Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & SPA
What We Love
- Sweeping views across Villa Borghese gardens to St. Peter’s dome
- Indulgent Decleor treatments at Prince spa
- The blue mosaic-lined outdoor pool set amid the swaying palms of the botanical gardens
What To Know
- The interior is uniformly palatial but the façade looks like an unprepossessing '60s building
- This is the embassy district — and very posh it is, too — but you’ll need to walk or take a cab to get to the best bars and eateries
- Free WiFi
Gold and marble dominate the recently revamped lobby, originally designed in 1964 by much-lauded Italian architect Gio Ponti. The interior is awash with Italian finery: colossal chandeliers and olive-green and burgundy silk curtains. Marble busts of stern-faced Roman emperors complete the illusion that you’re a venerated guest in a grand 17th-century palazzo.
Bed and Bath
Bedrooms are smartly traditional, and have fantastic views of the city, the Villa Borghese gardens and St. Peter’s dome. Oversize mirrors in burnished gold set the tone of sturdy Roman opulence. Bathrooms are dressed in black and toffee marble with tubs, power showers, fluffy white robes and Etro toiletries.
Jazz classics burble discreetly over the sound system in the Pauline Borghese restaurant, which overlooks the terra-cotta terrace and botanical gardens. Here, swaying palms, daybeds and lanterns surround a mammoth blue mosaic pool, where guests in designer swimwear sip prosecco in spring and summer. Be sure to check out the Decleor facial treatments at Prince spa — more than 20,000 square feet of state-of-the-art indulgence.
How to Get There
The walls of the rooms/suites are not ordinary wallpaper but covered in beautiful cloth! This sums up this Hotel.The spa is exceptional and the pool area fragrant with Jasmine.The breakfast was always something we looked forward to to start our day off well.The chef in the Pauline restaurant was poor however- the food badly cooked .
Definitely not a place for princes! Not only is the ambience of this hotel has-been, but the service is absolutely rude. I selected to stay here during a business trip, as I could work from my room’s terrace and have easy access to the Borghese gardens for my morning run. Not only did they stick me in a dark dungeon-like musty room with a terrace without a table, so I could not work outside... when I took a conference call outside on the main terrace (where only a couple of guests were seated for an aperitivo) they told me that I could not sit there — They were prepping the tables for dinner, OK, but they did not even ask if I was staying for dinner or perhaps even an aperitivo (nor was there a private occasion that evening). There was at least an hour before dinner time, so they could have advised me of this, or at least asked if I was to dine with them that evening. Nope, they just kicked me out of the table. Mind you also, I was dressed in a conservative sundress (and diamond jewelry) - nothing trashy or inappropriate. They were just plumb rude!!
Additionally, one afternoon, I ordered a salad at their restaurant outside - they charged me 12 euro extra to add a couple of slices of avocado. They could not figure out how to remove the charge from my bill. Appalling! Let’s not forget to mention that the service at the pool is horrific & pretty much nonexistent. Oh, and finally, I gave my white dresses and blouses to the hotel to be cleaned — they destroyed them, as they turned them all grey!!!!!!! Not a ‘luxury’ hotel in any sense. Just a rip-off! As they say in Italian, “Voglio ma non posso.” Don’t waste your money here.
The hotel is beautiful.
Room very clean and considerable size.
The staff is very helpful
The food is amazing.
Located very close to the Colissieum (+/- 1km), walking distance, very nice to do.
We stayed first time in this hotel, it was great! the hotel is located near Villa Borghese and its beautiful park with many attractions and places to see! The hotel inside is very elegant, the rooms are excellent, the service , the stuff first class and the kitchen is extraordinary good!
I see others like it here... So perhaps this is a minority view. But as far as I can tell, this place has seen better days. But my particular gripe is this: If you stay here, you have no control over your room temperature or the fan speed. Maybe they think that sateen sheets and a heavy quilt somehow makes up for hot rooms with no ventilation. Mind you, we are talking about Rome Italy in May.
The advice the desk gives is "open your window," giving the traveler the choice of noise or heat. Hanging chintz from every conceivable surface in a small room simply can't compensate for broken down mechanical system, no outlets by the bedside, the smell of bad drains. Given the huge number of hotels in this city, I'd strongly advice visitors who want to be comfortable to stay elsewhere -- especially given the high prices here.