One of those rustic type places with thick stone walls, wide stairs, medievalish interiors and all the other ingredients needed to make you feel very Italian about a place. So far so good. Maybe a bit over-styled here or there, esp. the overdone attire of the staff, but overall a good ambience.
Now for the problems, which are mostly details, but they add up ... Firstly a lack of attention to detail. No clothes hooks in the bathroom: makes it inconvenient. The showerhead kept slipping down, although it was a very nice shower: annoying. There was a plate with crumbs sitting on a table in the corridor during the entire stay: not making a good impression. The air-con box although brand-new ridiculously noisy, like a tractor or so.
Thankfully the windows in my room were double glazed. Kept the noise of the Saturday night party out relatively well, although sensitive people may not get a good nights sleep while the disco is going.
The breakfast was soso. Again nice ambience, no doubt, but stale bread, a lukewarm cappucino (although asked the waiter to give a hot one: version 2 was also lukewarm), cheese and ham that looked like they came from the supermarket, and so tasted the juices. An ok breakfast, but no reason for joy.
At the checkout they charged for wifi, even though wifi did not work and I told the reception guy so. The "Rome city tax" was also a surprise. Although not substantial, you never like it when there are items on your bill that you did not expect.
Overall the place has potential, but kind of lost the plot a little. Actually, it reminded me a bit of an Indian operation / business model, with the very dressed up staff, 2 restaurants and stuff so that in principle you can just hang around the hotel, get pampered and not go out - at a price.
Talking of price, I got a good rate, and so I do not complain about the deficiencies. This might be quite different if I had paid the full fare.
And last but not least: do not expect any sweet Mediterranean setting in terms of the surrounding landscape. There really is not much of a view to talk about. Unkept scrubs, bushes, trees, the sides of the road going there very littered. Welcome to Italy :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by the Roman countryside just 30 minutes from downtown is the "Castrum Boccea" a historic medieval relay turned into a hotel.Thanks to a restoration can have a look at history and relive the glories of bygone days. Surrounded by lush vegetation provides ample space inside and outside, ideal for weddings, business meetings and stay in complete relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Relais Castrum Boccea Hotel Rome