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“Essence of Tuscany” 4 of 5 stars
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Oasi Neumann
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Le Contesse n. 1, 52044 Cortona, Italy   |  
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Ranked #18 of 22 Hotels in Cortona
Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Essence of Tuscany”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2008

When we arrived we were asked if we wanted a view of the countryside or the garden. We said the countryside but were disappointed with the room's view, so they moved us to a garden view room. The view was of the garden and in the distance the Tuscan hills and a lake. We knew at that point why we had come to Tuscany. BEAUTIFUL! In unison we said "Aaaaahhhhh! There is nothing like opening the window and the shutters to such magnificence. It was a very peaceful stay. This is probably not the hotel for you if you are looking for excitement. The room was very simple but with an Italian flair. There were wonderfully extra heavy blankets for cold nights. There were very few people when we were there and the breakfast was simple but sufficient. We walked the 15 minutes up the hill to Cortona several times and it was quite a walk uphill when you are out of shape, but well worth taking in the wildflowers, Wisteria covered arbors (we were there mid April), and the patchwork countryside. The staff was very professional, friendly, and helpful. We loved our stay and would most definitely return. Be sure to read the history of the hotel before you go and it will enhance your appreciation of where you are. The only slight negative was that the shower was very small but we found this to be true throughout Italy.

  • Liked — Views of Tuscany
  • Disliked — Hours for breakfast too limited.
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Wotton-under-Edge, United Kingdom
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2008

Had one night here as the first night of an 8 day cycling holiday from Tuscany into Umbria. Arrived by train from Rome. Stunning location and views (especially from bedroom window) but felt very austere like walking through a hospital. Stop was dinner, bed and breakfast and I can see why dinner was thrown in as it was very basic and you would not eat there by choice. Walked into town after early dinner (15 minutes uphill along road) and it was buzzing and we wished we had arranged to stay in the town.

Stayed August 2008
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2008

The Oasi was an excellent value. The rooms were simple, clean, staff very friendly, and the food was quite good with a self serve buffet breakfast. No lunch and dinner reservations must be requested at the front desk during the morning hours. Two minor drawbacks...the parking is limited if the hotel is full, and it's an uphill 15 minute walk to Cortona if you don't have a vehicle. Taxi rides are available if you contact the front desk staff. I was there with an art workshop group. It was perfect for our needs. The valley view from the hotel garden was panoramic.
I would definitely stay there again.

  • Liked — Price and cleanliness
  • Disliked — Walk to town
  • Stayed April 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2007

I was at the Oasi Neumann for a week and a half for a music festival, so I got to know the surrounding area fairly well.

The hotel does in fact boast a spectacular view. Whether day or night, it's nothing short of inspiring.

That said, a very similar view can be had from the town of Cortona, a 10-15 minute walk up the hill. In my opinion, the town of Cortona is not so bustling and busy that it would detract from the 'getting away' feeling, whereas the uphill climb every time you want to go into town can get old rather quickly.

The accomodations are nice (room sizes vary widely) and the food was for the most part good. It's probably worth going into town for most of the food, though, as there are some terrific restaurants.

Stayed July 2007
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2006

Something of an enigma: the hotel can't seem to decide whether it's still a monastery or not. The rooms are fine but austere; the public spaces are bare and instituitional. The hotel has excellent views, but is quite distinctly out of town, so not convenient if one wants a stroll around. Breakfast was dull

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2005

With 180 degree stunning views of the Val di Chiana, lush gardens, a formal dining room with excellent restaurant service and a tranquil atmosphere, the Oasi tops my list of places to stay in Italy. The only reason there were so few people staying at this former monastery must be due to the lack of air conditioning. I was lucky to miss the heat wave so this was not an issue.

The staff made every effort to please me, providing special fish dishes when I told them I don't eat meat (such as rabbit). Sometimes I was completely alone in the elegant dining room with crystal chandeliers and dozens of Renaissance paintings. They charged 52 euro for the room with a view and 20 euro per meal. Any other grand residence of this kind in Italy would charge at least 300 a day!

The rooms are simple but basic amenities such as hairdryer, soap, shampoo, towels and minibar are provided. When I opened the shutters I felt like I was on top of the world. The same spectacular view can be seen while strolling through the terraced gardens with fountains. So heat waves notwithstanding, the Oasi of Cortona ranks #1 in my book.

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2004

We stayed in the Oasi hotel on October 10th and enjoyed the experience. We arrived late afternoon and found they had one room left. The views were heavenly, rooms were clean and the grounds were well kept and even though there was a bus of teenagers staying in the hotel we had a great stay. Visiting the rooms where the monks used to study brought many visions of what life must have been like.

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Address: Via Le Contesse n. 1, 52044 Cortona, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 22 Hotels in Cortona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Oasi Neumann 3*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
…A few yards from the mighty Etruscan/Medieval walls of Cortona, in a beautiful, unique panoramic spot stands the ancient Santa Maria alle Contesse Monastery (the present-day Hotel Oasi Neumann). The interesting history of this venue, destined to last more than seven centuries, started between 1225 and 1230. Ideal for a holiday devoted to art, culture and mysticism, and particularly suited for those seeking peace and tranquility. ... more   less 
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