Travel Blogs from Rome
The plan was to see as much of Rome as we could without a) standing in line, b) paying cab fare, c) getting wet or sunburned. Plus we had to get back to the hotel for US market open and siesta time. We had to be laser focused.... We did pretty well, saw some really old stuff and some very strange stuff along the way - not even counting the people....
The usual early morning flight to Denver. Could be going anywhere. Ninety percent of my travel starts out this way. I always feel like I'm going to work! At least Spokane is a benign airport for this ungodly hour... Walked off one plane and on to another, twice (Denver and Newark), and here we are in Rome. Muggy and old-looking - the city that is. …
... but with temps around 33 to 36 degrees nice to find shade ....Home COLD shower and off for dinner in a sidewalk cafe. A great choice for atmosphere food and authenticity! Up and off for our guided tour of Vatican City. The Sistene Chapel was incredible BUT St Peters Basilica was the highlight of our entire time in Rome. Words, photos, videos simply cannot describe the feeling of the immensity and wonderment of this amazing structure. Michelangelo was the designer and ...
... they were not there. They ended up Going up to the Coppula. So I ended up sitting by the Columns eating my toast & Nutella. At first Andre was trying to sell me a tour. Then we ended up talking & he ended up giving me a free tour, local style. I met his friends & where they hang out, where they work. He's from Bellaruss- white Russia. It was neat to see the city & just walk around freely. Finally he took me to the Vatican museum, where I was suppose to meet my family.
... couldn't enter due to a servicing being held when we arrived. We sat for a few hours on the steps of the fountain soaking up the atmosphere in the warm sun. From here we just decided to to go for another stroll, passing stunning buildings, churches and street performers near the Forum.
One man made gorgeous paintings out of just spray paint, I'd never seen anything like it before, so we ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Duke Hotel Rome
We stayed at the Duke Dec. 31 to Jan. 7. The staff, the polo lounge and the room were all 5 star. I cannot believe how lucky we were that we chose this hotel. Every other positive comment in the other reviews is absolutely correct. If we return to rome, we would not consider any other hotel.
We have just returned from a great 4 night stay at the Duke Hotel, which we cannot recommend highly enough. We would certainly stay here again.
This a an absolutely wonderful, first class hotel, even by American standards! Large, well appointed rooms with huge marble bathrooms (we had a double sink vanity and a bidet), generous towels & washcloths, queen size beds with great mattresses and bedding, prompt, friendly service and a very nice breakfast buffet is included. Off the beaten path, in a quiet neighborhood, but they offer a free shuttle or you can just have them call a taxi to go downtown when you please. We easily walked back from the Borghese gardens one day. The entire hotel is elegant and the staff speak very good English and are most helpful - they advised us about trains and made the reservations, ditto restaurants. Only problem was that one staff member advised too little time to go to the airport for our flight home! Luckily, we used our own judgement and slipped under the wire. (You must check in one full hour ahead, and traffic to the airport can be murder).
Small and secluded
we stayed here during August 2004 . The staff are attentive and genuinely happy to help . The restaurant is limited but perfectly adequate and the breakfast buffet is generously stocked .
After hot days with Rome's teeming tourists it was great to return to a secluded and quiet hotel . We would stay there again , no doubt .
My wife and I just came back from a five day stay at the Duke Hotel in Rome and I must say that we are absolutelly delighted by the services and the infrustructure that this hotel provides. The staff at the hotel was extremely accomodating, professional and helpfull, the breakfast was excellent (great selection of meats, cereals, juices, omeletes etc + one of the best cappuccino in Rome, and the atmosphere was very serene nad relaxing. The room was spotlessly clean and decorated with taste. The mirrors in the bathroom were sprayed with anti fog coating that way after taking a shower you dont have to wait for them to de-fog. There were also bathrobes and slippers. Every morning there was a copy of the Herald Tribune waiting for me at my door. The hotel is located in one of the most prestigious districts in Rome and even though it was somewhat far from the Center (10 minute ride) it was not a problem at all because the hotel provides rides (Mercedes Shuttle Bus) to and from the center of the city every hour or so. We loved this hotel and we will stay here again for our next visit to Rome.
The Parioli section of Rome, while mildly inconvenient with regard to the more centrally located hotels in Rome, is quiet and a welcome after the confusion that an international city such as New York, London, Paris or Rome is capable of. The "gestione" makes one feel relaxed beyond belief ( great hight's rest) after a tough day touring or at business. We went with our 2 children and had a joined room with a balcony. They were more than gracious with them and when my 22 year old son showed up in a taxi at 3 AM with no money, the desk quickly paid the driver and just put it on our bill. This is old world stuff and difficult to find today. Don't be suprised if you see some of the current entertaining stars there as this is the place they stay (and the management never lets anyone know- tha is how professional they are). They have a shuttle bus that leaves you right behind the Spanish steps.
I just returned from four nights at the Duke hotel, and can not say enough great things about this hotel. The room was lovely, the staff was as nice and attentive, and the shuttle to the city center was quite convenient. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.
My husband & I just returned from 6 days at the Duke Hotel ( 2/22-2/28/04). It truly lived up to its 4 star rating! Everyone, in every capacity, was pleasant & happy to help us. They all wanted us to like Rome & to have a good time. Our room was lovely: cream walls, deep green & deep yellow draperies and bed coverings. We had a large marble bathroom with an enormous tub. Maids checked on the room several times a day & replaced wet towels, etc. We were lucky enough to have a large terrace, complete with lemon trees. Quite an addition to our room! Nowhere have we had a selection for breakfast that we had at The Duke. Every kind of cereal, juices, breads, croissants, muffins & breads, eggs and bacon, cheeses, fresh fruits, coffees and teas. I may have left out some items , too. We especially enjoyed sitting on the over-stuffed sofas after dinner and looking through the large art books on some of the sights we had seen during the day. Often the piano was being played and drinks or tea was being served. Although the hotel is not in the bustling center of Rome, we used the free shuttle service which placed us a block away from the Via Veneto and near the Metro. The selection of times to be dropped off and picked up gave us lots of leeway when we made our daily plans. Even at four in the morning, when we had to leave to get our plane home, the staff was cheerful and caring. This palce was a pure pleasure.
Excellence in Rome
superb hotel in a quiet neighbourhood, but not too far away from the city center, very attentive staff, very good italian food in the restaurant, lounge is "very british", i would definitely stay there again.
This is a wonderful hotel with lovely rooms, an attentive staff, and a great breakfast on offer. It has the light, airy spacious feeling so lacking at many Rome hotels, which are usually on the dark and heavy side. It is also very elegant and at the same time complete with modern amenities such as Internet access, etc.