietario at Hotel Villa Duse, responded to this review, April 4, 2014
Dear Mr Chris,

What an awesome review! By reading it with all the staff, we were really touched. Thank you so much Mr. Cris for the time you spent in sharing on Trip Advisor, your special experience with us in a such detailed and illustrated way.
We are really honored to hear your stay at the Hotel Villa Duse was so wonderful.
Also, be sure Mr. Cris we will keep in consideration your suggestion about translating in our menu “uova biologica” into “organics eggs”.
Actually we were not so sure about the exact words to use, and your observation will be really precious for us to improve our quality and service.

We sincerely hope to welcome you again at the Hotel Villa Duse.

With our warmest regards,

Maria Rosaria Mastroianni
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

This hotel was a a home to a very well known lady who has converted it from her villa to a beautiful hotel. Staff very friendly and excellent service. Very posh area of rome and surprisingly quiet. 20 min to the core of rome by cab or 30 min by subway/streetcar.

  • Stayed March 2014
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duseduse, Proprietario at Hotel Villa Duse, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Dear Guest,

I sincerely thank you for having spent your time in writing your opinion on Villa Duse.
We hope to have the possibility to welcome you again in Rome,

Best Regards,
Maria Rosaria Mastroianni
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Los Altos, California
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

After a more than 12-hour flight from the west coast, we arrived at the hotel early in the morning. When we were told the room was ready for us. We were so happy! Yes! Hot shower and a comfy bed!
The room and bath seemed to be small at first sight. I was wrong! There is plenty of shelving space for our luggage. And the design of the marbled bathroom uses the space very wisely. The most important thing: it’s very clean!
My husband and I enjoyed their breakfast very much! Freshly baked bread and cakes every morning, and variety of delicious fruits were also available. We ate well before starting our exploration in the city every morning.
The service of the hotel is the best part. We bought Roma Pass and wanted to use it for Galleria Borghese. Reservation for the Galleria Borghese is required. I tried to do it on-line but it doesn’t work well with a Pass. We talked to Giulia. She made a phone call for us immediately. It was taken care of in a minute! What a relief!
We are not coffee drinkers. We requested hot water almost every night. Two pots of hot water would be delivered even after the kitchen was closed. They will go extra miles to make the customer feel at home.
The hotel is in a very nice residential area. There is a small market if you walk about 8 minutes down the street. And the pizzeria next door is crowded with college students from across the street. We tried the food there which is really nice. We also watched a lot of local people ordering food there to take home for an easy meal.
The bus system in Rome is impossible. We figured out the best way to use the public transit system is instead of taking bus #52, take Tram #3 or #19 to Metro station. With the Euro 1.50 ticket you can use the ticket unlimited times on buses or trams within the 100 minutes time period (but you can only use the ticket once on Metro). You can buy the ticket from the hotel too. Another great service!
We stayed for ten nice and quiet nights in this hotel. Enjoyed every minute there! Thanks, Giulia, Miguel and Verica for your warm and kindly and extremely professional services. Thanks, Bramim and Theresa for always being there to offer the best quality service and food.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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duseduse, Proprietario at Hotel Villa Duse, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Dear Guest,

It is really a pleasure to read such a beautiful review from you.
Giulia and all Villa Duse staff told me about your kindness and the smile that you had every morning, and it is nice to host guest like you for more than a week!!
Moreover is so rewarding to hear that your staying with us was enjoyable as we always work to improve our service.
I thank you as well for sharing your opinion with all tripadvisor users!

I really hope to welcome you again and meet you personally!

Best Regards,

Maria Rosaria Mastroianni
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

Although, the Villa Duse is fine for getting around Pinciano, it's probably a bit far if you're off into the centre every day. Despite that, this was a really good hotel in a country not always noted for it's great hotels. Room and bathroom was outstanding. Room service food was brilliant. Breakfast is continental but not especially exciting. Service overall was very good, the front desk staff being very helpful and with fluent English. If you don't like tiny Italian lifts (elevators), give this one a miss!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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duseduse, Proprietario at Hotel Villa Duse, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Dear guest,
We are really happy to hear that your staying at Villa Duse has met your expectations.
We have really appreciated your compliments and judgments as they can help us to improve our service.
We are looking forward to welcome you again in our Villa,
Kindest Regards,

Maria Rosaria Mastroianni
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Nanjing, China
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

Its a very quiet hotel, good for rest. Not very big hotel but very lovely environment. The room is great, also the breakfast. The staff are very friendly, as well as some other guests. They aslo gave me a hotel brochure as a souvenir, it is a very cute one.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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duseduse, Proprietario at Hotel Villa Duse, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your kind a nice review.
Next time you'll visit Rome we'll be more than happy to host you again.

Best regards,

Maria Rosaria Mastroianni
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Madrid, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2014

The hotel is in a nice residencial area of Rome. The room we stayed was great, they also gave us a upgrade for our honeymoon. It's a family bussiness and the receptionist gave us a really warm welcome and also recommended some nice restaurants around the Parioli area to have dinner. The experience was great, you don't feel the turistic side of Rome.
It's not expensive comparing to what you can find in Rome, the only downside is that it's a bit far from the center, it costed us 12-15€ on a taxi to get us to the center, but I think it´s worth it, because the place is nice, not expensive and the hospitality was great.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mimi C
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duseduse, Proprietario at Hotel Villa Duse, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thanks a lot for sharing your experience in Villa Duse.
We are delighted to know that your experience in our hotel have been enjoyable especially because you were on your honeymoon!
We hope to host you again next year….maybe for your anniversary!

Best Regards,

Maria Rosaria Mastroianni
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Naples, Italy
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Quality hotel very high and service so much professional.I like so much the breakfest.The room and the bath room very clean and full optional.I will return surely because this experience is very,very good.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Giulio V
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duseduse, Proprietario at Hotel Villa Duse, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your nice review, we are really happy that your experience at Villa Duse was great.
We hope to welcome you again in Rome,

Kindest Regards,

Maria Roasaria Mastroianni
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Property: Hotel Villa Duse
Address: Via Alamanno Morelli 1, 00197 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Parioli
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #163 of 1,259 Hotels in Rome
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Duse 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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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