Great experience - lovely gardens, magnificent views, excellent restaurant, good location close to Frascati - except for the fact that the internet connection only ever lasted for twenty minutes, which made planning our day trips rather harder than it should have been.
"Exactly what we wanted as our final view of Italy."
We needed to find a room for our final night of 2 weeks in Italy. We had a rental car so it had to be within an hour drive of FCO airport, have safe parking, yet offer something new. Looking at a relief map of Rome, we noticed an old volcano with a lake in it. Hello Lago Albano. On the south of the lake is Castel Gandolfo, and the Castel Vecchio Hotel. Expedia helped us book a "Room with a View" at an otherwise full hotel. The room overlooked the lake and the towns around it. It was exactly what we wanted.
While the hotel does have a dining room, there were no reservations available for Saturday night. The desk staff offered us other options and then made reservations for us at Bucci, (where we enjoyed a wonderful dinner) which was a beautiful 10 minute walk away.
We ended the evening on the rooftop pool deck watching the lights of Rome in the distance and the lake shimmering below us. The sunrise over the caldera was magnificent, sun spilling into our room. By checkout time, the lake was busy with a huge crew regatta with maybe 100 or more boats and crews.
Traveller from Northeast USA
Located in Castelli Romani, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake …More
I feel the hotel could have sent a mail to prepare us for our arrival. We arrived by train at the Castel Gandolfo station after a morning of travelling. Google Maps indicated the hotel was 800m away from the station but it was a mean uphill to walk with luggage cases. We should have been forewarned and offered a shuttle. Staff weren't very welcoming when we arrived which was disappointing considering we had just conquered the meanest hill! Our room wasn't ready (we were about 40min early) so we walked around a bit until it was.
When we entered the room I was anticipating the view but the curtains were closed. Weird. Anyway, we opened the curtains and the extra we paid for the view of the lake was definitely worth it. Spectacular.
There was no notepad or pen in the room, no information on the area or suggestions of what to do or restaurants to dine at.The wi-fi signal was really really bad. The bathroom had a jet bath and looked inviting, except when we ran the water strange things came floating out of the jets.Eeeuw.
For a 4 star hotel the room looked a bit tired.
Our second day was much better, different staff at reception and breakfast and the rest of the stay was very pleasant.
I must emphasize how stunning the lake view was and I would highly recommend paying the extra for the view if you're able to.
Traveller from UK
Located in Castelli Romani, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo and Lake Albano …More
This hotel was perfect for what we wanted. It is a half hour train ride to central Rome and allows you to relax in the evening after a busy day of sight seeing. The hotel staff were very welcoming and friendly and we got an upgrade on our room with a view over the square. The breakfast was quite basic but the room was spacious and clean. It took 5-10 minutes to walk to the station and is only 3 stops on the train to Termini. There are wonderful sunsets in Frascati and generally has a lovely feel to it!
Located in Castelli Romani, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Tusculum and within 9 mi (15 km) of Palazzo Colonna and Papal …More
Free parking, locale in relation to Rome and affordable were our reasons for booking. We were not disappointed. Was upgraded to a balcony room overlooking the beautiful countryside. Grazie! Room was a little warm, but cozy, clean and charming. Would recommend
Traveller from Cleveland , Ohio USA
Located in Castelli Romani, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Fontana Candida and within 6 mi (10 km) of Villa Aldobrandini …More
Favoured as an out-of-town retreat for the Romans, the Castelli Romani are hilltop villages descended from fortified castles of the Middle Ages. Set on the outer rims of extinct volcanic craters of the Albani Hills, the air is refreshing and the rich, volcanic soil is ideal for vine-growing. Well-known for its crisp, white wine, Frascati is the most accessible of the Castelli Romani. Nearby is the Pope’s summer palace, the Castel Gandolfo.