Last June, the hotel was re-branded as the Casati Hotel (for years, it was the Pest Hotel so smart move!) after a major renovation project that transformed all the guest rooms and the lobby. And as you can see from the photos, the results are pretty fantastic.
Each theme offers something different—antiques and oil paintings in the 'Classic' rooms; minimalist silver/white accents in the 'Heaven' rooms—but we found ours to be, well…the coolest. Behind the bed was a mural depicting some strange oversize furry animal which at first frightened us but after we woke up the next morning we started to grow fond of him. Meanwhile we had plenty of room to stretch out, plus a set of French windows opening onto the courtyard below, and a decent-size bathroom.
The sauna is located below the lobby.
The creativity extends beyond just the rooms, too. Out in the hallways, more art decorates the walls and guest room doors. And downstairs, the lobby is used as a temporary art exhibit, installing different works by local artists (on our visit, we were welcomed by a set of pink bucket seats and chains were hanging from the ceiling, giving the lobby an odd sex dungeon-y sort of vibe).
However, the ambience is incredibly warm and welcoming, with a small check-in area leading into a skylit dining room (where breakfast is served). Next to that is an equally colorful bar lounge with wraparound seating and geometric designs on the walls.
In terms of amenities, the hotel offers free (very yummy) breakfast, free WiFi, and a fitness center downstairs. (The fitness center is actually pretty cool, as it offers a Finnish sauna and a "chill-out room" with an 18th century well!). But if you wind up here, it's probably going to be for one of three reasons: cheap rates, unique art, and friendly staff.
Rates from $129/night.