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“Don't know about the rooms, but the restaurant is great” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel San Luca
Ranked #16 of 24 Hotels in Cortona
London
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65 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Don't know about the rooms, but the restaurant is great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

We were recommended to the San Luca Restaurant by our hosts at the B&B Casa Chilenne - the girls fancied fish, and this far from the coast on a Friday in August apparently there are few good options.

Jeannette from Casa Chilenne not only spoke to the chef. but also took us to the restaurant and ensured the maitre d' gave us the right table and menu.

The restaurant terrace is a stunning place to eat; built out over the side of the hill and commanding vast views over the Chiana Valley below.

In response to our request for fish, the chef had compiled a fish menu degustazione - seven courses of beautifully-prepared and presented fish dishes which had the girls purring in appreciation, accompanied by a lovely local Tuscan Sauvignon Blanc.

Highlight for the girls was undoubtedly the dish of mussels and clams stewed in a chilli and white wine sauce and served with a pastry topping.

Highlight for me was the final dish - a beautifully-fresh griiled turbot.

The staff and service were sublime - attentive without being intrusive and equally happy responding to our lame Italian or speaking good colloquial English.

We'd tried the restaurants in and around the main piazza on previous visits to Cortona; this was a very welcome and enjoyable alternative which we'd never have known about were it not for our B&B hosts. Thoroughly recommended for a memorable meal.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

We moved from a noisy B&B in Cortona to Hotel San Luca. Our expectations were minimal but we wanted a good nights sleep! The views are fabulous. The location is easily accessable. The rooms are spotlessly clean and we were not disturbed once with noise or distractions. Breakfast could be improved upon as you must get down early in order to have full choice but everything was fresh and staff were most obliging. Overall the staff of this hotel made our stay a dream. They were continually offering assistance and at all times pleasant, courteous and obliging.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Sydney
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310 reviews
54 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

After trying to find our way in to Cortona we literally ended up at the end of the road which had the San Luca gently nestled on the side of the hill. We had no idea where we going to stay and after checking out the hotel room in this 4 star property for 93 Euro, decided it would be ideal.
The hotel clings to the side of a cliff where you catch the lift down to your floor.
The rooms are generous, clean and the view from the window is awesome. The staff at the desk are helpful and informative and its position is perfect. The only criticism we had was that night at dinner we sat at a table with commanding views over the Tuscan valley below. The restaurant was quite busy seating around 60 covers all being waited on by one waitress and a runner who had to be directed by the waitress. Needless to say the service was very slow and although the waitress was efficient she was struggling badly and obviously in a tizz. When we were ready to leave we had to get up and go to the register to pay as we couldnt catch the waitresses eye. While we were waiting to pay we noticed the counter next to the register was covered with dozens of plates waiting to be taken to tables. Im sure many of the meals would have been cold by the time they reached their destination. A real shame considering that this was the only fault we could find with the hotel. So our tip would be to eat earlier as we did.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

San Luca is the hotel for someone who wants to experience Tuscany. It is not pretentious or presumptuous. There is nothing glitzy. No frills. It is authentic and simple. A friendly, clean and comfortable home away from home that does not attempt to distract from the overwhelming beauty along it's dynamic perimeter. The staff is non assuming, yet extremely gracious, deeply genuine and always helpful.

The bus from Camucia's train station arrives just in front of the hotel. Choose a room overlooking all of Tuscany. Fall asleep under a quiet starlit night and enjoy an outdoor breakfast overlooking the lake. For the solo or business traveler, San Luca offers an adequate workspace, dependable wifi and a terraced exercise room with an incredible view.

For families, San Luca is conveniently positioned at the entrance to Cortona's panoramic public garden, complete with a playground, fascinating sculptures, outdoor snacks and a trail leading to the public pool.

For couples, San Luca offers the perfect location for private romance. Enjoy a glass of wine at the Enoteca just around the corner, stroll down the main street, Via Nazionale, stopping along the way to peruse art galleries and boutiques. Etruscan museums, fabulous restaurants, wine tasting and gelato are within a short walk. Your cozy room waits quietly over a vast panaroma.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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The Villages, Florida
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567 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Stopped for 3 days at this "Under the Tuscan Sun" famed town. The hotel is located across from the final bus stop coming up from the rail station. Not a 5 star but convinient to the main town and the view from the hotel of the Tuscan scenery is wonderful. The room was clean. It is more like a B & B rather than a hotel.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Canberra, Australia
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198 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Hotel San Luca sits right at the entrance to Via Nazionale, and adjacent to the main bus stop for regional buses. The restaurant and bar area has spectacular views out over the plains and you can see Lago Trasimeno in the distance, and on a clear day Montepulciano.

You are only a few metres from the centre of the city, could not be more convenient. The rooms are servicable and clean but not spectacular. Price is typical for the area.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

• Perfectly located in Cortona – exactly at entrance of main walkway to village
• Fabulous views of Toscana
• Best of both worlds for location,views and direct village access
• No instructions in room
• Some staff helpful and others were not.
• Used by tour bus operators for bulk bookings
• Breakfast good but don’t be late or you’ll miss out if the tour bus is booked in
• Appeared preference was given to tour bus group
• Kindly allowed us to park at hotel – which was great considering we were not used to left hand drive parking
• Double room small…better to ask and pay for a 3 person room, however you will not have a view from the room. No matter as the view from the terrance where you have breakfast more than makes up for it and large public viewing area next to hotel provides more than enough views for photos etc
• Wifi was available at a cost – but we were not charged for the 5 hours.
• Difficulty in having dinner in hotel as tour groups seem to book out the dining rooms
• Allowed to check out a day early when our arrangements changed without penalty
• Safe provided

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Hotel San Luca
Address: Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi 1, 52044, Cortona, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#11 Luxury Hotel in Cortona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel San Luca 4*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel San Luca is in Cortona historic centre, a 15-minute drive from Lake Trasimeno. It offers air-conditioned and stylish rooms with satellite TV and minibar.The hotel’s terrace offers a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. There is a gym on the covered terrace and a separate sun terrace with a hot tub.Free Wi-Fi is available in the whole building. Reception is open 24 hours a day.The hotel is around 3 km from Camucia di Cortona Station and a 25-minute drive from the A1 motorway. You can reach Perugia by car in 40 minutes. ... more   less 
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