Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & SPA
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... organised, and about Spartacus and so on. I am glad my history is relatively up to scratch!
We then paid a quick visit to the Circus Massimo (one stop further on the metro) and whilst it is little less than a field these days, you could still get a sense of the hugeness of the place and what it would have been like in Roman times. I told Katie what I knew of it, and she was interested and asked lots of questions.
Then we took the metro back to the ...
... Truly breathtaking murals of saints and icons, and the coffins of past popes. The Pieta by Michaelangelo was instantly recognizable. I actually didn't know that St Peter, one of Christ's disciples is buried beneath the altar. We then took the bus to Castro Romano, an Italian designer outlet shopping venue. We strolled into Roberto Cavalli, Hugo Boss and Armani outlets, but only walked out with minimal damage to our wallets...damn weight restrictions! Our bonus day in Rome ...
... so freaked out the other day when we did it, so we paid our 5Euros each and headed below. This one wasn't nearly as creepy as there were about 2 dozen people down there with us, so nothing to be freaked out about. I tried to sneak in some pictures anyways since I was irritated by their policy, but they had some special anti-camera lighting setup (no joke) which made just about every picture come out pitch black and if I used the flash ...
... be part of that, so we decided to explore Rome’s alleys and side streets some more. We ended up at a restaurant called "Brillo parlando” (talking cricket), where we each had a delicious pizza for dinner.
After dinner, we looked at a couple of churches and were planning to get a glass of wine at another restaurant, but then decided to just buy a cheap bottle of wine and some olives at an Indian/Asian store to bring back to our room. ...
... por miedo a perder el tren … me parece que esto va para largo, estuvimos una hora con una *****iana divina compartiendo el lugar que es super cómodo... nos mostró fotos de los hijos, Leah, Lina, Lee y Lino… no es joda… ahora ya cerramos y esperamos llegar en una hora y media a Padova para tomar el tren a Vicenza o encontrarnos ahí con Cachito.
Cambio de planes: vino Cacho a buscarnos a la estación de Padova porque nuestro tren era el lechero ...
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A Slice of Paradise in 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.
A good hotel but events took a turn for the worse...
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.
Unfortunately things took a turn for the worse early on Saturday morning, after we had been out and enjoyed a lovely evening, with a much documented fire, being on the sixth floor we lost everything and managed to help others by letting them onto our fortunate huge balcony. Three people tragically lost their lives, smoke engulfed the entire building. It marred a trip which we were all looking forward to and shocked some friends of mine.
The hotel is a grand hotel and I hope that it manages to get back on its feet again. Would recommend this place, we were moved to the Sheraton which incidentally is also a fabulous place.
Amenities are about the only nice thing here
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.
Third, the staff is rude and inattentive to the point where you feel as if you're inconveniencing them every time you ask for something.
Fourth, the rooms are gaudy and uncomfortable. The only thing going for this hotel is the swimming pool. But while I was there, they had a major construction project going on right next door. When you weren't ignoring the jackhammers rattling away, you were watching the crane to make sure it didn't tip over on you. There are over 700 hotels in Rome.
Any other one will do.
We Loved it
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.