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Palazzo Persone
Ranked #10 of 325 Lecce B&B and Inns
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

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.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

We started our trip at the Palazzo Personè and it gave us the best night's sleep of our visit. Luxurious tranquil rooms in this old palazzo in central Lecce, exceptionally high ceilings, unusual, beautiful decor, great bathrooms (and my favourite Prija products). We arrived quite late the first night so ate in the restaurant, which wasn't bad, making efforts to be modern, and the tables outside give you a good slice of life passing by while being sufficiently sheltered to be private. We later found out that you can still sit down for dinner after ten in Lecce, so we could have wandered farther afield. The staff was consistently helpful and friendly. Only downside was wifi mot working I'm our room, only the little courtyard, making planning e next phase of our trip a bit trickier. Really lovely hotel, thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

First of all we discovered Lecce 3 years ago... The overall experience was great ! But the Palazzo Persone was the cherry on the cake !

Amazing rooms, spacious very high ceilings, amazing white stones, very baroque from the outside but also very modern on the inside...

Many thanks to the receptionists who helped us find our way around Salento area :)

G.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

We stayed in the Sinagoga room for one night. It was beautiful and spacious. There were only two of us, but it had a second bedroom with a twin bed which was great for our luggage. The shower was small, but the water pressure was amazing.

Location was excellent, very close walking distance to everything you want to see.

The only minus was that the reception was in a sense non-existent. We arrived at 2:30 in the afternoon, and left our luggage in the cafe. (Those ladies were lovely there, btw.) We also checked out with them the next day. We never saw anyone from the reception of the B and B. We found the office, around the side of the building, but it was closed everytime we walked by. Despite this, we had a wonderful stay and I wish I could give it 4 and a half stars.

We would definitely return!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank dina4
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

We stayed three nights at the Palazzo Persone which is an excellent starting point for exploring the nice city of Lecce. It is located in the heart of the city. The rooms are modern but not cold, very clean and quite unique. Our room even had a fireplace which we did not heat due to the season. The breakfast is a very nice and comprehensive buffet that offers more than what one normally expects in Italy. The owners are very friendly and supportive and make you feel more than welcome. The only little downside is that our room was located towards the paedestrian street and thus we heard a little noise from people passing by or having a drink in a nearby bar. However, after 0.30 it was nice and quiet. We can definitely recommend the Palazzo Persone for people who are looking for a nice accomodation in the heart of Lecce.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

We had the great good fortune to stay 3 nights at Palazzo Persone....a grouping of gorgeous rooms reclaimed from the first floor of a palazzo on P.Santa Croce.We first stayed in Sinagoga,with vaulted 9' ceilings and columns from 14 century buildings,including an ancient synogogue.This room,really a suite,is architecturally stunning,immaculate,and has a great contemporary bathroom.We were then offered the opportunity to stay in the S.Croce,which is a total stunner:beamed 12' ceilings;very large room with huge bed,and again a great bathroom.Each room had a concealed minibar filled with water and roomy closet.The architect and designer did a great job.The staff were all extraordinarily helpful,generous and kind.Our stay greatly exceeded our expectations.Fantastico!!!!!

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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

Palazzo Persone is one of the best places we ever visited.
We strongly recommand it. It is nice, perfectly located, beautiful, clean and quite.
We loved this place. We stayed in the room "Persone", it was great.
The staff was extremely careful and competent.
We will go back to this place for sure.
Palazzo Persone is a mux of history and modernity. This ancien Palazzo has been obviously renewed with a lot of good taste.
We stayed for nights in this hotel and could have spent more time.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Claude P
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Address: Via Umberto I no 5/9, 73100, Lecce, Italy
Location: Italy > Puglia > Province of Lecce > Lecce
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 325 B&Bs / Inns in Lecce
Price Range: $83 - $108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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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