Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & SPA
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... idea in the end as I sorted my next bus, my accommodation, did some washing and drying, went shopping for some supplies and watched a movie on my laptop. Pretty boring day to blog about, however I think a day off was much needed, as I don't think I could handle the hustle and bustle of Roma in that condition.
The next day was my last day in Rome, and I still had to see Vatican City and the Colosseum! Luckily I was feeling a bit better, so I jumped on the bus then ...
... there all we wanted to do was jump in the pool! And so we did.
Unheated, wonderfully cold water in a tiny little pool. It was perfect. We jumped in and shared the experience with a hilarious american girl and her grandfather. After feeling sufficiently cooled, we relaxed poolside for a little while before heading back up to the room to order room service and work on our Save the Date card. Wait till you see it! Its amazing!
The next day we had big plans!! ...
Assisi tour, St Francis church. Amazing views to valley below. Narrow streets, steep. Was badly damaged in 1997 by an earthquake. Only 500 people live there now. The rest are down on the plains. Had roast pork in crusty bread rolls and limonade. Tour bus is a Mercedes Sprinter van. Only 7 people on the tour. Montece.......hilltop town with steep main street. We walked all the way up and ...
... Tonight we walked down to an area called Trastevere which apparently is better seen at dusk. It is known as the "French Quarter" of Rome. Had an excellent salad, pasta and wine meal. A bottle of wine at a restaurant is less than $10. We got "sort of lost" on the way there but the wine helped to get us home a more direct route. Passed several squares and since it is Friday night there is lots of activity.
... possibly top what we were experiencing, with works so gorgeous, so incredibly vivid and up close. They were simply beautiful.
All through our walk, we saw lots of trompe-d'oeil work, on ceilings and surrounding windows. Often it was hard to tell what was really carved into the wood and what was simply painted on! Afterward, we ran through the contemporary art museum. It made not sense in the grand scheme of religious-themed art we had been ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & SPA Rome
We just returned from the Grand Hotel Parco Dei Principi and loved it! This hotel is definatley 5 star, and I feel that it is often overlooked. The rooms are huge, with beautiful views of the Borghese gardens. We stayed in a suite that was very comfortable. The hotel has a large a beautiful pool, as well as lush gardens and fruit trees, that are kept clean and sparkling. The pool was the perfect place to cool off in after a long day of site-seeing. Although the hotel is not directly in the city center, it is actually part of what makes it so charming. However, it is close enough that we could walk everywhere, and only had to take a taxi once. We walked from the Spanish Steps back to our hotel in about 20 minutes, and that was with detours along the way. The dining is superb. Breakfast is great with various cheeses, meats, eggs, sweet rolls, etc. The hotel's restaurant is delicious, but very expensive. The Italians are known for taking a long time to eat; probably spending about three hours to eat a meal, which I respect. But on the night we chose to eat at the hotel's restaurant, the service was very slow, and it took about 30 minutes for us to get our check. Regardless, I love the Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi. This hotel deserves much more recommendation for what it's worth!
This is a very nice hotel located in the embassy area of Rome, next to the Villa Borghese park. The rooms are large enough, very clean, and our view of the Vatican across the park was fabulous. It was quieter than the city center, but still was within walking distance of most of the major sites if you are fit. Taxis are readily available if you prefer. The staff were all very nice, and helpful even if they did not all speak English. Don't let the modern facade fool you--the interior is actually quite charming. The hotel restaurant was very good the one dinner we ate there. The bar was overpriced for its quality. We traveled with another couple, but there were many families staying there. We would definitely stay there again.
Beautiful hotel near the park
I stayed here for two nights. I could not complain about a thing. The bathrooms were clean and updated. The rooms were comfortable and quiet. I was dreading european hotels, but this one was a surprise. Well worth the money. It is a little far from downtown, but an easy cab ride away. It's a beautiful walk around the park if you decide to walk to downtown Rome. Close to several museums and the zoo.
Loved Parco Dei Principi
I traveled to Rome with my elderly mother and stayed at Parco Dei Principi. The decor was beautiful, the room was immaculate and the staff was wonderful and the food was impecable. It is located in a quite section of the city, yet it is convienient to everything. Loved it!!!
The Parco di Principi is an excellent hotel. We stayed in late March 2004. Building works were going on in front of the hotel, but did not disturb us. The hotel is about 20 minutes' walk from the centre of Rome, through the Borghese park, which always felt safe during the day. The rooms were a little smaller than we expected for a 5 star hotel. I would recommend asking for a room facing the Vatican and with a balcony (not all have one). Food in the hotel restaurant was excellent.
My friends and I checked in to the hotel to celebrate a 24th birthday of one of my old schoolfriends who had recently moved to Rome. We were all very impressed with the hotel, had a sixth floor room and were all looking forward to a great couple of days in Rome.
I have been all over Europe, and I have stayed in many luxury hotels both here and abroad. The Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi is one of the worst. First, the location is bad. It's so far away from any of the city's main attractions, that you have to walk at least a few miles to get to anything worth seeing. Second, the lobby is so overdone and abnormally large that you feel as if you've walked onto an empty movie set about to begin filming some cheesy 1970's wannabe-wealthy film.
I had not been to Rome, Italy in 30 years and my wife had never been to Europe. People were telling my wife not to wear her good jewelry and not carry a pocketbook or fanny pack. She was scared before we even left home.Rome was great. We stayed at the Parco Dei Principi Hotel just north of Villa Borghese. The hotel was great, the staff was excellent and friendly.While we did not venture too far from the hotel at night, we walked all over Rome during the day. I did not want to take taxi's because I wanted to see and live the experience, so we walked; from the hotel to the coloseum and everywhere in between. We had a fabulous time and did not hear about, see or have anything bad happen. Of course, no matter where you go, you need to be aware of your surroundings.We are going back in 18 months with our children as their graduation presents.
I stayed at this hotel in 2001 on my first trip to Rome. It was the most elegant hotel I have ever stayed in. The overall atmosphere of the hotel made me feel like royalty. The location of the hotel is great too. It backs up to a beautiful park & is within a 5-10 minutes walk from almost everything. Definitely recommended!!!
My husband, daughter and I stayed at the Parco Dei Principi in January 2002 on our first trip to Italy. The room and the view from our balcony were wonderful, the breakfast buffet was very good, and the concierge service was excellent. The concierge set us up with a tour, recommended a terrific restaurant, and even helped us find a laundry.