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Hotel Aracoeli
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

The reception of the hotel is placed in a building away from the hotel....... I arrived at 08:00 pm and I had to call to check in.....
Following several call attempts the owner answered and in an extremely rude way told me I should have checked in in the other building..........
P.S. The access to the hotel is in the center of Orta a restricted area not reachable by car........ so with my wife and my 8 days old baby I had to carry all my luggage under a 32 degrees temperature...... No mention of that in the Hotel description which says "Internal Private Parking"

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Incursore
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We stayed in this hotel for 4 nights and overall had a good experience. The pluses are that it is right in the centre of this beautiful town,the room was quirky but nice and the breakfast was excellent. The minuses were the loud sounds from the square late into the night, the difficulty getting there by car initially and the hotel car park is quite a distance away. Not for the faint hearted and there is a lot of climbing but overall worthwhile.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Michael N
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

The hotel is definitely very good. I’ve stayed here 2 nights in the room called “Das Lied vom Sankt Nimmerleinstag”.
+ The thing I enjoyed most was the balcony. You can see part of the lake, a bit of the island and lots of old roofs of this charming town Orta San Giulio.
+ The ROOM is spacious, with a good bed and linen. You have a mini-bar with free snacks and drinks and a kettle with a choice of tea and coffee – that’s great. Another pleasant thing was that my room kept the temperature well and – just as I like – it was warm. I suppose if it’s hot outside, the room will keep the temperature you’ll make with a/c.
-/+ The design is arguable. It’s rather original but I can’t call it very practical or beautiful. The shower looks original too - mine had a music theme - but if you travel with just a friend, a parent or your child, it can be a problem as the shower's just there in the room.
-/+ There is no Wi-fi in the room, but on the ground floor (the hall where breakfast is served) it’s free, and there’s also a computer to use.
- No safe in the room.
+/-The LOCATION is in the very centre of the town, Piazza Motta. It’s convenient (though the town is tiny so any hotel in the historical part will be central). But the inconvenience of such a location (and it’s not the fault of the hotel, of course) is that Piazza is the place where it can be noisy till late at night. Generally, the town is very quiet, but I was "lucky" to hear a noisy company one night.
+ BREAKFAST is tasty.
+ The STAFF are very friendly. The reception is in another building, but it’s not a problem.
To sum it all up – the hotel is not perfect, but it’s really very good.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony on the top floor: the view is better and the balcony is private.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Mirene-Mirene
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

myself and a family member booked to stay at hotel aracoeli however there was a mixup with the room. now usually people would complain and cause a fuss not me i judge people on how they react to mistakes as mistakes happen. A lady named monica was first class she offered us an apartment that the owners had overlooking the whole square at no extra cost. i can honestly say that although we didnt actually stay in the hotel itself the staff were first class and i would highly recommend dealing with people like this if you are going on holiday. the only blip on the time was that a whit t-shirt was mistakenly taken as a pillow case by the cleaners but it wouldn't put me off i will most certainly be back.

Room Tip: when booking ask for the apartment overlooking the square. you will not be disappointed
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank ChrisJL83
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

My wife and I spent a lovely Easter Weekend at the Hotel Aracoeli. It is quite tricky to get to with luggage, as the street it is on is off-limits to most cars. If you can find a taxi at the station (Orta Miasino, cabs advertise by the phone booth right outside) you should be alright. The hotel doesn't have a reception as such - there is an office fifty yards or so down the street, serving several hotels. The very helpful staff there will give you your room-key and the code to open the downstairs door, and walk you to your room.
Downstairs, the building faces onto the square, which in turn faces sideways onto the lake. You enter through the breakfast room, and unlike most hotels, there is a fridge here which you are free to use, and freely consume from, as well as fruit and sweets available for grazing. Upstairs the rooms are spacious, clean and somewhat sparsely decorated.
Main features are a shower in the room itself (behind a massive sheet of glass in ours) and about half a dozen dogeared paperbacks to read, in several languages. And a minibar with free drinks (bottle of chilled white wine, mineral water, etc) snacks and coffee and tea making facilities, as well as more of the sweets from downstairs.
The lack of decoration serves to let the little town, as seen from the balcony, do the talking. The view from Sconsolata (the rooms are all named for books and movies) is like magic, of the Piazza Motta below, half-hidden behind a late renaissance building on stilts, which covers part of one end of the square, and across to the lake itself.
Breakfast is in the room you enter through, downstairs, and is a very generous affair with high, communal tables and a massive buffet, presented all over the place on every available surface. It's also absolute mayhem, as guests from other hotels also eat here, and there is never enough room. This may turn some people off. I'd say stay here anyway; the rooms and location more than make up for the early-morning pandemonium. If the breakfast is not for you, have something out. You'll not regret it.

Room Tip: Pay the extra €10/night for a room with a (tiny) balcony. They face over the piazza onto the lake, a magical place to sit with a book and a glass, and listen to the world.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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