Our room was in the Jazz section of the hotel and after the charismatic but uncompromising charms of a converted “noble palace”, it was a joy to be able to wheel suitcases around, without having to negotiate flights of stairs.
The reception area is bright, spacious and highly jazz themed. Check-in was utterly painless and within minutes we were basking in air-conditioned comfort. Our room faced the rear of the hotel, so no problems with noise, of any kind – apart from the plumbing but more about that later. It had all the amenities you expect from a four star hotel and then some. The wi-fi was free, which isn't always the case in Italy and the signal strong. One small problem arose when the user name and password log-in information, expired after three days but another was supplied by phone.
In fact there were only two small niggles regarding the room. The first being a flimsy shower curtain. Nothing infuriates me more than having to constantly stop the shower curtain from clinging to your soapy body. The shower has its own tray, so why not have a proper cubicle or a heavier-duty shower curtain, that doesn't flap about like a flag in the breeze?
The second wasn't exclusive to the hotel and must, (I presume), have something to do with the water pressure in Perugia. When you flushed the hotel toilet, it emitted a large groan, not dissimilar to a large mammal breaking wind. As the cistern re-filled with water, the last few seconds were accompanied by a noise that sounded like the song of a hump-backed whale. Joking apart, these noises were loud enough to wake someone, were you foolish enough to flush the toilet during the night. We could hear the same noise from the bathroom next door and from a surprising amount of toilets throughout Perugia. My guess is that it is the product of pressure reduction valves, (what a nerd I am).
The breakfast in the hotel was outstanding. It even went so far as to have a huge selection of wheat-free items, for those who suffer from wheat intolerance. The restaurant, which was so good we ate there twice, was a wonder. The cheese soufflé starter was stupendous, as was the rabbit and porchetta. Our only complaint was that on our first visit, my wife's lamb was way overcooked. The wine list is comprehensive and has a separate section devoted to Umbrian wines. Service is first class and thoroughly professional. It is closely allied to the excellent Slow Food movement.
Lastly, although the hotel is situated on the edge of historic centre, with a sweaty uphill walk to get there; do not despair! If you leave the hotel, walk to the rear and take a short downhill stroll along via Raniero Fasani, you will see a red mono-rail that crosses the road. Look right and you will see a modern white building that houses the Case Bruciate Mini-Metro rail station. Buy a €1.50 ticket and enjoy a ride on one of the most charming and efficient, public transport systems I have ever used. In two short stops you will arrive at the terminus, emerging to a wonderful view and a final escalator ride to the very heart of the historic centre. The best €1.50 we spent on the entire holiday!
I can thoroughly recommend the Hotel Gio. I was going to dock a mark from the hotel for the plumbing and shower issues but IMHO, they were negated by the excellent breakfast and restaurant. I've given five stars for less, which isn't very objective, I know.
Rooms that do not overlook the road to the front seem quieter.
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