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Casa Montani
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Piazzale Flaminio 9, 00196 Rome, Italy   |  
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Ranked #133 of 2,677 Rome B&B and Inns
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“Charming boutique hotel in a perfect location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2010

This location, a stone's throw from a metro stop, and near the Piazza de Popolo, arguably has to be one of the best in Rome. This is a charming boutique hotel, and the decor is gorgeous.
Notable positives:
-After a long day of sight seeing, if you choose to take the Metro back to your hotel, you will be rewarded by its close proximity!
-Front desk staff (likely the owners) are courteous, charming, and efficient. Helped us make many dinner reservations and arranged car services for our airport trips--no problem.
-Rooms are well-appointed (loved the Hermes bath products!) and very pretty, though so tiny! The equivalent of one square meter more in the room and bathroom would have been welcomed, but the bathrooms are certainly gorgeous and functional, with all new decor and fixtures.
-Morning breakfast --chocolate croissants, yogurt, cappuccino-delivered right to your room--was wonderful. Heavenly!
-The double-pane glazed windows really were quite effective against the noise in the streets below. Our room was very quiet, and this helped greatly for a good night's sleep!

This is a charming boutique hotel in Rome. We prefer Paris, but if you're staying in Rome, I would highly recommend Casa Montani.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2010

We stayed at the Casa Montani for 4 nights this month after booking 7 months in advance. I always complete extensive research into any city/hotel I may be staying in and therefore felt that that I knew exactly what to expect before arriving although was pleasantly surprised on a number of points that I will go into in more detail later... This is not a hotel and therefore if you are expect as standard a concierge service, room service, restaurant etc, this is not the place for you! With the Casa Montani, you get exactly what they advertise on their website which in itself is a huge plus - many places use very skilled photographers to 'enhance' what's on offer which can leave you disappointed when you arrive...

LOCATION
The location is even better than we anticipated! Not having visited Rome before, we found that we really had no idea about how close things were until we arrived and started exploring despite studying many maps prior to our visit! The Piazza del Popolo is literally on the opposite side of the road to the Casa Montani. We walked EVERYWHERE and to all the main sites and attractions from this location which was lovely at this time of the year (Both during the day and until late in the evening). The only thing we weren't prepared for was how manic the streets can get leading off the Piazza del Popolo but once we'd negotiated that, we were fine!

CASA MONTANI
I had emailed them advising we were due to arrive prior to the advertised check in time to see if it would be possible to check in earlier and to arrange a transfer from Ciampino airport. They advised that they would note the request for early check in and arrange a private transfer for us from the airport to Casa Montani for 40Euros. We completely missed the driver upon arrival - our name was scribbled onto a piece of paper with a biro and therefore we couldn't see it until we were literally right in front of him! Transfer was smooth though.

The building in which the Casa Montani is located is a grand, collossal building! Once through the main doors, the corridor stretches infront of you and you then turn left walking to the end of another corridor until you come to a lift on your right. Casa Montani is located on the 3rd floor - without the help of someone just leaving the building, I'm sure we would have had difficulties finding it!

Even having read many reviews and exploring the website, Casa Montani was still smaller than I imagined it to be having more of an 'apartment' feel to it. The main door leads stright into the 'lobby area' - a beautifully furnished room. To the right of this is a small desk at which someone is always available up until about 8pm.

When we arrived we were greeted with a very warm and friendly welcome, our room was ready and check in was quick and simple, just what we needed! The lady at the desk also advised us of the free internet Wifi service which we were very pleased with and even more grateful for following our next stay in Rome!
Off this 'lobby' room is a corridor leading to 5 guest rooms. That's it! But wow! Once we opened the door to our room, we were so pleased!

OUR ROOM
We had booked the suite simply to have a bit of extra space around us and it was definitely worth it! The room really is exquisitely furnished - very elegant and very luxurious! Lovely sitting area, beautiful bedroom and an adequate bathroom providing Hermes products. The bed as others have mentioned is extremely comfortable - the pillows are wonderful! Breakfast preferences were requested on our first day via a request form - we were asked to select drinks and items we would like along with an estimated hour slot that we thought we would be ready for it. In the morning, you simply ring reception when ready and it arrives at the room on a lovely trolley about 5 minutes later - a lovely experience.

NIGGLES
A few VERY minor niggles -
We were surprised that we weren't asked to fill out the breakfast request form out again each day (just in case you wanted tea instead of coffee or needed to leave earlier and therefore have breakfast earlier) but I'm sure that if we had asked, this would have been possible. Was no big deal for us, simply an observation...
No automatic change of towels during 4 night stay although there were enough provided to avoid us asking for fresh ones.
Also, having never spent any time in a place so small, I think we have decided our personal preference would be to stay somewhere we could remain a little more 'anonymous' where our comings and goings were not so 'obvious' and where we wouldn't feel obliged to be make 'small talk' leaving and coming back. This is nothing at all against the Casa Montani - the staff were so friendly, welcoming and polite and the room beautiful. This is probably more a reflection on us!

