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Spoleto: Hotel Europa

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Reviewed by: GAC from USA, review #3212

When: May 2012

Hotel Europa in Spoleto is Useful for Daytrips to Outlying Towns {3 stars}

One would choose the Hotel Europa in Spoleto for one reason alone: because it is located across the square from the train station, and therefore is the best lodging for making daytrips by public transportation to outlying towns such as Narni, Terni, Foligno, Spello, Assisi, Perugia, Norcia (by bus from the station), and Montefalco/Bevagna (bus connection at the Foligno station).

Otherwise, one is advised to choose a hotel much closer to historic Spoleto itself (which is 1.5 kilometers distant). This was my second stay (four nights in May 2012) in a decade, and the hotel has not changed a whit since my first stay (nor since its opening in 1982), save for the new flat-screen LCD televisions.

The rooms for solo travellers are especially cheap: only E40 per night, including a forgettable breakfast of coffee and packaged croissants from discount grocers. Ask for a room facing the back of the property to avoid some noise from the busy street.

There are city buses going up Spoleto's steep hill which depart from the stop in front of the train station, or you can reach Spoleto's convenient new series of 8 escalators by walking about one kilometer toward the town, then left along the dry riverbed to the next bridge. These escalators take you to the panoramic footpath behind the Cathedral (which lead to the famous Ponte delle Torri), and directly under the Fortress (where elevators provide the final hop uphill).

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Hotel Europa, save the fact that it is quite dated (early 1980s) and not ideal for a stay in Spoleto proper. Otherwise, the hotel is clean and the proprietors extremely courteous and helpful. Staying at the Hotel Europa in Spoleto will also avoid the cost of taking taxis to reach the train station in time for an early morning or late evening train departure or arrival. Spoleto of course is a fabulous destination.

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