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Frascati: Hotel Giadrina di Cacciani

Via A. Diaz 13/15, Phone: 06.94.20378

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Reviewed by: Kim from NJ (moderator), review #1143

When: May 2005

Nothing fancy; very basic but a decent price to stay within a short train ride to Rome. {3 star}

View From Our Balcony, photo by Kim

We chose this hotel because we were looking for something easily accessible from the autostrada on our way from Puglia to Tuscany. The hotel being associated with a Buon Ricordo restaurant and my collecting plates, didn't hurt either.

We navigate into the city (I won’t call it a town) of Frascati, without a map, but luckily, as we approach a main square, we see a sign for Ristorante Cacciani -- the Buon Ricordo place associated with our hotel -- and follow it around a bend to our residence for one night. We don’t see a parking lot, but do manage to find some street parking for the moment, while we check in and see where we should leave our car.

We walk over to the building, sans bags, and press the button to be buzzed in. Reception is up one flight, on the first floor and someone from the restaurant (they’re both family owned and run) meets us there, takes our passports and gives us our room key. She also tells us there is no lot, and we should park on the street but make sure we pay. At first I don’t see the little pay box from the window but she points it out to me and we’re good to go.

We return to the car, feed the blue parking box for our ticket (€4 which gets us through until the next morning at 9:00), retrieve our bags and cram into the elevator to our room. We find our room easily enough and to say it’s small and no frills, is a completely accurate description. It has two things going for it though, one English language station on the tube (BBC World News) and a huge balcony with a kick-ass view; the balcony’s almost as big as our room but could use a bit of sprucing up (a good sweep, and some touch-up paint on the wrought iron table and chairs). Hey, for 95€, I can’t complain too much.

The restaurant, Cacciani, associated with the hotel gives hotel guests a 10% discount for dining there. We did (see my restaurant review) and I can recommend that for a dining option.

In the morning, they serve breakfast in a tiny room off reception that doubles as a meeting room later in the day. We did not have to wait when we arrived but those that came shortly after us, had to wait for a table. They serve your standard hotel buffet: cornetti, granola, yogurt, orange juice and cappuccino and espresso upon request. Nothing impressive but nothing to sneeze at either.

To stay in the outskirts of Rome at a reasonable price without any luxuries, I'd say this hotel fits the bill.

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