Hotel Visconti Palace Hotel Hotel 4 star
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Though this 70s-built hotel is not quite an eye-pleaser from the outside, the interior is fresh from a 2012 renovation and full of soothing pastel shades. Spacious throughout, relaxing and quiet, the Visconti is the perfect weekender hotel for those looking not for luxury but comfort and practicality. It is large but very efficiently run, making it extremely popular with business clients and large groups. The surrounding neighbourhood is residential and within walking distance from the famous Vatican city and its wonderful churches and museums. Its best features are its small private garden where lunch is served during the summer months, and its large rooftop terrace with plenty of space for events and barbeques.

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    Location 6.01 /10

    Situated on the right bank of the river Tiber, the Visconti Palace is located on a quiet street not far from Lepanto metro station on Rome's line A. Along the Via Federico Cesi, you can also find numerous trattorias, pizzerias and other small shops and businesses. Within easy walking distance is Piazza del Popolo, one of Rome's more picturesque squares and an old gate into the city. In the other direction is the Vatican City, complete with St Peter's Cathedral, the Sistine Chapel and a whole host of Vatican museums. Other attractions however, such as the Colosseum, Forum and Spanish steps, are a little further to walk and therefore may require a trip on Rome's metro.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    The Visconti's rooms range from Superior, Deluxe, Premier and Suite to Seventh heaven suites, exclusively located on the top floor with their own private balconies. But all the rooms are bright, with large windows, comfortable beds and plenty of cupboard space. The colours continue in neutral, pastel shades with sleek, contemporary Italian furnishings in light wood. They feel simple and uncluttered, whilst providing all the essential items for a comfortable stay. The quiet neighbourhood means that you are left undisturbed in your room with a pleasant view onto the street and across to the old roman-style apartments opposite. The further up the price range you go, the bigger and more contemporary the rooms get. The Superior rooms for example, were last renovated five years ago and though still clean and fresh, are not as up-to-date as the Premier rooms adorned with pictures of vespas and other Dolce Vitta inspired designs. The bathrooms are also more recent in the more expensive rooms and suites but all are clean and tiled with the choice between a shower and a bath (with the exception of the seventh heaven suites which have both). Slippers are provided for guests comfort, along with Malin + Goetz bathroom products.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    The reception desk greets you as you walk through the sliding doors, with plenty of staff waiting to check you in or show you to the large seating area around the bar to your right. Through the comfy-looking sofas and chairs is the small outside seating area, either set for lunch or free to enjoy the year round. Both this area and the rooftop terrace are better enjoyed in the summer months, especially as the terrace closes once winter sets in. Down a large staircase with glittering chandelier hanging above is the large breakfast room, which is well lit and similarly decorated to the lobby. You will also find here a small business centre, with computer and printer for guests to use as and when they wish. There is also a small fitness room, well equipped with weights, machines, TVs and bathrooms. To the top floor for the rooftop terrace, this is the hotel's best selling point. Events and barbeques are organised here during the summer months as it is delightfully spacious and provides gorgeous views over Rome from comfy wicker furniture, complete with plump cushions and fancy cocktails to sip on. Staff are friendly and obliging, as well as extremely knowledgeable about the surrounding area and advice on what to see and where to eat out.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    Breakfast is taken in the large cafeteria-style room in the basement, with an American buffet style breakfast served each morning between 6:30am and 11:00am. There is a huge amount of choice, with both hot and cold dishes on offer, including pastries, bread, meats, cheeses, eggs, bacon and sausages. It is included in the price of the room and comes with your choice of teas or coffees. The room is spacious, with plenty of tables without feeling like you're being squashed in. There is not a restaurant as such but the bar in the lobby provides snacks and light meals from 12:00pm to 12:00am, offering a range of regional cuisine using seasonal, local products. The selection of wines, cocktails and liquors is especially good, with a strong offering of Italian wines. The bar's seating area is extremely comfortable and allows customers to tuck themselves away in corners with a book or join a larger group around a table. It feels open and light with a constant buzz as the well-dressed clientele come and go through the reception. Large windows look out onto the garden which is a little more tranquil than the bar itself.

    To know

    A typical 70s build, the Visconti Palace was built under a practical eye. Easily navigated for disabled customers, all the communal areas are spacious, comfortable and well thought out. With 242 rooms, this is a large hotel so if you are looking for something a little smaller, the Visconti's sister hotel, the Capo d'Africa near to the Colosseum, is much smaller and has a more boutique feel. Nevertheless, the Visconti has a wide range of services and extras to make your stay a little easier, as well as entertainment systems in the rooms and fresh fruit provided on arrival (and plenty of it!). Breakfast can be taken in the rooms, as well as anything from the bar which is open till 12:00am every night. Sixty parking spaces are provided in the hotel's own garage with discounted rates for guests and valet parking offered.

    Equipment

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

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

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness, sports

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

    advantage

    • Spacious and comfortable
    • Plenty of communal areas

    disadvantages

    • Ugly exterior
    • Distance from attractions

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