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The Hotel Guru, outstanding guidebook Guidebook: The Hotel Guru

Year: 2013

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse


Review: “Behind the unmarked door of a secluded 19th-century palazzo, Massimiliano Leonardi and Jennifer Howard’s second-floor guest house is a home-from-home. There’s no concierge, just ‘house-genie’ Edgar, who shows you the ‘honesty fridge’, packed with cold drinks. In the five individually decorated bedrooms, the feel is high-style but never flash, with beautifully chosen furniture and objets d’art. There’s also an amazing Turkish hammam.”

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Guidebook: 1,000 Places to See Before You Die

Year: 2012

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse


Review: "Congratulations. You’re in the new edition of the world’s bestselling travel book!

1,000 Places to See Before You Die, the #1 New York Times bestseller with over 3 million copies in print, is back in a completely revised and updated (and full-color!) second edition. The new edition includes 200 new entries, visits to 28 additional countries, and more than 600 full-color photographs.
To get you started, we are attaching a “We’re in the book!” jpeg so you can proudly display your listing on your website. Should you like a window decal or a copy of the page on which you are mentioned, please contact Lauren at 1000placesmarketing@workman.com.
If you would like to order copies of the book to sell in your gift shop, give to your best customers, or use for PR purposes, we have set up a special discount for featured locations (50% off the $19.95 retail price on orders of 10 or more copies, plus shipping). To order books please fill out the grid below and email back to June at june@workman.com.
And finally, please let us know if there is anyone else we should share the news with— your gift shop buyer, public relations firm, or even a local tourism contact. We would be happy to get in touch with them.

Congratulations, again!"

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Guidebook: 1000 x European Hotels

Year: 2008

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse


Review: "Three ingredients are required to successfully create wonderful lodgings: an apartment on the second floor of a historical palazzo in Rome, a wonderful location in the vicinity of the Spanish Steps and the unique ideas of the famous Italian interior designer Tommaso Ziffer, who used his exuberant imagination and love of details to create an unusual yet private ambiance. Each of the five rooms of the guesthouse is governed by a different color scheme and features noble wooden floors, high ceilings and period furniture – as a result, guests feels like they are staying with a friend who has exceptionally good taste."





Guidebook: Chic Retreats

Year: 2007-2008

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome & Florence Guesthouses

Review: "Simply Chic - Casa Howard, Rome. Casa Howard is a hidden gem right in the centre of Rome close to the Spanish steps. Exclusive and fashionable with 5 stylish bedrooms it is neither a hotel or a guesthouse, more like an elegant private residence full of family antiques and paintings. Located in the shopping area (Gucci and Prada only a few minutes away), in a beautiful historic building, Casa Howard provides the charm of a private house with the standard of personal service you would expect from a 5 star hotel. Every room features parquet floors, beamed ceilings, satellite TV, tea making facilities, air-conditioning, Ginori china and complimentary WIFI access in each guest room. Casa Howard, Florence. In November 2004 the newest Casa Howard opened in Florence with 11 rooms and 2 suites. The newest guest house (not a hotel) continues the formula of location, privacy, personal service, high comfort, excellent value. Casa Howard Florence is on 3 floors of a magnificent Palazzo, close to the train station and in an elegant area of the city. The famous ‘Officina dei profumi di Santa Maria Novella’ is next door and provides the guest house exclusively with it’s world famous toiletries. Many of the rooms have working fireplaces and it is possible to combine some of the rooms to create a large private suite. A Turkish bath, a library bedroom and a winter garden all contribute to ensure a comfortable stay for the most demanding guests. There is a room for families with climbing wall and a Walt Disney video library. Small dogs are welcome."





Guidebook: Elle Décor

Year: 2005

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Cinque Stanze con l'atmosfera di une casa privata a pochi metri dalla scalinata di piazza di Spagna, altre cinque non poco lontane, a qualche minuto da via Veneto, sempre in palazzi strorici e arredate con gusto da famosi interior designer. Rappresentano l'evoluzione del B&B, con tanta privacy ma servizi e qualità da alberghi a cinque stelle, come giornali in camera con la prima colazione, autista all'aeroporto, parrucchiere. Le guest house hanno il bagno turco, pavimenti in parquet, marmo o resine, porcellane Ginori, TV sat anche LCD, aria condizionata, fiori freschi, colori e tessuti raffinati."





