Rome, Italy

Casacau

Rates per night from$252.10

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR214.41), 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 $252.10 (€214), excluding tax at 11 per cent.

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.

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
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. Restaurant Eit takes the seasonal cuisine concept to a new level, dividing the calendar into eight half seasons; choose from four, six or eight ingredient tasting menus. 

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.

Reviews

Photos Casacau reviews
Sheryl Garratt

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 or villa, 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

Best place to stay when in Rome! The welcome and additional assistance (including fantastic restaurant recommendations) provided by Loubna was wonderful and we immediately felt at home in this most beautiful apartment. And what a perfect location! Would highly recommend Casacau and will definitely be back. For food, visit Colline Emiliane for great pasta and Emma's Pizzeria for the best pizza in Rome.

Rating

Stayed on 18 Jul 2018

We loved

The location.

Rating

Stayed on 31 May 2018

We loved

The location was great. Loubna at the front desk was most helpful and efficient. Al Moro restaurant is close by and an institution.

Don’t expect

Quiet – it's in the middle of the tourist traffic to the Trevi fountain.

Rating

Stayed on 10 May 2018

We loved

How attentive the Casacau team were– they attended to our needs from the time we booked all the way till we checked out. All questions were answered promptly! The location is pretty strategic, so go view the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps early in the morning before the crowd gets in!

Don’t expect

Lift! The accommodation was on 2nd floor, in a building with no lift.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Jul 2017

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