Like the vast majority of visitors to this hotel, I chose this hotel on the back of its Trip Advisor reviews and I'm happy to say I wasn't let down. We stayed here for four days and had a very pleasant stay throughout. We were staying in a deluxe double room and most striking initially was its size. Compared to the hotel rooms you'll get more centrally, it was cavernous. And tastefully decorated, well-equipped (including, usefully, a USB slot on the TV where your iPhone or camera can be charged) and, most importantly, clean. If I had to be picky to find a fault, I could mention that the shower-head didn't remain fixed in its holder, meaning it would suddenly droop down in the middle of a shower and would need to be held by hand. I'm clutching at straws here though. Other than that, the room itself was faultless, and the bed huge and comfortable.
As for the other important thing, breakfast, it's delicious. You have a choice of cold meats, cheeses, delicious pastries (including a variety of croissants, cakes and pretty amazing chocolate muffins) and fresh breads, as well as the usual cereals, yoghurts, fresh juices and so on. They'll also make you up a cup of your preferred variety of Twinings tea or a fresh coffee, at your request. It all tastes good and will keep you comfortably full until well-past lunch time, if not the evening.
Some folks have mentioned the location, and it's not central. It's about a 10-minute walk from Bologna metro stop. But there are also buses that go from a stop that's about 2 minutes walk from the hotel to Termini station and from there, you can easily go anywhere. It's not a hassle seeing the sights if you're staying here, and you may well appreciate the extra quietness at night.
The final thing I'd like to mention is the staff, who were fantastically helpful from the moment I'd booked the room two months earlier until the moment we checked out. I'd like to offer a special thank you to Nicola, Jlenia and Piero who were especially helpful and friendly and all three wonderful assets to this already wonderful hotel.
One final recommendation. If you decide to stay here, make sure you seek out and eat at a restaurant called Pepe Verde. It's about a 7-8 minute walk from the hotel and offers such delicious authentic-tasting Italian food, far better than the standard tourist-oriented fare you'll get more centrally. We ended up going there three times and were completely satisfied with our orders each time. Make sure you try the pear pizza (sounds odd, I know, but it's truly amazing) and their tiramisu. Also, it might be an idea to ask staff at the hotel to book you a table, prior to going as it was full every night we went (a good sign).
Anyway, faultless hotel based on my own experience and I have no trouble recommending it if you're planning to come to Rome for a few days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in one of the most exclusive areas of Rome, Villa Pirandello is the ideal solution for your job engagement as well as for your relaxing vacation in a fascinating ancient palace in liberty style. The rooms are equipped with all the comfort and furnished with a fine taste. You'll be in a magical atmosphere. Situated a few steps from Piazza Bologna and the tube station, the Villa is just a few minutes from the renowned locations of the Rome City Centre. ... more less
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