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TravelPod Member ReviewsRiver Palace Hotel Rome
Well appointed but very small room. Helpful front desk and very conveniently located just outside Villa Borghese and city gates.
Excellent breakfast included, great Happy Hour in their well appointed lounge. Service was very friendly and helpful.
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Historical Traveler Reviews River Palace Hotel Rome
The River Palace Hotel is a practical choice. Its well located although not in the expensive areas. Its placed between the green park "Villa Borghese" and the Piazza del Popolo. Its placed on a busy street (traffic) but the room we got was very well sound isolated.
The hotel is very well kept, clean, fine details, and an attentive staff. They especially attend to detail; the well furnished minibar, the breakfast, the room service. Once inside after a hectic day in town, we felt (almost) at home. We had it recommended by friends and booked it through an agency called reservationitaly, but there are others as well. We were pleased to actually find what they promised :-) In all we had a very pleasent stay there and we would certainly recommend it to others.
Great Hotel, Great Location - Perfect!
After changing our Hotel a couple of times me and my partner finally settled on this one and what a good choice it was!!!! Just turn right as soon as you walk out of the lobby entrance and your in the heart of Rome. The hotel entrance is very inviting and the staff helpful as ever! We were shown round the facilities as we arrived and taken up to our room, which was a little smaller than expected but was extremely clean, modernly decorating with a touch of Roman class. All in all a weekend break to remember......would choose this hotel everytime!!!!
Good location and friendly staff!
I just spent a Friday and Saturday night there with my wife.
Good location within easy walking distance of all the shops and spanish steps etc.
It is a much better area than Termini and the Piazza del Poppolo is great. You can tell you're in a good area because the nearest hotels are the De Russie and a restaurant called Dal Spolognese which is "the place to be seen" according to all the reviews.
Breakfast is nothing special - basic continental. The rooms are average size but are immaculately clean and tidy and the staff are very helpful.
The lifts are a pain. If you are based on the second to the top floor, you have to take a lift to the first floor, then walk across a corridor and take a lift up again. At first you think that it adds character but after a while it just annoys.
All in all however, it is an excellent base for sight seeing and if it's your first time in Rome you'll probably spend so much time roaming that you will not be there much anyway.
Nice hotel, but let down on a few points
The previous reviews were very useful, and I agree with previous points mentioned. This is a lovely hotel, nice reception, lovely lounge area, bar, nice bedroom, beautiful marble bathroom (though small) with complimentary toiletries. The bedroom was small, though lovely with handpainted ceiling and tapestry on the wall,very clean. I was staying in a double for single occupancy-don't know how two people would have managed the limited space as I found it small for just 1 person. Also, for such a nice hotel, it is on a not particularly nice road, though the hotel itself is within walking distance of the river and the Spanish Steps. You have to use the lifts and they are very compact! I've never seen such small lifts, would say you could fit two people in there comfortably. Finally, I was in a room on the 8th floor, right by the lift, so was disturbed by the rather loud sound that the lift emited every time someone got out of the lift during the night! (So make sure you don't have a room by one of the lifts). I wasn't sure why I'd been put all the way up there as the hotel didn't seem full, and I would have thought I could have been allocated a room on a lower floor, (hence saving a journey by 2 rather slow lifts every time), but that's a minor quibble. The staff were pleasant enough. As long as you take note of the above, I'm sure you would find this hotel a pleasant place to stay whilst in Rome.
Some staff need training
No safe working in room reception failed to put right rooms very small. Closet door broken so if wanted safe could not get it. Lifts were nightmare and tiny. No cooked breakfast. Had dinner one night nobody new what do even the chef could not cook veal chop. Nice furnishing.
Certainly not a let down
The River Palace was an immaculate hotel with lavishly decorated - albeit relatively small - rooms and bathrooms. The staff were extremely helpful and made us most welcome on our arrival, fielding questions and showing us the local sites on a complimentary street map. Although the road that the hotel itself is situated on is a little grim you are within a stones throw of the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo - which was fantastic. In all, the River Palace offered excellent value for money and an extremely pleasant stay and I would happily recomend it.
New but tight
Our cab driver had difficulty locating the River Palace as we had its old address, up the street from where it rebuit in November 2001. The location near Piazza Poppolo was great but the actual location of the hotel was not very attractive. The lobby and bar and restaurant areas were lovely but our first room was so small that we had to pay for an upgrade to get a room which you would still describe as small. The first room was so small that you could not open the closet door while standing in front of it. Only one person could comfortably be in the bathroom. The Metropolitano track outside our ultimate room was a bit of a disturbance to my wife but I did not notice the sound as I slept. The room was clean and the bath was decent sized and nice, with the customary tiny shower stall. The two negative are the elevators and the hot halls during the unusually hot June 2002. You had to take two elevators, both tiny, to get from the lobby to our room on the second floor. That was a pain. For the price, we would probably stay elsewhere if and when we return.