It all started from Mrs Howard’s visionary idea, when guesthouses did not exist yet in Italy. Casa Howard is a place where intimacy and character win you more than the many comforts of an anonymous luxury hotel in the city centre. It has no sign, just a writing on the intercom, as if the Howard family lived here. You step into the building’s hall and leave behind a bright Roman sunset. Casa Howard welcomes you with a charming discreet atmosphere, and silence is broken only by the opening and closing of doors, along with some words from the rooms. You notice swiftly the details of the little hall that reveals at once the worth of the house. A charming and sophisticated look blends Roman middle class, French romanticism and British style. Art books, dim lights, ancient frames on a striped wallpaper. Upholsteries from France, toiletries from Florence (by the famous Officina Profumo – Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella) and yucatas from Japan – traditional summer clothes, for the guests of rooms with private bathroom down the corridor. Breakfast – consisting of bread, butter and jam, croissants, orange juice, coffee, and a soft-boiled egg on request – is served in the rooms at the required time in the morning, and accompanied by a smile. You eat it in your bed, as you did so long ago, under a black and white toile de jouy drape with contrastive burgundy tassels.
You can find Casa Howard also in via Sistina and in Florence.
Words Laura Taccari
Translation Alessia Andriolo