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B&B Casale Altavilla
Via del Fontanile Arenato 4, 00163 Rome, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1,115 of 2,677 Rome B&B and Inns
Vancouver BC
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“Indifferent.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2011

Te setting is nice with the yard and pool. Breakfast in the garden gazebo was good. The location ok but not ideal. It necessitates a bus commute to get to the Vatican or city centre. Not a huge inconvenience and fairly easy. We are non-smokers and the proprietress' habit of smoking in the property did not sit well with us as a result. However, it is also her home so entirely her right to do so. Our bad for not being aware of this. So, be warned if you are a non-smoker, this will be an issue. We stayed at the end of our vacation for a few days and were planning on taking at least one day to just do some R&R poolside. We found this less restful than we'd hoped due to the dogs roaming the yard and barking constantly. They were harmless enough, just noisy. Simona did direct us to a nice restaurant down the street where we had two of our best meals in Rome. However, there is not much to choose from locally, so plan on bussing or taxiing a bit to get a good taste of Rome.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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Manitoba
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2011

Nice yard, interesting building and lovely, large room. The bathroom was very nice and large, however most of the jets in the massage shower were plugged and the whole thing fell apart when you tried to use it. An excellent pizzeria/restaurant is just a few steps down the road with delicious pasta and pizza. It was a 15 to 20 minute bus ride to or from main attractions.

Important to know that the owner is a very heavy smoker and lives there, so you can never escape the strong smell of stale smoke and must breathe it while she is there. Her desk/office is at the bottom of the stairs, with the rooms right above, so you are forced to "smoke" too. For this reason mainly we would not stay here again.

Breakfast was just okay and simple, mainly white bread, flavoured yogurt, some fruit and bought ordinary pastry, but items and coffee were not replenished.

A few other things you should know: you are not allowed to eat or drink in your room, and the owner has 2 large dogs. Note that the pool is only open June to Sept so we were disappointed it was not available during our stay after a hot day of sight seeing. There is no safe. Stay has to be paid for in cash upon arrival.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Mtunzini, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2010

There was nothing wrong with the room, and the breakfast was pleasant. After being delayed for two hours on our flight to Rome, we were received in a very rude manner. We reserved a taxi through Simona, which had left by the time we finally arrived at the airport. Having had no internet or cellphone access during our flight, we were not able to inform Simona about the delay. After hiring another taxi, we were received by a very upset Simona. We explained the situation and apologized for not being able to let her know we were going to arrive two hours late. After about 40min of ranting & raving and making us feel like criminals, she forced us to pay 20 euros for an unused taxi. During the rest of the 3 day stay the atmosphere was never lifted. She made absolutely no effort in making us feel welcome, in fact, the amount of warning signs posted in the room made us realize that this B&B was only money-driven, and never about hospitality. I would not recommend anyone who wants a pleasant stay to consider Simona's place . This is a very sufficiently run business, but Simona was never meant to be a hostess. Thanks to Edo & Ceilia in Florence (IL Giglio Doro B&B) our honeymoon was put back on track, and we experienced what true Italian hospitality and warmth should be like.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2010

Spent 5 nights with Simona. Perfect location. Bus 50 meters away, restaurants as close as 10 meters, and "bottle shop" 5 minutes at a slow walk. Fabulous gardens and pool. My google skills were never more rewarded. Peetika and Warren - Australia

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2009

We have spent an enjoyable week in Casale Altavilla b&b.
It is a beautiful house and we enjoyed so much relaxing in the garden before or after our sigh seeing in Rome city center.
The facilities have been excellent.
Breakfast have been varied and always appetiring.
Many thanks to the owner Simone for making us very welcome and for helping us in so many ways.
Best wishes to her.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2009

We have enjoyed our stay in the beautiful Casale Altavilla b&b.
Everything was perfect: our Suite, the garden, the swimming pool and the lovely dogs.
Every morning the breackfast was delicious with all surprising attentions, expecially the home-made jam. Our children wanted to go back to the B&B instead of looking at all the attractions in the city center.
We want to thank Simona for her ospitallity.
We shall recommend this place to everyone who wants to visit Rome.
arrivederci!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ISRAEL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2008

My husband and I stayed in Casale Altavilla for a week
during our visit to Rome.
Simona, the owner, was very welcoming and helpful, gave us many tips on how to get to places and where to eat, and when we expressed our will to buy an Italian coffee machine she took us in her car to the store and helped us choose one!
The house, an ancient and beautiful villa surrounded by a beautiful and well-kept garden, is a pearl. Our suite was spacious, nicely decorated and clean.We felt at ease there and even liked the dogs very much.
We are usually early-risers, but here, the serenity made us oversleep day after day... We had a good rest after touring all day.
The place is not very close to the historical center of Rome but it is well connected by bus,and anyway, at Rome you mostly walk.
The neighbourhood is very nice, with shops and restaurants and all the facilities a tourist might need.
We certainly recommend this B&B for a great stay in Rome.

  • Liked — The beauty and cleanliness, owner's attitude.
  • Disliked — Breakfast was less than we would have liked.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via del Fontanile Arenato 4, 00163 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1,115 of 2,677 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
b&b Casale Altavilla, for your business or pleasure trip, is the ideal accommodation in Rome with swimming pool. Our house, originally built in the 15th century as a roman viniard, is located in the Aurelio-Vaticano area, at just 3km to St. Peter's Church. b&b Casale Altavilla is easy to reach from Fiumicino airport (FCO) and very well connected to the Vatican City, Navona Square, Trastevere and all main attractions in Rome (max 15 min. by direct bus). There is a bus stop just in the front of the house. A few steps from the house you can find all kind of service: shop, cafeterias, typical and economical roman restaurants and pizzerias. b&b Casale Altavilla is perfectly situated in Rome, away from the hustle and bustle but very close to its major interesting places. After having visited all the beauty of Rome, come to be pampered in our relaxing atmosphere, the garden and swimming pool, make the b&b Casale Altavilla the ideal accommodation in Rome for an excellent holiday. We are certain that you will enjoy your stay with us. ... more   less 
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