Rome, Italy

Casacau

Rates from (ex tax)$231.50

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR230.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Time-capsule pieds-à-terre

Setting

A coin toss from Trevi

Live La Dolce Vita and feel like a Rome native in Casacau’s vintage-chic boutique apartments, which are a well-heeled hop, skip and splash from the Trevi Fountain. Sixties-inspired design – jade or tangerine-hued kitchen suites, geometric wallpapers and a hotch potch of mid-century modern statement pieces – will thrill any thrift-store aesthetes, and Rome’s most decadent shopping districts are on your doorstep. Ask the oracle-esque hosts Flavia and Kevin to reveal Rome’s hidden hotspots.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

An aperitivo at Stazione di Posta for stays of up to four nights; stays of five nights or more also get a transfer from the airport or train station

Facilities

Photos Casacau facilities

Need to know

Rooms

Six one-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes. All apartments are non-smoking.

Check–Out

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.

Rates

Double rooms from $231.50 (€207), excluding tax at 11 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR230.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

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.

Also

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.

Packing tips

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.

Also

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.

Pet‐friendly

Not allowed. See more pet-friendly hotels in Rome.

Children

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.

Food and Drink

Photos Casacau food and drink

Top Table

Enjoy a throwback feast – with retro tableware, designer plates and gold cutlery – at your vintage kitchen dining table.

Dress Code

Don a Pucci-print silk bathrobe and swish about with abandon, and bring Mr Smith’s smoking jacket for a sophisticated slumber party.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant on site, but the hotel owns vampy Michelin-recognised eatery Stazione di Posta (+39 06 574 3548) – a 15-minute taxi ride away in the Testaccio district. Black walls display eye-catching modern artwork and farm-to-table haute cuisine is served at tables flanked by blood-red chesterfields. There’s also a cobbled terrace and bean-bag chairs in the lively bar. Pick up ingredients to use in your kitchenette at the Tuo Spa supermarket on the junction of Via in Arcione and Via del Traforo. Alternatively, knowledgable staff can point you in the direction of local markets and food shops, so you can make use of your kitchenette.

Room service

Breakfast is delivered to your door each morning. If you need anything extra, or an after-hours snack, put a request in with the obliging hosts.

Location

Photos Casacau location
Address
Casacau
94 via in Arcione
Rome
00187
Rome
Italy

Planes

The closest is Ciampino GB Pastine International Airport, a 30-minute drive from the hotel (www.adr.it/ciampino), or Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino airport (www.adr.it/fiumicino) is a 40-minute drive. EasyJet offers direct flights to Fiumicino, and Ryanair flies direct to Ciampino from a wide range of European cities. Alitalia runs a frequent service to Fiumicino. Flights across the Pacific arrive via Abu Dhabi International Airport or Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

Trains

Termini train station is 4km from the hotel. Freccia Rossa (www.freccia-rossa.it) runs a regular service connecting Rome to Florence, Naples, Milan and Venice.

Automobiles

Unless you’re a dab hand at dodging Vespas and play the car horn like a prodigy we’d advise exploring the city on foot. The hotel is in the city's restricted traffic zone; if driving, leave your ride in the car park 50 metres from the hotel, which charges €30–50 a day, depending on the type of car. There are Avis car booths at both Fiumicino and Ciampino.

