CasaCau

Trevi, Rome, Italy Book from Book from £233 per night

Stylish apartments for 2-4, a coin’s throw from the Trevi Fountain: modern and retro features blend with vintage finds
Close your eyes. Now imagine waking up in a glamorous apartment on one of Rome’s splendid little cobblestone stradas, lording it over the throngs of tourists below whilst you waft around in your cool quarters above, devouring freshly baked pastries dropped straight to your door. Envisage a bedroom dressed in sumptuous Society Limonata sheets, a kitchenette stocked with Prosecco and chocolates, and a sauna in the bathroom. You've just imagined CasaCau, a lovingly converted 16th-century palazzo in the historic centre of Rome.

Each of the 1-bed apartments is individually styled with retro-chic furniture, contemporary artwork and beautifully restored original features. You’ll find quirky art pieces and vintage Olivetti typewriters, as well as wireless Bose speakers and complimentary iPads. It’s the ultimate home-away-from-home - with the added luxuries of someone else doing the cleaning, and the city's best-kept secrets shared by your warm, knowledgeable hosts.

Highs

  • The quirky, individual style of each apartment; we wanted a night in every single one
  • Mod-cons, free breakfasts and spoiling touches make for a luxurious stay
  • Perfect for a romantic minibreak, or extra beds can be added for a family and 2 apartments can be joined for a group of friends
  • A short stroll from the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Spanish Steps; you’re in the buzzing heart of Rome
  • Handy kitchenettes

Lows

  • Pricey, though definitely worth it, considering the location and amenities
  • Noise from the streets can filter up, but we found it surprisingly peaceful with the windows shut
  • There’s no lift so you'll have 3 or 4 flights of stairs to climb
  • No on-site restaurant but you're close to countless eateries
  • Most apartments have a 3-night minimum stay

Best time to go

Rome is a world-class city with something happening all year round. Late March, April, September and October are the busiest times. Winter (mid-November to mid-March) is quiet, with fewer tourists. Perhaps the time to avoid is mid-summer (July-August), when it gets very hot.

Our top tips

The basilica-shaped Santa Maria church in nearby Trastevere is one of the oldest in Rome and has a stunning mosaicked apse. Take time to sit and enjoy the effects of light as it streams through the coloured glass above the entrance.

Great for...

City Style
Family
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Apartments
  • 6 apartments for 2-4
  • Self-catering (breakfast included; restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service
Room:

Rooms

There are 6 apartments for 2-4 guests, each utterly unique in layout and décor, and dressed in an eclectic mix of vintage, mid-century and modern pieces in a myriad of shapes, textures and colours. Original features like battered wooden doors and beautifully worn tiles have been salvaged, and the overall effect is a bohemian home-away-from-home. You’ll also find open-plan kitchenettes, spacious dining areas and big spoiling bathrooms (some even have a sauna!), generously stocked with toiletries.

We loved staying in the industrial-style Grand Apartment, the biggest. It had a large living/dining room looking out over Via in Arcione, and a sweet little terrace accessed through a hidden wardrobe in the bedroom. When we come back, we’ll try sophisticated Corner Apartment 5, which is decorated in pretty pastels and has a capacious bed with a bird-themed fresco headboard, plus vintage furniture covered in Kvadrat fabric and a Turkish bath. Since our visit, Master Apartment 7 has been added - a palatial top-floor space we can't wait to see for ourselves.

For full details of the apartments, see Rates.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Basic ingredients provided
  • Bose sound system
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • IPad
  • Kitchenette
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Toiletries
  • Umbrella
  • WiFi

Eating

Each morning, a market bag of breakfast goodies is left outside your apartment door, brimming with freshly baked pastries as well as bread, eggs, juice and fruit.

For other meals, the modern kitchenettes are stocked with complimentary basics to rustle up an easy meal (tomato sauce, olive oil, pasta, milk, butter, eggs, yoghurts, biscotti, tea, coffee, seasonings etc), plus a few items for sale (Prosecco, wine, chocolates). And if you're feeling more adventurous, there's a CasaCau cookbook to inspire your cooking. You get a hob, fridge, kettle and Moka coffee maker but note there are no freezers or toasters. Head to Eataly Roma for your groceries - a colossal food emporium near Ostiense station, showcasing some of the very best produce Italy has to offer.

Needless to say, CasaCau’s staff have lots of great restaurant recommendations. We taxi'd to Stazione di Posta to try the much-lauded tasting menu. It included delicious carbonara served in little eggshells and chocolate tree puddings - heaven.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Chef on request
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Hob or stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Meal delivery service
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • You're perfectly placed for the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Via Condotti (designer shopping)
  • Get up early and scour the mammoth Porta Portese flea market for vintage finds
  • Stroll around the beautiful Jewish Quarter, peppered with pretty little piazzas, boutiques, galleries and churches
  • Make the most of your beautiful apartment after a long day's sightseeing: whip up a feast with local produce and tuck into a bottle of red


See our top tips for Rome.

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Art classes
  • Historical sites
  • Language courses
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Wine tasting

Kids

Children are welcome and the apartments are spacious, with equipment to borrow and a central location from which you can walk to sights and family-friendly restaurants.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Apartment with Balcony has a queensize bed and a comfortable single pull-out bed (on request). Corner Apartment 5 is a kingsize or twin and can be joined to Corner Apartment 4 (a queensize double). Grand Apartment has a queensize main bedroom plus a comfortable double sofabed in its lounge suitable for 2 children aged 2-12. Master Apartment 7 can sleep 2 adults (large bedroom) and 1 child aged 2-12 (sofabed)

Babysitting:

On request (extra cost)

Baby equipment:

The following are available on request:

  • Baby cots
  • Night lights
  • Baby monitors
  • Bottle warming

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities on site:

  • Books
  • Toys

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Roman ruins
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Shopping

Distances:

  • Airport: Fiumicino (45 mins) or Ciampino (30 mins)
  • Hospital: 15 minutes' drive
  • Shop: 2 minutes' walk
Kid Friendly:

Location

CasaCau is in the very heart of Rome, steps from the Trevi Fountain.

By Air:
You've got a choice of 2 airports: Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino (34km), where most international flights arrive, and Ciampino/G.B.Pastine (30km) for domestic and a few international flights. Click on the links below for more information.

From the Airport
Ask for a transfer, hop in a taxi or take the airport train from Fiumicino into the centre of Rome, then walk. From Ciampino you can catch the airport bus and then the metro. The nearest metro station to the hotel is Barberini.

By Car:
Taking a car into Rome is no joke, but if you want to hire one, see our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Italy and getting around

Airports:

  • Rome Ciampino 30.0 km CIA
  • Rome Fiumicino 34.0 km FCO

Other:

  • Beach 27.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
8/10
Food
7/10
Service
8/10
Value
8/10
Overall

They made our stay like a home away from home, but with all the care and hospitality of a luxury hotel. Exceptional service, very central location and a beautifully appointed apartment. The interior design is creative and modern with lots of nice little touches.

10/10,

We had an amazing trip to Rome with our two children. The rooms and service were excellent at CasaCau and the location of the apartment was fantastic and very central. We particularly liked the morning bakery goods being dropped off at our front door and found the apartment stylish and well suited to a family of 4.

10/10,

Rooms were really nicely done. Would have been nice to have some "comfortable" seating after a hard days sightseeing though. Kevin was great and always able to answer any questions. Requests were taken care of immediately when asked. Great location.

9/10,

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