River Palace Hotel
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Sometimes I feel like we're living life in the fast lane. Although we booked this trip last November, there was areal flurry of activity leading up to it. We were on the big island of Hawaii for 2 weeks in February, and today we're in Rome. Left lots of snow in Winnipeg and our house is going up for sale today!! What a way to start my retirement!! …
so when we started planning this trip we left thursday open as the only day without a tour. if we saw something that we wanted to see or just wanted to rest we had the day for it. well that couldn't have worked out better because we forgot to plan a trip to the coliseum. we took it easy and slept it a bit. got up at 9, ate breakfast and …
well i decided to write this one at midnight because we have our longest day tomorrow. a trip to Pompeii which is a total of 14 hours. we did an angels and demons tour today which followed the path in the Dan Brown book. the tour guides were a riot and gave us so much information i felt like we were in a class. we walked all morning and afternoon. …
well, now if everyone is done laughing at our predicaments from Sunday we can get back on track with a nice relaxing honeymoon. not sure how long that will last but I'll take what i can get. so yesterday morning at breakfast we met a few older couples that were going on the same tour as us. they told us they had arranged for a pick up at 8. we were …
well I'm not even sure where to start this one. i guess I'll just start from the beginning. yesterday morning started out perfectly normal. woke up early, ate some breakfast and the time to pack. well Nicole started packing while i left to go write Saturdays blog. when i got back about an hour or so later she was still packing. i packed …
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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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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!!!!
I just spent a Friday and Saturday night there with my wife.
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.
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.