This hotel in a castle was fascinating and lovingly restored. Understated decorating that exudes class. The room and bathroom were comfortable, spacious and well appointed. Restaurant area with palm trees and plants and sunlight streaming in through the leaves was lovely. There are seating areas off this atrium that are little nests where guests can curl up with a book, nap or chat. It's beautifully serene.
Breakfast was fresh and tasty -- they will even make omelets with your choice of ingredients. Coffee refilled often and with a smile. As I was enjoying breakfast, the owner who is, I believe, the architect of the renovation, walked through and greeted his guests. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming.
I would have given the hotel an Excellent however unlike others who had help with luggage, I had to schlep it up the stairs myself when I checked in. Also, at the front desk they photocopied both sides of my credit card and put it in a notebook along with my booking documents and set this notebook (which had information about the other guests at the hotel) next to the computer. It's the only hotel I stayed in during my 2-1/2 weeks in Italy that copied my credit card but Luisa told me that's what they do. I found this practice disconcerting, especially since there wasn't always a person at the front desk and the notebook was out and available. At the least, put the book under the desk or in a drawer.
Otherwise, I highly recommend and I would return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Torre del Parco is a medieval fortress dated back in the 15th century and located in the heart of Lecce, just a few steps away from the historic city centre and a few kilometres away from the most dreamy beaches of the Salento coast. The historic hotel is located inside the ancient monastery which was built in the 600 on the ruins of the 15th century complex composed by the Tower, the Prince's Palace, the base of the state's mint and the Court. Our luxury rooms, finely furnished with antiques but also equipped with all the modern comforts have direct access to the Relax Area where you can enjoy a regenerating massage from our qualified staff. Our rich sweet and savoury breakfast buffet and our expert staff wishes you good morning with fruits, pastries, homemade cakes, jam, fresh fruit juices, hot bread with salami and cheese, omelettes and typical products from Salento like the famous "Pasticciotto" and "Cornetto from Lecce". Our breakfast also includes live cooking preparations with fresh products according to your taste and preference. Gluten-free products are also available. ... more less
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