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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel De Russie Rome
Upscale, trendy, contemporary hotel with excellent service
Very interesting, these reviews -- from 1 star to 5.
I am now convinced that it all depends on where one's room is located. Ours had the most beautiful view overlooking the gardens. We have zero complaints but lots of compliments.
The staff was certainly pleasant -- not effusive but at least they didn't give that phony baloney nice routine of "My pleasure!!" every time one says thank you.
Yes, it's expensive but no different than any of the other top rated first class hotels.
The accommodations are very upscale and trendy and possibly not to everyone's taste because they are not typical traditional-type Italian hotel digs.
I, for one, was tickled with them because I felt the comfort of being close to my homeland -- this, of course, is purely subjective. If you prefer a grand hotel with all the posh trappings of yesteryear, this hotel is definitely not for you.
I would gladly recommend this hotel to anyone.
Simply not worth the money
We stayed at this hotel a couple of years ago and we were shocked at the off hand attitude of the staff. We arrived before our rooms were ready and were kept waiting for an hour while our room was prepared (does it really take that long?). No one told us the room was ready we had to ask for ourselves.
When we finally arrived at the room our hearts sank, for the money we were expecting a little more than a cramped hole overlooking a some roofs. The bathroom was acceptable but not much else.
However, the gardens are wonderful and the location is great. But we did not stay long and left to go to the Minerve which had a far nicer room and was about the same price.
This hotel was awesome, it is right next to/on the Piazza del Popolo an excelent location. It is close to all the best shopping, the spanish steps, great resturants, anything you could want. The hotel staff was very helpfull, all the resturants they suggested were great. We could not have had a better time. I have one suggestion get a room on a high floor that faces the gardens towards the back of the hotel.
Too expensive, staff too posh, nice garden.
Extremely expensive!! People at the reception behaved extremely in a posh way. I would not recommend the hotel to anyone. The inside garden though it's worth seeing. Truly beautiful.
Most elegant and stylish hotel in Rome, pricey but worth it
The Hotel de Russie is located at the bottom of the Spanish Steps and is in a wonderful location and very chic part of Rome. The staff is very attentive and professional and always willing to help. Although the hotel is on the pricey side is it by far the nicest hotel in Rome. It is buzzy, stylish and elegant without being arrogant or pompous. The decor is is modern tradtional and the hotel is very welcoming and clean. We were able to get the our room at a discounted rate (200 euros off) by calling the same day. The bathrooms are especially wonderful with the best hairdryers of any hotel i have stayed in.
There are lots of great restaurants in the area - ask the concierge to book something for you.
If you can afford it, don't stay anywhere else
Glorious Place. Expensive, yes, but value for the money. Very Italian yet extremely modern. It has an incredible multi level garden terrace which gos up as high as the (5 story) hotel. Concierge could get you anything and arranged all the admissions. One of the best things was a 3 page list of local restaurants, some within a 3 minute walk from the hotel. And these were "eat with the Romans places, not tourist places.
Location on the Piazza Populo was fun and convenient, with a side walk cafe right next door. 5 blocks or so to the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti. Rooms are made up very early in the morning (unless you want later service), so sometimes when we came back from breakfast our rooms were already made up. The bar was a highlight as lots of locals come in after work. We did a day trip to Florence and the sister hotel (the Savoy) arranged prepaid tickets to the Uffizi (which saves a 2 hour wait) and suggested the restaurant we liked best on our entire trip (Paolo in Florence). If this sounds like a rave it is.
Best Hotel in Italy. Perfect in every way.
Don't even consider any other hotel in Rome. Our room (corner Piazza view) was the cleanest, best kept room we have ever stayed in including many 5 star hotels in the US. The entire Concierge staff went above and beyond assisting me in setting up a fantasy proposal for my girlfriend, including a late night white horse and carraige which is very hard to arrange in Rome. When the head concierge heard I had been pulled over by the police across the street for driving the wrong way on a one way and for driving through a Piazza, he rushed out of the hotel to assist me with the police. He even hand delivered my fine to the Mayor's office the following Monday and promptly faxed back the paperwork to my office in the US. The front desk staff could not have be nicer and more accomodating. The breakfast dining room was absolutely beautiful, and the tiled spa was spectacular and also very clean. I simply can't say enough about this hotel, and truly can't imagine staying anywhere else in Rome. On our trip we also visited the Westin Excelsior in Florence and the Bauer Palazzo in Venice, and although both were very nice, neither compared to our experience at the Hotel De Russie.
My husband and I stayed here with our 5 year old. The location was the best. The room was beautiful and as clean as could be. Staff was very friendly and always attentive. We passed by and visited the other hotels nearby that were in the same price range and rating and found the De Russie to be more inviting and comfortable. Yes it was $$$$ but for comfort, safety and location it was well worth it. Especially if you are traveling with children. Will stay here again when we return to Rome!!!!!
E575 for a double room for double use: waaay over-priced
E575 for a double-room on the 1st floor with a very poor view of the next building was not impressive. Staff members were either very nice or incredibly arrogant and condescending. Internet access behind the front desk and the door man were the best features of our stay. We stayed at the Hotel Locarno which is literally a 2 min walk away so has the same access to all the various destinations but at 1/2 the price and double the wow factor re rooms.
A little piece of Heaven
The Hotel de Russie was fantastic. The staff were excellent and so well organised. We used the hotels transfer service, and the driver phoned the hotel just before our arrival, so that the reception manager could meet us at the entrance. After greeting us by our name, he took us straight to our rooms, pointing out the restaurant, spa, bar and library, as we past them. Our room was large with beautiful views of both the hotels inner court yard, and wonderful views of the city. My partner and I stayed at this hotel with his parents and not one of us had a bad word to say about the place. The hotel is very central, close to the Spanish Steps and the Plazza de Popolo. We would certainly recommend the hotel to anyone who is looking for that bit of luxury after a busy day sight seeing.