Need to know
Six one-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes. All apartments are non-smoking.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability (late check-outs charged at 50 per cent of the daily rate). Check-in, from 2pm–8pm. Later check-ins will be charged (€50 from 8pm–11pm, €100 from 11pm–12.30am). Luggage storage is available.
Double rooms from $209.42 (€184), excluding tax at 11 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.50 per person per night on check-out.
Continental breakfast is included, with fresh fruit, bread from the nearby bakery, nutella- and custard-filled pastries, jams, yoghurts, eggs and milk, left in a brown bag outside your door each morning.
Don’t feel like cooking? On request, the chef at hotel-owned restaurant Stazione di Posta is at your service for food shopping or preparing a special dinner in your apartment. He’s also producing a cookbook for the hotel.
At the hotel
A small lounge and library; free WiFi throughout. In-rooms: Olivetti typewriter; an iPad; a kitchenette with a digital stove, kettle, coffee machine, cutlery, tableware, cookbooks, biscotti and pasta; a mini fridge filled with milk, butter, eggs, yoghurts and bottled water; and air-conditioning.
Our favourite rooms
We’d happily pack up our possessions and wave arrivederci to our former lives to make any of these unique stays our new home. Apartment 3 has a mini two-person sauna, Apartment 4’s bed is an art installation you’ll be eager to turn into an interactive exhibit, and Apartment 6’s secret passageway (through a cupboard) may lead to an inward-facing balcony rather than Narnia, but it’s a magical touch nonetheless.
Encase your essentials in scuffed vintage luggage and faded tapestry carpet bags – hi-tech Samsonite has no place here – and bring a few spare euros to toss into the Trevi Fountain.
Casacau has no lift. Staff will happily organise in-room spa treatments, a few extra breakfast goodies or local recommendations; after hours there’s a postbox for guest requests.
Studio and Grande apartments fit a cot (Apartment 2 can take an extra bed for under-12s), and the kitchenette is handy for cooking. Toys, games, a baby bath, changing mat, bottle warmers and bibs are available, and babysitting is on request.