We spent 4 days here and knew that it was just outside Rome but seeing as it was around 35 degrees it was the pool that was the big attraction. We got a reasonable rate direct with the hotel and were given two rooms next to each other. The rooms are lovely, big, comfy antique beds, nice size bathrooms with lovely Etro toiletries, large flat screen TV - very difficult to fault.
The hotel is really not that big, it only has something like 25 rooms and the bulk of their business definitely stems from wedding parties at weekends and as others have commented you do need to bear this in mind as they do screen off sections of the hotel. We had dinner there on the Saturday night and were shown to another room for dinner which was almost as nice. Plus, although the outside dining area was closed for the even, the hotel has a FANTASTIC terrace on the roof. Whilst there is no bar service up there, you simply order your drinks at the bar and take them up yourself. The weather was great and we really liked this spot.
Food - for us this was where the Castelluccia lost a star. Firstly, the lunch and dinner menu are both the same and both dinner prices but they will make you a caprese salad or provide a plate of ham/cheese for lunch if you ask. Don't be afraid to ask for something "off menu". The first courses are nice (small and about 10-12 euros), the pasta dishes are stunning and about the same price so represent value for money, main courses are 22 Euros plus and vary massively. Tuna was nice, lamb chops dreadful. On the Saturday night we had the tasting menu at 40 euros which represented fabulous value and quality for the money. But the tasting menu does not change. Breakfast is very pleasant, not much hot food choice, but lovely fresh fruit, yoghurts and great pastries.
The pool area is fantastic. The pool is huge, very deep and really quite lovely. Perfect temperature in the summertime, plenty of sunbeds - we would return for this reason alone.The sandwiches by the pool are completely inedible - avoid at all costs, totally disgusting. But limited drinks and ice creams are available by the pool.
Yes there are transfer buses but the times are generally not that convenient - this could be improved. My recommendation would be to hire a car (the transfer from Fiumicino is at least 50 euros, more like 70-80 each way) so that you can get out to local restaurants and get into Rome a little easier. The train station that the shuttle takes you to is not far and then takes an easy 20-30 minutes.
I would definitely stay again, but that is because we learnt how to take advantage of the hotel and not be bothered when parts of it are closed off to private functions - I can see how this could bother a lot of people - there are other spots to enjoy such as the roof terrace. I cannot stress how fantastic the staff are. Extremely attentive, very friendly and if there is nobody at the bar, you tell reception and somebody will appear. This is a fantastic hotel that you should treat a bit like a boutique bed and breakfast. Enjoy....we definitely did.
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- Castle of the Cancellieri family, built on a Roman villa between the 12th and 13th centuries. ... more less
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- Castello Della Castelluccia Rome