Like most people, I would normally spend sometime to search for the ideal hotel to stay before we plan for our Italian holidays. My 3 main criterion are always the same - central location, quiet for a good night's sleep and Italian charm. This hotel ticked all the 3 boxes, and more!
And when I learnt that the Brufani Palace is the only 5 star hotel in Perugia, I took to it immediately, wasting no time in booking a stay here for our first two nights of a 9 night first Umrbian trip. Being a true 5 star hotel, we thought its prices were very reasonable, too.
But even experienced travellers like myself made mistakes - choosing to arrive in Italy on a Sunday where buses and train schedules are at lower frequencies than usual. After arriving in Foligno by train from Rome, the next connecting train was about 2 hours away, jet lagged, we took a taxi at the station and negotiated for a fixed 65 euros rate to Perugia.
Not being able to find the Brufani upon arrival in Perugia, we were let off near the Scala Mobili (escalators) near the San Gallo Hotel. After some interesting view of the excavation works near the escalators, we arrived directly opposite the Brufani, some 10 minutes later. Carmela, the ever helpful Receptionist, upon knowing that we had booked the stay under its website's Romantic Package, upgraded us from the Junior suite to a full fledged suite, it was the lovely room 235.
The suite was spacious enough, with separate sitting area from the sleeping area (however, no doors in between them). A walk-in closet was available just before entering the marbled bathroom with a shower cubicle and a jacuzzi tub. Everything was decorated in yellow and red, my favourite colours, and walls were covered in silk cloth. Chandeliers and bella wall lamps abound. A small standing room only balcony then offers the best view of Umbria - a sweeping 180 degree unblocked view of 4 small mountains and 3 valleys, it was sublime!
A bottle of premium Possecco and some nuts and chips were waiting for us in the suite, part of the Package, nice! There was also a fax machine, ipod station, 2 Philips flat screen TV, 3 English TV channels and most importantly, soft and comfy beds, not hard at all! Do request for harder pillows, though. Turn down service with chocolates and the weather forecast for the next day - what more could you ask?
An included 3 course dinner (choose whatever you like from the menu, it can be antipasto, seconda main and dessert or antipasto, pasta and seconda main). We chose the second option and much regretted our choice because the portions were too large and we didn't have any more space for desserts! Food was pretty good, however, overly saltish, just tell them before hand to 'lower the salt content'!
The location of the Hotel is really superb, you are literally 3-5 minutes from the Palazzo dei Priori (where there are 4 lovely museums), the Duomo , lots of restaurants and tons of shopping! Common areas are also in line with the Classical Italian decor, which is my favourite, I mean why stay in a modern hotel while in Italy, waking up and asking oneself - am I in Hong Kong or in Taiwan? Lastly, do not miss its lovely and yet cosy Swimming Pool, you will be in for a surprise view of some Estrucan ruins while you swim, open from 7am onwards - great idea for jet lagged early risers!
Small glitches of this lovely Hotel are - there are charges for Wifi and its breakfast, frankly speaking, is not up to a 5 star Hotel's standard. But we are no breakfast people, so no big deal. There were also some traffic noises during the day for suite 235, being next to a road, but sound proofing was good and we slept very well indeed.
Go ahead and book it, Carmela and Nicole will take good care of you. Lastly, do your maths and you would soon realised that their Romantic Package is of superb value for your money ....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a panoramic position in the heart of Perugia, the Sina Brufani boasts an ancient tradition in the luxury hospitality, and from 1884 it is the home of royalty and celebrities from all over of the world. Since then it is the only 5-star hotel in Perugia, and some parts of the Hotel are protected by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brufani Palace Perugia
- Hotel Brufani Palace