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Castellani a San Pietro
Ranked #528 of 3,644 Rome B&B and Inns
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“Perfect little gem”
Reviewed 25 April 2013 via mobile

This mother and son run was a wonderful find on our recent stay in Rome. Don't be put off on arrival by the entrance hall and the fact that there is a flight of stairs to get to the lift. This is a recently refurbished B and B. it is modern and spotlessly clean and was serviced daily to a high standard. breakfast can be taken in your room if you wish to get an early start or can be eaten in the kitchen. Pablo and his mother are both extremely welcoming and helpful and we would certainly wish them the very best for this relatively new business. If you are going to the Vatican it is within 400 m. We found the cafes and restaurants n this area very moderate and touristy. It is well with travelling to find Rome's better restaurants.

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

Had a great stay here. Location was perfect for St. Peter's - a comfortable 10 min walk with Ottaviano metro 10 mins in the opposite direction. The main entrance is pretty basic and you have to walk up to the first floor to get the lift up to the b+b on the 4th floor but once there it is a little oasis in the middle of the city! Would not be suitable for anyone with a mobility problem.
Cynthia is the perfect hostess, who provided a super breakfast, gorgeous pastries, toasties with ample coffee and tea. The freshly squeezed orange, carrot and apple juice was a highlight! Yogurts, cereal and fresh fruit also available in her little kitchen/diner.
The bedrooms are a good size with a well stocked minibar, free water with reasonably priced wine and beer.
Lots of good restaurants around. Risorgimento round the corner for buses across the city too.
Will definitely return!

Room Tip: Only three rooms. The two smaller rooms have a wee balcony and face onto the back. The biggest one d...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 December 2012

A very nice B&B. Room was very fresh and cosy, with a little, nice balcony. Toilet and shower is inside every room, what is making stay even more comfortable. Every morning, B&B owner and hostess Cynthia, prepared us an amazing breakfast with fresh pastry and coffee. She has very nice taste and all rooms are very well decorated and have fresh flowers. Room cleaning (bed cloth changing) was made every day. Our family felt ourselves like at home and it was pity to leave. Location is great and you could reach with all kind of transport in every part of the Rome. Almost every evening we were taking a nice half- one hour walk to return from Piazza Venezia (city center) by old and beautiful streets of Rome. To take underground in rush/hour may be little extreme, since it is only 2 lines in Rome and a lot of people who is traveling by metro in this hours. Taxi from Piazza Venezia to B&B was costing around 12 hour, trip by metro for two grownups and baby 3 eur. We were preferring to walk or take a taxi.

I have pick up this place because of a great location and good reviews in both tripadviser and booking. And I have not doubt any minute in my choice. Personal touch of Synthia with all our matters, was making our stay very enjoyable and I would advise this place to everyone. We and our little son Gabby will definitely come back to this place next time when we will visit Rome and Vaticano.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 November 2012

This is an amazing place, the location is great only a couple of blocks from the Vatican. Don't judge this place by the entrance, once you are in is really nice and modern. I must say that we were blown away by the attention to detail from Cynthia the owner. The breakfast was very good with freshly squeeze orange juice. We highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

Okay, so we’ve stayed at a lot of places over the years and the owners of Castellani’s (Cynthia, hubby and son Pablo) win our TOP award for ‘service with a smile’ and ‘service way beyond the expected’.

Closely followed by another BnB nearby (Papa Vista Relais) where we also stayed – within 5-10 min walk of each other (also a fabulous place to stay; see separate review).

Where to start?:
• Cynthia herself: her beautiful and sincere nature radiates; she is SO genuine and helpful.
• Cynthia cooks a lovely breakfast personally each morning. She makes a yummy ham/cheese toasted sandwich; provides lovely, fresh rolls, croissants and pastries and warms them for you and a variety of breads, etc. There is fresh fruit, fresh coffee, a selection of teas and a juice machine. She whips up a lovely carrot, apple & orange juice to start your day! There are also cereals, jams, etc. Breakfast is currently (late Sep/early Oct) 8am – 10am however Cynthia will provide you a selection of pastries and cereals and fresh milk for your room the night before if you want an early start and to eat in your room (is a kettle, fridge, etc in your room).
• Cynthia and Pablo went ‘above and beyond’ when our travel plans were changed and we found we had 2 extra nights in Rome. Castellani’s was booked out so they got onto booking.com for me and searched for nearby available places at a similar cost (we wanted to be in the Prati area near the Vatican & St Peter’s). They found Papa Vista Relais BnB just a couple of streets away and even closer to the Vatican entrance. They called them and asked them questions about Papa’s, when satisfied they then went ahead and booked online for us. Cynthia then walked us up with our hand luggage while Pablo bought our packs up in his smart car. Cynthia introduced herself at the BnB and asked them to take care of her guests (which they most certainly did).
• We stayed in the ‘green’ room which is whites, silvers and green tonings. Lovely king size bed, small terrace with table for two, extremely modern bathroom with toilet, bidet, large sink and a double shower with rain shower head. Water pressure fantastic. Small writing desk, fridge with mini bar (at reasonable prices), tea/coffee making facilities in room. Wardrobe and adequate floor space (and luggage rack) for getting luggage out of the way. Well lit as well as romantic, soft side lights. All toiletries, hair dryer, slippers, toothbrushes and paste are supplied. Air con works beautifully and is QUIET. You want for nothing in here.
• Immaculately clean and ‘new’ looking.
• In ‘Prati’ district right amongst some fantastic taverns, gelati places, restaurants, shops, etc. Near a market and about 4 or so min walk to Varican entrance. About 8 min walk to St Peter’s. Also near Ottaviano ‘San Petro’ Metro Stn (easy to use to get to Colosseum area).