Guidebook: European City Breaks


Year: 2006


Guesthouse: Casa Howard Rome & Florence Accommodation


Accommodation Review: "Florence – Sleeping - The elegant recipe of the well-known Rome hotel has been repeated in Florence – a handful of individually designed (and loosely themed) rooms creating an intimate and hotel feel. The owners have a personal and idiosyncratic style, with plenty of quality fabrics and artefacts from around the world. Rome – Sleeping - The name is the Italian title of EM Forster's novel, Howard's End, from the which you might imagine a staid attempt at Englishness – you'd be wrong. This excellent-value designer B&B is now in 2 houses where the design is bright and colourful and the attention to detail commendable, from the slippers and the fresh breakfast to the carefully sourced soap."





Guide Book: Frommer's


Year: 2004


Guest House: Casa Howard Rome Accommodation


Review: "It's rare to make a new discovery in the tourist-trodden Piazza di Spagna area, which is why Casa Howard comes as a pleasant surprise. The little B&B occupies about two-thirds of the second floor of a historic structure. The welcoming owners maintain beautifully furnished guest rooms, each with its own private bathroom with a tub/shower combination (although some bathrooms lie outside the bedrooms in the hallway). The Pink Room is the most spacious, and has an en suite bathroom. Cristy at reception can "arrange anything" in Rome for you and will also invite you to use the house's private Turkish sauna."





Guide Book: Italia Gastronomica

Year: 2006

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "This Rome guesthouse is a hidden gem right in the center of Rome, close to the Spanish Steps. Walk up the marble steps and enter a heaven of peace and quiet after the hustle and bustle of the Spanish Steps area. A cosy, charming Rome accommodation, resembling the private house of a stylish friend, with high-wooden beam ceilings and laque or parquet floors, and 8 exclusive and fashionable rooms decorated with taste and comfortably furnished... " "






Guidebook: Lonely Planet Rome

Year: 2001

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Places to stay – TOP END. Several of Rome's best hotels are located near Piazza di Spagna. One of the newer ones, and a complete delight, is Casa Howard (Via Capo le Case, 18). More guesthouse than hotel, the five rooms are individually decorated with gorgeous fabrics and paintings. Four of them are named after the colour upon which the décor is based – Azzurra, Rosa, Bianca, Verde – and one is known as theChinese Room. Two rooms have en suite bathrooms, the others have their own private bathroom in a separate room next door."






Guidebook: Lonely Planet - Best of Rome

Year: 2003

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Places to stay – TOP END. Casa Howard – Someone with exquisite taste and a keen eye for style created this stunning Spanish Steps guesthouse, which has five distinctly decorated rooms with gorgeous fabrics. Only two have en suite bathrooms although the others do have detached bathrooms (there's even aTurkish bath) and slippers are provided for those short corridor walks. The same people have another guesthouse nearby, with similar standards and prices. "






Guidebook: Min by Rom

Year: 2009

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome

Accommodation Review: "Livsstilsmagasinerne har ret: Smat er smukt. Ejerem af Casa Howard, Massimiliano Leonardi, fortaeller, at hundredvis af forskellige magazine verden over har bragt artikler om hans lille Casa howard. Hotellet ligger pa to forskellige adresser, begge naer Piazza di Spagna. Stedet abnede i 2000 og definerer sig selv som et “stilfuldt guest house efter engelsk inspiration”.
VAERELSER MED TEMAER
Pa begge adresser finder man fem vaerelser, der alle er smagfuldt og elegant indrettet efter et bestemt tema. Du kan bo i Chinese Room, Pink Room, Indian Room, Flower Room og videre i den dur. Vaerelsesdekorationerne er udfort af den beromte italienske indretningsarkitekt, Tommaso Ziffer. Hvis du onsker det, kan du fa din morgenmad serveret pa vaerelset. Der er tradlos internetopkobling og desuden melighe for et tyrkisk hammam-bad for op til tre personer ad gangen. Smat er og bliver smukt."





Guide Book: Rome For Romance

Year: 2006

Guest House: Casa Howard Florence

Review: "B&B is far too pedestrain a term to describe this 12-room extravaganza in an old palazzo just yards from Piazza Santa Maria Novella. As the latest creation of owners Count Leonardi and Jenifer Howard forneris it joins their original Rome success story. That means burying blandness and uniformity in favour of orifginal and imaginatively themed rooms. Twin this with all the warmth of a private home plus can't-do-enough service and you're in clover. Ancient features are axiomatic in Florence and there's no cheating here; parquet and stone floors, heavy wood doors, marble chimney pieces and numerous fine artworks. However its the stunning decor and host of luxurious little extras that turn a stay into a treat. We were hard pushed to decide between the extravagant drawing room in soigné black; the lavish Oriental room with its emperor-sized bed and erotic prints or the impressively tome-lined Library. There is even a Turkish bath - exclusively yours when staying in the Garden room. Housekeepers, aka "House genies" are also trained to add to Casa Howard's spells."






