Hotel Empire Palace Hotel 4 star
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Via Aureliana 39 00187 Rome. Rome, Italy -
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The historic Empire Palace is well located and comfortable. It also has 'signed' designer decoration, as well as the Blue Bar, which was fitted by Philippe Stark and is considered as one of the more fashionable places for an evening drink. The Empire Palace does not have a panoramic terrace on the top floor, however, its courtyard, decorated by climbing plants and ornamental pots, allows you to have a light meal, a snack (such as a pastry or plate of fruit), or a cocktail when the weather permits.

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      Empire Palace   -   © I. Lubinetsky/Easyvoyage

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    • Location

      7.22 /10
    • Accommodation

      8.95 /10
    • Overview

      8.70 /10
    • Food and drink

      8.45 /10
    • To know

    • The hotel is on Via Aureliana, a quiet street joining XX Septembre avenue. The underground stations of Barberini and Repubblica are equidistant from the hotel, around 5 minutes on foot.
      Fiumicino airport is 16 mi away, and Ciampino Airport is 9 mi away. Allow for a journey time of around 45 minutes for Fiumicino, and 30 minutes for Ciampino.

    • There are a total of 110 rooms in all, arranged into junior, business, and suite categories. If you are coming with the family, it is better to reserve a suite, to have enough space. Indeed, the standard rooms offer an average surface area of 194 sq ft. The deluxe category, which is more spacious, extends over 269 sq ft. Choose one or the other, depending on your travel habits (number of bags, tidiness, untidiness...) ; the equipment is identical. With regards to the the views, it can be over the street (quiet) or the hotel courtyard (less quiet in the evening). Apart from some standard rooms with shower, the bathrooms (in Carrara marble, but small, as often found in city hotels) have a bathtub, hair-dryer, and bathrobes. Etro hospitality products (70 ml). Good to know for esthetes: 4 rooms offer the extra decoration of a ceiling with frescos, and the others are generally enhanced by lithographs set in distressed metal... You would almost think you were in the famous Danielli hotel in Venice! A television (flat-screen), air conditioning, a minibar, a telephone, and a safe make up the rest of the equipment.
    • The communal areas of the Empire Palace are organised in a series of vaulted passageways, where lounge areas have been installed with chic and stylish contemporary furniture: velvet stools, leather armchairs, complementary colours (green and red). You then move on to the patioed main courtyard. To have a drink or light snack this area replaces the panoramic terrace that most large Roman hotels have, but is lacking at the Empire Palace. Weather pemitting, you can sit outside, although the view does not extend to much further than the hotel façade. As far as sports and leisure are concerned, the hotel has one gym that can be visited freely. However, there is no area with a whirlpool bath or massage room; spa enthusiasts have been warned!
    • A chic place for lunch, the Empire Palace gives you the pleasant surprise of good value prices: the two-course lunch costs £22, and the three-course lunch costs £24.60. If you are hungry, choose pasta as a starter (ah well, you are in Italy), and then the main dish, which can be meat (such as steak in mustard sauce), or fish (fillet of salmon). The dining room consists of adjoining rooms, with two areas separated by a few steps and mid-height wooden partition. If you prefer to order a la carte for more choice, you will be eating very good Mediterranean cuisine prepared by a Tuscan chef, however, you will spend around £17.50 on each dish. In the morning, breakfast is served in the same place, as an American buffet (hot and cold). Another chic and exclusive aspect of the Empire Palace is the Blue Bar, located in the extension to the reception, and decorated by Philippe Stark. Semi-geometric blue and gold archways, sofas reminiscent of the bedrooms where sheets and pillows are arranged on the seating, instead of the usual furnishing fabrics. You will be happy to have a drink here, and will feel comfortable (which is not always true of the trendy bars in Rome). Once there is good weather, do not forget the courtyard either, for a drink or snack ordered from the bar.
    • The Empire Palace opened in 1999 in an old 18th century Venetian residence. It is well located to discover Rome's shopping (access to the district of the piazza di Spagna 15 minutes away on foot), and the fashionable areas (Via Veneto is 10 minutes away by foot, where the famous Harry's Bar is located).
      Accommodation tip
      All the fittings are identical, both in the standard rooms and in the suites. From this point of view, you will be happy with the first category. Nevertheless, note that the bathroom is only a shower room (in certain standard rooms), and is not very big.

    Equipment

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

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

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness, sports

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

    advantage

    • The Blue Bar (decorated by Philippe Stark).
    • The tables outside in the courtyard.
    • Lunch for £22.

    disadvantages

    • The absence of a spa.
    • The small bathrooms.

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