The Church Palace
What We Love
- A relaxing stay in Rome, just outside the city center, with breakfast and a welcome drink Being located out of the hustle and bustle, next to the charming Villa Carpegna Park
- Having the Cordelia metro station right on the doorstep
- Sipping on an espresso or aperitif in the hotel’s dramatically Italian monochrome interiors
What To Know
- Only a quarter-mile from the nearest metro stop (on the A line), and 4 stops from St. Peter's Basilica
- Free WiFi and parking
The Church Palace does a stand-up job of blending traditional Renaissance elegance with snappy, modern Italian design. Monochrome zigzag wallpaper and sleek marble countertops sit alongside crumbling pillars and quaint, manicured gardens, in an impressive amalgamation where the old meets the new. The Villa Carpegna Park, located on the hotel’s doorstep, offers an idyll of calm where you can appreciate tinkling water features and twittering birds in a heritage setting. Situated a half-hour metro ride outside of Rome’s centre, The Church Palace allows guests to experience a peaceful, sleepy ambience as well as an easy route to the city’s most famous and visited sites.
As if it wasn’t serene enough, the hotel also has its own magnificent church, complete with naves and green marble colonnades. You can venture further to Vatican City in three metro stops, or go further into the centre to sample an incredible array of world-famous artworks and delectable cuisine. Return to the hotel in the evening to enjoy Roman gastronomy in the Nero Terrace Restaurant, or simply just to dally over a late-evening cocktail in the outdoor Square bar.
How to Get There
Stayed here for a week in July, the hotel was almost empty and we now know why. The hotel looks impressive from the outside/downstairs lobby area but the rooms are well below par. Rooms: Be aware that all of the photos are of the upgraded rooms. The entire top floor is literally still under refurbishment, with paint everywhere and things hanging from walls. These are the standard rooms so unless you pay more you will be in these (something that IS NOT pointed out on any website). The elevator to these rooms also does not work (if you ask reception they just say it does....when it does not) there is an elevator to level 3, then you have to walk the stairs (supposedly so the people in the nice upgraded rooms don’t see the state of upstairs). The beds and showers are horrendous. As a young couple we should not be suffering from back pain all holiday!! The shower was a trickle which made it very hard to wash your hair. For 2 days our room was not cleaned, and for the rest of the time they simply came in and moved our stuff around, no cleaning was actually done (we kept having to grab toilet roll from the lobby bathroom!)
4 days into our trip we had to move rooms twice at 7pm because the whole top floor had an electrical fault, they did not want to upgrade us so were trying to move us to other ‘poverty’ rooms as my partner called them! The last room we were moved too was one of the ‘classic’ rooms that looked the same but had a normal mattress and working shower, the fact that this was a highlight in what is meant to be a 4 star is telling you something!!
Breakfast: very small selection. However the breakfast staff were by far the friendliest.
Extra costs: the usual city tax applies after stay. They charged us €10 a time to go to the gym which is incredibly steep seeing as it stated that it was included. Very small gym that was in no way worth the charge, and again we were not told about the charge until the end of the stay.
Overall very disappointed. Not a 4 star. Looking forward to going home and having a decent shower and good nights sleep.
My husband and I were traveling with a group and decided to eat at the hotel restaurant... although the kitchen was under renovation, Simona was able to give us spectacular service... the hotel owner and his family were also dining on the terrace and, as a gesture of pure Italian family hospitality, sent over a beautiful pizza, also created by our server, Simona...thank you to all at the Church Palace for making our stay so memorable.. Grazie mille
This hotel looks beautiful from the outside as well as in the public areas downstairs, however as soon as you enter your room everything goes downhill. We stayed on the top floor which is completely unfinished with light fixtures missing, holes in the ceiling, unpainted walls and much more. It feels like it’s not even part of the same hotel
Once in the room you’ll find pretty much everything is dirty, the walls have so many marks and scuffs on them that you wonder how long this unfinished 4th floor has been left like this. The lift only takes you to the 3rd floor, there was another lift which wasn’t turned on so for our entire trip we had to use the stairs. The toilet was disgusting and the toilet brush had actual faeces on it - the smell was awful. Dust everywhere. There was no atmosphere at this hotel and practically no guests. Breakfast was OK. The bar staff were very friendly, professional and knowledgeable, and that’s the only positive of this hotel other than the decor downstairs in the lobby/bar.