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Castello della Castelluccia
Ranked #53 of 1,257 Hotels in Rome
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Toronto, ON
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“Loved castello della castelluccia”
Reviewed 9 November 2008

The hotel I was supposed to stay at during one night of my tour was actually overbooked, so 5 of us were put up in rooms at Castello della castelluccia. We checked in at around 10:45 p.m. and my room (more like a suite) was huge!

The room was so beautiful, and the bathroom...that was the size of some of the hotel rooms I had during the tour.

I had the best night's sleep on the tour at this hotel. It was so comfortable and clean. I would definitely recommend this hotel for couples.

The only downside, it did seem far from the other hotel that our tour stayed at.

  • Liked — Accommodations - very large and spacious room!
  • Disliked — Far from the city centre
  • Stayed October 2008
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Reviewed 17 October 2008

As part of a planned trip to Italy this hotel was booked on the basis of its price and TA ranking. We like our creature comforts and very rarely stay below 3 stars so when we saw that three nights at the Castello would be les than three hundred pounds and was four stars as well we booked straight away in Nov 07. We booked through Lastminute.com and selected a deluxe double with spa and continental breakfast.

When we set off on a driving tour of Italy some 10 months later I took into account recent reviews that mentioned the hotel being hard to find. I printed off the Google arial photo of the hotel and surrounding roads as well as programming it into my sat nav. We arrived in Rome around 2pm via the A1 motor way and the city ring road. As the sat nav counted down to less than two miles to go we spotted the first of many signs to the hotel and followed it - straight into a dead end. A housing estate had been built since the photo used by google had been taken or the software for my satnav had been written. Several false trys led nowhere but dead ends. We therefore ignored the satnav and tried another of the roads on the map. Again as we got near there were more signs but this time the road ended in a quarry. A third attempt coming in from the north along Via Cassia finally got us to the hotel, after an hour of driving around and around. Sorry to go on but this set the scene for the rest of the stay.

The former castle is certainly an impressive sight but from the outside has no signage at all to indicate where the front door is or directions to reception. Only a delivery taking place gave away that the heavy iron gates in the front of the building are the main door. The reception staff were typically Italian in their aloof manner and made us feel that I was an inconvenience to their work. The member of staff dealing with us even ignored us for a moment to sign the delivery mans papers despite three other members of staff standing around. When we got to our room it was stiflingly hot. The A/C had not been switched on. Further more our prebooked spa bath was a bog standard one under the window with a shower over it.

I went straight back to reception to query this. I was told in a very matter of fact way that Lastminute.com had incorrectly listed the room facilities and that the hotel had informed them of this numerous times. The mention of a spa was in fact free access to the hotel spa facilities - swimming pool - and not a jacuzzi bath as the blurb suggested. To compound things it later became evident that the location of the bath against the window prevented a curtain being hung there. Therefore if you needed to have a shower after dark you had to do so with the light off for fear of people outside seeing you in the bath room. There are rooms available with jacuzzi baths but only those costing a great deal more per night.
The rest of the room was clean but otherwise like many business hotels. there is a mini bar, barely effective A/C unit and a safe but no iron or trouser press and no coffee making facilities. Our room,211, overlooked the terrace used by restaurant guests and so included their chatter and noise.

The large swimming pool to the rear of the hotel was down eleven flights of precariously steep stairs.

On the first night we went into Rome on the train returning around 8.30pm to take dinner in the restaurant. we were advised that we should have booked in advance, despite being a guest there and there being no other places to eat within three miles!

When we were eventually seated it was in amongst a large Italian family gathering celebrating a 25th wedding anniversary. The starter of Gnocchi was plentiful but of one flavour throughout the dish. My wifes seafood ravioli starter was again plentiful and she was impressed by the many tastes it gave her.
For our mains we both had veal dishes with roasted eggplant and mozzarella. Thats exactly what we got. A fatty piece of meat, two pieces of roasted aubergine topped with grated mozzarella and a piece of stuffing. the portion size was small and swimming in grease.

We asked for a bottle of house red to go with it and were served a bottle of chianti called "Oddone". Breakfast the following morning was little better. Scrambled eggs and bacon were the only hot options. the rest being apple croissants - no plain ones or pan chocolate,
There was choice of cold meats that you had to slice yourselves along with cheese in a similar manner. This was all taken whilst lift music was played into the room.

The second night we took dinner in Rome but returned to find another wedding reception on and the only parking place available at the bottom of the very steep hill to the rear of the hotel. Nine flights of steep steps back to our room were not what we wanted after a long day on the tourist trail. Day three was much the same but this time it was scrambled eggs and sausage. On the evening another wedding that went on until 1am with noisey vocal guests and fireworks outside our window.

