What We Love
- On-site two-Michelin-star restaurant, Il Reale
- Off-the-grid location near Abruzzo National Park
- Designer rooms with gigantic egg-shaped tubs and balconies
What To Know
- There are only six guestrooms
- The region is rugged and mountainous and doesn't see a lot of tourists; great for off-the-beaten-path adventurers, but there's no party scene
- The restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Italy’s Abruzzo region is famed for its ethereal light, and the sunshine isn’t wasted at Casadonna Reale, a 1,500-year-old hillside monastery turned boutique retreat, where glass doors and giant windows drench public spaces in golden light from dawn to dusk. Staying true to its humble roots, it maintains a super-minimalist white-on-white design, with interior spaces mostly devoid of furniture; a blank canvas vibe presides throughout.
Bed and Bath
There are just six guestrooms, all of which are austere, mostly white, and stripped of all but necessary furnishings, letting the light flood in through giant windows. Rooms feature unique touches such as giant egg-shaped tubs for soaking in the bedroom, and modern black and white bathrooms with sexy walk-in showers. Just because the room looks stark, however, doesn’t mean the luxe factor is compromised. Beds are dressed in high-quality sheets and feather-soft duvets. Expansive patios or balconies are top spots for sipping wine and watching the sun sink over the horizon.
Casadonna Reale is essentially a restaurant with rooms. Niko Romito’s two-Michelin-star restaurant, Il Reale, serves artful interpretations of regional specialties such as glazed veal with field vegetables and smoked pork tortilla. The decor is sparse here, too, which puts the focus firmly on the dramatic presentation of the dishes. A lovely garden surrounds the hotel — the perfect place to unwind in a lounge chair or indulge in a picnic. Conveniently, the on-site shop, Bottega di Niko, stocks excellent local products including honey, cheese and sausage.
In the Area
Abruzzo is one of Italy’s lesser-known regions, despite being just a two hour drive from Rome. There are three national parks within a 120-mile radius: Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, Parco Nazionale della Majella and Parco Gran Sasso and Monti Della. In winter there are two nearby ski resorts to choose from, Roccaraso-Aremogna (seven miles away) and Rivisondoli–Monte Pratello (nine miles), which offer cross-country as well as downhill skiing.
How to Get There
I thought for the price this was at least a 4* hotel ........IT IS NOT!
None existent service
I had a suite........room size was OK.......But decor is minimalist? to my taste a collection of disassociated things
Worse was the room was EXTREMLY tired.......should have been redecorated years ago......grubby wet stained floors chipped paint everywhere ans sealent in bathroom with mold or what looked like it.
Wall painted by a blind man!
Not worth €100 a night............but view beautiful.
We booked a package Experiences including one night in Sextantio and one night in Casadonna. It was a real hit. First one night in Santo stefano di Sessanio in this fantastic albergo diffuso where you get this real mediaval feeling and learn a lot about the special culture in Abruzzo. We then had some problems to get to Castle di Sangro because of the big snowfall. The road from Sulmano was closed and we had to drive out to Chieti and then in to the Val di Sangro. A detour of at last two hours. We also used the snow chains. On the last part up to the hotel the snow chains was broken and wee need help to get to parking. Niko the masterchef himself in not only a good chef. He showed us that his is also a good driver when he helped us with our car.
We then had a marvelous time in Casadonna with very helpful staff. The dinner who was included in the package was amazing with the roots in the traditional food from Abruzzo and with splendid tastes. We will never forget the onion soup with fried saffron or the pigeon with pistachio. Both pure and simple dishes with great tastes. The wine pairing was also great with spagetti with tomatos together with sweet Muscatel de Setubal as the top. After a great breakfast we had to put the snow chains on again. But thats another story...
My husband and I came all the way down from Montreal to try the Reale-Casadonna experience. We arrived after a long flight and road, we were welcomed by a very nice team and already knew we were going to experience a great adventure. The room are simple but perfectly decorated and the view from the bedroom was calming and memorable, although a little noisy...The dinner started with the best cold cut we've ever had and a classic aperol spritz.... followed by an impressive tasting menu and wine pairing.
We spent one night at this hotel and we had dinner at the hotel restaurant. The rooms are very stylishly furnished, comfortable and with lots of natural light. One special mention to the breakfast which is included in the hotel rate: an absolute treat!
This is a three star place and it truly lives up to that promise. We had a fantastic dinner, but maybe the most memorable moment was breakfast. The rooms were great too, with hamam showers and an extraordinary roomy feel. I can recommend this to anyone.