Just back from a short week-end spent in Rome with my husband, we staied two nights (Friday and Saturday night) at Casali Papareschi. Unfortunately our experience has not been very positive. First, location. The location is very bad, it's hidden and a good brisk 10 minutes walk to Trastevere train station (so we are not talking of the nice part of Transtevere full of night life, charming restaurants and bella vita...). From the residence, there is a shortcut to reach the main Viale Marconi, but watch out, is very dodgy (you pass by abandoned relicts of cars, lots of rubbish, dog poo). On the other side of the residence, on the left of the car park, there is an abandonend factory, where someone has planted some vine plants, but again, the place is full of squatters (we saw them at evening jumping through the fences) and we felt absolutely not safe where we were. For whom that were asking if Rome is all like that, I assure you, it is NOT! :) Second, this is a residence, so the ideal place for someone that REALLY needs a kitchen or cooking facilities, or maybe with very young kids, or for someone that stays in Rome at least one week. For any other shorter periods, look for a proper hotel. For a 150 eur a night, they do not even clean the apartment every day but every three days only. All in all the structure is good, they did a good job in the refurbishment of what I think were old houses with a quirky result. But for the price asked, there are many details that need to be improved (lights in the kitchen are not enough, no curtains at all in all apartment, no shelves in the bathroom, very very thin pillows and no spares ones...). It would have been ok at half the price paid.
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We are very sorry to hear that your experience has not been as positive as our other guests’. Casali Papareschi is set in a quiet and peaceful location on the edge of the city centre. Marconi area, where the residence is located, is a very dynamic district of Rome, with plenty of shops, amenities, a market and exceptional connections to the tourist attractions (buses, tramway, trains). As for the shortcut, we have been asking the City of Rome to clean it and renovate it and works are starting as we speak for converting it into a public park. Plans are being made for reconverting the abandoned factory into public buildings (theatre, student houses, etc…).
As you said, Casali Papareschi is not a hotel but a residence with built-in hoilday apartments, where our guests live as they were at home (they have living space, an equipped kitchenette, and so on…). We also offer a cleaning service (as advertised on the internet on our website and on OTAs) in order to let our guests chill and enjoy their holidays. As for spare kitchen tools, pillows and every other necessity, the reception is always available and willing to help out by providing what our guests need.
We hope you come back and enjoy your next stay here in Rome.
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