This hotel is in the countryside, about a mile walk to the nearest town of Marino (worth a visit)
We arrived mid morning, and were surprised to be welcomed very charmingly by the gentleman at reception, and shown to our room. We had a HUGE room overlooking Rome in the distance, it was extremely clean and comfortable, the decor was a bit dark, but quite acceptable. There is a mini bar although the prices are on the high side.
It was too late in the year to use the pool, but the area looked really nice, with covered seating and tables which are obviously in use during warmer months. There is plenty of free car parking, and free wifi, for which you get a card from reception.
The hotel has comfortable seating areas in the public rooms, and is warm and hospitable.
Buffet breakfast in a very pleasant breakfast room, with a good choice of food and drinks. Now for the downside, NO RESTAURANT !!! We were shocked to be told when we tried to book Dinner, that the restaurant is only open in the evenings during busy periods. Given that we were some distance from town I found this quite disappointing, as it meant either driving (no pre dinner drinks or wine then !) or walking down narrow, unlit roads (no pavement for part of the way) to one of the couple of places within a short walk (10 minutes) This was unexpected as we had hoped to have relaxed dinners at the hotel. The lake which the hotel overlooks is also a drive away, what is not made clear on the website is that the hotel is on top of a very steep hill with the lake at the bottom, however the views are fantastic. When you do visit the lake the whole area is pay and display to park. There are some nice restaurants and a water sport area. I would recommend this lovely hotel, but the lack of a restaurant should be addressed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Hotel Villa Dei Papi is a recently constructed, four-star hotel that is magnificently located on the enchanted hillside of the Castelli Romani. It overlooks the beautiful Lake of Castel Gandolfo and the stately summer Pope residence. We feature 27 spacious rooms and 15 junior suites. All rooms feature a mini-bar, safe box, air-conditioning, direct dial phone, Wi-Fi free connection, satellite LCS TV, hotel restaurant, American lounge bar, outdoor swimming pool and fitness room. We also have ample parking space. ... more less
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- Grand Hotel Dei Papi