Worth getting out of bed for

Hotel Casacau’s managers Flavia and Kevin can devise a Roman itinerary for you, but in this enviable location a wander brings its own rewards. Lose some loose change in the Trevi Fountain – just a few steps from the hotel – while admiring the hippocampi-adorned bas reliefs, then stroll past the dashing Column of Marcus Aurelius in Piazza Colonna. The remains of Hadrian’s Temple are in Piazza di Pietra; keep an eye out for the Fontanella del Facchino, a 16th-century ‘talking’ statue on Via del Corso. The Time Elevators (+39 06 6992 1823) 4D cinema – on Via dei Santi Apostoli – offers a Ridley Scott-style take on Roman history, and five minutes from there the Scuderia Quirinale (+39 06 3996 7500) showcases old and new masters in the atmospheric galleries of the former papal stables. Adonises and Medusas await in the Roman National Museum (+39 06 3996 7700), but if you’re head’s spinning from historic landmarks, head to Via Condotti by the Spanish Steps to buy a list of labels that reads like a fashion-week seating plan, or explore the quirkier boutiques in Via del Boschetto and Via Panisperna. If you’ve fallen madly in love with your home from home, head to Nora P (+39 06 4547 3738) – on Via Panisperna – which is run by Casacau’s designer. End your day swishing and sipping a few fine Italian vintages at Roscioli restaurant (+39 06 687 5287) on Via dei Giubbonari.

Local restaurants

Stazione di Posta’s (+39 06 574 3548) inventive meals, colourfully served in calligraphic swirls and painterly dabs, are a must-try. Dodge tourist-pandering trattorias to unearth authentic Roman cuisine at Armando al Pantheon, where the Gargioli family has been dishing out classics including spaghetti with garlic, oil, and chili for over 50 years; it’s a favourite with locals, so reservations are key. 

Local cafés

Highly regarded gelateria Il Gelato di San Crispino (+39 06 679 3924) is a short walk from the Trevi Fountain on Via della Panetteria. Their lengthy seasonal menu of ice creams and sorbets – with typically Italian flavours, including zabaglione and stracciatella – warrants a few repeat visits.

Local bars

Lilac- and red-wine-coloured seating, a grand piano idling in the corner and well-groomed huddles of Rome’s hip young things: Stravinskij Bar (+39 06 328 8870) in Hotel de Russie (another Smith stay) will make you feel like minor royalty – bolstered by the fact that minor royalty may well be sat near you. Be sure to check out the secret garden and genteel terrace.

Reviews

Photos Casacau reviews

Anonymous review

You’ll never be short of sights to see in the Eternal City, but there are times when you want to get under the skin of a city, to experience it as the locals do. It’s then that Rome guards its secrets well: the best restaurants and delis, the coolest shops and bars tend to be hidden deep in local neighbourhoods, down streets you’ll rarely find by chance. It’s the kind of place where we’ve always wished we had cool friends to stay with, people who would point us in the right direction. And now we have.

Flavia and Kevin are the friendly, enthusiastic managers of Casacau, an attractive old building with five beautifully designed apartments right in the centre of old Rome, just a coin’s toss from the Trevi Fountain. (Don’t get too excited by the idea of the fountain, by the way: it’s been drained for much-needed renovation until the end of 2015.) You can walk to pretty much all of the big sights from here – but first you’ll have to tear yourself away from your apartment: a seductively cool and comfortable haven from the heat and tourist hordes outside. Individually designed with a tasteful mix of vintage and contemporary furniture, quietly efficient air-conditioning (essential if you visit in summer), big, luxurious bathrooms with showers that double as steam rooms, and neat little kitchenettes with everything you need if you’re suddenly seized with the urge to cook. Not that you have to – a shopping bag full of breakfast goodies and daily treats is silently left outside your door every morning.

We stayed in Apartment 4, which has big windows looking out onto the little square below, a huge platform bed in the centre of the room and two leather chairs so squishy and comfortable they were like sitting on clouds. Casacau has thought through every little detail, so you don’t have to. They send a driver to meet you at the airport so you don’t have to struggle to find them. They supply an iPad if you want it, and a vintage Olivetti typewriter in case a novel suddenly stirs in you. Full of inspiring, quirky little design ideas that you’ll want to copy, it’s a real home from home – if your home happens to have been interior-designed by someone with immaculate taste, that is, with a maid to clear it for you every day.

