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Historical Traveler Reviews Casa Howard GuestHouses Rome
Classy, elegant and unique place to stay in Rome
We just returned from a stay at Casa Howard on Via Capo Le Case. I do not at all understand some of the negative reviews posted on this beautiful and friendly place (glad I didn't see them before we left for Rome, or I might have cancelled). We LOVED this classy and unique place and would highly recommend. The house manager Christina was terrific - if you take a nap diring the day and then go out, when you come back your bed is made. At night, the sheets are pulled down for you when you are at dinner. The ceilings are high and beamed. Furniture was antique and charming. Bed was firm and very comfortable. Stay in Green Room if you can - it is the largest room. Housekeeping is immaculate. Lots of charm to this place, location cannnot be beat. Ice is the freezer in the hall (we had a cocktail each night before dinner. Get a bottle of alcohol in the U.S. duty free before you leave the U.S). Warning: there is no "hotel" sign on the front of the building. Make a good note of address. You will be ringing the door bell and once you arrive you will be given a key. Email me if you have further questions. firstname.lastname@example.org. Marjie
Loved Casa Howard
We stayed at the Casa Howard (located nearby the Spanish Steps) in September, 2003. We found the hotel truly charming and the staff to be warm and always helpful to us! From suggestions on dining, to travel arrangements, Christine took great care of us and helped us get settled at the start of our holiday! I would highly recommend a stay at this charming hotel! Laura
I stumbled upon this B&B during a search for Rome and what a treasure
it turned out to be! My accomodation was beautiful. I had the Chinese
room and although a little dark, it was elegant and very comfortable.
Cristy, the concierge and manager could not have been better! She went out of her way to pamper and provide a real sense of comfort for me; providing not only creature comforts, but also information, translation, and technology essesitals I needed help with. She speaks several languages fluently and has a warm and friendly personality.
The location is superb and I would definitely stay here again. As a matter of fact.... I can't wait to return!
Superb Bed & Breakfast
Casa Howard was highly recommended to me by my parents. My husband and I got an excellent deal for our money. I read the review criticizing the breakdown in air conditioning, elevator use, etc. service. We were also in Rome when the extended heatwave made it necessary to ration electricity use, and therefore, also suffered the inconvenience of breaks in service of these conveniences. I understood that 5 star hotels also suffered the same fate, so it does not seem fair to blame this on Casa Howard. This is a very elegant guest house, not a hotel, in the heart of Rome, reasonably priced, with comfortable beds and limited, but very helpful, staff. I have and will continue to, recommend it to all my friends who want to stay in the heart of Rome.
Elegant, reasonable b and b
I had two stopovers in Rome this summer and spent the first in Casa Howard, Capo le Case and the second at Casa Howard, via Sistina. They are both beautifully appointed, staffed by willing and pleasant personnel, centrally located, reasonable and comfortable. Rome municipality limited the use of airconditioners on our second visit which made it rather warm part of the day. However, this was not limited to Casa Howard and even the most expensive hotels suffered the same fate, and it was only a temporary measure. I can certainly highly recommend both these bed and breakfasts and intend to use them again myself whenever I go to Rome. Brenda Kimmel
Avoid Casa Howard.
What a disappointment. Many things in the Via Sistina property did not work properly or at all - the elevator, the air conditioning, the cable television, the lighting and the shower. Don't expect anything to be fixed during your stay. The high level of service that they purport to provide in their website reader's comments was nonexistent. They were a source of misinformation that took away from the vacation. You must keep their well insulated windows closed as the street traffic is extremely noisy day and night. The management's arrogance is to deny that any complaints are valid and explain their that the deficiencies are due to the building's age and that Rome is very expensive. This is one place to avoid in Rome at any price.
This property is a great MISREPRESENTATION. It is a dump and a disgrace!!! The "private jacuzzi bath" was a gross open shower & toilet accross the hallway. The bed spread was stained and the noise from the street was overwhelming. The entrance to ...is an overgrown, spooky and run-down, messy yard. It was horrible and we asked to be moved to something else. Without hesitation the desk clerk from the actual hotel moved us to other Hotel in area.
In June 2003 my wife and I stayed at the Casa Howard on Via Sistina. We
chose this hotel based on the Frommer guide and magazine
recommendations. We were led to expect a "warm reception" from the
owners and a "helpful staff which can arrange anything."
During a stay of three days we met no one except the house boy. We stayed in a room that had a toilet which did not refill for several hours. A pair of new walking shoes was accidentally left behind and when we e-mailed Casa Howard on arrival back in the US we were informed that the shoes were thrown away by the houseboy.
Our experience may not be typical but we found the service quite casual and inadequate.
Wonderful Casa Howard!
All the warmth of staying in a guest house is reflected in the high degree of personalized customer service one will receive at Casa Howard. (A second Casa Howard, run by the same couple, is now open in Rome on via Sistina.)
The guest is king or queen, and every wish and desire is fulfilled, whether it be a limo meeting you at the airport, or arrangements for a papal audience! Jenifer Howard Forneris, a British ex-patriate, now married to an Italian count, spoke of the difference between a guest house and a B&B by telling us in a guest house the family does not live on the premises. Although the atmosphere is small and intimate, the rooms most assuredly are not!
The location, near the Spanish Steps, is second to none, and the Spagna Metro is about a block away, for treks to the Vatican or San Giovanni Laterno. Casa Howard will definitely ensure that you have a "buon viaggio"!
TripAdvisor Reviews Casa Howard GuestHouses Rome
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... is HARD to come by! FINALLY…back in the "hood".
Last time we were in Rome, we had lunch with Paula, Steve and Beth, after a VERY successful F/R run (for some, not for others). ANYWAY…there was this cute little restaurant where we dined prior to me meeting my Cousin Catia in Piazza Navona. SO….we thought to go there in hopes of Christopher FINALLY getting the pasta he ordered ...
Woke up and had breakfast then got ready to begin our free day. We walked to the Stasa Cafe (a place Tori found in the travel book). It was a place locals go and it was fabulous- sat outside and enjoyed cappuccino, coffee, and Nutella filled croissant (so much Nutella)!
Then we walked to Borghese Gardens and enjoyed more breathtaking views- from one view we saw much of the city including the Basilica.
... and in fact where we would get the bus was blocked off. Traffic was being diverted. We were not going to be able to get a bus so we had to start walking. Then thousands of kinds with teachers, nuns nod parents started to come out of no where. I needed to get a plan B on how to get back. It was also very hot and we were really tired. I told bobby I needed to sit and look at a map and wanted to wait till all the kids had passed and Bobby wanted to move to the side to get a better view. ...
... there, it is such a magnificent building and we both really felt in awe looking at it. We wandered around the other ancient monuments etc nearby and then watched the sunset from the hill next to the Colosseum. We then walked back home and Scott made us some spaghetti bolognaise for dinner. The power went out that night for a bit but thankfully one of us is handy with that kind of thing ...
... catching some zzzzz's !!
Tomorrow will be huge with a half day city tour with a local guide visiting the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Tania, our Sisterhood guide is also going to take us to a couple of other attractions as she's been here a few times before and just loves it! Oh we've also been warned to take particular care with our belongings here as pickpockets abound!
So on that note I bid you all buono notte!