ATAHOTEL Villa Pamphili
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Minbar in room
- Free High-Speed Internet
TravelPod Member ReviewsATAHOTEL Villa Pamphili Rome
The decor inside the rooms but the spa, sauna and pool were divine
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Historical Traveler Reviews ATAHOTEL Villa Pamphili Rome
Very good hotel in a quiet place!
I stayed at Villa Pamphili from 24th to 27th June 2005. I exactly knew how the hotel is located so I can't complain about it. The hotel offers very convenient and prompt shuttle service to Cipro Metro stop which is around 15min walk from St. Peter's square. The fastest trip from hotel took only 6 minutes. Also shuttle service to Fiumicino airport worked well. Also you can easily reach the hotel by tram nr 8 from Largo Argentina, just ride to the final stop. Buses 31 and 247 stop 800m from the hotel. Most hotels in this price category are in the Termini area which is also quite far away from the most interesting parts of the city. I was very happy to relax outside the city center - it was almost as peaceful as my holiday home in Tuscany.
The hotel itself offers almost 5 star facilities. I could easily mention several 5 star hotels that are below Villa Pamphili's level. The pool could be the largest hotel pool in Rome. My room was spacious with all needed features, (ie.bathrobe, new towels in the evening) a 6-7sq m furnished balcony (fifth floor) with a fantastic park/pool view, excellent breakfast in Italian standards (even in German standards). The reception staff was very professional and helpful, all were fluent in English as well. Like everywhere in Italy, you get the best possible service when you start conversation with some Italian words. I want express my special thanks to "Bagninis" in the pool. They kept the area clean and looked after that everyone followed the rules. Please note that there is no bar in the pool, it was more for swimming itself than entertainment.
The hotel is part of a Italian chain, Atahotels, which provides very good website unlike most independent hotels in Italy. Weekend rate incl breakfast and taxes was 131€ for two. It's a lot more than in Germany or Scandinavia but great value in Rome.
Many Tripadvisor members have reported about overcharged taxi rides.
I could not see any problems if you remember to take a white licenced taxi with a meter on. A ride from Trastevere restaurant area to Villa Pamphili costs around 15€. Only if you travel outside the G.R.A. ring road the rate per km will be higher.
Try to get a pool facing room from the fifth floor, excellent value! I will definitely return to Villa Pamphili.
Nice, but too far from major attractions
This is a very nice hotel with great facilities. The breakfasts are very good compared to other hotels offerings. The rooms are exceptionally nice. The only drawback is that it is too far away from the major Rome attractions. A cab ride from the hotel to the Treve Fountain cost us (4 people) 35 euros and 25 euros to return. Staff was very professional. It is a resort type atmosphere.
The Villa in the Pines
Rome is a busy, crowded, congested city, in addition to all its art and artifacts. The Hotel Villa Pamphili is an oasis of calm and beauty situated within the city limits. It has all the features of a first-class hotel, with large, comfortable, well-furnished guest rooms, friendly, competent staff, and beautiful grounds and gardens. The restaurant would rate 4 stars in any American city, yet the cost of meals is surprisingly reasonable. The buffet on Saturday night was nothing short of bounteous. I would stay here again without hesitation.
Room with a View
Our Globus tour group was booked for the first 2 nights in early May 2004. My husband and I went in a night early. We had seen on their web-site that they had an airport pickup shuttle. Our travel agent emailed the hotel and they responded with the pick-up and drop off schedule - both morning and afternoon pickups - there is a spot designated with a hotel sign out the DaVinci concourse C, across about 4 lanes of local pick up traffic, up a few steps and down to the right. The driver in a marked, blue 14 seat van was a few minutes early and left right on time. The desk clerk was attentive and helpful and had our reservations all in order.
The hotel is about 5 storys (higher is better views), each room with a balcony, and very modern. The views from the rooms are beautiful looking towards the Park or the hills around Rome. The hotel is on a the west side of Pamphili Park on the west side of Rome. It is on a narrow, hilly one way, one lane side street (only parts have sidewalks along the monestary) that cuts through the Pamphili Park. You will not hear city noises at night. The side street ends at the Via Aurelia, a major thoroughfare. If you are looking for food other than at the hotel, head to Via Aurelia, take a right around the gas stations and down hill and you will find restaurants that open around 8 PM. This is a good hike of maybe a mile or more and not one you'd want to do in traffic rush hour or high heat. However, the city buses had a stop at that intersection on Via Aurelia, in case you feel adventurous.
