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Park Hotel Villa Grazioli
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Grottaferrata
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“Just beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2010

My newly husband and I love Rome therefore we decided to have our wedding in Rome. We have therefore chosen Villa Grazioli and it was an excellent choice. We invited about 60 guests to join us on our wedding weekend. All of our guests stayed at Villa Grazioli and everyone loved it.
Hotel staffs are very friendly and helpful, Emanuela (banquet manager) was a great help in organising our wedding reception and other activities that was organised during our wedding weekend and Ricardo (front office manager) was very professional and very flexible in terms of our group lodging.
The hotel is very beautiful and service is great. Frascati town is very pretty.
I would recommend this hotel without a double.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2010

There is not much that has not been said about this hotel. Overall it is really a nice property. The only thing I might have to emphasize is that if you are visiting Rome for the first time and/or your stay is relatively short I would NOT recommend to stay here. Because the thing that makes this hotel so nice (views, quiet, ambiance) is it is off-the-beaten-path location in Frascati/Grottaferrata . Even though the hotel offers a free shuttle, it runs only in accordance with the train schedule, so even a quick visit into Frascati has to be scheduled, or cough up the cash for a taxi. So taking into account the shuttle time to the train station (10 min), waiting for the train (10-20min), taking the train into Rome (33 min), an hour to Rome Termini (and then you still have to go to wherever you are heading) + lag time between getting ready and waiting for the shuttle, you are talking about 90 minutes lost in the morning, before seeing anything. So back and forth you lose about 3 hours commuting. Also the train schedule does not allow for a nice evening in Rome past 9pmish. A cab can run you anywhere from 40 Euros +, depending on if you get an honest cab driver or not.
The staff was friendly and professional, and a little stiff at times. The room was nicely decorated, very clean and roomy. For US travelers it offered actually a 110V outlet, which was extremely convenient. While we did not eat at their restaurant the drinks were priced reasonably, however experiencing the food in Rome and comparing it with the menu at Grazioli it did seem overpriced (probably justified by the remote location and stars of the hotel, so plan ahead if you don't want to spend 85 Euros on a set menu pp) Even at Fleur de Lys in Vegas the prices seemed better.
But overall the location is ideal for relaxing, enjoying the view, and short excursions during the day to Frascati or Rome.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2010

Stayed for long weekend in March and enjoyed the whole experience. Food and wine was sublime , staff were first class and helpful with suggestions of places to visit. Rooms are slightly dated but they fit in with the beautiful architecture and feel of the villa. As some other people have mentioned it is far out from Rome but we knew this when booking and was not an issue for us. On a clear day or night the views are amazing, also make sure to go upstairs to the Pannini Gallery it is amazing.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2010

My husband and I stayed at the Villa Grazioli for three nights of our Italian honeymoon. It was recommended by a friend and the pictures online were beautiful. We were dissapointed. We schlepped our luggage from the airport to Roma Termini and then on to a packed commuter train to the hotel, had to use our American cell phone to call and tell the hotel to send the shuttle bus to pick us up at the train station and then finally check in. We were in an upstairs room in one of the annex buildings. It was nothing special. There was no airconditioning or screens on the windows, so you have to have the windows open for air but put up with the bugs. The bed was two twins put together so there was a raised connecting rod in the middle. Not good for honeymooners! Breakfast was not included in our overpriced room so we didn't get up early enough to try it. The shuttle leaves at 10 minutes after the hour for a 29 minute after the hour train which takes 30 minutes. So it really took 50 minutes to get into and out of the city each time. We ended up spending 7-10 hours sightseeing in Rome, taking the train to Frascati, eating dinner in town and then calling the shuttle to meet us down at the train station. The staff was helpful when we needed them but the shuttle only picks up and drops off on the train's schedule and at the train station, even though it has to pass the main plaza to get there. There was a pool but it isn't open in April. The best thing that I can say about the hotel is that Frascati and Grottaferrata have great restaurants. It could be a nice place to stay if you have no interest in going to Rome or doing anything besides sitting on the patio.
Tip: reserve a car to take you from Fiumcino to the hotel. The train transfers with luggage is not worth the hassle.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Worcestershire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2010

