The Hotel Villa Duse is just close enough to the city center to make it convenient for tourists, but far enough away to keep you from being disturbed by all of the tourist hubbub. We like to walk so we did not have a problem hiking into town each day to see the sites. It takes about an hour to forty five minutes to walk the five kilometers into town, but if you like exercise like we do, you will enjoy this. You can walk through the lovely park called Villa Borghese to get to the Spanish Steps and then everything is a short walk from there for the most part.
The hotel is situated in a suburban area with lots of condos and homes, and government offices. It is not far from several stores where you can buy local products and also a great pizza restaurant is not far away. We enjoyed the quiet neighborhood, especially after a day milling around the tourist sites with all of the hordes of folks like us in July. To take a cab to the Colliseum from the hotel will cost you about fifteen euro, not bad if you are splitting it.
The room was gorgeous and comfortable and well decorated. We loved it. There was plenty of room for three of us. We stayed in the Library Suite which had a large bed and a converted sofa bed for the third person. The room was spotlessly clean. The bathroom was large and comfortable. Only one strange thing was that the handle on the shower door broke while we were there and we expected them to fix it, but no one did. The bed was comfortable as well, and the room was well lit which I love. It was quiet as well.
The breakfast was ample and very delicious. They had everything from granola to fresh fruit, yoghurt, several types of pastries and great coffee, as well as meats and cheese. It was enough to fill us up until dinner time.
The patio was nice and enjoyable after a hard day of sightseeing. The service was good, but I would not say excellent. We felt that it was odd that they did not offer to help us with our luggage when we arrived. Additionally, no one explained anything to us upon check in. We were told there was a happy hour every evening. So we came down for it, and there were open bottles there on the patio with glasses. So we had some drinks, which we thought were included. When we checked out we discovered that we had a bar tab. No one ever told us the drinks were not free. Some staff members were very friendly, but others not as much. It was sort of hit and miss with regards to overall friendliness. The young ladies were very nice and helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Eternal City and finally retire in the quietness of Villa Duse, one of the most exclusive Roman houses, the perfect place for a happy landing. Claiming its uniqueness, Villa Duse will wrap you in an environment which exudes discretion, quality and style, and will give you the feeling of an increasing comfort, relax and peace. ... more less
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