I guess Palazzo Persone is not really a hotel, they called it a "dimora". I think this means residence. The rooms are in a converted palazzo. The place is connected with a restaurant of the same name, so you check in at the bar. The room comes with breakfast.
The staff, who are also running the restaurant, are great. We had rental car, so they guided us in to drop off the baggage and then they had some one take the car to a garage (which we had to pay for separately) at no charge. When leaving, they gave us directions to the garage and it was an easy walk.
The rooms are great. We stayed in the "Archi" room. It has very high ceilings with stone arches and a large bathroom. The rooms were modern, with old stone work preserved. Very clean. The TV had English language news stations. The wi-fi did not work, but I only had my Android phone. They said the wi-fi would work with a laptop. The phone did work with a wi-fi connection in the restaurant and under the archway of the palazzo.
When we stepped out of our room, we were literally in front of the Santa Croce church, the highlight of a visit to Lecce. So we were able to study and enjoy the intricate baroque facade alot.
We enjoyed the restaurant. Most of the restaurants in the center of Lecce are very traditional or touristy. Persone is mod. We enjoyed the food there and it seemed to be one of the few places with air conditioning in the restaurant (the room has very good AC). We were a little put off initially because they were promoting dishes with horsemeat, which is traditional fare in the Salento. But they have lots of other great choices. Menus in English are available.
When in the restaurant, ask for a caffe'n ghiaccio, which is an iced espresso. It involves almond "milk" but I think it's a shot of almond syrup. I tried to have it replicated here in the US, but have been unsuccessful so far. This drink is apparently found mostly in Lecce only.
When you go for gelato, look for Pasticceria Natale on Via Trinchese, about 5 minutes from the hotel Also, be sure to visit the Faggiano archaeological museum. You can walk there too. It's a quirky place that has been researched by a family. They exposed thousands of years of layers in an old building. It's very interesting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Persone Dimora belongs to a sumptuous fifteenth-century palace built on the foundations of an ancient Synagogue. It is named after the well known local musician, Diego Personè, that here lived during the XVII century.Into the charming setting of the historic centre of the city and at the foot of the Basilica of Santa Croce, Personè Dimora has six stylish and tastefully restructured rooms, all ground floor.A rich and healthy buffet breakfast is available every morning into the delicious cafeteria of the palace. At the restaurant you can taste the typical Salento dishes, reinterpreted in a modern strain. ... more less
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