After an uneventful two nights stay in Trevi, we arrived at around 9am in Spello. The Palazzo Bocci is indeed located in among the best location for sightseeing. Our suite was not ready as the hotel is fully booked the night before, we set off to explore Spello and returned around noon.
As guide books has described, Spello is indeed one charming hill top Umbrian town. Almost every house has some form of plotted plants, it is as though all house owners in Spello has an unanimous agreement among themselves - to make their houses as charming as possible!
Our chosen suite, room 101, is probably the biggest in the Hotel. Its sitting room is huge, with frescoed ceilings and a marble fireplace, is facing the main road of Spello, Via Cavour. At first, I was a tad worried about possible noise, but fret not, the small frescoed bedroom, being separated from the sitting room, is cleverly well insulated. In the bathroom, there was a jacuzzi and good range of toiletries.
Like Spello, the common areas of the Hotel is indeed very charming and quite classy - big breakfast area, adjoining computer area, courtyard with fountain, hanging garden, pockets of sitting area etc Once you are in the common areas of the Hotel, you would feel that what you pay for staying here is indeed quite worth it.
But when it comes to our suite, in fact, we were less than pleased - the bed on the right side (facing window) sagged quite badly in the middle; an old 20" TV in the bedroom area but no TV in the huge sitting room!; no slippers provided here; plastic cups instead of glass cups; no English channel on TV; Wi-fi only in common areas; useless hairdryer; poor breakfast for a 4 star hotel; most expensive in our Umbrian trip of 6 hotels.
We strongly felt that unless you have 3 or 4 travelling together, it is pointless to book a huge suite since there is no TV in the sitting area. Though the room was less than par, the staff, esp. Ms Greta was very helpful and professional indeed. She had helped to highlight our possible train mis-connection to Gubbio the next day and helped arrange a taxi transfer at 80 euros instead - grazie mille, Greta!
A final word on the Hotel's associated restaurant, Il Molino. We thought it too overrated - the place is over crowded, served by only 2 persons. My funghi tagliatelle was inedible as the pasta is too HARD but the award winning beef pie was nice, but not that spectacular. Basically, a tourist trap. Do enjoy Spello, a one night stay is just right to see all the sights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palazzo Bocci, which opened as a hotel in 1992, has paintings by Benvenuto Crispoldi and an architectural style that is enlivened by in-between floors, split-levels and niches. The building offers its guests surroundings and rooms that evoke an atmosphere of rare beauty, such as the fountain at the entrance, the hanging garden with two century-old palm trees, the spectacular Hall of Frescoes, the rooms, the luxurious suites, plus views and hidden corners that the Hotel Palazzo Bocci jealously preserves as if they were a treasure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Bocci Spello
- Palazzo Bocci Hotel Spello