Hotel Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese Hotel 5 star
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The well-located (adjacent to the Via Veneto, in close proximity to Villa Borghese park), historical, luxury Sofitel Roma is one of the best choices for an upmarket weekend and is also reasonably-priced. It is welcoming, comfortable and serves a princely breakfast. You can be a little lenient, then, on the bedrooms which overlook a narrow backyard; there is also no point asking where the hammam and whirlpool bath are. The hotel doesn't actually have a spa.

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      Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese   -   © I. Lubinetsky/Easyvoyage

    • Hotel Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese

      Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese   -   © I. Lubinetsky/Easyvoyage

       
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    • Location

      6.43 /10
    • Accommodation

      8.70 /10
    • Overview

      8.95 /10
    • Food and drink

      8.45 /10
    • To know

    • On Via Lombardia, which runs perpendicular to the Via Veneto. Nearest underground station: Spagna. Take the Via Veneto exit. The hotel is a 2-minute walk from the exit.
      Fiumicino airport is about 16 mi away, Ciampino about 9 mi away. Transfer time is around 45 minutes from Fiumicino and 30 minutes from Ciampino.

    • The 113 bedrooms and suites at Sofitel Roma consist of various categories. The first category is known as "classic". There are 7 triples, with a double bed and a meridienne which becomes a single bed. It is perfect to accommodate three people, even though you may have to watch your step, with a floor area of 269 sq ft. You will need to be a little lenient with the view, as the bedroom may overlook the buildings on the Via Lombardia, or even a small courtyard closed off by the fire escapes (which are made of iron, like in New York) of the neighbouring building. Bedrooms in the deluxe category may overlook the Villa Borghese park side of the hotel (in most cases). The higher the floor, the better the view. On the 7th and top floor, it's fantastic, and there is also a terrace. But if you want to enjoy it, you will need to book one of the 4 suites located there. As far as decor is concerned, all the bedrooms are luxuriously fitted out: silk curtains, spatolato pink-painted walls (Venetian marbled glaze) and neo-classical-style furniture. A complimentary bottle of mineral water is provided in all bedrooms on arrival. In the elegant bathrooms (with a bathtub and also a separate shower in the suites), 50ml Hermès hospitality products, bathrobes and a hair-dryer are provided. Other facilities: television, air-conditioning, mini-bar and telephone.
    • The entrance to the Sofitel Roma soon sets the tone: coloured marble flooring, moulded walls and ceilings, wrought iron banister staircase... This is the Roman neo-classical style, which makes you feel you are staying in a palace, and the discrete service a bonus. Why not relax in one of the lounges of the mezzanine floor, comfortably seated in an armchair. Even though the building dates back to 1890, the original decor has not be preserved (for maintenance reasons as well as fashion): except in one place - the corridor leading to the conference room. Stop by out of curiosity and see the old paving with its geometric curls. The remaining communal areas consist of a bar and a restaurant. There are no relaxation facilities (sauna, hammam or massage room), which is a shame. You could also have a jog around Villa Borghese park (a 10-minute walk away).
    • The restaurant is located in the basement of the building, in an elegantly decorated arched room, but which has no windows. As there is no terrace either, guests have to eat (and drink) under electric lighting, switching off momentarily from the beautiful Roman weather (blue sky possible in all seasons, even winter). Is it worth it? The breakfast buffet is of the most tempting: sliced Parma ham, various breads, small pots of diced fresh fruit, homemade patisseries (marbled, jam tart, etc.), smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, sausages and fresh orange juice. There is also a bio selection (milk and yogurts). Lunch and dinner are served à la carte. Tasty local dishes at reasonable prices (around £18.50). You can try these as a change from the inevitable pasta alla matriciana or alla carbonara (two original Roman recipes): escalope of veal and artichokes, alla romana. Gourmet enthusiasts will go for the roast octopus or the cream of pumpkin with truffle and walnuts. The bar (which is English-style, with a fireplace) also serves light dishes such as sandwiches, salads and pastas
    • A fitness room is in the process of being fitted out. It is due to open by the end of 2008.
      The Sofitel Roma is one the Sofitel hotels known as "Legends" (around ten or so out of the Sofitel range). This distinction stems from the history of the building: built in 1890 in Roman neo-classical style. It was a hotel right from the beginning.

      Accommodation advice
      For the best views, the deluxe rooms are your best bet as they overlook Villa Borghese park. For the best comfort, go for a room with so-called "So Bed" Sofitel bedding: a cosy, pillow-like mattress cover, a duvet, and fine linen sheets... You will sleep like a baby in this bed!

    Equipment

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

      beauty salon, sauna, Turkish bath, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym

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

    advantage

    • The deluxe bedrooms overlooking Villa Borghese park.
    • The stylish decor (Roman neo-classical style).

    disadvantages

    • The windowless restaurant.
    • Some of the bedrooms overlook fire escapes.

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