On the face of it this impressve looking four star establishment is ideal for those that want silver service meals by waiters in white tunics or if you want a fairytale wedding location. If like me you want four star accomodation for a base from which to explore Rome then look elsewhere. It is 90 minutes and two trains to the Rome Termini station, impossible to find and treats non italian guests in a less favourable fashion.

  • Liked — Leaving
  • Disliked — The shower with no curtain
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with family
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Chicago, IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2008

Okay, I'll start with the negatives. The food is horrible and expensive. Save your money and appetite for Rome. The food in Rome is awesome. Transportation is horrible. If you call a cab they start charging from the moment they get the request in. So wherever they are at (Rome, around the area, or wherever), by the time the cab gets to you for pick up, you're already paying between 15 to 20 euros not including your ride into Rome. The shuttle bus only runs upon request. On our final days in the castle we got stranded at the station. The excuse was that they had car problems. Note they have a farely new Mercedes Benz Van as there shuttle that runs in perfect condition. My opinion, they forgot to pick us up and lied about it. We had to walk all the way to the castel and what we got was a bottle of wine. I guess something is better than nothing.

Now for the possitives. The castle is beautiful. the room we stayed in was the one in the picture that its shown with the canopy bed - very beautiful. We got very lucky and the two weeks that we stood there 8/11/08 - 08/22/08 happen to be an italian holiday, which means that there were no weddings or hardy anyone there. The stores and most businesses where all shut down and closed. Because we were in our honeymoon, having the hotel and pool pretty much to ourselves was Perfect! The view of the landscaping was gorgious! 100% romantic. It was very nice to leave the busy streets of Rome into a beautiful, quite, romantic setting!

Overall, we did know about the food and transportation problem and we did mentally prepare for it. What we did just planned our day occordingly and mastered the train system. Train system is very easy and the front desk did do a good job at explaining it. This place is not for family or friends vacation. Strickly for honeymoon or a quick getaway to unwind because there is nothing to do in that area and your far from Rome. They do have info on horse back riding and golfing but thats either a little out of the way or the horse back riding that talk about in the website is not offered by them but by a local farmer.

Would we stay here again, yes. Only because if we were looking for a romantic setting, this is perfect. The hotels in Rome are not that pretty and don't offer a swimming pool. With this hotel you have ask yourself what exactly are you looking for. If quite and romantic is what your looking for, this is it. If not, RUN. Your better off staying at a local (nice) hotel in the center of Rome where everything for the most part is walking distance and food is great. Good luck!

  • Liked — The view
  • Disliked — Food and Transportation
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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naples, fl
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Reviewed 8 July 2008

There are so many great things to say about this castle hotel. First of all, it's a castle and it is in great shape. We requested rooms with views of the mountains which was beautiful. The food was great but yes a tad expensive. The hotel had so many unique characteristics and was fun to explore.
The shuttle says it's at fixed times but we found out you have to let them know when to pick you up at the station or they don't come. You must check the time tables at the stations in the city to see when the trains come because they are not as often as you would like. The whole transportation system in rome is slow in general so plan on a lot of extra travel time.
Overall I thought it was worth it and wish i could get married in this magical place.
The staff was very helpful. Would recommend not staying on a weekend if you want to avoid weddings because there was one when we were there and they got quite noisy late at night.
The best hotel we stayed at while in Italy

Stayed May 2008
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Utah
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Reviewed 26 June 2008

Yes this castle is far from Rome central but it is quiet, surrounded by countryside and trees.(We knew that a cab from Rome would cost 60 Euros each way.) We arrived June 8th after a long flight from the U.S. Since the airline lost my luggage, we arrived frazzled and upset. The staff was helpful, most tried to speak English with us when our Italian failed miserably. There were a few weddings during our stay, but the festive atmosphere added to the romance. The room was small but clean. The 4 poster bed had sheer curtains hung around it, which made it very romantic. Breakfast is simple Continental. Room service breakfast was a tasty hot omelette and warm croissants. Very delicious and that cost extra.
Dinner at the castle was not our favorite, but the service was fantastic. One day we ate an early dinner in Rome before we headed back to the castle, which was less expensive and gave us more selection. We loved Rome and can't wait to return in the future.(Bring a dual wattage blow dryer, the one there is very light and it took a long time to dry my hair, also the shower in that room was tricky but always had a full supply of hot water)

  • Liked — Romantic, nice pool area, friendly/helpful staff, secluded
  • Disliked — here
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 May 2008

On the whole we enjoyed out weekend stay at the Castello. I have visited Rome many times on business and have usually stayed in a city centre hotel. As this trip was mainly holiday, I deliberately chose the Castello as I wanted a relaxing break away from the noise and crowds in the centre. The idea of a castle also appealed and the hotel website had some very attractive pictures of the place.

