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Hotel Aldrovandi Palace Hotel 5 star
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Take the winding roads through the gardens of the Villa Borghese (one of Rome's most historic villas and gardens) and you will emerge into the peaceful neighbourhood of Parioli, distinctly different from Rome's usual bustling centre. Here, flanked by large private residences, the Aldrovandi Palace hotel offers its guests an exclusive place to rest their heads. As a Leading Hotel of the World, the hotel is used to welcoming guests who expect only the very best - attentive staff, gourmet food and comfort. And this is exactly what it delivers, with elegance, style and a two-Michelin-star restaurant to boot.

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    Location 8.0 /10

    Situated in an up-market residential area, the Aldrovandi is a long way from the central chaos. The beautiful Borghese gardens are just two minutes away and perfect for a morning stroll or jog. The Galleria Borghese, also situated in the gardens themselves, is also right on your doorstep and the perfect way to introduce yourself to Roman art and culture. Though still located in central Rome, the Aldrovandi Palace is a little off the beaten tourist track. This may be a pro or a con depending on what you plan to do in Rome but bear in mind that public transport is sparse in this area and it is a long way to the ancient quarter, where you will find the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. However, there is a tram service that runs right outside the hotel, and the hotel provides a complimentary hourly car service to and from the Spanish Steps and Via Veneto.

    Accommodation 9.00 /10

    With a mix of rooms and suites to choose from, the Aldrovandi can cater to couples, groups, families or singles. The Superior and Deluxe double rooms both provide ample space, though the furnishings are a little faded with age. The typical 1970s feel of the furniture combined with the occasional piece of modern technology (such as the mirror in the bathroom that doubles up as a TV) gives the rooms a strangely disjointed air. Solid wooden desks, heavy drapes and a certain musty smell give away the age of the rooms but they are clean, well-aired and bright. The bathrooms are decked out in marble and are pristinely clean. Guests may choose between a shower or a bath in their room, with complimentary Molton Browne products and a hairdryer. The Suites (Deluxe and Royal) are comprised of a small living space as well as the bedroom and bathroom. These suites have more of an antique feel compared to the rooms, with beautiful oak furniture and stunning views from high up. Overlooking the Borghese gardens, the hotel's own private garden or the surrounding villas, each room and suite has a unique and charming view. For the best views in the hotel, ask for a room overlooking the Borghese gardens and Rome's city centre.

    Overview 8.95 /10

    This classic hotel will have you imagining glamorous Hollywood sets and stylish fashion shoots as you wander round its plush interiors. If you're looking for a hotel to cater to your every whim, this is the place to come. There is a staff member on hand for just about every request in the book from the moment you walk into the astonishingly large lobby. Bear left towards the front desk to be greeted by ever-polite staff members or admire the stylishly dressed mannequins, centre stage as you walk in and exhibiting the latest in Italian fashion. Tucked into one corner is the American bar, well-stocked and always manned by the most presentable waiters. Just through from the bar, you will find the small Grill restaurant, perfect for a light lunch or a casual evening meal. Come back into the lobby and you will find lifts to the side to take you to the upper floors and the rooms, located on either side of long, carpeted corridors. Descend to the ground floor for the Oliver Glowig restaurant and the hotel's beautiful private garden. Complete with heated swimming pool, reclining beach loungers and comfy chairs shaded by leafy trees, its tranquillity is instantly apparent. Unfortunately, the pool can only be enjoyed during the summer months, with no replacement inside pool for the winter.

    Food and drink 9.20 /10

    Home to Oliver Glowig's two-Michelin-star restaurant, the Aldrovandi Palace is the place to be if you appreciate extremely fine food. Though he prides himself on being experimental with Mediterranean cuisine, all products are fresh, local and of the highest quality that the area has to offer. In contrast to the hotel's dripping chandeliers and antique furniture, the restaurant takes on a much more contemporary feel. Located downstairs from the main lobby, the theme is simple black and white, with splashes of colour and plenty of light. If you fancy something a little less formal for evening dining, the hotel also has a small restaurant called The Grill, which provides a more intimate atmosphere and a relaxed American menu. During the summer months, the hotel opens its Garden Bar, which serves a wide range of cocktails, fine wines and liquors. Once winter arrives, the bar moves indoors to the American Bar, which provides a similarly impressive range of drinks and a cosy atmosphere with a crackling fire in the corner.

    To know

    Built in the 19th century as a convent and then used as a school, the Aldrovandi Palace didn't become a hotel until the 1970s when it was taken over independently to be run as a family business. With 108 rooms, the hotel is by no means small but manages to retain a peaceful feel due to its residential location. The hotel was given a partial renovation in 2008, with the now spectacular marble lobby taking on its current glittering form. Unlike many of Rome's central hotels, the Aldrovandi provides free parking for its guests, as well as a complimentary valet parking service. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, with 24-hour room service and even someone to pack and unpack your luggage if you so wish. Foodies will be pleased to know that the hotel is also home to a two Michelin star restaurant run by German chef, Oliver Glowig.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      keep fit, massage, Turkish bath, spa, sauna, beauty salon

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness, aerobics, sports, gym, tennis, beach volley, golf, water-polo

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Michelin starred restaurant
    • Beautiful private garden
    • Complimentary car shuttle into city centre

    disadvantages

    • No indoor pool for winter season
    • Some rooms are a little outdated in their décor

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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