This was our third visit to Cortona, but the first time we stayed in town (two nights). At the top of the steep Via Guelfa, it has such an elegant ambience. The public rooms are lovely, and our room was charming with its canopied bed. Breakfast buffet was ample and varied. You step out the door, walk a dozen steps to your right and you're in the main piazza. We sat on the steps of the old city hall there and watched the local passagietta through sundown. One of the things you go to Italy for!
The hotel offers parking in an adjacent garage, but be advised - its a very steep run-up in first gear through pedestrians to get to it. Too intimidating for me, but others handle it just fine. Alternative: dropping off passengers and their luggage at Piazza Garibaldi for a couple hundred meter flat walk along Via Nazionale (the only flat street) to the San Michele while you go back down to park along city wall in lot at base of Via Guelfa. Then you get to walk up. People who live here definitely develop legs of titanium! But it's so beautiful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel San Michele is located in the historical heart of Cortona. Born out of a restoration of a renaissance palace, it is listed as national monument by The Italian Ministry of Art and host a 15th century fresco (Masaccio school). Restored with taste, the hotel offers classic, superior, junior suite as well as suites some of them with a private balcony with a view, all equipped with moden comforts. Air conditioning, private bathroom, elevator and covered garage. Massages, cooking classes and tours are available on request. You can also taste a Tuscan aperitif at the Bar dell'Accademia on the first floor. On request: "La Torretta" a relax area with a 360° view and hot tub. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- San Michele Hotel
- San Michele Cortona