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Antica Corte Pallavicina Relais
Strada del Palazzo Due Torri, 3, Polesine Parmense, Italy   |  
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“Book directly, not via booking.com”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

After a let down, we were given excellent redress: We arrived after a long day's drive to find that the rooms we had booked months in advance via booking.com were not available. Apparently the management had never received the booking from the internet agency. Whatever, we had to drive back about 20 miles to another impressive castle where the Antica Corte management had offered to find alternative accomodation for us, though - I have to guess - probably not quite as nice and original as their own. And the other place only did breakfast.
So we decided to come back for a slow food dinner at Antica Corte Pallavicina fter having taken a shower. Though this meant having to face another two 15 minute drives (and little wine for the driver). When we arrived, we were shown around the truely impressive cellars (for the best culetto ham and parmigiano cheese rather than wine). That made up for some of the disappointment. And we were also shown the kitchen. High time for dinner, which was truely excellent. To be honest, we did hope to be given a free apperitivo or something to make up for the troubles we had been through. But when I eventually asked for the bill, I was completely bowled over: They insisted the entire dinner was free for us. If there was any way to make up for the huge disappointment at the start of the evening, this was it. We were truely impressed by this generous hospitality and we vowed to come back another time and to book directly with the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Choose this place for the experience -

Please remember really this place is all about the restaurant and the focus on the hotel portion is not their passion.

- Get ready to get lost, that is part of the experience. GPS, directions will get you most of the way, but it was the help of a local that got us to the door. We lucked out she was excited to try her hand at English and we were back on track.

- the exterior is nice. We knew it was a working farm and it was what we were expecting - Cows, geese, peacocks, pigs, etc, it also had a very nice garden with veggies, well groomed. The restaurant utilizes all the animals and veggies to create a wonderful dining experience.

- first impressions of service - poor. We had to wonder around the castle to find the innkeeper/host. Not welcoming at all. Felt like we bothered him.

- room was nice. Good size, very clean. Beautiful bowl of fruit was waiting for us in the room (nice touch). Tasty Italian candies. Bathroom decent size, spa like. Nice toiletries. Great historic details - ceiling.

- isolation, if you want to get away from it all. This is the place. You are not close to any major city/towns. Finding a casual bite to eat was hard to do with out taking a good drive. We had picnic stuff with us, so that ended up being our dinner that nice. The next night we eat there - now that is a whole other review - but I will say for the experience eat there. You'll never for get it.

- breakfast, fabulous. 1st class The chef seems to be there 24/7

- after asking the innkeeper showed up the cellar with all the splendid works of art hanging on the walls and ceiling. Felt like I entered another century in the past. You are able to purchase some of their culinary delights!

- only 6 rooms - you really don't run into other guest. It was like we had the castle to ourselves.

- checking out was just as painful checking in - innkeeper needs some customer service training.

My experience is done - I won't return . . . just to eat there only.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Antica Corte Pallavicina is a very unique place to stay, surrounded by a working farm with a lot of history. The rooms are very charming with wonderful architectural details, and both of the restaurants on the property are excellent. The staff is very helpful and the tour of the culatello caves should not be missed. This is a good location to serve as a base to explore the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy and enjoy the wonderful food and wine from this area.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

A truly unique experience! Excellent food, excellent service... Though the location is completely out of the way (GPS could give us exact driving instructions after putting the longitude and latitude!!!!), it is well worth the journey.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Venice, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We stayed at the Antica Corte Pallavicina Relais in Autumn 2012 and recommend the experience to anyone who wants some time away from life's frenetic pace. Our room (the Duke's room) was spacious, very clean, and most welcoming. Antique furniture and surroundings (the ceiling is beautiful) blended well with modern bathroom fittings. The view from the window looked out over the Po's marshlands, which was filled with birdlife. The complimentary fresh fruit basket was changed daily, with the fruit local and very appetising. Coffee and tea facilities were also a welcome addition in the room. There were also at least three large common rooms at ground level that guests could use. Sarah, Zeno and Giovanni ably assisted us with any request we had, for which we would like to extend our sincere thanks, and offered many and varied ideas of what to do with our time. We didn't have a car but found the walk into Zibello along the bike/walking path a very interesting way to spend a day. Walking around the farm and the garden was also a most pleasant way to pass some time.
The complimentary breakfast of a morning was a wonderful way to begin the day - pastries, meats, eggs, fruits, teas, coffees, fresh juices, breads - something for everyone, all delivered by attentive waiters. A glass of wine or prosecco accompanied by a platter of meat and cheeses could be enjoyed during the day sitting in the casual area in the courtyard. Having dinner at Massimo's restaurant at the Relais was quite an experience, with the degustation menu accompanied by matching local wines being quite something to remember; but dinner at brother Luciano's restaurant 'Al Cavallino Bianco' down the other end of the tree lined gravel road was also an experience not to be missed, and walking back to the Relais under the full moon in the quiet of the countryside was magical. The two restaurants are very different, but each has food worth savouring as both brothers are passionate about what they do. Our experience at the Relais was a very positive one and, if we have the chance, would love to return sometime in the future. We recommend the Relais to anyone seeking to escape the major tourist routes and craziness, and who enjoy great food and peaceful surroundings.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Where else can you dine in a modern atrium attached to a 15th century castle with fine food and wonderful service and then retire to bed for a moonlight serenade by mooing cows? The tour of the culatello cave was a learning experience. Sharing the outdoors with the resident peacocks was a pleasant surprise. Dinner and breakfast were very good but the service was even better. Massimo and Luciano have done a wonderful job. Grazie

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Buffalo, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We stayed in late Ocrober, 2012. First, let it be known that this is a small restored castle in the middle of the countryside, not in Parma. It is truly is a gem of a place surrounding by a working farm for the restaurant's vegetables and flowers. There are livestock and peacocks roaming outside. Despite some other reviewers ideas, the hotel is fully restored with very modern bathrooms, complimentary water and juices in the rooms and daily fresh fruit brought to your room. Also it is impeccably clean. The staff was exceptionally helpful, especially Zeno. We were told that a private tour had been organzied of a local Parmigiano factory on our first day as well as an outling to the farms and a tour of the barns where the famed black pigs are kept to make Culatello. ALso a tour of the basement where there are 100'0s of culatello aging. Yes, there is a pervading aroma of proscuitto and parmigiano in the hotel- not a problem for us! We ate in the Michelin restaurant on the premises and also took a private 3 hr pasta making class in the kitchen with Nicholas, one of the assistant chefs. It was an experience that I truly recommend to everyone. Not often do you get this kind of one on one experience and Nicholas was an excellent teacher. After , we ate what we had made as well as complimentary wine in the kitchen. The breakfast, which was included, was served to order on silver, including culatello, parmigiano, fresh made pastries and jams, cappucino, fresh squeezed orange juice and omelets, if you wanted-- With NO additional charge. One day while sunning in one of the outdoor spaces Zeno brought us culatello, parmigiano, bread and wine- all complimentary. The food in the restaurant was world class- a true Michelin experience. A private tour was arranged in Modena at a small Balsamic vinegar plant (acetaia ca del non)-- also for free and after we purchased some of their product. Antica Corte is a true oasis in a very rural setting. We spent 4 nights there and could have easily spent a week. We took day trips to surrounding towns, including Cremona and Modena. If you're looking for a busy city type experience, look elsewhere. (But your loss). I hope we will be able to return again someday

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Strada del Palazzo Due Torri, 3, Polesine Parmense, Italy
Location: Italy > Emilia-Romagna > Province of Parma > Polesine Parmense
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Polesine Parmense
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