I stayed for 5 days in a double room. Hotel is located in a beautiful area of Castelli Romani, only 15 min walk to the centre of Frascati, amongst the pine forest, with many fruit trees and an olive grove on its territory. Interior is not bad either - sunlit lobby, atmospheric restaurant at the basement level.
after all this, why isn't it a 5* rating? Well, first and foremost - the cleanliness, i.e. the carpets were stained and the shower had mould, which is extremely off-putting. While the room itself and the bathroom were good-sized, the shower was tiny - to an extent you'd hit the wall with pretty much every move. Having said that, a colleague was staying in a single room and the situation was the opposite - shower was over a bathtub, however the room was tiny and darkish. On top of that, half the lamps in my room didn't work.
Finally, while the staff was generally OK, on one occasion I was patronised in a very annoying way by the restaurant hostess, and they managed to mess up my taxi booking.
The breakfast was fine but nothing special, I'd say below our expectations. The wifi was slow and the signal was very weak in some parts of the hotel.
Overall, it's an OK choice for a short stay, coupled with a conference (as was mine) or a wedding (there were two held during my stay), but I'd recommend somewhere in town (Frascati or Monteporzio Catone) for a more atmospheric & relaxing experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Villa Vecchia, a 4 star historical monastery/hotel based in the outskirts of Frascati town. Offers 96 rooms, a big extensive park with 500 olive groves and outdoor swimming pool, conference facilities and restaurant Il Vignola which serves traditional cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Vecchia Hotel Rome, Italy - Monte Porzio Catone