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 booked this hotel because we thought being near the zoo and the Borghese park would be fun with my two small kids - age 2 and 5. The hotel is elegant, definitely feels very old world, no modern amenities in the rooms, but it is charming. I booked a suite and our first room was terrible - first floor and there is a cable car that operates outside the building. It sounded like we were literally sleeping on top of a subway station. Absolutely awful. They were kind enough to move our room the following day and the second room was lovely. However, my parents were also experiencing the same sound issue. They also moved their room into an interior facing room and the new room was terrible - worst hotel bathroom I've seen. They didn't offer to show my parents the room before relocating. We were in Rome to celebrate my mother's 70th birthday and her room had a handicapped bathroom - no real shower, just a hand-held and a bathroom that was designed to get water everywhere. My father is 6'3''. You can imagine his displeasure. The people at the front desk were for the most part unhelpful. Furthermore, the walk from this hotel into Rome central is long and hilly. The walk to the shuttle is almost not worth it. Ultimately, the breakfast here was wonderful and some of the employees were lovely but we would not stay again. Stick with Hotel de Russie or Portrait suites - better location and service.
I liked my stay here. its a nice old hotel. friendly staff. amazing pool / garden area. nice restaurant. my only real down side is: THE INTERNET is too slow. at times (I guess when too many guest were loged in) it went down entirely. I think at this range ... a hotel mus be able to provide a solid and fast internet connection. this shoudl be changed and fixed urgently I think. at least for me it is a clear reason NOT to come back. I need internet for my work. also... the alternative of using your phone internet is also not an option cause it is situatied in a weak cell phone reception area. I really hope the manager fixes this and add bandwith to his internet or add a professional internet acces, that might even cost money... no matter how but it needs to be fixed and offer solid internet broadband to those who need it for their work. I think they tell you that its best bandwith in the lobby... but seriously this is not an option for a hotel of this level. again... if you dont need internet, this is a great hotel. if you need internet to be fast and reliable for your work or to use netflix... I can not recommend this place.
What an oasis this is in Rome. The garden area for drinks and dining is magical. Every staff member is thoughtful and provides solutions to questions you've yet to ask. The rooms are spacious with every convenience.