We booked this time-share resort through RCI for July 2012. We had read all the Tripadvisor reviews so were forewarned. The setting in the hills of Umbria is truly beautiful, and In many respects the resort is very nice: our unit had updated kitchen and bathroom; pool with view was incredible; inexpensive breakfasts available if ordered the night before; office staff generally helpful.
In any other season we would have overlooked many inconveniences, but the extreme heat made our unit almost unbearable between 11:00 am and 11:00 pm when things finally cooled down. The units are not air-conditioned, even though there is some type of non-functioning AC on the wall. The front desk kindly lent us their office fan, which was the only thing that prevented us from moving out after a couple nights. Even though the air cooled down nicely once the sun went down, the radiant heat from the stone walls and tile roof kept things warm until late in the evening. Most of the other guests seemed to be Italian, and I'm not sure they minded much. But being from Texas, we had a hard time sleeping without AC with temps in the 90's.
Our 1-BR unit with sleeper sofa was very tiny for our family of 2 adults/2 teenagers. You could not even open doors or drawers all the way because the furniture was too big for the rooms.
But we made it work.
And, of course, we did not book this resort to stay in our unit all day! It is in a great location for seeing Umbria, and we took day trips every day to near-by towns like Perugia, Todi, Orvieto, Bevagna and Spello -- not to mention trips into Assisi. The 2 restaurants near the hotel were both good but mainly just back-ups when we were too tired at night to drive anywhere else. We did not use the kitchen in our unit at all, except the refrigerator - too hot to cook!
There was Wi-Fi only in the reception area (after you paid for it), and one day it did not work. There were 2 American-style washing machines and 1 dryer - 1 load cost 8 euros. The pool was very nice, but the tables and chairs filled up quickly with vacationing Italians first thing in the morning (not a problem for us day-trippers). Pool tips for Americans: you must bring your own beach towels -- they do not provide any kind of pool towels. You also mush wear swim caps, which they sell for 2 euros in the office.
All in all, we enjoyed our time at Carpe Diem. We tried not to be too put-out by all those little things that can inconvenience the American tourist - just kept repeating "location, location, location!"
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