I am actually staying here with my husband, who is traveling for work and its my fourth day at the hotel. I myself am "on vacation" of sorts, and I will say that this is really the perfect place to rest and relax. The staff here is very accommodating and pleasant. They do speak English, for the most part (or can find someone who does), which is certainly helpful. Of course, I try to speak in Italian whenever I can, since I truly believe it's the right thing to try to learn some basic components of the language, as a visitor to any country. Still, my Italian is not the best and the staff usually ends up speaking to me in English, which is fine. (I'm still trying to get better at speaking Italian though!)
The town of Fiuggi itself is small and quiet (except on holidays and probably most weekends), the landscape is beautiful and in general it's just a great place to rest and recuperate. There aren't a ton of things to do here, with the exception of visiting the Fiuggi water fountain/source, which is said to have curative and medicinal effects. I have to admit the water is very good! You can also take a nice stroll around town and definitely visit the little medieval village on the hilltop. There is a very nice restaurant there called Tre Abruzzi. The Pizza Marinara was very good. As for the food at the hotel, I think think the morning breakfast (which is included in the price of the room), is definitely something to take advantage of. Italians as a rule don't really eat eggs by themselves, so you'll have to ask for an egg or an omelette if you want one for breakfast, as it is not part of their spread. But there are a variety of excellent fresh squeezed juices (including carrot, orange and lemon, pear, grapefruit, orange, apple, etc), as well as cereals, toast, a ton of fruit, some luncheon meats, yogurt, etc. And it's all served in a beautiful, elegant dining room. Really it's more like a grand ballroom. The only thing I can say there is probably room for improvement on is the dinner, but being an American, I'm sure I also have a different palette, so I may not be the best judge of that. I do however, recommend eating dinner at a local restaurant, as you will get more for what you pay for and in my opinion, the dinner is better. Room service is of course a convenience but there is a charge of 7 euro per person for this. If you are going to order anything, get the hazelnut ice cream!
The hotel ambience is that of a bygone golden era, and the rooms and decor all reflect that. The rooms are spacious and beautiful , with gorgeous parquet wood flooring and some of the rooms (including mine) have just a gorgeous view of the mountains and town below, from the balcony. Definitely get a room with a balcony overlooking the hotel entrance if you can. That alone is worth booking a room at this hotel! As for the beds themselves, they are extremely firm but I actually like this because I dont have back problems when I wake up. This kind of thing all comes down to personal preference but it's worth noting. Also, if you do not want room service, make sure to hang a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the doorknob, otherwise they may assume you are not in the room and come in.
All in all, I definitely recommend this hotel and would love to come here again. If you are really more of a city person, you probably won't want to spend your entire time here in Fiuggi but it is still a very drivable distance to Rome and other major cities in the south, if you want a nice, quiet place to come back to after exploring other areas of Italy. Just gorgeous!
- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Fiuggi
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away in the quietness of a park, the Grand Hotel Palazzo della Fonte rests on top of a hill overlooking the valley of Fiuggi, a prime SPA destination. A majestic example of Art Nouveau architecture, the Palazzo welcomes its guests in rooms whose decor and drapery epitomise the timeless elegance of English traditional country houses. It seduces with the culinary delights of local tradition; its SPA greets with delicate scents and sweet melodies gently diffusing. An elegant and sumptuous retreat, an hour away from the capital, the Palazzo is a haven of relaxation where to abandon oneself to the warmth and hospitality of a dedicated staff that will ensure that every whim is catered for. ... more less
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