But best of all, the charming Kevin and Flavia love their city, and they want you to love it too, happily sharing their knowledge. We asked for vintage shops and they sent us to Via del Boschetto in the super-cool Montí district just by the Coliseum, which is full of fantastic retro emporia (Pulp, King Size Vintage and Blue Goose are all brilliant) and furniture (Nora P is run by Casacau’s interior designer). Keen that we miss nothing, Flavia wrote down the addresses of her favourite stores for us, the names of a couple of the owners, even a recommendation for a good café for lunch.

Casacau itself doesn’t have a restaurant, but its owners also run Stazione di Posta il Ristorante Cocktail Bar in the young, edgy neighbourhood of Testaccio that is well worth the cab ride across town. The tasting menu is €45 for four courses, though they bring so many bits and pieces for you to try in between that it felt more like 20. With dishes billowing smoke, served in an eggshell or pinned onto miniature trees, it’s fun, experimental cooking of the sort favoured by Heston Blumenthal, but at a third of the price. We haven’t laughed so much over a dinner in ages, and watching the other diners’ faces as they tuck in is part of the entertainment.

To supplement Flavia and Kevin’s knowledge, we also booked an entertaining and informative walking tour round the neighbourhood of Trastevere with Eating Italy (advance booking essential). From market stalls to specialist delis, an ancient wine cellar to the kitchen of a busy pizzeria, for four hours our small group wandered into places we would never have found without an expert guide, tasting as we went and coming away with a long lists of places to revisit for more leisurely meals, plus lots of vacuum-packed deli purchases to take home.

We visited Rome many times before, for work and play. But after just two nights, this time we left feeling we knew it far better than before. Casacau was the perfect base, and we can’t wait to return.
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Casacau’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Everything! The room was fantastically cool, staff so helpful and the breakfast delivery was great, perfect location!

Don’t expect

A restaurant or room service.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Oct 2016

We loved

The freshly made croissants and breads delivered to our room each morning; and the ability to make our own breakfast. The quietness of our room was great for a good night's sleep. The hotel is situated right in the heart of Rome close to most of the sights which are well within walking distance. The apartment is spacious which we loved. We dined at La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali Ristorante Abruzzi a number of times, the meals were exceptional! Highly recommend both!

Don’t expect

Robes and slippers as they are not provided! Our robe area was quite small with not many hangers.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Sep 2016

We loved

We don't normally stay in super touristy hotspots and this block of apartments is located metres away from Trevi Fountain. However, we knew that we wanted to see all the tourist sites, so this worked out really well for us. Its seriously close to main streets, public transport, tourist sites, restaurants, cafes, so if you love convenience, this is the perfect location. Its really busy but we knew what to expect, so this was no surprise and we escaped the hustle and bustle on a couple of occasions by jumping on the subway or taking long walks. The apartment was lovely. We were greeted by Kevin Del Rosario, who gave us a lovely aperitivo and gave us an induction on the apartment and surrounding areas. He also gave us great recommendations for lunch, dinner and drinks. NB: If you get the free apertivo offer at Stazione di Posta, I would recommend you go. Its not close, so either jump in a taxi or be adventurous and take the subway, but the drinks are great and the food even better. Its in such an interesting location too- you really get to see a different side of Rome. Retro Bottega (restaurant) was our second best find. We had a selection of croissants every day as well as bread; our fridge was stocked with eggs, milk, water and we were also applied with great coffee, cereal, jam, honey, pasta, which were all included in our package. They also have some other treats available: anchovies, sun dried tomatoes, beer and wine for an additional cost if you want them. The kitchen area is cute. Not for cooking family feasts, but you don't need to given the proximity of great restaurants (once you go off the beaten track). We had breakfast on our little terrace every morning. You also get a small Bose speaker system that you can connect via bluetooth to your smartphone/tablet and iPads are available on request. The rooms have air conditioning and the windows actually open! There is a good size shower and a serious sauna. Kevin allowed us to leave our bags with him after check out so that we could explore more of the city bag-free and then collect them before our flight at no extra cost. 

