This is the third time that my husband and I have stayed at the Aldrovandi Palace. The previous two times we have loved it and have looked forward to returning but this time it was a little disappointing.
We'd paid to upgrade to a garden view room but strangely the room wasn't as nice as the rooms we'd had before. Our last room had a mirrored wall which made the room seem really spacious and we'd had a separate closet area. This time we didn't have either of those, which was a shame considering it was more expensive.
There was a weird damp carpet smell in the corridor that our room was on. We thought on the first day that this was due to it just having been cleaned, but the smell remained throughout our stay and really wasn't very pleasant.
The bathroom was absolutely huge, which was nice, and the staff are very friendly. The free shuttle bus to the Spanish Steps is also very good and easy to use. The pool at the hotel is also lovely, particularly when you return from a day of sight-seeing, although there is a lot of shade around the pool from the tall trees surrounding it, so if you're looking for an opportunity to sun-bathe it can be quite difficult.
The thing that really put us off the hotel this time though was the exorbitant price of the food and the extras. It really felt as though they were trying to screw every last penny out of you, which we really resented. A 75cl bottle of water by the pool cost €10.00 whilst a 25cl bottle of Diet Coke was €9.00. The cheapest lunch in the Grill Room was €20.00 for salad or pizza and wifi in the room was €17.00 for 24 hours. Given that most hotels offer free wifi these days, to charge €17.00 per day just seemed astronomical.
All in all we won't be rushing back to the Aldrovandi Palace. There are many lovely hotels in Rome and I think next time we'll be trying somewhere else where we feel as if we're getting better value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched above the Eternal City in Rome's exclusive, residential Pinciano neighborhood, Aldrovandi Villa Borgheseis a palatial retreat that feels a world apart from the crowded piazzas of the Italian capital, although within walking distance of many highlights of the Eternal City. Overlooking the gorgeous greenery of Rome's Borghese Gardens, Aldrovandi Villa Borghese takes center stage in the Eternal City's poshest neighborhood. A former convent, this grand 19th-century ivory villa is dressed in marble and dripping in chandeliers. With its new SPA by LA MER and state-of-the-art fitness suite featuring the latest equipment, the two-Michelin-star restaurant Oliver Glowig, secluded garden with outdoor pool and palm tree-lined terrace, and a private shuttle to whisk guests straight to the Spanish Steps, this urban retreat offers all the perfect luxurious amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aldrovandi Villa Borghese Hotel Rome
- Aldrovandi Palace Hotel Rome
- Aldrovandi Palace Rome