Guidebook: TimeOut Rome

Year: 2006

Guesthouse: Casa Howard Rome Guest House

Review: "The bad news is that, in Rome, space and comfort don't come cheap, but the good news is that many hotels in the high- and mid-range brackets have been given a much-needed makeover. [..] the ten rooms at the exquisite Casa Howard (five at via Capo le Case 18, another five at via Sistina 149)."






Guidebook: TimeOut Rome

Year: 2007

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouses

Review: "Casa Howard started life as a beautiful residenza near Piazza di Spagna; in January 2003, Casa Howard II opened with five more rooms just round the corner. All rooms have been individually designed with a strong emphasis on quality. The new (and slightly more expensive) rooms in Via Sistina have en suite bathrooms; in Via Capo le Case, your (private) bathroom may be along the hall. There’s a Turkish bath and massages can be arranged."

Magazine: Alastair Sawdays

Year: 2008

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "A five-minute walk from the bus and train station is this handsome palazzo, the talk of the town. No reception staff, no communal space, just a big fur throw on a welcoming divan and smiling housekeepers who serve breakfast in your room. On each floor, too, an honest fridge stocked with soft drinks, wine and champagne. But best of all are the bedrooms, designed with style, originality and humour. If you can splash out on a larger, more lavish room, do, though all are delightful. One, with a sunken bath and Japanese prints on the walls, is a deep sensual red; another is 18th-century elegant, with a black velvet sofa and gold taffeta curtains. The apartment, its queen-size bed residing at the top of a spiral stair, is ultra-moderne. There’s a room specially for those who arrive with their pooches (dogs’ beds, baskets, large terrace), and another, the “Play Room”, for families (Disney videos, a climbing wall!). Bathrooms are memorable; nights are air-conditioned and peaceful, providing you keep windows shut. A breath of fresh air, and decent value for the heart of old Florence."





Guidebook: Chic Retreats

Year: 2007-2008

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome & Florence Guesthouses

Review: "Simply Chic - Casa Howard, Rome. Casa Howard is a hidden gem right in the centre of Rome close to the Spanish steps. Exclusive and fashionable with 5 stylish bedrooms it is neither a hotel or a guesthouse, more like an elegant private residence full of family antiques and paintings. Located in the shopping area (Gucci and Prada only a few minutes away), in a beautiful historic building, Casa Howard provides the charm of a private house with the standard of personal service you would expect from a 5 star hotel. Every room features parquet floors, beamed ceilings, satellite TV, tea making facilities, air-conditioning, Ginori china and complimentary WIFI access in each guest room. Casa Howard, Florence. In November 2004 the newest Casa Howard opened in Florence with 11 rooms and 2 suites. The newest guest house (not a hotel) continues the formula of location, privacy, personal service, high comfort, excellent value. Casa Howard Florence is on 3 floors of a magnificent Palazzo, close to the train station and in an elegant area of the city. The famous ‘Officina dei profumi di Santa Maria Novella’ is next door and provides the guest house exclusively with it’s world famous toiletries. Many of the rooms have working fireplaces and it is possible to combine some of the rooms to create a large private suite. A Turkish bath, a library bedroom and a winter garden all contribute to ensure a comfortable stay for the most demanding guests. There is a room for families with climbing wall and a Walt Disney video library. Small dogs are welcome."





Guidebook: Conde Nast Johansens


Year: 2007


Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guest House


Review: "The homely Casa Howard is an intimate and elegant mansion within walking distance of the Uffizi, the Duomo and Via Tornabuoni. The themed guest rooms, uncluding two suites, and 1 small apartment, creatively mix antique furnishings with modern style and are adorned with special touches such as fresh flowers and family portraits. Breakfast includes homemade jams and honey, whilst dinner reservations can be arranged by the helpful housekeepers. The house has a large Turkish hammam."





