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Hotel Splendide Royal Hotel 5 star
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VIA DI PORTA PINCIANA 14 Rome, Italy -
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A pretty, well located hotel with a limited number of rooms: for those who want to experience the chic side of Rome, take a stroll through Villa Borghese park or do some shopping on the Via Veneto or in the Piazza di Spagna area. This rococo-inspired hotel is beyond reproach, if you can afford to stay in a suite and take lunch and dinner in the gourmet restaurant with no budget restrictions.

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    Location 6.68 /10

    On Via di Porta Pinciana, a typical street bordering Villa Medici park (where the resident artists of the French Academy in Rome work). Closest underground station: Spagna (Via Veneto exit).
    Fiumicino airport is around 16 mi away, Ciampino around 9 mi away. Transfer time is around 45 minutes from Fiumicino and 30 minutes from Ciampino.

    Accommodation 8.95 /10

    The Splendide Royal has only 68 bedrooms and 1 presidential suite: this really is a place for the "happy few". Perfect for a romantic weekend away. The rococo-inspired decor is reminiscent of the interior of Venetian hotels and palaces of old. Sculpted panelling, walls hung with golden damask fabric, moulded ceilings? Comfort, luxury and service are guaranteed here. You do, though, have to be careful when selecting the category of room you book. Double rooms (269 sq ft) sometimes overlook the fire escape of the neighbouring building. The deluxe rooms do not all overlook the park; some have a view of the city (the higher the floor, the less obstructed the view). The junior suites located on the 5th floor have a terrace (equipped with garden furniture). The floor area of the bedrooms also increases the higher the category: 323 sq ft for deluxe rooms, 377 to 484 sq ft for junior suites and 807 sq ft for the presidential suite. The bathrooms are done out in two-coloured marble (veined black and Carrare white). Hair-dryer, bathrobes, bathtub and 50ml HNR (group of hotels to which the Splendide belongs) hospitality products. Other facilities include air-conditioning, a telephone, flat screen television, a mini-bar and a safe deposit box.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    The Splendide Royal opened in 2001 in a former 19th Century Maronite convent and its decor is rococo-inspired: having crossed the short entrance hall you will find yourself in a skylit lounge area with mirrors in sculpted limestone frames and pink marble-covered consoles with gilted wooden feet. The decor is both princely and welcoming thanks to the armchairs and sofas scattered with soft cushions. As far as working out is concerned, a small fitness room is freely accessible. If you would like to relax your muscles in a sauna or whirlpool bath you will need to take a 5-minute walk from the hotel to the nearest fitness centre (payable). Epicures will no doubt stick to the terrace of the top-floor bar (and the one above, on an additional floor, opening in summer 2009). Ideal for smoking a cigarette, having a drink or ordering a snack whilst taking in the views of the Vatican, the Villa Medici and Villa Borghese park.

    Food and drink 9.20 /10

    The "La Limonaia" breakfast room and the "Mirabelle" gourmet restaurant are located on the roof of the building. Unobstructed view of Villa Borghese park, as well as Saint Peter's dome in the background. In these surroundings (draperies adorning the breakfast room; moulded pillars, mirrors and padded chairs in the restaurant), every meal is a festival, especially as there is a terrace where guests can eat or have a drink outside: a bar area is laid out at the entrance to the restaurant. The breakfast buffet serves a range of American foods (hot and cold dishes). Coffee is served at the table. At lunchtime and in the evening, try the Michelin star-quality gourmet cuisine the hotel offers. Perhaps this is why the rates are so high? Starters are from £26, a main course around £46? Of course, the pasta is homemade, the ingredients are very carefully chosen and the recipes well balanced, but you get the feeling that you could eat just as well in a trattoria, or by shopping at a luxury delicatessen. A few examples: Iranian caviar, Quiberon oysters, terrine of foie gras with truffle, salted meadow lamb seasoned with herbs and lobster and sun-dried tomato tortiglioni. If you do decide to eat at the Mirabelle it is best to make a reservation beforehand, especially for dinner.

    To know

    The Splendide Royal is a 5-minute walk from the top of the Via Veneto (where you will find the famous Harry's Bar) and a 10-minute walk from the Piazza di Spagna. The Villa Borghese museum (in the park of the same name) is a 15-minute walk away. For those who would like to see where the resident artists at the Villa Medici work, this is located opposite the hotel, in a park full of Mediterranean plants and trees.
    Accommodation advice
    When you see the location of the hotel you only want one thing: a room overlooking Villa Borghese park. The best choice in this category: the deluxe rooms located on the 3rd and 5th floors. The suites also overlook the park but they are more expensive.

    Equipment

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

      massage, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed

      (if required)

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Michelin-star restaurant.
    • Top floor bar terrace (overlooking Villa Borghese park).

    disadvantages

    • Some of the bedrooms overlook the fire escape of the neighbouring building.
    • Small fitness room with no external outlook.

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