Parkhotel Villa Grazioli
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Parkhotel Villa Grazioli in Grottaferrata, you’ll be connected to the convention center and close to Tusculum and Palazzo Colonna. This 4-star hotel is within the vicinity of Via Sacra and University of Rome Tor Vergata.
Make yourself at home in one of the 62 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and LCD televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and bidets. Conveniences include phones and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as an outdoor pool or take in the view from a rooftop terrace and a garden. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and wedding services. Guests can catch a ride on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 2 km.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks at a bar, take in a garden view, and even dine alfresco (weather permitting). You can also stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Buffet breakfasts are available daily from 7 AM to 10 AM for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include limo/town car service, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. This hotel has 5 meeting rooms available for events. A train station pick-up service is provided at no charge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
We travelled as a family and stayed for 7 nights, with a two night stop in Rome.
First impressions of the hotel are fabulous. Typical Italian period style. Don't believe the reviews that say this hotel needs modernising. It's been done in period "shabby Chic" style. Some of the non-used rooms in the main building are working progress as with any building built in the 16th Century. The Hotel itself has a museum stately home feel to it.
Our family had three rooms during our stay. One in the main building (deluxe) with fabulous views out towards Rome although the room was rather small. And two in the courtyard block which were much bigger. One (classic) on ground floor, which was a large room with separate sitting area. The other room (economy) was on third floor which was for the kids, but the lift only serviced to second floor. This room was also large and had four beds. All were nicely furnished although not luxurious.
Wifi was great in the economy room and the kids could stream netflix so they were happy. However wifi in the other rooms were terrible, but 4G did work so could stream movies through that as I have an unlimited data plan. Wifi by the pool is non-existent but again 4G signal was OK.
Breakfast at the hotel is great and worth paying the extra for. Again don't believe the poor reviews on this. It says Continental Breakfast, but they did have scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage on offer. Together with a selection of cold meats, fresh juice, pastries, croissants, rolls, bread, toast and Jams. Fresh fruit was available as too a good selection of breakfast cereals. And the coffee was great.
Dinner in the evening on the outside terrace was lovely, the view spectacular and the service excellent. However it can get a bit pricey. Main courses were good value at 15-20 Euro's. But starters are around 10-12 euros. First courses from 12-14 Euros. Desserts were ridiculously priced at 10+ euros. Stick to the Starters and Main course and dinner for three is around 80 Euros. If you add desserts and first courses dinner will cost double that for three.
The pool area is really beautiful and has plenty of trees to shade from the sun, which you'll need as it can get very hot there. 36C+ during our stay. There is also a small pool bar which serves snacks. The pasta was excellent and at 8 Euro's good value. Sandwiches were expense at 5 euros and just one round of bread (i.e just one sandwich) and not great. Coffee was cheap at 1.5 Euro's but beer for a small glass (roughly half a pint) was expensive at 4 Euros.
Please note there is no toilet anywhere near the the pool area, which is a good 250 meters from the main hotel block. For this reason alone, if your planning on using the pool a lot, I'd book accomodation in the court yard blocks, which are much nearer. Okay you don't get the views of Rome, but you'll see that from the terrace at dinner.
So why only three star review? Well in our room, the safe broke with our stuff in it. They opened it but it wasn't fixed for the rest of the holiday. Our TV had no sound and was never fixed. Our fridge never worked the entire time we were there, which was unforgivable given the heat. And for the last two days of our stay the air con stopped working, which made the room unbearably hot and difficult to sleep. We had to leave the room door open and get some cool air in from the air conditioned corridor, not an ideal scenario .
All faults were reported to reception on numerous occasion and each request met with typical Italian apathy "its not possible to fix"
Towards the end of our stay, the hotel got very busy and was then plagued by power outages, which took everything down. Including the lift. Be warned! fortunately nobody during our stay was in it when the power went out. Without power the walk to the bedrooms in the main building up the beautiful spiral becomes tedious. There are over 100 steps to the second floor.
Also none of the rooms have kettles/ tea/coffee making facilities, which is pain for us Brits who want tea in the mornings. If you're packing tea bags, pack a travel kettle too.
One of our rooms didn't have a shower head fixing point so could only be handheld. Fortunately I packed a suction shower head holder I bought from amazon for £3.
Without these easily fixed little niggles I would rate this hotel a good four star.
If travelling to the hotel from fiumicino airport, hire a car. Taxi's are very expense from there around 100 Euros. The taxi cost one way was more than it cost to hire an SUV for a week! If travelling from ciampino airport you can easily get the train as there is a direct train line from Frascati to the airport, it only takes 20 mins and is just 2 euros each way. A taxi from Frascati train station to hotel is 10 Euros and takes 5 mins.
The hotel does also offer a free shuttle service to the train station.
One drawback to the hotel is that it doesn't have a main hotel bar as such. Once the pool bar shuts at 7pm, there isn't anywhere to go and have pre or after dinner drinks. All the rooms do have mini bars, but the selection is limited and not always restocked the following day.
You can easily do Rome in a day from this hotel. No need to do what we did and book hotels to stay there. The train directly into Rome takes no more than 35 mins, they are modern, air conditioned and have toilets on board. But Rome can get get very hot in August. It was 40c when we were there and not ideal for sightseeing.
Another must do from this hotel if you have a car is Rainbow Magicland. Its only 20 mins drive away is good value and has some great rides. The kids and adults alike will love it. Its Open until 11.30pm so go late afternoon as the temperature starts too cool. It has some great water rides. Take a towel and change of clothes, you will get wet.
Would I go back? Perhaps one day. Overall we had a great holiday the lower rating isn't so much about the niggles in our room, it's the hotel flatly refusing to even try and fix them. Given that for two nights we stayed in Rome, they had plenty of opportunity to sort them by the time we got back to the hotel.
Overall a good base for a family holiday that's a bit different.
We had a wonderful room at villa Grazioli
The hotel was amazing the staff were amazing every night we had dinner at hotel the sunsets
The pool area and pool was spot on overall will definitely go back the only thing was there wasn’t a toilet in the pool area so had to walk back to the room excellent service excellent food excellent value excellent service excellent overall
When we stayed at villa Grazioli the first thing we noticed was the beautiful exterior, it was definitely a palace! When we got in the walls were covered with breath taking paintings! The rooms are very stylish and old fashioned, yet they are all different styles so your room could differ! In the basement part of the palace there is a buffet serving a lot of cheeses, jams and bread! And way more! I would say everyone working at the hotel was very welcoming and sweet! I hope this helps have a good time on your trips!