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Sulmona: B&B Santa Lucia

Corso Ovidio

Reviewed by: ritaly from RI, review #1672

When: November 2006

Mixed feelings but would not stay here again. Mostly because of the lack of hospitality provided by the owner.

This small B&B is located in a former convent just inside the walls of Sulmona. It was a good location for visiting this town. The rooms were average size with two beds and a bath in each. We paid a reasonable 90 per night including breakfast. It was rated a four star property on some web sites but it fell short in my opinion.

The 4 rooms were located on the second floor of the structure and the owner had his residence and business in a different part of the building. The B&B was reached by entering a courtyard and going up an outside stone stairway and through a locked door. The rooms were two on each floor. If you had a lot of luggage and stairs were a problem this would not be a place for you. We had three flights of stairs to reach our rooms.

The bathrooms were very clean and the shower was very large by Italian standards. The bedrooms we stayed in each had two beds, lots of closet and drawer space, and were fairly comfortable.

There were no common areas in the B&B for relaxing, and we saw no other people the entire time we stayed there. We briefly saw the owner when we checked in and we felt as if we were asking too much for a dinner reservation and information about where to park the car. We were given no help with baggage and the lack of hospitality and welcome was very different than other places we have stayed in Italy. We ran into him again when we were leaving but he hurried past us and barely acknowledged us. I think he was afraid we were going to ask for help with our luggage.

Breakfast was served in a small room downstairs by a young woman who collected our money at the end of our stay. We had to keep our coats on during breakfast it was so cold; it was very uncomfortable. The food was typical cereal, yogurt, fruit, juices, and pastries.

We would not recommend this B&B to others who were looking for anything other than a clean place to sleep. It definitely fell short of our expectations and the hospitality we've come to find in Italian inns and B&Bs.

Reviewed by: valerie from Italy, review #1606

When: August 2006

Lovely inn in an historic, cloistered building

Tucked away at the end of the centro storico in an historic 14th century palazzo that once housed a monastery lies the hospitable Santa Lucia B&B.

The owner is a designer who planned the space beautifully. The courtyard is a welcoming, pleasant place for an aperitivo and is where breakfast is served in the morning in good weather. The design offices take up part of the space in the building, and the family lives above that. The rooms are in the front section but entrance is from the courtyard. They are average-sized, with wood floors, skylights (some), pretty furnishings, and ample baths (nicely supplied with large, fluffy bath towels, hair dryers, and the usual goodies). In the room is a frigo along with a hot-water pot and accompanying assortment of teas, instant coffee and candies. There is a roomy suite available as well.

The owners are kindly and welcoming and rightly proud of the inn. We were offered glasses of vino when we returned from dinner and he obviously enjoys meeting his guests but is not intrusive. Breakfast is generous with some home-made items offered along with the usual array of cookies, breads, and warm cornetti, all accompanied by little pots of marmalade and nutella, and fresh coffee drinks or tea.

Lovely and reasonably priced, in a beautiful town.

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