Sheraton Golf Parco de' Medici Hotel & Resort
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After a too short night on the plane, we arrived in Rome. We had a driver waiting for us and made it to our hotel without incident. We are staying at the hotel provided by our cruise line, which is nice enough but it is a golf resort outside of Rome. Darn, we forgot the clubs. Sooo, we were sitting in the lobby, discussing if we should give in to …
... well with the left front wheel, kept my foot on the gas and just bounced out of it. We never did find any scraped paint!
The road kept getting wider and more light started to filter in, the GPS made contact with the heavens and we drove out of the maze, alive and mostly well! The Grand Hotel Parker's showed up on the right and I pulled into the Taxi area and parked. Not even a Sherman Tank was going to get me to move! Much less a ...
... among Italians it probably would not be acceptable among Americans. This may be why the Malls in the States are so huge. Another aspect as to why this may be inconveinent is when there is horrible weather outside walking from one store to another and then with the amount of people on the streets it could possibly get very hectic and un-enjoyable. Of course the area that I am from is used to getting feet ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sheraton Golf Parco de' Medici Hotel & Resort Rome
Nice place for golf
We had a short week and enjoyed both the golf cours and restaurant. Easy commuting into Rome with hotel bus or taxi.
The golf courses were a bit wet but in good shape for November. Many water hazard and some places very close to highway.
Rooms (next to the patio) were spacious and clean.
Restaurant and bar staff were friendly, but staff at the reception were always very busy and had little time for you.
A nice place to combine golf & visiting Rome.
We stayed at this hotel for two nights in October of 2005. The hotel was nice and they provided a great service. The only thing that was wrong was a tour reservation. We requested it late at night so I would imagine that had a lot to do with it. We managed to see Rome on our own without the tour.
The rooms are very good size and nice. They could use some updating but are not bad. The staff was very friendly. The hotel is located outside of Rome, which could be a big drawback. But the hotel overcomes that by supplying a shuttle bus, which is a very nice bus. They run every half our beginning at 9:00 am and runs until 11:30 pm. They drop you off right close to city center which is about walking distance from anywhere.
Better stay somewherre else
Although the hotel was nice, it was way overpriced. To get into town, you had to take a taxi (25 euros) or take the hotel bus. The bus broke down twice during the week I stayed at the hotel, and it was too full one evening, and I had to take a cab back from town. Internet service went out within the first 24h of my stay, and it was not repaired before I left. Some of the staff were not very helpful, either - particularly the shuttle bus drivers. To eat dinner, you had to make a reservation by 2 PM. Others who ate dinner said the food was not that good and way expensive. The breakfast was OK, but I expected more given the cost of the rooms. I attended a meeting at the hotel, and the rooms were too small, plus there was no coffee service during breaks.
Excellent hotel and a good value
My wife and I stayed in Golf building for 6 nights. The room was very clean and had all the modern conveniences, save for an iron (we had packed our own but unfortunately it broke). These included several TV channels (about 4 in English), Internet access (fairly pricey compared to US hotels), in-room safe, hair dryer, and a mini fridge.
The bed was a little hard, but not bad. The bathroom was very nice with a tub/shower combo and lots of shelf space.
We had rented a car as well so that we could drive to Tuscanny. The hotel had free parking, and easy access to the highway. Just be aware that Italian drivers are extremely aggressive, and Rome is a very crowded city. We did not drive our rental car into central Rome, since the hotel offers a free shuttle to Central Rome. The shuttle departs every 90 minutes starting at 9:00 AM and drops you in Central Rome near the Piazza Venezia, which is within walking distance of most major sites in Rome. We walked to the Forum, Colosseum, Trevi foutain, Piazza di Spagna, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona, among other sites. The Vatican City was about an 8 minute bus ride.
The shuttle picks you up at the same location and runs until 11:30 PM. It is a large bus, and takes about 20-30 minutes each way, depending upon traffic.
The worst experience of the hotel was the restaurant. We ate there the night we arrived, and paid about 55 Euro for 2 very plain pizzas, water, and 2 cokes. Coke is very expensive in Italy - but 5.50 Euro for a small can is simply criminal. We had the free breakfast buffet as part of our reservation. It was okay mainly because it was free. Nothing at all special, and certainly not worth paying for.
Business first, leisure accessible
This hotel is located very near, within 5 mi / 8 km, to the corporate offices of several international companies and provides over 30 meeting rooms. It is, however, approximately 12 mi / 19 km from local attractions such as the Colosseum and Vatican City.
That said, the hotel provides frequent, punctual, courteous and FREE shuttle service to and from a convenient drop point central to all the major sites. On average this is a 15 minute ride in a comfortable, clean bus.
The hotel is approximately 11 mi / 18 km from the airport. Shuttle service is provided from the hotel to the airport but not from the airport to the hotel. A taxi ride from the airport will cost approximately 40-45 euros and the drive into the hotel grounds winds through parking and advertisement for theme parks and entertainment giving a definite feeling of remoteness.
