I have just returned from a four day trip to Rome and stayed at this hotel for the duration. Having been to Rome on several occasions before, I decided to limit the amount of sightseeing and spend most of the time at the hotel instead. It's a great hotel with a fantastic restaurant and swimming pool area - the pool is 25 metres long which is huge for a hotel that only has around 24 rooms. The grounds are also extensive given the size of the hotel and it is easy to find an isolated spot if you don't want to be around others. I saw the points about the sunbeds being hard - they do indeed lack cushions but I was more than comfortable and if a hard bed bothers you then take an extra towel or two to lay over it!
The bedrooms were tastefully furnished with nice bathrooms. The restaurant served great food, including the complimentary breakfast, and the bar area was a nice place to relax - the barman, Gerry, was exemplary. We ate in the restaurant for lunch on several occasions. The food was expensive relative to the bog-standard restaurants in Rome (starters around 10/12€ each, pasta dishes around the same and the mains were 16-24€) but the quality was far superior and a pasta dish alone would be sufficient for a meal - £7 or $14 for a filling meal is not bad going by any standard! Lunch also included a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and the chef's special apertiser of the day.
Travelling into Rome takes about 20-25mins from the hotel and I would agree with the points made by other reviewers. Taxis to/from Rome are €25-30 and take about 15mins. Given that a hotel of equal quality in Rome itself would add far more than this taxi fare onto your nightly rate, this is a small cost.
The hotel is mostly full of couples so don't consider this place if you want to go somewhere and be roudy!
I will definitely stay in this hotel on my next visit to Rome but I hope you don't - I don't want the prices to go up as it becomes well known or for me to struggle booking a room!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Castello Della Castelluccia Rome