Before I write about the Relais and David, I have to confess that this is my first review on Tripadvisor. I have been relying on all of you for years for great recommendations and so I have to thank the whole community for a lot of great advice. I am writing this review because the Relais La Corte dei Papi really was extraordinary.
So a bit of background, my wife and I had a business week in London and then a week off and we decided to go Tuscany for our first time. We decided to do 3 days in Florence and then rent a car and visit Tuscany for another 3 days. We chose to stay at Relais La Corte dei Papi because of all of the great reviews on Tripadvisor. The Relais and David lived up to all the reviews and definitely exceeded our expectations.
The Relais is exactly what you see from the photos on the internet. It is an older inn that has been modernized with everything you need including wifi. The location is great - very central in the Tuscany region. We did days trips to Montepulciano, Siena, San Gimignano and Cortona. They are all great towns to visit, hang out, have lunch and drink some wine. And when we were done, coming back to the Relais was like coming back home.
Now what separates the Relais from lots of other places in Tuscany or anywhere else -- it all comes down to Daivd Papi. He is absolutely committed to giving you best service possible and helping you in any way he can. He can help you with just about anything - whatever you need at the inn, driving directions, local restaurants and attractions, etc. Furthermore, his staff were also outstanding whether it was the servers in the restuarant or the people who looked after the rooms.
At the Relais, breakfast is included and is a good Euro breakfast with lots of options and great coffee. They also serve dinner in the evening. We ate there two out of three nights and it was outstanding.
We are definitely coming back to Tuscany some day and, when we do, we will definitely come back to the Relais La Corte dei Papi. David - we can't wait to come back.
Mike & Sharon
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Relais La Corte Dei Papi Hotel Cortona