The hotel lobby is nicely done, the restaurant is downstairs. Elevators work well. The rooms and bath are beautiful - lots of wood paneling, comfortable beds with excellent linens, a refrigerator, color tvs with cable, nice bath products and hair dryer. The AC worked well. The buffet breakfast is excellent - varieties of cold cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, ham, scrambled eggs, various breads, juices. We looked at the ala carte dinner menu and there was a variety of fish and pasta dishes starting around 9 euros.
The shuttle van schedule is posted in the lobby and will also take you to a drop off/pickup point a short walk from the Vatican Museum entry (up hill and to the left from the drop off). We were on the 8:30 shuttle and it was nearly full, so be in the lobby early to ensure a seat. After tromping around Rome for the day, you might not be inclined to walk all the way back for the free shuttle. A cab ride from the large cab stand at Piazza Argentina to the hotel will cost about 9 euros, plus tip.
The only drawbacks at all are the distance from the historic area and places to eat other than the hotel.
Beautiful Views, Would be Good for End of Trip
I was prepared not to like this hotel because I already knew it was outside of town. (Our tour group stayed there the last night before people left for early morning return flights.)
However, it was in a lovely, park-like area with views from the large terraces where we enjoyed having a drink and relaxing. This is not a place to base yourself for a Rome stay (although we did ride the free shuttle to the Vatican-area drop off, about a 20 minute ride). BUT: this could be a nice end of the trip place to stay if you are returning to Rome for a return flight. The hotel has an airport shuttle, and I don't think it's very far from the airport. I enjoyed the resort-like feel before starting up again with the craziness of air travel.
Beautiful hotel....in no mans land
What a beautiful hotel we couldnt fault it it was gorgeous. The food in the restaurant was above average and not too expensive. The amfora bar is superb we spent many nights chatting away to Gianni the bar tender who was so firendly we could chat for hours!Hotel has ample parking, a lane swimming pool (not good if you wanna jump in from all angles), sports facilities and plenty of lounging areas. The front staff on our check in spoke well English and were pleasant however looking at some of the other reviews I can understand them - alot of the front staff dont speak very well English but hey it is Italy. Now for the bad bit. This hotel is located a few miles south of the Vatican City ie miles away from the city centre. The shuttle is handy but it only takes you to the Vatican museums so you will have to get the metro from st pedro to termini to get anywhere - don't worry it's cheap. But if your planning some nights out in the city centre don't book this hotel unless your prepared to spend a fortune on taxis as they do rip you off. I wouldnt stay here again as the location is just too far out and it limits you to what you can do after hours.
The hotel is very nice. We spent 4 days in February and appreciated delicious meals and breakfast in the restaurant. Good connection to downtown with a shuttle bus which runs very often. The staff has always been warm and helpful.
They are rude
Went for a tour of Italy in fall of 2000. The first encounter with Italians was at the Hotel and like the other person commented, the front office staff were very rude, more like what you'd expect in Paris than in Italy. The scenery from the hotel was beautiful, but you could not walk anywhere without the risk of being hit by speeding cars.
Rude Staff, Way out of the Way
This is a beautiful hotel in a lovely location. My husband and I enjoyed our room with a balcony. The trouble? The front desk staff were tremendously rude and unhelpful not only to us but to an older widow travelling by herself. We asked how we might get to downtown and the staffperson didn't bother telling us about the shuttle or even responding in a hospitable way. Other staff behaved similarly. The hotel is miles from ANYTHING (and we are big walkers). The only service we received at the hotel that was any good was that from the gentlemen working at the restaurant. The place truly is beautiful, but I won't recommend it. Who needs rude treatment?
Nice but in no man, land
While in Rome, the Hotel Phamphillia was recommened to us. The hotel was very modern, etc but was so far away from anything. You can not even walk outside the door to do or get somewhere. They have a shuttle a few times a day. The shuttle is a very small one and there are alot of people waiting to get on. So, you wait an hour for the next one.
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