Overall, a wonderful stay! :-)

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2010

Casa Montani's layout may be a bit strange for non-Europeans - it's actually a big suite in an office building, which they have converted into a lobby and 6 or 7 hotel rooms. While a little odd at first, it actually provides for a very quiet, comfortable home base during your stay in Rome. The hotel's location is fantastic - only a few steps from Piazza del Popolo, and a short walk from the Spanish Steps, Via Del Corso, and hundreds of shops and restaurants. Additionally there is a Metro stop 20 feet from the front door. The hotel is very modern and full of conveniences, with plenty of bathroom and closet space. While Casa Montani does state that they don't have a concierge, our only disappointment was that the women at the front desk - while very friendly - weren't always able to help us with questions about the city. Guiseppe (the owner) was more able to help, but he wasn't around that often. The hotel is a very good value in what can be a very expensive city, and I would stay there again.

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

Great Find!

We had a great experience at Casa Montani. We started and ended our Amalfi Coast trip in Rome & stayed 3 nights at Casa Montani (2 in the beginning of our trip and 1 at the end).

Not a full service hotel, but a perfect place to stay while in Rome. Great location (just outside subway stop & near Spanish Steps & Trevi Fountain, clean rooms, great Hermes amenities, working A/C & yummy breakfast! We loved our stay at Casa Montani! Stay in a suite if possible (more room & not much more $)

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2010

This hotel was great! The staff was wonderful, helpful as well as friendly. We had two rooms and both were as comfortable as each other. It was just a short walk to the most wonderful shopping, restaurants and sites. I gave it a four for location as there were closer hotels to the Spanish steps, however, with the value for money and the quality of the hotel, walk the extra 5 minutes, it's worth it. This place felt like home and I would highly recommend it.

Pros - The beds were comfortable as were the pillows. The bathrooms were small, but fine. I had a relaxing bath every afternoon in this beautifully deep bath. The television was great with the option of watching shows in their original language. Would never have worked it out had it not been for our daughter. The underground was right outside and a two minute walk to a large taxi rank. And when you struggle back after hours of site seeing, ring for a coffee and its there in a second.

Cons - None, we would definitely consider this hotel again!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2010

My husband and I have just returned from a 5 night stay at Casa Montani. I booked the B&B based on a write up in Travel & Leisure magazine and Trip Advisor reviews. We really liked it a lot. It's in a great location. You can walk to all the major sights from the hotel. I think the Colosseum was the futherest thing away from us and we could walk there in about 30 mins. Every night we took a cab to eat out and walked back to the hotel. Since the hotel is right at Piazza del Popolo it was always easy to find on the map.

The owner of the hotel is such a nice guy. He was, unlike most Italians, very soft spoken and mild mannered. He is there in the daytime to help you with whatever you need.

We stayed in room #3. It was a regular deluxe room. It was smaller than I expected but, that's to be expected in Europe. It certainly is not the smallest room I've encountered. I think the perks outweigh the room size. I will start with the bed. Someone said the mattress was firm. LOL ! That bed was like sleeping on a cloud compared to most. The first thing I do in Europe is go feel the bed because I expect a concrete slab. Not the case here, it's very comfortable. The double is, like many EU hotels, 2 beds pushed together but at least here it doesn't feel like you're sleeping with the Grand Canyon between you. You can barley even tell. The noise in Rome can be an issue but the windows here do a nice job keeping the noise out. One thing I will agree with is someone said the noise from the other rooms was loud. I couldn't hear the people next door but, I when they turned their water on it was pretty loud. The good thing is water noise is it's only for a few mins and then it goes off.

We loved the breakfast every morning. It was so convenient to have our food rolled in whenever we wanted it every morning. You call and they bring it like 5 mins later. I noticed some complained about the breakfast.....Seriously ? It's free ! Ok...it's probably rolled into the price which ok, would you rather it be extra ? If you don't like it Burger King is right downstairs but $Free.99 taste good to me. Especially if your home currency is worth less than the Euro. You will spend enough on food the rest of the day.

Overall Casa Montani is a great find. The rooms are modern, very clean and the pictures are true to the website. You will be hard pressed to find something as nice at Casa Montani's price. Having said that I booked 4 months early. Keep in mind that this is a small place, there are only 5 rooms. This is not a big hotel, it's more of a B&B with a modern luxury flair. If you are one who's used to staying in 4 or 5 stars but you don't like the prices you are finding in Rome you will be ok here. I feel it was a good value which is my #1 priority.

Do take a look at the pictures of the building so you will know it once you get there. Just look for the Burger King that is on the corner of the same building. During the day there is someone downstairs who will direct you the the right floor once you get inside the building. We took the Leonardo Express from the airport and then took a cab from the main train station to the hotel. It was about 10 Euros for the cab. Happy Booking !

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2010

This was the second hotel we stayed in during our trip to Rome and we wery much enjoed our stay. The breakfast was one of the best I have ever seen in Italy. The staff were friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean and bright. Highly reccommended would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Piazzale Flaminio 9, 00196 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome
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Hotel Class:3 star — Casa Montani 3*
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