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Relais La Corte dei Papi
Ranked #3 of 24 Hotels in Cortona
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chevy chase, md
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
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“Outstanding”
Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

Corte Dei Papi is absolutely outstanding - the location and grounds, the accommodations, the breakfast, the fabulous restaurant and most importantly, David. David has taken his generations old family home & created his vision of Tuscan perfection. From the minute you arrive David is there with the warmest of welcomes, with a magnetic smile and hugs & kisses included. As others have commented in their glowing reviews, David is ever present. A true work-aholic, but in a masterful sense.

Traveling with friends, we stayed 4 nights in the 2 deluxe cottages which were comfortable & lovely. The breakfast was incredible. We dined in the restaurant 2 nights & the food was outstanding. David arranged a winery tour for us, at the height of the grape harvest season, and it was fantastic. All of the staff were lovely & clearly have David's stamp on the service they provided.

Of our 3 1/2 weeks in Italy, Cortona, Corte Dei Papi and David were the highlight of the trip. Cannot recommend David & his Tuscan creation enough. David, we miss you already.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

We were so fortunate to have the Corte Dei Papi as our final hotel on a weeklong Backroads bicycle tour of Tuscany and Umbria. From the moment we arrived we were greeted with warmth by Davide and his charming staff and this continued throughout our stay. They tried so hard to meet our every need, from fabulous meals to even discussing where to buy the best shoes in Cortona. We stayed in several beautiful hotels, but is was by the far the best.
The hotel is charming. We stayed in a room in the old section overlooking a private patio. Our room did not have a shower, but a large (and slippery) bathtub. The room was large and elegant. Others in our group had rooms in the newer section, apparently with large whirlpool baths and showers, but we loved the privacy and comfort of our room.
Breakfasts were sumptuous and we had a completely lovely dinner at the hotel restaurant. Our crowd was lively and the beauty of the setting and the kindness of our hosts created the perfect conditions for a celebration of our final night of our trip. I would love to come back and know I would be greeted with delight by Davide. He makes this hotel what it is today.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

We stayed here as one of our hotels on a Backroads bicycling trip. We absolutely loved it! Would go back there anytime. The service was great, very attentive and responsive. David, the owner and manager was terrific! The rooms are very spacious (the building we stayed in was brand new!), and clean. It had a huge jacuzzi tub and a state of the art steam/shower that was very cool.
The food was great also, we had breakfasts there and dinner one night. Fabulous!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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West Orange, New Jersey
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Fantastic small hotel. Davide is an amazing and gracious host, attending to any need. Room was shockingly spacious, immaculate and bath facility a real treat. Grounds are beautiful. My wife and I were on a bicycle trip and the pool was cool and refreshing. We had dinner one night at the hotel and it was wonderful as was daily breakfast. Location is 10 minutes or so outside of Cortona, a wonderful Tuscan city. One of the most pleasant hotel experiences I have ever had anywhere.

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Bath, Maine
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

The owner/manager, David, has restored this family home to pristine condition. He is a most gracious host, and extremely welcoming. David works very hard to make certain that everything goes smoothly. He is there when you get up for breakfast, and there when he closes for the night. It is very unusual to have an on site owner to make sure everything is perfect. When we had to leave after four fabulous days, we felt like family. The wine list was excellent, the staff very attentive, the food also first class.
We are already planning for our return trip back.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Windsor, Connecticut
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Corte dei Papi is a great place to stay. We were there for two nights and our room was spacious with three separate rooms (bedroom, sitting room and bathroom), airy, clean with great views from our windows. David and his staff made us fell right at home, taking care of all of our needs (ie turning the room ac back on for us, supply us with extra towels without question, etc) while staying in the background giving us plenty of space. The breakfast was delightful and dinner is very enjoyable with a great variety of options. The hotel is a short (less than10 minute) taxi ride to downtown Cortona. The hotel is situated in a park like environment allowing you to relax easily after a day in town. We can not say enough about this hotel, would stay there again in a heart beat and will we be back in the future.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

We spent 4 days at Corte dei Papi recently. The place is beautiful and extremely charming. The food is delicious. You have to eat at least one night at their cozy restaurant and enjoy a very special Tuscan dinner. What really makes it special is it’s owner. David was great and made our stay even more special.

We arrived at our cottage, an intimate room apart from the main building, and noticed right away that this would be a very singular experience.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Relais La Corte dei Papi
Address: Via La Dogana 12 | Località Pergo, 52044, Cortona, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Cortona
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cortona
#1 Family Hotel in Cortona
#3 Luxury Hotel in Cortona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Relais La Corte dei Papi 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Relais La Corte Dei Papi is an original late 17 century family dwelling that has been lovingly restored to create a hotel that caters for our guests every wish. An oasis of tranquility and peace ideal for the discerning traveler who yearns for exquisite Tuscan food in an elegant, charming countryside residence. Situated between the beautiful hills that surround the famous historical town of Cortona made even more famous by the writer Frances Mayer in her book “Under the Tuscan Sun” The Relais La Corte Dei Papi provides its guests with classically stylish room and suites equipped with every amenity. The interior has been lovingly restored to its original splendor. Every room and suite is furnished with taste and discernment. The beautiful Spa Suites are dedicated to the balance and wellbeing of guests. A truly unique experience with every imaginable facility to enhance your relaxation, the spa comes to you in the privacy of your suite. The restaurant is housed in what was the originally the wine cellar of the house and it maintains the integrity of traditional Tuscan cooking. The kitchen recreates the delicate flavors of genuine Tuscan dishes with a modern twist. Every ingredient used in our kitchen is selected for its quality, freshness and flavor; this creates a special experience at every stage of your meal. Our Chef daily prepares everything fresh including, bread, pasta and desserts. ... more   less 
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