Have just returned from the River Palace Hotel, Rome. Picked this hotel because most of the reviews on Trip Advisor were positive so reckoned it should be ok. Was not wrong. It was our honeymoon and when we arrived at the hotel, they had given us an upgrade to a deluxe room free of charge. When we got to the room a box of chocs and a welcome message was waiting. We stayed in Room 204 which overlooked the courtyard. It was lovely and quiet. The lifts are rather small but as we were on the second floor we usually walked up the stairs.
Breakfast was good, with the usual choice for continental. I wouldn't describe the juice as 'fresh' as we know it in the UK, it tasted more like the reconstituted juice you can get, but it was certainly drinkable. Coffee was good. Waiters were very helpful and friendly as were all the staff in the hotel.
The room although fairly small (not a problem to us as we were out most of the day sightseeing anyway) was spotlessly clean. Sheets were changed every day (I've been to quite a few 4* hotels over the years and believe me, not many change the sheets every day!).
Would definitely recommend this hotel as we felt it was excellent value for money (without the free upgrade). Should mention that the Pizzeria Restaurant a few doors down from the hotel (on the same side) also gave excellent value for money if you like typical italian food (ie, pizza, pasta, antipasta etc). We ate there most nights. Usual cost of a two course meal for two with a bottle of wine was around 20-25 euros.
Only warning I would give is, if you decide to get a taxi from the airport to the hotel, make sure you know what you will be charged. As it was our honeymoon we decided we would take a taxi rather than the shuttle bus. Big mistake. The taxi cost us 90 euros (47 euros on the meter when we stopped), charge 90 because we had 2 small suitcases with us!!!
Also, look out for people at the Spanish Steps who catch you unawares (well, naive gullible people like us!), and charge 50 euros for a piece of string. Yes, my new husband fell for it - I couldn't believe it. Would rather have given the money to the beggars on the street of Rome (and there are lots of them)!
Well, that's our review. Recommend Rome, it's a beautiful city with lots to see, you'll certainly need a full day to see the Vatican, if you can stand the crowds. Without a doubt, intend to go back to Rome and will be staying at the River Palace.
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- River Palace Hotel Rome
- Hotel River Palace
- River Palace Rome