Within a walled town that is older than Rome itself, this family-run hotel offers great entertainment value in its many characters behind the front desk. The good-looking family, from Carlo and his wife cradling her 'piccolo Carlo,' the grandson, and all the other family members, are there to greet guests, all very charming and pleasant, going out of their way to help, handling hundreds of guests with grace and courtesy. and all the little peccadilloes - why is there never anyone at the bar? how can one share such tiny rooms and tinier shower stalls complete with pull-down bidets? when one finally tags a bar steward, why does the finding of the correct glass present such a challenge to the extent that said steward rushes out of the room to search and ends up pouring white wine into a large brandy glass? The entire stay was rather a delight, I found, not a three-ring circus, but a cirque du soleil of comedy and skill. Very good meals, rustic and authentic Umbrian cuisine, with wild boar and truffles on the menu. Lots of Italians eat here. Vegetarian and fish alternatives. The place actually started as a restaurant and rooms were added around it. The hotel is quirky in lay-out, originally being a granary. Don't miss the Benedictine monks who chant every evening at the church. Arrive at the church doors at 7:30. You will be led inside and down to the crypt where monks chant for 20 minutes in flickering candlelight under vaulted ceilings. A never-to-be-forgotten experience.
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- Temporary close due renovation after the October 2016 Earthquake. Reopening on April 2018 stay tuned! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grotta Azzurra Hotel