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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Hermitage Rome
Satisfactory - but not 4*
We stayed at the Hermitage with our baby daughter and were quite surprised to discover that the hotel had no high chair. We also had difficulty in obtaining boiled water to make her bottles - the reception staff were very unhelpful with this matter, however we found the porters to be friendly and polite. Be warned it is a good half hour on the bus into town - and allow yourself plenty of time to get back to the hotel in the evening as we found that the buses back to the hotel were very infrequent. On a positive note the hotel was clean, quiet and the breakfasts were fine. However I am fairly certain that we wouldn't stay here again.
Me and my girlfriend stayed at the Grand Hotel Hermitage in Rome (Sep 2003) and found that the majority of staff were rude, unfriendly and unhelpful throughout our stay. One of the last examples of this was when we checked out we were asked "do you need a taxi, or what?".
The Grand Hike more like!
The impression of the hotel when booking is rather grand, but the facilites are very basic. The service from the staff (that you see) at the desk is very bad and the position of the hotel is too far away from any attraction.To find any worth from my stay is to say that the roof terrace was enjoyable for an hour. The only other good point is that it introduced me to an area of the city I would never have visited. This gave me the opportunity to visit some nice restaurants, so next time I'll find a hotel in the region, but a little closer to the city centre.
Our four day stay at the Grand Hotel Hermitage was anything but Grand in June, 2003. While rated as a 4-star hotel it isn't by any standards of other 4-star hotels in Europe. The elevators did not work regular and luggage had to be carted up narrow stairs. The air conditioning was not working in our room nor indeed the majority of the rooms and promises that the service men were coming the next day never materilized. After conversations with other hotel guest on the advertised bar and roof garden, which consisted of no service and appeared not to have been used for some length of time, they were having the same problems plus rudeness from the hotel front desk staff. No compensation was offered. Then the stench from an apparent sewer problem began to fill the rooms. No this stay was not 'Grand" and we would not advise anyone to stay at this particular "Leonardi" hotel.
The hotel is located out of the town although there is frequent bus service available nearby. Our room was on the top floor(newly built so we were told). On the first night a smell eminating from the bathroom became evident, which later became unbearable necessitating a move to an adjacent room. This too developed the same smell and the air conditioning broke down, because the cleaners had opened a window to try to dissipate the smell, overloading the unt. After a further complaint we were moved to a room on the ground floor, which was fine.
We stayed at the Grand Hermitage in Rome in June of 2003. With the exception of one, the front desk staff were the rudest I have ever encountered. They were cold, distant, rude and seemed to be annoyed and irritated when asked a question. As an example, I gave the room key to the front desk because we were going out to sightsee. I forgot something in my room and asked for the key. He sighed, rolled his eyes and just looked at me. I honestly thought he wasn't going to give it to me.
There are many fine hotels in Rome, but the Gran Hotel Hermitage is not among them. The location on maps makes it clear that it is at some distance from the historic center, and the neighborhood (Paraioli) is quiet and pleasant. There is a bus (360) that starts there and goes to Termini, very convenient. So that's the good news.The hotel is part of the Leonardi group--we have enjoyed stays at others of their group--and it proclaims itself 4 stars. Oh my. Rome was enduring a heat wave, but most of the room airconditioners did not work at all, or blew warm air into the room! Requests for repairs or adjustments were received and ignored. A strong odor of sewer gas continued to arise from our shower drain. Our television functioned poorly. The rooftop garden advertised on their web site with tables & drinks, suggesting some sort of service, was bereft of tables, had a couple of plastic benches and a place where once there appeared to have been a bar.On four separate occasions, one OR BOTH of the lifts failed, and on two of those occasions, people were stranded in their small confines without any clear indication of how long it would take. Since the lifts were stuck, luggage had to be carried up stairs. Perhaps all this could be laughed off as a sort of stereotypical touristic bad dream; but we know from experience that this is NOT typical of Italian hotels, particularly those with four stars. It seemed the management was letting things go and one wonders if the place will be gutted and renovated and offered up at even higher prices. Friends don't let friends stay at the Hermitage.Oh, by the way, on one or two of the website hotel services, the map placed the hotel in a distant suburb east of Rome. Regardless of location, just say no.
Very Pleased with the Grand Hermitage
We stayed at the Grand Hermitage as part of a package from Expedia. In spite of its somewhat unassuming exterior, we were quite pleased with what we found on the interior. The concierges were most helpful, the breakfast buffet was magnifico, and our room was quite pretty. From the tiled bedroom floor, to the tiled bathroom floor/shower, we were quite pleased with the value for the money. We even got a driver from the hotel for a daytrip and intend to seek him out when we return to Rome. We were very happy with our trip to Rome and the facilities of the Grand Hermitage.