Tuesday 25 February 2020

Our stay at The River Palace Hotel Rome

When we saw how cheap this 4 star Rome hotel was, we snapped it up within seconds. We arrived to the hotel, greated at the desk with sweets, and given the key to our room. We were shown up to our room on the 4th floor, and walked along the marbled corridors to room 404. The fourth floor is accessed by two lifts, one from the foyer to floor 1, then a short walk around the corner to the second lift that goes all the way up. As we all know, I'm not a lift person, so happily walked the various marbled flight of stairs each day.

Our room was small, the cheapest of them all, but perfect for our trip, being out exploring all day. It had a double wardrobe, with mirrors, a tv, mini bar and fridge with drinks if you wanted to buy something. The TV was in Italian, obviously, but the hotel provided an easy channel guide and language guide to get your favourite shows (MTV, Comedy Central etc) back into English. There was a phone, breakfast in bed guide form and the please do/do not clean my room signs for the door also. 

Quickly we could see how the hotel was 4*s. Beautifully presented, the bathroom was again, marbled, with a beauty box of everything you may need but may have forgotten, and miniature soaps, shampoo/conditioner, body wash and lotions. These were also replenished on a daily basis so you would never run out. The maid service was between I'd say 10-3pm, as we never saw the cleaner but after a walk around the city, returning for a mid afternoon rest, the room was already turned down. Each night around 8pm we received a knock at the door also with chocolates and the weather forecast for the next day. 

Breakfast was between 7 and 10.30am serving paisteres, many variations of spreadables for toast, fruit, and some fry up options. If you really wanted, you could also have a cheeky champagne for breakfast also, although I opted for a breakfast tea as there isn't a kettle in the room itself. The bar was on the ground floor, accessible from the stairs, or foyer with lifts. A small bar in a good sized room. It boasted various sofas and coffee tables in the corners, and up by the bar were stools, and smaller tables for two. Here happy hour lasts for 3, between 5 and 8pm where everything, including cocktails but excluding bottles, were half price. The usual price of a beer is around 6 euros, and cocktails are around 12, so with the half price deal, you can see why we sat in the bar for a few hours each night. We were also served by Frederica, who was wonderfully quick and knew exactly what she was doing so we were more than happy to give her a large tip on our last evening. Also, buying a drink entitles you to the buffet on the bar, of sandwiches, crips, bruschetta, hotdog sausage rolls, and other bits and bobs, all free during happy hour.

The decor was typically Roman. From busts to paintings depicting battle scenes, it was everything I'd hoped for in a hotel. As taxi prices aren't cheap in Rome, we booked a 55 euro cab from the hotel to the airport as it's about an hour away. We knew that risking trying to find a taxi at 7am the morning of our flight wasn't a great idea, and services like Uber are illegal. The city tax was also 6 euros per person as it's a 4* hotel, for your information also.

Location wise, it was perfect. About a 15/20 minute walk to the Fountain, and close to tram links if required. However we walked everywhere, and it really wasn't that far at all to get around. It's pretty much one straight road down to the Coliseum too, passing both high street and designer shops, cute little bars and restaurants along the way

Would I recommend the hotel to anyone traveling to Rome? 100%. We are already planning to hop back on that plane for 2 hours soon, and this is the place we will be booking again.


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