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Castel Vecchio
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Castel Gandolfo
Reviewed March 23, 2013

The hotel is situated with a breathtaking view over the lake and the Popes summer residence. Unfortunately we got a very small two bed room (no 201) not much space for suitcases. The larger rooms facing the lake are better, but the ones staying there had no heating that worked (March can be cold!) The restaurant at the hotel is great and offered menus for 25 EUR and the food is delicious. The breakfast buffet offered a good selection of bread, cold cuts etc. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

This hotel was a great find. It is a grand old place, it might not live up to current four star expectations but it is quite magical, in a perfect setting. At 120 euros including breakfast for a junior suite for our family of three (off season) it is also not the price of a four star hotel so take it as it comes. Our room was huge, with lovely epoque furniture and an absolutely stunning view over the lake. Diner was also very good, in an elegant dining room. Everything was really perfect, except, maybe, for the Christmas songs played over diner (in March).

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

When we first walked into the room, it was such a disappointment to see the shabby furnishings and the spartan amenities. How can this be rated as a 4 star is beyond me. in terms of comfort, there is nowhere to relax outside with the exception of the rooftop patio which had horrible green indoor/outdoor carpeting that was ripped in places and overall very ugly. it was quite warm up there and we would have overlooked the state of the patio if the pool had been usable, but it was filthy. I know it was the beginning of the season, but really why bother having a pool if people can't use it!

In the room, the a/c didn't work and we needed to open the window to at least get some relief (not much). The bed was very uncomfortable to say the least. The bathroom is so cramped and my husband actually hit his nose on the vanity as he was getting up from the toilet!

Breakfast was served in the room at the top and was adequate, however, it was very warm up there and oppressive. We couldn't wait to get out of there.

This could be a nice hotel but it needs to have a major overhaul. Get rid of all the fussy mismatched furniture and weird colours in the public rooms for a start. How can the owners of this property not see that there is a great deal of potential here?

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

In September 2011 we had our wedding at Hotel Castel Vecchio, I am English and my husband is Italian so we had to please a mixed crowd. We had 27 rooms for the weekend with guests from both Italy and England. The place is lovely, the view of the lake is beautiful, the rooms (although traditional) are lovely and clean and in keeping with the place, the staff are really helpful (as you can imagine organising so many rooms and a wedding we asked for a lot of assistance) and the food is unbelievable. We could not have asked for a better place for our wedding, all of the guests were wowed by the place, food and service...it is hard to believe the bad reviews! We will be going back for anniversary!!

Room Tip: The area is pretty quiet at night but lake views are a must!
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

The hotel was the setting for our daughters wedding reception and the service received for the whole weekend was excellent, the food was first class and they did everything they could to assist us from getting rooms ready early to making the evening a night to remember. We had over 20 rooms booked and yes they do vary in size and outlook, but all were clean and air conditioned, if your booking a room ask for a view of the lake as it's spectacular and if you really need a huge room 218 is the one to book. Castel Gandolfo is a pretty like village with plenty of places to eat, the station and the lake are a long way down the hillside but a number of our guests managed the walk both ways, a car would be useful if you plan to visit other villages in the Castelli such as Frascati.

Room Tip: Ask for a lake view
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank samCheshireUk
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Reviewed July 1, 2011

The view is spectacular. However the rest... The room I had on the -1 Floor was rather small and crowded with a tiny table AND a tiny desk with two chairs. The shower cramped and awkward. No airconditioning and a hot floor (presumably hot pipes underneath?), the room was stuffy and unbearably hot. I would have left the window open, but you can easily break in from the parking lot outside.The breakfast is funcional. Internet only available in the lobby. I have been to other places in the area and will continue my search for a perfect place somewhere else.

Room Tip: if you have to stay here insist on a higher floor
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 10, 2011

We had high expectations for this visit. We were there to find a hotel for our wedding reception. But upon arrival, we were immediately let down. The entrance is unkept and quite inaccessible. Inside is no different. Outdated and distastefully decorated with Roman trinkets. Reception staff were slow and disinterested. Bedrooms were unappealing and uncomfortable Ensuite shower incredibly awkward. Swimming pool room and dining hall suffered from air and noice pollution: chlorine and water tank.
The icing on the cake was the incredible low quality food and service in the restaurant. With only 6 guests to be served, orders were taken incorrectly and primi and secondi were served on cold plates. The pistacchio ice-cream was laced with green colouring and amaretti flavouring.
Such a spectacular failing on every count.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Castel Vecchio

Address: Viale Pio XI 23, 00073 Castel Gandolfo, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Province of Rome > Castel Gandolfo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Castel Gandolfo
Price Range: $82 - $135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Castel Vecchio 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel, situated in the Roman Castles, near Rome, is refined Liberty–style building with two restaurants, meeting rooms, a splendid Roof Garden with outdoor swimming-pool, private car park and 50 rooms. The Historic centre of Castel Gandolfo is only 500 metres from the hotel, where on the main Piazza You can find the impressing Palazzo Pontificio, the summer residence in Italy of the Pope and a visiting place for thousands of tourists every year. The Hotel is only 30km from the ¨Leonardo da Vinci¨ Fiumicino airport and 6km from Ciampino airport of Rome. ... more   less 
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