InterContinental de la Ville
Average rate: $187 - Hotel class: 5 stars
Via sistina 67/69, Rome, Italy
InterContinental de la Ville Rome Reviews
Sleeping at the top Dec 12, 2009
This was a grand hotel that sat right at the top of the Spanish Steps. It was a great location with a great atmosphere. The main reason I booked this place was because I always like to stay within the Intercontinental group which includes Holiday Inn and Staybridge hotels. These are their premier properties and I was disappointed.
I do know that when you stay in Europe and book a single room, it is really a single. A single bed, a single this and a single that. The rooms here were rather nice sized with large bathrooms and showers. The attention to detail down to the furniture and drapes were all but out of a design magazine. Each room has theses large windows that open to small balconies. Very romantic if you are with someone.
The beds were very comfortable as were the pillows. They offered free cable television and pay per view movies. The pay as you go internet service available included wifi, a computer in the business center and internet on the TV. I left my computer at home because the world seemed to be so wired. I am not sure if I regret that move yet, but f you are not doing any serious work the options available are enough. The price for the service was about 25 Euros for 24hrs. Or you could pay about 5 euros per hour. Access was ok, but you couldn’t watch movies from youtube or anything on the TV version because of the internet connection speed was too slow.
With many positive things to say about this property, there are a few things that I was rather disanointed in: although it was early Dec and a bit cold, you could not adjust the heat in the room. I just settled for opening the large window all night. Although a pretty great location, climbing the steps with luggage is a bit inconvenient. There is an elevator at the station that will carry you pretty close to the top, but you will still have a few steps to climb.
This is one of the few hotels in Rome that really cater to the Hollywood elite. This weekend was no exception. I saw a couple of famous people, they spoke, but like me, I was on vacation and didn’t want to be bother and I am sure the same was true for them.
On a positive note about the hotel, the restaurant was very nice. Clean and spacious. There were plenty of places to just plop down and enjoy your surroundings. They served an express breakfast in one of the lounges downstairs for about 15 euros. Not bad, they have an onsite restaurant which had great views of the inner courtyard a very nice layout, but rather expensive and a limited menu. I would suggest stepping out just down and across the street to some of the restaurants there with better views of Rome. This place is also only steps away from all the high end designer shops Rome has to offer. Within a short radius are Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, Via Condotti, Piazza di Spagna and the Borghese Gallery and Museum. The convience of the train station, made it easy to get around the city with ease. You can also arrive here with ease from the airport via the train. The hotel had various works of art including an 18ft Christmas tree. The staff was rather friendly offering advice, tips and directions. You are able to exchange currency at the going rate without any fees at the counter.
I am not sure if I would stay here again. Mostly because I found myself out and about from the hotel all day and I could have sought out a less expensive property, many in the area, and enjoyed spending more money on dining out and shopping.
Part of the My European Christmas travel blog
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