Don’t expect

If we had to force ourselves to say something negative, we would say there are perhaps one too many keys to handle and we could hear the people above us as they walked through their apartment but being city dwellers, that did add to the experience of living like a local so we can't really fault this place. Highly recommended.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Sep 2016

We loved

location

Don’t expect

quiet

Rating

Stayed on 15 May 2016

We loved

The apartment and the location.

Don’t expect

Consistency with service as there is no one on site and it is a very noisy location. Windows are not sound proof.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Apr 2016

We loved

The breakfast at the door every morning, turkish sauna, and the tips on things to do from Kevin and Pino.

Don’t expect

Complete quiet. You are in a busy area from early morning to late in the evening.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Mar 2016

We loved

The apartment, the location (centro historic, Trevi fountain 600m!) the delicious pastries left outside the door every morning, the friendly and helpful Kevin, Staziona de Posta ristorante, travestere and all things Roma. Visit the Pantheon and Baci Colosseo bar for the view. 10/10 

Don’t expect

A swimming pool

Rating

Stayed on 11 Mar 2016

We loved

Attentive staff who helped in any way you needed but otherwise left you in privacy; excellent location (no need for car or public transport...you can walk to many sights); spacious rooms and tasteful decor, in historic building with modern comforts; shower/steam room. Recommend nearby tiny, friendly restaurant, Piccolo Arancia; nearby outstanding gourmet restaurant with incredible fish tasting menu, Crispi; nearby leather shop on Via del Lavatore

Don’t expect

Elevator (but staff happy to help with bags)

Rating

Stayed on 10 Mar 2016

We loved

The style, the comfort, the accessibility. Busy location but handy to be so central. And the breakfasts! Not particularly local but we loved eating in Trastevere in the evenings - lively, fun and much more Italian than any of the tourist restaurants around the apartment.

Don’t expect

Silence in street facing room - this is Rome!

Rating

Stayed on 18 Feb 2016

We loved

We loved this experience of making a personal connection with owner Pino, a lovely man with impeccable taste and a generous spirit who greeted us on arrival, and took us to his local coffee bar early in the morning ahead of our depature to share his story. We also loved having our own pied-à-terre in Rome in such a fantastic central location, which is buzzing during the day and peacefully quiet in the evening – a jewel of a spot so close to the recently unveiled Trevi. We loved the spaciousness of the apartment and the ability to host family for a meal in our space, with a fridge and pantry stocked with essentials. We were able to cook for our daughters when jet lag got the better in the evening. We loved all the considerate commodities provided, and the care and attention to the furnishings, including cooking books for children, vintage art guides to Rome, and especially the stick horses for our girls to ride around the apartment with. We loved waking to find behind our door fresh cornetti and breads and having slow breakfasts in our own space to our exact liking. We loved the personality of the environment reflecting the story of the owner. CasaCau will be our choice upon return to the Eternal City!

Don’t expect

Our only absolute minor comment would be for additional lighting throughout the apartment. We appreciate the mood created by the existing, but we found it a little gloomy in winter and early starts.

Rating

Stayed on 30 Nov 2015

We loved

The kitchen and lovely breakfast every morning, the proximity to everything in Rome. The no fuss approach.

Don’t expect

Concierge or room service.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Sep 2015

We loved

The styling of the apartment.

Don’t expect

5-star breakfast.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Aug 2015

We loved

Apartment 2 with it's own kitchenette and cute balcony. 10/10.

Don’t expect

hotel facilities, this is a beautiful apartment designed to make you feel as though you live in Rome.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Aug 2015

We loved

The big shower and bathtub, the excellent location a few steps away from Fontana di Trevi, Kevin was super nice! The bed and the fact that we could fix our own breakfast. The decor of ap. 4 was very cool! The individual AC in every room.

Don’t expect

There is some noise from the street, but the windows shuts of most of it. The toilet of ap. 4 is a bit tight. No elevator.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Jun 2015

We loved

Super trendy apartments. Great location. Kevin mapped and planned out our entire stay.

Don’t expect

To want to leave.

Rating

Stayed on 12 Jun 2015

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