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“Great City Hotel”
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River Palace Hotel
Ranked #46 of 1,257 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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“Great City Hotel”
Reviewed 24 March 2012

I was torn between 2 or 3 hotels for this trip and am pleased to say I picked a good one in the River Palace. We had never been to Rome before and after reading reports were a wee bit apprehensive. We landed in Rome around 20.30 on Sunday 18th Mar and caught a taxi at the airport to the hotel no complaints but taxi kept the meter on level 2 all the way in even although we were only 100 yards out of the boundary. Arrived at the hotel 21.40 check in spot on and shown to the room 102 and were also shown the quirky lift set up. As most other reports have said the rooms are not the largest in the world but did have the basics of hair dryer and fridge with mini bar. Bathroom could have been a bit bigger but was ample. We went down to the bar to finish off their happy hour and were surprised to see the area full of my countrymen who had been at the rugby still there (Celtic tops and Kilts and Rugby don't go together). Breakfast was of good quality with the usual choices of yoghurt and fruit along with pastries etc, you could also have a hot breakfast with scrambled eggs / boiled eggs ,bacon, sausages potato cakes(hash browns) along with tea coffee and juice. Reception were very helpful in advising how to get to where we were going each day. There is a tram stop 100 yards from the hotel and the metro is about 30 yards further. We never bothered with getting different passes and the Vatican is 2 stops away in 1 direction with Spanish Steps 1 stop in the other. The Metro system is easy to follow and costs 1 Euro per journey within 75 minutes which makes everything well within reach. We did not encounter any problems with pocket dippers but were always on the alert for them.
There are a few places to eat along the street from the hotel and even the standard Burger King but go a 5 minute walk through the Piazza and there are more places to eat. The walk from the hotel to any of the sites is easy to do with I would say an exception of the Colloseum which I would do by Metro. All in I would say this is a very good hotel to base yourself in and I would have no problem in saying to people to go there

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Reviewed 22 March 2012

We really enjoyed the River Palace Hotel. It is in a perfect location, placing you in walkable distances from the Colloseum and Vatican City. Just steps away from a metro stop (so you do not have to walk as must to either if you do not want to). They have a wonderful Breakfast that was included in our room. We enjoyed the happy hour with great prices and snacks in the evening along with the ability to talk with other guests. The only down side was our room faced the street and with the tolley outside our window, it was noisy. I would highly recommend staying here, just ask for a room off the main road.

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Reviewed 20 March 2012

My boyfriend and I just returned after an 8 night stay at the palace in their Villa Borghese suite. From the moment we walked in we knew we had made the right decision. The room was spotless, the terrace a beautiful place to sit and have our complimentary welcome bottle of wine, which was unexpected but so appreciated. The decor is wonderful, but the staff are certainly what made the stay so great. They all take the time to say hello and ask how you are, and it's quite genuine.
We didn't figure out until the fourth night about happy hour, all I can say is take advantage of it! The drinks are all very reasonably priced and the bartenders make quality drinks.
The location is perfect, half a block north of Piazza del Popolo. We were able to walk everywhere, but if you need to get somewhere fast the metro is literally just down the street.
I did a lot of research to find a hotel in Rome to suit our needs and of course budget. After staying at the River Palace I almost feel like we paid too little for the level of service we received.

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Reviewed 19 March 2012

M daughter and I just spent 4 nights in a twin superior room, floor 4, at this hotel and had a wonderful time. Our room was perfect, the Staff so friendly and helpful and we highly reccommend this hotel.The breakfasts are amazing and the "Happy Hour" is a relaxing and inexpensive way to unwind and swap experiences with other guests before going out for dinner. Would reccommend the Hostaria-Pizzeria All'Orsetto opposite the hotel entrance to the right - No 14 Via Flaminia. The food was excellent, inexpensive and the restaurant is so convenient after a long day sightseeing. Location of hotel is great, away from the city centre but the Metro is so close, also easy walking distance to most sights if you choose to walk. For shopping, Via Del Corso is good and is a short walk through Piazza Del Popolo. If ordering a taxi from hotel agree fare in advance. On our departure day there was a Metro strike so the Concierge ordered us a taxi to Termini Station to catch the train to airport. The taxi driver was most unpleasant and charged us 16 Euros for a trip, he admitted, was maximum 6 Euros. We had no option but to pay. I have advised the hotel of this incident, it is no fault of theirs, but to alert them of the service? being provided by this taxi company.
We had a wonderful visit to Rome, despite getting lost on several occasions - all good fun - and finding it very expesive. Our visit, however, was made enjoyable and memorable by having such lovely accomodation to return to each night.

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Property: River Palace Hotel
Address: Via Flaminia 33, 00196 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Parioli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#27 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#32 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#57 Family Hotel in Rome
#83 Business Hotel in Rome
Price range (per night): $188 - $506
Hotel Class:4 star — River Palace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 59
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