This hotel has good points and bad points.
The good points are: It is a beautiful, historic building set in delightful grounds with good distant views of Rome (especially from the roof). The staff are very helpful and friendly and there is a free shuttle bus that takes you to/from Frascati train station (in accordance with the train timetable). Generally the cleanliness of the bedroom and bathroom were good, although our bathroom radiator was very rusty, we had to tighten up the fixing on the shower head to make it work properly and the bedroom decor was a little scruffy in places and needed repainting.
The bad points are: The lighting in the bedroom was very dull, just table lamps with no centre ceiling light, so applying make-up could only be done in the bathroom - a little inconvenient when your partner wants to take a shower at the same time. There was no mirror in the main bedroom area either (just a large one in the bathroom). One of the electrical sockets in our room fell apart through bad maintenance - infact the whole lighting system was a little 'hit and miss'.
There was a mini bar in the room with an expensive selection of spirits, however there were no coffee making facilities in the room. This meant you either had to treck over to the bar in the main building to get a pot of coffee for 6 euros, or have one delivered to your room via room service which would cost an additional 10 euros delivery charge! Drinks in the hotel bar are exceptionally expensive (3 glasses of local wine and a soda water cost 26 Euros!).
We arrived on a very hot spring day and we were very disappointed to find there was nowhere to sunbathe. Although we didn't expect the swimming pool to be open (as it was 7 days before the start of the summer season) we had hoped to be able to find a suitable area to lie in the hot Roman sun. The gardens were all closed and the entrance to the pool area was locked. The rooms do not have balconies or terraces either.
There is a nice lawn area in front of the main reception with tables and chairs, shaded by mature trees - a lovely setting for coffee and a chat but totally inappropriate for sunbathing.
If you intend to go anywhere else other than the town of Frascati, then we would recommend hiring a car, as taxis are very expensive. The 1.5 mile taxi journey to Grottaferrata costs about 14 euros each way and the 6 miles taxi journey to Ciampino airport (2 adults with 2 cases) cost 45 euros each way! It's even more expensive after midnight.
Our experience here was okay, mainly because the staff are genuinely nice, but we wouldn't want to go back unless we had a hire car and went during the summer season.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2010

I absolutely loved Villa Grazioli. It is such a beautiful place. The hotel, the grounds, the area around the hotel. Everything is so beautiful about this place. Sure it's a distance from Rome, but this is exactly why we picked it. We wanted a place to stay for a night as we were travelling from Florence to Sorrento and Rome is about midway, but we didn't want to stay in Rome because we had a car.

We arrived at the hotel about mid afternoon. There is parking onsite if you have a car. The attendant is quick to retrieve bags from the car and carry them to your room. We weren't given our key at check-in and he even went all the way back to the front counter to get the key for us! So he was very helpful. We then spent the rest of the afternoon touring the hotel and grounds. The first floor has all fresco walls and ceilings and is well worth seeing. It was amazing that they are in such good condition considering how long the building stood abandoned. The internal spiral staircase leads up to the roof, but you cannot access the rooftop, but you can still see outside. There are tunnels underground which link the main building to the external building and we took the walk between the buildings and came out the other end to walk through the garden. If you feel like reading a book there are chairs placed in the front garden area for you to sit. In the main building there is a cafe/bar area where we ordered cappucinos and they even give you a plate of cookies with the coffees.

We stayed in a room in the main hotel and it had a great view of Rome in the distance. The room, beds, and bathroom were clean and the amenities were great. You can also stay in the two buildings away from the main hotel, but I would recommend paying the extra and staying in the main building. There was a private function that night so we had room service, but the meals were superb and you can leave the window open and there is no noise outside to disturb you. In the morning we had breakfast in the breakfast room and it was more than adequate with toast, cereals, warm meals, juice, tea, coffee, and pastries.

  • Stayed October 2009
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In England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2010

This hotel would be given full marks if it's the type of accomodation you like. It's not a Marriott nor is it centrally located.
But it's in a wonderful location. The views are to die for. The hotel is a stately home and the price is only lowish because it's away from it all. The only reason we didn't give full points was because the pillows were hard and the beds had old-fashioned bedcovers rather than duvets. But there were clean sheets every night.

To visit Rome you'll need to get the hotel shuttle which is timed to meet the hourly train. Buy your tickets at the cafe in the station (less than 2 Euros) remember to "validate" them at the yellow validators. The journey takes 30 mins to Termini station- the trains are a bit disgusting, but timely. I'd recommend you then buy a 3 day Metro ticket that will cover the tube anywhere in the city. They will also cover buses, but we found we could visit all we wanted using the Tube, though we had to walk a fair bit.

There's been a lot said about theft in the Termini station. Although we ensured all our money was out of reach, we did have an experience when we were buying a ticket from a machine, and having hestitated to understand the workings, a man offered to help, then tried to take the machine change (as if to help). Then when he couldn't, picked up a Euro I'd dropped and tried to keep it becaused "he'd helped"
We then perfected a system where one of us caught the ticket and the other guarded the change slot.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Park Hotel Villa Grazioli
Address: Via Umberto Pavoni 19, 00046 Grottaferrata, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Province of Rome > Grottaferrata
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Grottaferrata
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Park Hotel Villa Grazioli 4*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Grazioli was built in the 16th century by a Cardinal and it is situated on a hill overlooking the ancient city of Rome and surrounded by a historical garden . Masterpiece of the 16th century art, history and culture where guests can experience the typical atmosphere of an old aristocratic Villa rich in art, though enjoying the comfort and technology of a modern hotel.The hotel has 60 rooms, an outdoor swimming pool wrapped in nature, 5 meeting rooms and indoor and outdoor areas ideal for wedding reception.The Acquaviva Restaurant has an enchanting hanging garden with a view over Rome, and offers guests elaborated specialties of the Mediterranean cuisine. A free shuttle service to the nearest train station “Frascati” is available every our, to reach Rome by train in 30 minutes. ... more   less 
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