Guidebook: Cool Hotels - Travel with Dogs Europe

Year: 2009

Guest House: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "He who adorns his hotel logo with a dachshund must be either infatuated in hunting or in dogs. Massimiliano Leonardi di Casalino, owner of the Casa Howard Guest House, is unambiguously the latter. In addition he is also an exceptionally attentive host, who feels that every visitor of his 13-room domicile is his friend. As small as this hotel may be, the service is superb: concierge and housekeeper look after the desires of all guests, a Turkish hamam for relaxation – and in the "Terrace Room" with a private terrace and fireplace, dog owners particularly feel at home."

"Wer sein Hotellogo mit einem Dackel ziert, muss entweder in die Jagd oder in Hunde vernarrt sein. Massimiliano Leonardi di Casalino, Inhaber des Casa Howard Guest House, ist eindeutig letzteres. Und dazu ein überaus aufmerksamer Gastgeber, fühlt sich jeder Besucher seines 13-Zimmer-Domizils doch wie bei Freunden. So klein das Hotel – so superb der Service: Concierge und Housekeeper kümmern sich um alle Gästewünsche, ein türkischer Hamam sorgt für Entspannung – und im "Terrace Room" mit Privatterrasse und Kamin fühlen sich vor allem Hundebesitzer wie zuhause."






Guidebook: European City Breaks


Year: 2006


Guesthouse: Casa Howard Rome & Florence Accommodation


Accommodation Review: "Florence – Sleeping - The elegant recipe of the well-known Rome hotel has been repeated in Florence – a handful of individually designed (and loosely themed) rooms creating an intimate and hotel feel. The owners have a personal and idiosyncratic style, with plenty of quality fabrics and artefacts from around the world. Rome – Sleeping - The name is the Italian title of EM Forster's novel, Howard's End, from the which you might imagine a staid attempt at Englishness – you'd be wrong. This excellent-value designer B&B is now in 2 houses where the design is bright and colourful and the attention to detail commendable, from the slippers and the fresh breakfast to the carefully sourced soap."





Guide Book: Frommer's


Year: 2007


Guesthouse: Casa Howard Florence Guest House


Review: "With a sibling hotel of the same name already doing well in Rome, Casa Howard has arrived in Florence. It’s housed in a restored palazzo next to the famous Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy, from which the hotel secures the most divine pomegranate and mint soaps, a scent that has become our favourite. The midsize rooms are a bit quirky with their stylized themes: if you’re the intellectual type, there’s the Library Room, which is filled with wall-to-wall reading. And for those of a more sensual nature, there’s the Hidden Room with its eotic prints and a sunken bathtub for romantic moments. This casa, however, is not strictly an adult retreat – it also has a playroom with family-friendly videos and a “climbing wall”. A special feature of the hotel is its large Turkish bath."





Guide Book: Italia Gastronomica

Year: 2006

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "This Rome guesthouse is a hidden gem right in the center of Rome, close to the Spanish Steps. Walk up the marble steps and enter a heaven of peace and quiet after the hustle and bustle of the Spanish Steps area. A cosy, charming Rome accommodation, resembling the private house of a stylish friend, with high-wooden beam ceilings and laque or parquet floors, and 8 exclusive and fashionable rooms decorated with taste and comfortably furnished... " "






Guidebook: Italian Hot Spots

Year: 2009

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "Romantic bed and breakfast at the edge of downtown with 13 individually and thematically decorated rooms. Breakfast only in the room. Turkish Bath."

"Bed and Breakfast romantique tout près du centre-ville avec treize chambres décorées selon des thèmes différents. Petit-déjeuné servi uniquement dans la chambre. Hammam."

"Romantische bed and breakfast aan de rand van de binnenstad met 13 individueel en thematisch ingerichte kamers. Ontbijt alleen op de kamer. Turks bad. "






Guidebook: Le Petit Futé (France)

