Firstly the positives:
- The hotel is in an excellent position with the sort of amazing views that you hope for in this part of the world.
- The building is clearly historic and has a lot a character which is refreshing in these days of anodyne chain hotels.
- So long as you are OK with a lot of steep stairs (and we were but many would struggle) the pool is great, right on the sea with a bar and first class views, and
- breakfast on the terrace with those wonderful views was very good with plenty of choice.
I’m afraid for the price (its not cheap) the rooms were very dated (I know its a historic building that needs sympathetic treatment but I swear Frances of Assisi himself may well have overseen the wiring and plumbing!). Basic is one thing, but the rooms are very sparse, as though the monks have not long since left! Added to that, there was no real warmth to the place, some of the staff were lovely but some were a little cold and some just rude (notably the waiter at breakfast with the ‘hair’ that had to be seen to be believed and a very high view of himself). We asked front of desk to help us source some activities but drew a blank and ended up sorting wine tour our ourselves through Trip Adviser and a private boat trip by walking down to the harbour.
It’s a beautiful part of the world and well worth a visit but I’m afraid this place is trading on that location, there are better places for the money.
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