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“Nice Place, Friendly Staff but Small Room”
Review of Hotel Royal Court

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Hotel Royal Court
Ranked #214 of 1,270 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 12, 2005

We stayed at the Royal Court over the New Year's weekend. We travelled with our two teen aged kids and booked a quad room. They put as into a double room to which they had added a twin bed plus a rollaway bed so there was wall-to-wall mattress with absolutely no room between the beds. We complained so two days later they moved us into a larger room where at least there was room for a night stand between the king sized bed and the twin beds. Both rooms had no closet, only a small armoire in the small room and an armoire and a dresser in the larger room. The front desk staff and concierge were very friendly. The rooms were nicely decorated and the breakfast was acceptable. Tip . . . make sure to order cappuccino because the regular coffee is horrible! I would definetely stay there again but would get two rooms instead of a quad. The location is very convenient and they recommended an excellent restaurant just around the corner.
Had the room not been so small I would have given it a 5 pt rating

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San Francisco, CA
Reviewed January 9, 2005

We were very excited to stay at this hotel, based on the wonderful reviews on this site. We stayed over New Years weekend, and I must say the Hotel was a mixed experience for us. Our room was tiny, even by Europe standards -- no jacuzzi for us! We really did not even have enough room to maneuver around the bed and into the bathroom. The decor was worn down and paint was peeling from the bathroom ceiling. On the first morning, there was no hot water for showers, and because the Hotel was full we were told that 2 of our 4 pillows had to be taken back since there was a shortage (after some negotiation, we prevailed and got back the pillows). On the plus side, the staff was very friendly and was otherwise accomodating. Some of our disappointment arose from the fact that we had to pay approx 170 Euro/night due to the holiday, and this Hotel is simply not worth that kind of money. To compare it with the Four Seasons is simply nonesense -- this is not a luxury hotel, but it's a nice 3-star hotel.

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Reviewed January 5, 2005

August 2004. For my first time on Rome, I picked the Hotel Morgan Royal Court through an online service. Expected Bates motel, got a smaller version of the Four Seasons. The rooms are simply spectactular and comforatable. We took the train from Fumicino Airport (the Leaonardo Express) and walked to the hotel from the Termini (carry-on luggage only for this, wheeled a MUST). For my first trip to Europe, I was worried about the neighborhood, but never had any real reason to worry. The staff, from the desk clerk to the Romainian girl who made breakfast each day, nothing but first class service. My mom, 62, hurt her knee the day before we arrived, at the Acropolis in Athens, and had to get the first flight out early am. The desk clerk gave her the first room on the bottom floor, and got her a car and made sure she got to her plane. We walked Rome and took public transit (Watch out on the Metro, lots of pick pockets, mostly women, be careful). First timers, unlike Greece, you need a local to point you to the quality food establishments. Really. If you don't, you will be eating at the McDonalds in the Termini.

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Derby, UK
Reviewed December 21, 2004

Stayed in a quad room for 5 nights - ample space and huge bathroom with jacuzzi. Service was 1st rate and very friendly. It is less than 5 mins from the Termini Stn and close enough to walk to most attractions. Very safe area, went there with Mum and little sister no problems at all. Would defintely recommend. Good brekky too.

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Reviewed December 3, 2004

i am not sure about the other reviewers and where they live but the hotel is beautiful and is in an excellent location. within one block are the headquarters of unicef italy and the the italian tourism bureau. there are some beautiful buildings around the hotel.

the hotel is close to everything unless you think it should be across the street. rome is defined by walking so expect to do some and bring comfortable shoes. also remember to bring an alarm clock to make sure you get up if the wake-up call does not wake you up.

buying subway tickets is a waste of time. romans let the foreigners buy the subway tickets and pay the freight so the romans travel for free. notice that all the romans enter the subway station next to the booth where you enter the subway. the attendant never looks to see if you have a ticket or not. save the time and save the money. in all of the times that we were on the subway, we were never asked to, or had to, show a ticket.

the hotel room was spotless, comfortable and had friendly staff.

check around for prices. we paid 120 euro for a quadruple room (one double and 2 single beds). in USD it was quoted from the low at orbitz to the high of $270 USD at expedia.

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San Francisco, CA
Reviewed November 28, 2004

The Royal Court was wonderful. We had a superior double room, one that doesn't have a jacuzzi, but it was still a great tub with nice hardware. The marble floors in the bathroom were charming and the decore was tasteful and not tacky.

The breakfast was also very good. As for the location, many guidebooks will tell you not to stay in Termini (station) area because it's a "tourist ghetto". That may be true to a certain degree, but the convenience of the location cannot be underestimated. We took the metro (a bit crowded, but extremely efficient) and the bus (excellent system) and never had to pay a cab driver once--all we had to do is buy a 16 euro weekly pass for our 7 day stay. We saved a ton of money that way, and with the dollar falling like a rock, my fellow Americans would be advised to do the same.

As for safety, the Termini area is populated by many, many police late into the night, and I never felt the slightest bit unsafe, especially wearing a money belt.

While other neighborhoods may be hipper or more atmospheric, this hotel is just far enough from the station for a little peace and quiet, and offered many advantages.

One warning: our first night, we were told by the front desk that there was a problem with the toilet in our room, and we were forced to spend the night at a sister property, the Hotel Morgana. We were told the hotel was superior to the Royal Court. It was not. Closer to Termini, the hotel is only partially renovated, and we were stuck in an old portion that had furniture out of a trailer park. Even the renovated rooms did not look nearly as nice. The staff was rude and unsympathetic. I had to throw a fit to make sure we got back into the Royal Court our second night. While I don't know if it was a scam or not, be careful, and make sure you don't get switched.

After we returned, however, the Royal Court gave us a bottle of wine to make it up to us, which we appreciated, though we don't drink. If it hadn't been for that incident I would have given them five stars.

Highly recommend the Royal Court--delightful property.

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Reviewed November 28, 2004

The hotel looks questionable from the outside and is in a less than beautiful neighborhood, but was beautiful inside. The room was good sized, had lovely furniture and had beautiful fabric covering the walls. The bathroom was also well done with lots of marble and a whirlpool bath. We found the staff to be helpful and the breakfast and coffee to be a good start to the day. The biggest downside to this hotel is the distance to all of the major sights in Rome. On the otherhand, it was very close to the main train station so we didn't have to drag our luggage across town.

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Address: Via Marghera 51, 00185 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#126 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#172 Romantic Hotel in Rome
Price Range: $94 - $257 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Royal Court 4*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Royal Court is a charming boutique Hotel located in the city centre between Termini railway station and La Sapienza University. The location is strategic: from the main train station you can easily reach every tourist attraction and both airports with a train or a bus. Within walking distance you will find Via Nazionale, with its shops and the Exhibition Palace, the Coliseum and the Ruins of the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain. The service in the Hotel is attentive and dedicated; the Team is at entire disposal of the Guest starting from the reservation with suggestions, restaurant bookings and any kind of assistance. The Client at the Hotel Royal Court will enjoy a special familiar treatment, and will feel as at home. ... more   less 
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