Bad news or good news first? Let's start with the bad, just to get it out of the way:
There were a couple of things that were misleading on their website, which were the shuttle bus and the hotel's distance from the city center. On the website they really promote the shuttle bus, and that it's available to the guests free of charge from the train station to the hotel. It's true - but as I came to learn, only from 10:30 - 11:30 AM. So unless you have a need to get there at that time, you are completely out of luck.
The second thing I discovered, soon after arriving in Perugia, is that the hotel is quite a bit farther than 10 minutes on foot from the city center. While the train station is not in the center, it still took about 15 minutes with the bus. The bus, is 2 euro per ticket on the bus, and 1.50 euro at the shop. On foot, the walk is 21 minutes from the center, and that's at a good pace.
Now for all the good news: The hotel is very nice. The room was very comfortable, and if it were just slightly bigger, it would be an ideal apartment, in my opinion. The bathroom floors are heated - or it could have just been my cold feet's imagination - the flat panel TV is divine, although there are no English or German channels for the foreigner visiting from abroad; the bed was deliciously comfortable and the room can be set to your preferred temperature. If you are an avid mini-bar enthusiast, I wouldn't get my hopes up if I were you; There were only two cans of coke and two small bottles of water. No liquor and no snacks.
The maid service was very friendly and did an excellent job. The bathroom was very nice, with a huge mirror, big bathtub and both the room and the hotel were very clean.
The restaurant is set apart from the hotel itself in another building. The breakfast was very good, and was included in the price of the room. I felt for all that was included it was a very reasonable price. For 2 people including breakfast we got the rate of 50 euros per night.
The breakfast included cereals, fruits, cheeses, salami, ham, toast, bread, rolls, juices, specially made coffee (you can order from the waiter what you like), tea, brioche (the Italian version of croissants - but better!), pastries...
The staff was good, but the friendliest person was at the reception desk in the mornings, and his name is Jacopo.
All in all our stay at the hotel was very enjoyable, and I would recommend the hotel to anyone visiting Perugia. Just be mindful of the distance from both the train station and the city center. Unless you want to take a taxi, and spend that kind of money, be prepared that you will need to take at least one bus from wherever you're coming in the city and it's not a one stop kind of ride.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the Perusia Hotel, you are right in the heart of Umbria: this 4-star hotel with its modern design and elegant style, situated just minutes from historic downtown Perugia, will be the perfect base for your holiday to discover Umbria’s monuments, churches and the many treasures of its cities.From the panoramic rooftop terrace – 1500 sq m of open space with pool and solarium. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Perusia Hotel Perugia