Agree with all previous travelers - location is heavenly. Views of Assisi and surrounding villages, hills, orchards are breathtaking. Grounds with variety of flowering bushes and fruit trees are well maintained. Old castle rooms are furnished with period pieces and have renovated bathrooms. Unfortunately, it ends right here.
There seems to be complete absence of management in the hotel. The building was completely abandoned during the night with all inside and outside lights turned off. We were told by the reception person that all administrative rooms will be locked but we will have one outside door opened.
In the morning, breakfast room had no attendance. At the back of the room, in the dusted corner covered by spider nets, some slim selection of items was presented. It included a big number of packaged wheat products (that's in Umbria, where fresh made bread is proudly baked daily), small water bottles, instant coffee and butter packets. There were a few cheeses and cold cuts outside with a few flies on top of them. To get freshly brewed coffee, we had to look for someone outside the breakfast room. It happened to be a bar attendant who also served as cleaning lady/receptionist.
There is a swimming pool on the property with the adjacent "spa rooms". The place was supposed to be for relaxation as the beautiful views of the valley was right below. It was a tractor and a grass cutters who disturbed the peace for more then an hour while we were trying to get some rest.
Additional cons: bath tab is tiny (even by European standards, although bathroom is of a decent size), no A/C (open windows provide breeze but 5AM multiple roosters' morning call lasting for hours forced the windows to be closed), restaurant on property is closed (seems that the focus is on big celebration parties not regular hotel guests), pillows are as hard as bricks and beds are too...
Pros: clean, isolated but close to Assisi (if all "cons" are ignored), huge territory.
The property is in desperate need of a loving owner. It could be a winner provided better care and attention.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Far from it all, let yourself be carried away by the silence, colours and scents of the soft Umbrian hills, where what counts is the sunset, the perfume of the earth and flowers. A true oasis of peace where Aldo and Giuseppina's family and their staff welcome guests with courtesy and kindness into the warmth of a private residence,for a holiday in harmony with art and nature. Petrata Castle, an ancient 14th century fortress and its annexed chapel, nestles in the midst of gentle hills on a quiet and sunny plain, 600 metres above sea level and only 6 km from Assisi. Its position of dominance in the surrounding countryside, allows it an wide panoramic view of Assisi and the Umbrian valley. ... more less
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