We took a 9 night self guided tour of Umbrian hill towns and our favorite town and Hotel was the Relais Ducale in Gubbio. I had prebooked a room at a very reasonable rate and upon arrival found that they had upgraded us. What a pleasant surprise!! However, when I found out the room with the deck overlooking the beautiful gardens, town, and valley was available I upgraded myself even further and chose it. It was wonderful. It was very clean, with a comfortable bed, amazing views and the deck was incredible. The Hotel has a quirky charm that I loved. They have done an excellent job hiring and all the staff was to be commended for their friendliness and helpfulness. We ate in both restaurants ( Bosone Garden and Taverna del Lupo) and both were excellent. (And up to this point in the trip we had gotten more than our share of something we didn't think was possible---BAD ITALIAN FOOD). The charming bar at the Hotel was also good, we had lunch there. The only downside for us was the difficulty of driving in Gubbio. How we made it there, I hate to even think. I will never take another driving trip abroad without a GPS. We were nuts. Once there, we parked the car in the Car Park and didn't use it again until we left. There has been some talk about the bells at night. I liked them. My husband...not so much. They do ding every 15 minutes. I found it charming. I will probably not have the opportunity to get back to Gubbio, but I am so glad I stayed in this Hotel for the time I was there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of this well preserved medieval town of Gubbio, you find an exclusive four-star hotel, the Relais Ducale, part of the Duke of Montefeltro's former palace. We have no words to describe the beauty of this property and the kindness of the people that will look after our precious guests. The style of the hotel, characterized by unique vintage furniture and precious old paintings, romantic gardens, the warm and welcoming atmosphere transmits a "home away from home" feeling. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Relais Ducale Gubbio
- Hotel Relais Ducale