Year: 2009

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "Qu'on s'y tienne, la Casa Howard refuse d'être rangée dans la case « hôtel ». Et il ne suffit pas d'attendre très longtemps pour s'en rendre compte. A l'arrivée, il faut appuyer sur l'interphone pour ouvrir la porte, comme on viendrait sonner chez un ami. Le petit ascenseur élève alors le visiteur au première étage d'une ancienne maison entièrement restaurée entre 2003 et 2005. Les ouvriers ont travaillé avec soin, préservant les sols (parquet, carrelage d'exception...) et les plafonds (moulures, boiseries, fresques...), et changé tout le reste. Il suffit d'admirer le très beau plafond de la twin right pour s'en rendre compte. Chaque chambre est décorée différemment et porte un nom propre. Chacun peut y trouver son compte. Les clients accompagnés d'enfants peuvent choisir la « play room », qui garantit une ambiance très détendue avec des jouets et même un petit mur d'escalade. Les amoureux de littérature choisiront la « library room » cernée de bouquins et aménagée avec un secrétaire, les amateurs d'horizon lointains investiront la « camel room » ou « l'oriental room », et ceux qui hésitent se laisseront peut-être absorbés par la chambre cachée... D'une manière générale, toutes les pièces sont décorées avec soin, souvent dans des couleurs chaudes. Les matériaux employés sont de haute qualité : bois dans certaines douches, excellents matelas, mobilier ancien... Bien entendu, avec un tel niveau de confort, toutes sont équipées de la climatisation, de leur salle de bain privée, d'une connexion internet... Les deux jeunes femmes d'origine philippine qui occupent les lieux sont amusantes et très attentionnées. Une adresse foncièrement différente, intelligente et inoubliable pour tous ceux qui auront eu la chance de pouvoir réserver. Une adresse unique."





Guidebook: Lonely Planet Florence

Year: 2006

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "Casa Howard, Boutique Hotel. With six rooms, this is a delicious retreat near the train station. Building on a successful business started in Rome, the owners have created a set of unique and different rooms. Starting with the paintwork, ranging from lime green to russet red, each room boasts an unpredictable mix of styles and furnishings. You might have an old-style bath, a fireplace and antique furniture."






Guide Book: Rome For Romance

Year: 2006

Guest House: Casa Howard Florence

Review: "B&B is far too pedestrain a term to describe this 12-room extravaganza in an old palazzo just yards from Piazza Santa Maria Novella. As the latest creation of owners Count Leonardi and Jenifer Howard forneris it joins their original Rome success story. That means burying blandness and uniformity in favour of orifginal and imaginatively themed rooms. Twin this with all the warmth of a private home plus can't-do-enough service and you're in clover. Ancient features are axiomatic in Florence and there's no cheating here; parquet and stone floors, heavy wood doors, marble chimney pieces and numerous fine artworks. However its the stunning decor and host of luxurious little extras that turn a stay into a treat. We were hard pushed to decide between the extravagant drawing room in soigné black; the lavish Oriental room with its emperor-sized bed and erotic prints or the impressively tome-lined Library. There is even a Turkish bath - exclusively yours when staying in the Garden room. Housekeepers, aka "House genies" are also trained to add to Casa Howard's spells."






Guidebook: TimeOut Florence

Year: 2006

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "Where to Stay – Santa Maria Novella - Expensive. Casa Howard. The owner of this stylish pied-à-terre sets out to offer comfortable, upmarket accommodation at reasonable rates in the discrete atmosphere of a handsome mansion. The 12 rooms are classy and vaguely eccentric, decorated with strong colours and a mix of antique and custom-made furniture. Check online to choose the one you like best: the big, dramaticDrawing Room, perhaps, or maybe the Black and White Room, in which a blown-up reproduction of Monet’s Olympia covers one wall. Bathrooms are similarly quirky but well equipped, and come with Santa Maria Novella’s smellies. There’s even a Turkish bath on site, should you have overdone in on the sightseeing. Bookings are made through the original Rome branch. When is a Hotel not a Hotel? You may find yourself confused about the names given to the various categories of accommodation in Florence and Tuscany. Rules about this are established on a regional level, so they vary to some degree throughout Italy. In Florence, to be officially classed as a hotel (and therefore subject to a star classification), you must have seven or more rooms. To qualify as an affittacamere (literally “rooms to rent”), you can have no more than six rooms. Some are basically private houses with a couple of rooms for rent (unlike in the UK, most owners don’t live on site), while others are, to all intents and purposes, small hotels. Some more upmarket affittacamere are now allowed to class themselves as bed and breakfasts.
Residenza d’epoca is the term used for a listed building with no more than 12 rooms, while to call yourself a residence you must have a minimum of self-catering units. To add to the confusion, a number of establishments adopt certain names because they sound nice, but they may officially be classified as something else. There are ‘B&Bs’ in Florence, for example, that don’t actually serve breakfast.
In practice, though, these rules and regulations don’t really affect the average traveller – all you need to know is that you don’t have to stick to regular hotels if you want something with a bit more character."