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Via Veneto: Hotel Quirinale

Via Nazionale, 7, Phone: 06.4707

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Reviewed by: busytraveler from PA, review #1231

When: August 2005

This hotel is by far the most horrible stay we have ever had. Nasty staff, stinky rooms, and were not given the rooms we reserved 3 months in advance.

The Quirinale Hotel was such a terrbile disappointment. This 1 night stay (thank goodness) was our last night in Rome after 9 wonderful nights at the "Poggio ai Merli" Villa, just south of Florence and 7 wonderful nights in Rome at a "VRBO" apartment the first week of our vacation.

We arrived at the Hotel Quirinale about 11:00am and although they allowed us to leave our bags in their check-rooms, we were not allowed to check in. This was fine with us since we wanted to show my sister as much of the city in one day as possible; she had joined us in Florence and didn't spend the first week in Rome as we had. We told the hotel that we had reservations and would probably not be back exactly at 2:00pm for check-in. This was no problem with them.

We arrived shortly after 2:00pm and the lobby was packed. We gladly waited our turn but were shocked to be told that we could not have the 2 triple rooms together even though we had reserved them that way since we had our two children with us. After an hour of going round and round with them about the separated rooms with no avaiable accommodations that would keep us with both of our children, we nicely asked to cancel our reservations and go to another hotel -- they refused. We would have to pay anyway, so we stayed.

Both rooms were stale, musty and hot! The air conditioning isn't the same in Europe to begin with but this was not as comfortable as a small fan. DON'T STAY HERE!!! The pictures on the websites looked nothing like the rooms we had and we were on 2 different floors. We paid for 2 Triple rooms and got 2 Double rooms with cots. It was unbelievable. We are frequent travelers so I thought I had seen everything! Be Warned!!!

The worst thing is that they couldn't have cared less. To them we were dumb Americans and what could we do about it anyway -- they had the upper hand. I did notice a few negative reviews on several sites while checking the hotel before booking but I thought it would be okay since most reviews were positive. Well, from now on, I will never reserve a hotel abroad that has ANY negative reviews and I hope that you don't either. It was only one night but it was the last night in one of my favorite cities in the world...Rome. We are traveling back to Rome this coming Summer but needless to say we won't be staying at the Hotel Quirinale.

Reviewed by: ellens from NJ, review #859

When: January 2005

Convenient location, good sized rooms and baths, full service hotel. {4 star}

We stayed here as part of a package deal that included airfare, airport transfers and hotels. Consequently, I do not know the price we paid per room.

The Quirinale is a full service hotel connected to the Opera House. There are several conference rooms and a number of groups were holding meetings while we were there. There is a bar, restaurant and 24 hour room service. Each room had a safe and a minibar. Continental breakfast is included with all rooms.

The best part of this hotel, for me, was the location. It is on Via Nazionale, one block south of Piazza della Repubblica. The Metro (line A) has a stop at Piazza della Repubblica and there is a bus stop directly in front of the hotel served by lines 40,60,64 and 170.

We had two rooms on the 3rd floor in the front of the building facing onto Via Nazionale. The street noise was quite loud until about midnight and resumed again by seven in the morning. I would advise asking for rooms that do not face this street. The rooms were good sized, each had two twin beds with adequate mattresses. Each bed had an end table; there was also a small writing desk. A closet with three built in drawers fit into an alcove between the bed room and the bath. The bathroom was a good size with a large tub, overhead shower head as well as handheld, toilet and bidet.

The hotel does show some signs of its age (dates from the 1860's). Our bedroom door did not quite meet the door jamb on the top or the bottom; with the lights out we had light coming into the room from the hall. It was also not very soundproof - when neighbors on our floor came in late and had a conversation in the hall we could have easily joined right in. Between this and the street noise, this is probably not a good choice for light sleepers.

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