Aldrovandi Villa Borghese
What We Love
- Free shuttle to Via Veneto and the Spanish Steps every 30 minutes (from 10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.); drivers will personalize drop-offs on request
- Two-Michelin-star restaurant
- Generous snacks served with drinks at the bar
- Upscale location surrounded by green space, but within easy reach of the main attractions
- The La Mer spa has a sauna, steam room, thalasso pool and offers Crème de La Mer treatments
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $9 (€7) per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Room service prices are sky high ($20 for a packet of peanuts)
- Oliver Glowig is closed on Sundays and Mondays, but the less formal Grill Room is open seven days a week
- Free WiFi
- Free use of the fitness room and outdoor pool (from May to September, weather permitting)
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In the Eternal City’s exclusive Parioli neighborhood, Aldrovandi Villa Borghese is a palatial retreat that feels a world apart from the crowd-packed piazzas of the Italian capital. Originally a convent, built in the late 19th century, and later a school for wealthy girls, this grand four-story villa is packed full of fancy furnishings and Italian bling. The marble-clad lobby showcases a shimmering chandelier, giant wall tapestries, antique chairs and an intimate piano bar. The secluded garden with outdoor pool (open May to September) is a rare find in Rome and is perfect for a spot of luxurious lounging after a day exploring ancient ruins and world-class galleries.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms are elegantly done in soothing pastel blues and creams with splashes of deep purple. Huge windows (which, for once, open fully) overlook the Borghese Gardens, the outdoor pool or the quiet residential streets. Deluxe Doubles appear larger than life thanks to mirrored walls and dressing rooms. Bang & Olufsen provides the in-room and in-bathroom entertainment, including the nifty TV screens hidden behind mirrors above the sink. Most bathrooms have tubs and are decked out in either marble or tiny mosaic tiles.
In the dramatic breakfast room, chandeliers hang above an impressive spread that includes champagne, fresh juices, Italian hams and cheeses and homemade pastries. Grab a seat by the window for views over the garden and pool. Oliver Glowig is at the helm of the restaurant, which picked up two Michelin stars just eight months after opening in 2011. Quirky menu highlights — eaten either inside or on the terrace — include tortelli with spiced oxtail and licorice sauce. It’s a pretty 25-minute stroll to the city’s main sights. A winding route cuts through the Villa Borghese gardens to Piazza del Popolo; on the way back (when you’ll be going uphill), hop on the free hotel shuttle and you’ll be in the lobby in 10 minutes. Then you can cool off poolside or indulge in a Crème de La Mer treatment at the spa while you absorb your culture shot.
In the Area
Stroll the green expanse of Villa Borghese Gardens. Once a private vineyard and party pad built for Pope Paul V’s nephew, this manicured park is now home to one of the best galleries in Rome, as well as a boating lake, zoo, puppet theater and museums. On the edge of the gardens lies the Pincian Hill. Head to the Piazzale Napoleone I terrace for one of Rome’s best panorama photo ops, with views that stretch to the Pantheon and over the Piazza del Popolo to Vatican City. Auditorium Parco della Musica is an impressive music venue made up three spaceship-like concert halls and an amphitheater that holds 3,000 people. Events cater to all musical tastes, from pop to Puccini. Designed by Zaha Hadid on the site of a former military barracks, the Maxxi is a striking modern art gallery housing contemporary pieces by the likes of Anish Kapoor and Gerhard Richter.
How to Get There
We only had one night - wish it had been longer! Beautiful hotel - with amazing staff who couldn't do more. Had a wonderful meal in the restaurant - serenaded by a fabulous little band. Would highly recommend for a special occasion - out of the hustle and bustle of Rome - but near enough to get to the centre if you want to (which we didn't)!!
Delightful, old fashioned hotel. Beautiful rooms (the best ones overlook he back of the hotel), friendly service, very good food. Well situated on the edge of the city and close to the Borghese gardens, it makes an ideal base for exploring the city.
Near the villa borgese in one of the prettiest areas of Rome.
A beautiful hotel with grace charm and immaculate service.
Charming suites and courteous freeshuttles to the centre.
Giuseppe and the concierge team are superb.
See separate restaurant review.