Normally one expects to be greeted by one's host - but not at Castel!. When booking, you receive an entry code which allows access from the road to an inner lobby. Her one finds a named envelope with keys inside - one for the inner door, one for your room. So you don't get to see mine host(ess) until the breakfast!
If you are planning to come here by car, be aware that there is no on-street parking and the official car parks near by cost an arm and a leg.
What can I say about the house? You will either love it or hate it! The bedroom we were inwas HUGE, with a large double bed (very comfy), a large settee (bed settee?) various tables and chairs. But the bathroom was poky. Why wasn't this extended to the small dressin-room adjacent, which served little purpose other than housing a fridge. Decor was mind-blowing - it was like going back over a hundred years. Not so much antique as simply old-fashioned.
The breakfast room was rather cramped if everyone ate together. On booking, a breakfast time is given - but it is doubtful if anyone took notice. So we (a party of four) found it advisable to arrive by 8.15. The food is buffet style, with ample choice (but short on fruit/yoghurts) - but getting at things was awkward when the room was full due to the lack of access. It is possible to make oneself a hot drink at any time, as the kettle and facilities are always there (you may need to fill the kettle yourself in the kitchen down the corridor), which is good.
Being in the old town, it is very convenient for most things (shops/restaurants).
Staying at Castel was an experience. The comfort of the beds and the quality of food are real plus points - but the decor is an acquired taste! If you plan to stay, note the comment above about car parking.
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- Also Known As:
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