Hotel Principe Torlonia
What We Love
- Traditional Italian villa dating from the early 1900s
- Free drinks and snacks (including pizza and prosecco) are served every evening from 6:30 to 8.
- The terrace overlooks the lush garden
- Junior Suites come with a Jacuzzi tub and a private terrace
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- The hotel is located to the north of the city center, in the leafy Parioli neighborhood; Rome's main sights are a 10-minute cab ride away
- The Bologna metro station is a few blocks away, with connections to Termini (for easy access to the Colosseum and the Spanish Steps)
- There's no restaurant, but breakfast and evening snacks are served daily
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In a neoclassical villa set on lush grounds, the Principe Torlonia Hotel is an elegant escape in Rome’s posh Parioli neighborhood. Dating from the early 1900s, it has plenty of traditional features on show, including marble floors and columns, lofty ceilings and parquet floors. The 27 guestrooms are a modern take on a traditional Roman villa, with flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Economy Rooms are in the basement, and some of the Classic Rooms offer garden views. Book a Superior Room for views of the grounds from the upper floor, or a Junior Suite for a large marble bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and a private terrace. All feature Italian artworks, including prints of Michelangelo’s David. A huge draw is the outdoor space; the hotel is surrounded by pine and cedar trees, and there are chunky sofas dotted throughout the grounds. Free drinks and snacks are served each night between 6:30 and 8 p.m., and in the summer months breakfast can be taken alfresco.
In the Area
Stroll along Via Nomentana, stopping at Villa Torlonia Park and Museum before continuing on to the Baths of Diocletian and the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. The hotel is a few blocks from the Bologna metro station, which offers citywide connections and is just three stops from Termini, for easy access to top sights including the Spanish Steps, the Vatican, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Head to the hip Monti neighborhood, where many students, writers and creative types live, and try out the great aperitivo scene in the area’s main square, the Piazza Madonna dei Monti. Try local wine bar Ai Tre Scalini for drinks and Taverna dei Fori Imperiali for dinner (reservations are advised).
How to Get There
First of all, Lorenzo made our stay that extra bit better as he was so friendly and helpful, he even helped us translate a takeaway page into English so that we could order some dinner to the hotel so very big thanks to Lorenzo! Location of this hotel isn't in the city center, around 10-13 euros for a taxi into the center dependent on the day and time as extra tariffs can apply. Just down the road there is a 24hr supermarket which was very ideal and reasonably priced. The hotel itself was nice - I've given a 4 out of 5 overall as the staff and breakfast upped the averageness of this hotel. The breakfast was lovely, a mixture of continental and some hot food too. The beds in our room were comfy but our standard room was very small, even for 2 people but then again, we weren't in the room a lot! The bathroom was huge though, shower decent but went hot to cold quite a lot. Overall the hotel was very clean - our favourite part was the garden with very modern and comfy sofa areas, plus it was very quiet! We were also offered a complimentary drink on arrival which was very pleasant. What lets this hotel down is definitely the location, we spent a lot of money on taxis as the public transport was impossible to get the hang of. Other than that, it's a nice hotel without a doubt. Drinks were expensive but we found everywhere in Rome very overpriced. The hotel is a mixture of old fashioned and modern, but I would personally say this hotel is more of a 3 star plus than a 4 star. Very ideal for people who like to do a lot of walking, I believe you can walk to certain tourist attractions within 30-40 minutes. Overall pleased, was a nice experience.
The villa like hotel was discreet and calm with a garden to sit outside. Our room was good, the breakfast suited us perfectly and the staff were friendly and helpful. The location was about 10 minutes walk from the Metro.
I booked an economy room for more than 100 Euro and it turned out to be a basement room which is super dark and smelled horribly like mold. There was also a disconcerting stain on the ceiling close to the bathroom. As the window is facing a wall there is almost no fresh air coming in even when opening it. Avoid basement room 1 if you can. I complained at the reception and only received an upgrade for the next day due to full booking for half the upgrade price. The superior room was very nice but also very hot during the night and the ventilation is not working super good. Breakfast is ok, but I would expect something better for that price. The breakfast room however is very nice. All in all I would not stay here again as the value for money is not great.