A friend and I booked this last min and got a very good rate for our three night stay. I can fully endorse all the positive comments previous contributors have made; pleasant, helpful staff, tasteful/clean rooms, good breakfast. Nice toiletries and robes/slippers in room. Good, powerful shower and lovely deep bath.
We chose this hotel knowing that it was a bit out of the centre as we felt it may have been nice to return to a quieter neighbourhood at night. We both agreed that this was a good decision. We would have paid much more for a three star with dubious reviews in a more central location.
Some people may be put off by the location of this hotel. I would urge you to think again; you're probably going to be in Rome for 3 or 4 days and will want to pack in all the highlights. No matter where you are, you're going to have to travel a bit to get back to your hotel. The pre-book able minibus leaves you at Polpolo Square and from there you can navigate your way round the city very easily. We never used the minibus to return to the hotel as a taxi was only €8-10 depending on where we were picked up. You will walk so much in Rome you will be relieved to jump into a taxi to your hotel rather than have to find public transport at the end of an exhausting day!
We ate at a very good local restaurant just 5 mins walk away (the was another, quieter restaurant even closer). One evening I had the lobster pasta special and was delighted and surprised to be served with half a lobster and just about the best spaghetti I've ever tasted ( for €18). We also ate in the hotel one night and the food was good although the restaurant was very quiet. Other diners were business guests dining alone.
The public rooms at The Duke are very beautiful and you have a real sense of being in an Italian hotel rather than an anonymous hotel in any city.
One piece of advice re airport taxis: taxis which are licenced by City of Rome can only charge you €48 from the airport to your hotel (and back) as long as the hotel falls within the city walls. The Duke does not fall within the city walls. We pre-booked a limo service from the airport which only cost €40. Best airport limo service I've ever used. We left it too late to book for the return journey and had to use a standard taxi which cost €90 (yes!), mainly due to slow moving traffic all the way to the airport. Lesson - book return limo service as, at this price, it's a real bargain.
Oh yes! The All Blacks stayed here, which impressed our husbands and kids (whom we had left behind at home to enjoy the fabulous English, half term weather!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4-star boutique hotel The Duke Hotel allows you to enjoy the city at its best: art, culture, shopping and business. Nestled in the Villa Borghese area The Duke Hotel offers a quiet and private place to return to after a day of exploring the Eternal city's attractions or doing business. Just minutes away from the historical center, where the finest shops and historical sites can be found and nearby the new Auditorium Parco della Musica, Galleria Borghese, Olimpic Stadium and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. The Duke Hotel will be an ideal place for single tourists, families and business travelers alike.The Duke Hotel has 86 comfortable rooms. The rooms are distributed over 6 floors and are different in shape and size. Some rooms have balcony or terraces. Several connected rooms. Four rooms are equipped for disabled guests. A smoking floor is also available. All these rooms are tastefully decorated with the furnishings further enhanced by coordinated flowers and offers all comforts and services of a 4* hotel. Authentic Italian cuisine is served in its restaurant "I Duchi". You may enjoy a variety of original menu creations and regional home-made pastries. The cuisine adds a touch of creativity to the traditional cooking with international specialties recommended by our Chef. The comfortable Polo Lounge Bar is a popular meeting place. The warm atmosphere makes it an ideal meeting point where you can relax, enjoy a large choice of cocktails and drinks and taste the traditional English Afternoon Tea. For business travelers or those hosting a social event while in the city The Duke's Meeting Rooms are equipped with all technical fittings as well as special technology for videoconferences such as ISDN lines. All the Meeting Spaces maintain the same taste for detail as the hotel with comfortable chairs and furnishings in delicate shades creating an elegant yet efficient atmosphere.If you are looking for a quality luxury hotel in Rome ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Duke Hotel Rome
- Rome Hotel Duke