Don’t be fooled by the exterior of the building. Like with many Roman BnB’s and accom’s finding the right ‘door’ to the BnB can be a challenge and the buildings, including this one, don’t look much from the outside. You find ‘Castellani’ on the buzzer and press it to gain access. Once inside the main building it looks quite run down. You walk up one flight of stairs and then can walk the rest of the flights OR take the small elevator. Cynthia or Pablo will come out and meet you and once you enter their ‘Castellani’ door the scene changes completely. Their hallway is pure white with paintings, vases with flowers, small side tables, mirrors etc. It is simple and elegant and put together ‘just right’ The kitchen/office area is lovely and welcoming and the bedrooms are beautiful.

We found the Prati district in general a great location to stay as it was quiet at night, cheaper for pizza/pasta meals and a great area for night photography which we love (St Peter’s Basilica and square, the main shopping street, Castel San Angelo’s, the bridges lit up over the river…).

If Castellani’s is full though do check out Papa Vista Relais BnB nearby as it was also a great place.

Anything to improve upon? Nup… Castellani’s deserves every accolade found on the internet and it gets our highest recommendation. We WILL be back. Thankyou Pablo. Thank you Cynthia.

Room Tip: All rooms are great.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

We arrived to have the owner respond to our 'buzz' at the building entrance. Whilst it was a little difficult getting our bags to the rooms due to the small lift starting at level one...our first impression of this b&b 'hotel' was fantastic...and it got better from there. The rooms were modern and neat and the continental breakfasts were great with freshly squeezed orange juice, cappicinnos made to order and pastries to prepare us for the day. A good example of the service was when I asked if there was any ice for our rooms...and the owner filled cups for us to use the first night. By the following morning she had purchased small ice holders which allowed her to have ice ready for our use when we returned from a full day of sightseeing! Nothing was too much trouble. In addition to the service the rooms are within a stones throw from the Vatican...and some great street side cafes for chilling out at night wTching the passing parade! Would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Only 3 rooms to choose from...saw 2 and ther are identical with a little balcony.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 July 2012 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights at the Castellani a San Pietro and would highly recommend this as a place to stay. There is everything you need here. The room we had was large, the bathroom was modern and very large by European standards. We had fresh pastries for breakfast each morning that could be washed down with freshly squeezed orange juice or a cup of lovely coffee.
The location is brilliant. Only 3-5 minutes walk from the metro and to Saint Peters basilica. We would stay again.

Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Castellani a San Pietro
Address: Via Vespasiano 17/a, 00192 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Prati
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Spa Airport Transportation
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Ranked #528 of 3,644 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Bed and Breakfast - B&B Castellani a San Pietro - is a brand new alternative hospitality facility located in the heart of Rome, in the historical Prati district just a short walk away from St. Peter’s Square. It consists of three double rooms with ensuite bathroom and private balcony, a reception, and a breakfast area, all on the fourth floor (with lift) of an old Roman building in Via Vespasiano 17/A.The interior is exquisitely furnished and the rooms, bright and spacious, are perfect in every detail to offer top comfort during your stay in Rome, whether you are here for business, to study, or on holiday. All suites have an additional third bed; the Red Room has also a fourth.Our Bed & Breakfast offers three brand new "Luxury Comfort" Suites, each with queen-sized bed, ensuite bathroom and a wide glass door leading to a private balcony. Our facility also includes a comfortable "agora", a meeting place where every morning you will be served a savory breakfast, personalized to your taste, and will be able to choose from a selection of the most important national daily newspapers. Our Bed and Breakfast is just 100 meters away from Vatican City, 200 meters away from St. Peter's Basilica, 150 meters away from the entrance to the Vatican Museums, and 3 metro stops away from Piazza di Spagna, Fontana di Trevi, Trinita' dei Monti, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and many other wonders of the eternal city.Just 150 meters away from our B&B is the entrance to the Vatican Museums, and just 100 meters away is the metro A line station OTTAVIANO-S.PIETRO; hop on the train and in a few minutes you will be in the old town center where you will be able to visit the most beautiful and charming sites in Rome.Booking includes: breakfast, ensuite bathroom, air conditioning, heating, free Wi-Fi Internet, LED television with Sky satellite channels, minibar, safe, hair dryer, water kettle and a supply of coffee/tea, linens changed every three days, daily cleaning, one daily newspaper of your choice. Take a look at the affordable offers for our luxury suites: competitive prices and tailored services! ... more   less 
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