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Cortona: B&B Le Gelosie

Via Dardano, 6, Phone: 0575.630.005

Reviewed by: jnini from usa, review #1260

When: July 2005

Quaint hotel with luxury touches.

This is a small hotel in Cortona, just up the hill from the main piazza. We had a few problems with the hotel, but would recommend it to others.

We booked this through their Internet booking system, which was convenient. They were fairly responsive and confirmed my reservation. When we arrived, there was a note on the door that they would return at 4 pm. Since it was 3 pm when we arrived, we went and had a drink at a bar and got the kids some gelato. 4 pm came and went and no proprietor. We called and he was apologetic. He arrived and showed us to our room, which was nice, but characteristically small.

So small in fact, we questioned where we would put our 2 kids, ages 4 and 6. He ran to his car and got a pac-n-play type thing that was larger than any I have seen in the US. There wasn't much else we could do because Cortona was sold out that evening. So one child had to sleep with us in the bed. (Good thing it was a large bed).

As a side note, I checked my records upon returning to the states and I had booked for 2 adults and 2 children. They erred in not giving us the large room or telling us that a standard room had no room for a cot, etc. In the end, they still charged us the 20 surcharge for two additinoal people. The total for the room was 125 per night.

The hotel has very nice bed linens, nicely appointed bathroom fixtures and is clean. The downsides were the noise from the street (it is on a street that leads to one of the gates to the city), the shower did not drain properly and the bed fiasco. (The shower has great pressure and a rain shower head, which is uncommon in Italy.) However, for a couple, it would be a very nice hotel. The woman who works at the "front desk" speaks English very well.

Reviewed by: Tracy S from GA, review #1199

When: September 2005

Small hotel inside the city walls of Cortona. The room was spacious with a shower and a/c. The staff was very friendly and the hotel reasonably priced.

The hotel was very convenient. We were married in Cortona at the Town Hall and the hotel was extremely close for us. The staff is not there 100% of the time, but they let you know when they are in or out. They are very welcoming and left us a bottle of champagne for us on our wedding night. The room was very clean and the staff cleaned the room every day.

The price was very reasonable at 110/night (discounted if you pay in cash).

Reviewed by: teachick from USA, review #837

When: July 2004

Great B&B in the heart of Cortona. Reasonably priced, great waterfall shower, huge beds, and breakfast at outdoor cafe overlooking the square. English spoken.

I stumbled upon this B&B after driving into town tired and hungry. I was impressed by the cleanliness and the modern touches including a fabulous waterfall shower, towel warmer and large spanking new bed.

It is small, only about four rooms, so there is no dining area and breakfast is taken at a cafe down the road that overlooks the main square and "Teatro". This cafe was featured in several films, including "Under the Tuscan Sun." My waitress insisted I order whatever I wanted, even in duplicate, and it was included in the daily rate of the Gelosie. I had two cappuccinos and two pastries. Buono!

The staff at the Gelosie was young, friendly, and fun.

I'd absolutely stay here again!

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