The drive in our hire car from Fiumicino airport to the hotel should have taken less than 30 minutes, but even though I had programmed the hotel address carefully into the memory, we were still not adequately prepared for he chaotic (i.e. typically Roman) road network approaching the hotel. The first thing to note is that the hotel can only be approached from the North, any maps showing direct vehicle access from the southeast of La Giustiniana village are wrong, you will just end up back on the GRA!!! After two phone calls to the hotel and lots of driving around in the dark, we eventaully found the hotel access road.

Driving hints: continue driving northwest of La Giustiniana on Via Cassia for approx 1.5km. DO NOT be tempted to turn off Via Cassia into La Giustiniana centre. If you are sharp-eyed you will then see a small yellow hotel sign indicating a left turn off Via Cassia. So, turn left, go straight ahead at the small roundabout and under the railway bridge. Then turn left at the T-junction and follow what can best be described as a pot-holed farm track (!) for approx 1.5km, turning towards the left at a small restaurant, then climbing slightly uphill. The hotel is at the end of the final 300m straight section.

The hour wasted trying to find the hotel in the dark with inadequate directions from the hotel was stressful, completely avoidable if the hotel were to add the above information to their website (and put up a bigger sign), and did not get the trip off to a good start.

Check-in was fine, and the Castello does look very impressive floodlit at night. We were allocated a small "attic" room with exposed beams. Not a particularly bad room, but were were expecting something with a "wow" factor after seeing the pictures on the website. We were also dissatisfied with having a skylight as the only window and a very small bathroom.

I raised these issues with the front desk the following morning and we were transferred to a more pleasant room with a great view out of the window and a larger bathroom with bath.

We ate two dinners in the hotel, the first was excellent and reasonably priced for the quality of food and the atmospheric dining room. The second meal was definitely inferior - one of our orders came out wrong and my tuna steak was overcooked. Pity, as a hotel in this price bracket with such an atmospheric dining room really needs to deliver the highest food standards. Our other dinner was taken at the Antica restaurant round the corner from the railway station in La Giustiniana, a typical local restaurant with pleasant Italian staples and cosy atmosphere. I was glad to have the car though as it was raining.

Some other reviewers have mentiomed walking from the hotel to La Giustiniana but I would not advise this at all unless you are a fit, determined walker and have plenty of time on your hands. A hire car is virtually essential for the Castello. I also noticed that there was no taxi rank visible in the villagem and it would be unwise to rely on the hotel shuttle which is very infrequent and can be late if the rush hour traffic is bad (happened to us the one time we used this service).

On balance we enjoyed our short stay at this hotel, but I would rate it more highly had it not been for the accessibility problems oin the first night and the patchy service in the restaurant. Both these issues could easily be tackled by the hotel management if they chose to do so. So, recommended but watch out for the issues mentioned.

  • Liked — The hotel building looks the part
  • Disliked — Poor road access from GRA, rooms not quite up to luxury standard indicated in hotel website
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2008

After seeing the website and reading other traveller reviews my expectations were high for this hotel, and although aesthetically it was as beautiful as advertised, I encountered several small disappointments which lowered my overall opinion of the hotel. On arrival, the staff were very friendly. The room we were allocated was not as grand as those shown on the website, but considering we had booked through last minute we had expected to be given a small room so this was not an issue. Whilst some staff were happy to help with enquiries we came across two or three individuals who were downright rude.

As mentioned by some other guests (both in reviews and whilst actually at the hotel) there is a major problem with the transport to and from the local train station. Although this is only about 2 km away, there is no recognised footpath (although we did manage to find our way on foot one morning after missing the bus) and the staff were unaccommodating if when we found ourselves stuck at the station one night after missing the last bus back to the hotel.

The castle is beautiful and very remote, but I would imagine that if you are going to the area you are planning to visit Rome and as such I would recommend you stay in the city.

  • Liked — stunning building and views
  • Disliked — staff, inconvenient location
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Castello della Castelluccia
Address: Via Carlo Cavina 40, 00123 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#1 Green Hotel in Rome
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Hotel Class:4 star — Castello della Castelluccia 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located only 20 minutes from the heart of the Eternal City, Castello della Castelluccia boasts a truly unrivalled location. Built on the remains of an Imperial villa between the 11th and 13th Centuries it is perhaps best known for its beautiful extensive gardens and compelling romantic atmosphere. Surrounded by green hills, shady woods and picturesque meadows, the castle offers only 23 guest rooms and 3 meeting rooms with maximum capacity up to 450 people. Facilities of Castello della Castelluccia include the restaurant 'La Locanda', a beautiful medieval-inspired restaurant, located adjacent to the castle's Magnolia Terrace, a semi-Olympic sized swimming pool, private parking, the word-class Golf Club La Castelluccia and a Relaxation Area, complete with a hydro-massage pool, Jacuzzi and Turkish steam bath. ... more   less 
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