Casa Howard Rome
via Capo Le Case 18/via Sistina 149, Rome, Italy, 00186
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Romance, Shopping
Expert review of Casa Howard Rome
One of Rome’s first boutique b&bs, this seductive little upmarket guest house spreads over two five-room venues close to the Spanish Steps (Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti). The original Capo Le Case branch is a little more trad and feminine in its design approach, while the rooms in Via Sistina are more adventurously exotic. Aside from the terrific location and the magazine-standard design, I really appreciate little touches like the honesty-bar fridges, the free WiFi, the mint or pomegranate soaps in the bathrooms and the free airport transfer for stays of six days or more. Somebody once wrote that this place was like staying in the Roman apartment of an interior designer friend – that’s exactly right. Except that the friend has cleared out and left you a very sweet, very helpful housekeeper to deal with all your needs.
Both ‘branches’ of the guesthouse are close to each other, within easy walking distance of the Spanish Steps (Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti), the Trevi Fountain and Rome’s main fashion shopping streets. Via Sistina is closer to Piazza Barberini and its metro station, while Capo Le Case is a short walk from the San Silvestro bus terminus and Spagna metro stop.
Each one is different – and the neat thing about this place, which other b&bs would do well to emulate, is that you book a specific room rather than a category. In Capo Le Case, my favourite is the White Room, which comes with a rich silk toile de jouy canopy over the baldaquin bed – though it’s one of three rooms at this location that has an outside bathroom. At Via Sistina, where all bathrooms are en suite, I love the Zebra room – though some may find that all those stripes make them dizzy. All rooms in both locations are air-conditioned, and have tea and coffee making facilities.
Capo Le Case has no communal space to speak of, but Via Sistina has a small and very stylish entrance lounge.
Breakfast, should you want it, is served in your room. It costs 10 euros extra – not unreasonable, as it’s a gourmet continental spread with freshly squeezed orange juice, good Italian coffee, croissants and cakes, and bread with jam and honey from the owners’ Tuscan farm.
There’s a Turkish hammam (steam bath) at Capo Le Case which can be booked for 25 euros a session, and a larger hammam in Via Sistina which costs 50 euros a session.
Housekeepers Cristy (at Capo Le Case) and Edgar (at Via Sistina) are helpful and charming, and can deal with most requests and emergencies.
Quite a high-end crowd, considering that this is basically a b&b.
Some great rates are available for bookings made at least 60 days in advance, but there are a range of other offers available too.
More information on Casa Howard Rome:
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- Bed & Breakfast
- via Capo Le Case 18/via Sistina 149, Rome, Italy, 00186
- High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed
- Spanish Steps