I am in the hotel's new section, it has been open for perhaps 2 months now. This section is even more remote than the main hotel but the staff is courteous and the rooms are comfortable.
The room is equipped with A/C, telephones (3), wired and wireless internet access, modem access, mini-bar, safe, ice bucket, hairdryer, cable and other amenities.
The room is NOT equipped with an alarm clock, corkscrew, wine glasses, clothes iron or ironing board. In fact, an iron in your room is not available, there is a special "ironing room" with one iron and one ironing board under lock and key behind the reception desk. While a corkscrew is also not available the staff will open your wine bottle for you and provide wine glasses from the bar.
The mini-bar is moderately stocked and has enough empty space to hold a few of your favorite beverages from a local supermercato.
The bath is well appointed and even includes a working towel warmer mounted above the bath. A current problem with the shower design that allows water to run down the glass doors and out the shower basin causes mild flooding on the marble floors but I've been assured hotel engineering is working diligently to find a solution to this problem. Did I mention this section is only 2 months old?
The general decor of this section is kind of nouveau retro, colored leathers mixed with dark and pickled woods. The rooms and hotel grounds are spacious and a bit spartan. The pool area is open with plenty of umbrellas.
I don't have time for golf but the course looks well manicured and wide open. A good venue for the casual business round or a group function for players of various skill levels.
While there are a few restaurants and a golf course on the hotel grounds it's clear the Sheraton Golf Parco is best suited as a base of operation for business events or executives traveling with family.
I rate this hotel as above average primarily because of the courteous staff, convenient shuttle service to Rome and the spacious comfortable rooms. If not for these these redeeming factors my rating would be, at best, neutral because of the remote location and no in-room iron, corkscrew or wine glasses.
Nice hotel, but location...
I stayed at this hotel as part of an organised tour in October 2004.
The hotel is really nice and the staff were very friendly and accommodating. The room was nice and I could not really fault it. The breakfast was especially good. I think most of the hotel is also on one level, which may be of interest to older or disabled travellers.
Although the location close to both aiports was convenient considering it was the end of our trip, if you didn't play golf I cannot really see any advantage of staying here compared to other hotels in Rome. The hotel does provide a shuttle service into the city, but I didn't use this so cannot comment on it.
Recommended for a last night close to the airport.
Golfing in Rome?
Stayed at the Sheraton near the airport on October 14th. There is a free shuttle to the airport, which is very important and convenient, because it is about a 10 minute ride. We were in the new part of the Sheraton and the room was absolutely beautiful and spacious. Great staff, from check-in to the waitstaff, including the shuttle bus driver. We played golf and we were able to rent equipment. What a treat to play golf in Rome! What a great place to stay before you head home.
We loved this hotel!!
Our family of 3 stayed in this hotel at the end of May. We were placed in the new hotel that is down the road from the older one that is displayed on most web sites. From arrival to departure we received outstanding service. Our room was good sized and the beds extremely comfortable. Our room overlooked the pool and golf course. It was so quiet and relaxing. The bathroom was awsome. Large tub, seperate shower and a lot of nice fluffy towels. It was the perfect place to rest after a long day sight seeing. The hotel operates a downtown shuttle that leaves on time and runs until late evening. The breakfast was a full buffet with a huge variety of things to choose from. We had a wonderful stay at this hotel and would certainly stay here again. This hotel can be proud of the quality of their staff and the excellent customer service that they provide.
I've stayed here twice (July 2002 and July 2003) and have been very pleased both times. The hotel is adjacent to a golf course and is very quiet and tranquil--perfect for recovering from jet lag. Rooms are well-maintained, clean and the staff was helpful. Get a chalet style room with private patio overlooking the pool--this is especially nice in the summer. Restaurant served excellent food and hotel offers a free shuttle into the city. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again
Be careful about the scandalous practice of this hotel
I made an Internet reservation for a two-night stay at this hotel during the Christmas period. When we arrived at the hotel, everything was about fine although the room was somewhat small and the hotel was far away from the city center (about 20-30min by cab). At least, it was very close to the airport and its room rate was "theoretically" slightly less than the hotels in the city center. But we did not know that the room rate (about $140 per night) was only theoretical...Our huge disppointment happened when we were about to check out from the hotel. The hotel claimed that the total cost (of our two-night stay) shown on our reservation was in fact the room rate for one-night stay only. That means we had to pay the double of the original price to because it was a two-night stay (I wonder what would have happened if we had stayed one week...)! Their claim was absolutely ridiculous because even the rack rate of a five-star hotel in the center of Roma was less than the rate they claimed. But they were determined to double-charge us. We argued for about an hour (after missing a train to Florence) to eventually reach an agreement. We ended by paying 40% more compared to the rate that we initially booked thank to the "goodness" of the manager of the hotel who was "kind enough" to apply a discount of 30% on the rate that they wanted to (double-)charge us. Obviously, I will not go back to this hotel again!