Hotel Castle is a quiet hotel but very well looked after! Rooms were lovely and clean. Booked a taxi from Ciampino airport to hotel with the hotels recommended taxi service! Very nice man (more of a chauffeur than a taxi driver) Arrived at hotel about 10:30 am and wasnt supposed to check in until 12:30 but they let us in as soon as it was ready! Spacious rooms, decent bathroom. Shame about the out-dated hairdryer which according to my girlfriend took ages to dry hair. Dropped our luggage off and went to head for Rome centre. Got stopped by i think it was the owners brother who gave us maps and directions to bus stop and train station etc, then actually took us to Saxa Rubra station showing where in future we had to catch the bus. Bus takes around 5 minutes from around the corner of the hotel til Saxa Rubra station then the train takes around 15 minutes to get the Piazza Del Popolo which is near the top of the city centre! You have to buy bus tickets before getting on the bus and these are available from the news stand opposite the bus stop but beware, the news stand has very weird opening hours and you may find he has shut up shop and gone home in the day! We paid for a 3 days transport pass from the station which was brilliant! Use it on all buses, trains and the metro in Rome centre. Trains back from Rome to the station stop at around 22:30 so dont leave it too late! Back in the rooms the mini bar is very well priced and in reception they sell bottle of beer and chocolate etc! Breakfast is a continental buffet with cold meats and cheeses etc. Pool is very clean and modern. Only problem seemed to be that there were only 4 sunloungers, but didnt think the hotel was that busy for them to get used. Seemed to be more of a businessman stop over hotel but suits the tourist type of holiday well! Rooms are cleaned and fresh towels put in everyday! Would definately stay again, only downside would be the distance to the centre but not too far!
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