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Bevagna: Hotel Palazzo Brunamonti

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Reviewed by: Marian from NJ, review #2457

When: October 2008

A comfortable and well located hotel in the center of Bevagna. {3 stars}

The Hotel Palazzo Brunamonte is very comfortable and very well located. My room (a double for one person) was large, although of course they showed me a much smaller one first. The room had a large comfortable bed, an armoire and a desk, and a couch too which was nice for lounging and reading. The window overlooked the small street behind the hotel (which was, actually the entrance street) and what little street noise there was I found to be rather pleasant.

The room had a TV that got lots of channels, but was itself a rather small and old set. The bathroom was large and well fitted out, with plenty of hot water. Breakfast was adequate, with plenty of coffee but a rather sparse selection of everything else. (One good thing: They did have plain yogurt, which made me quite happy.)

The public areas in the hotel are very grand, and the place is sufficiently modernized that lights turn on as you enter any dark areas, and there is a convenient elevator.

This is a three-star hotel and I was probably a bit spoiled from having just stayed at the more luxurious (and more expensive) Cento Torri in Ascoli Piceno. But I found that the service was a bit haphazard, probably because of understaffing. This did not spoil my stay, but just meant that sometimes there was no one to get you coffee at breakfast for a bit as the server had to go down to the main desk. Also be prepared to drag your luggage from the little parking area to the hotel; this was fine for me but it would have been nice to have the option of someone to help me a bit.

The hotel does not have internet available. I think if you bring the right cable, you can hook it up to the phone, but neither I nor the hotel had such a cable. As Bevagna has no other internet service (the one internet caffè has gone out of business) this may be important so some travellers.

Reviewed by: Dorit from Israel, review #2058

When: October 2007

One of THE best hotels we have ever stayed!!!

I chose the Palazzo Brunamonti hotel for our week's stay in beautiful Bevagna after reading the single glowing review here at Slow Travel and the other 5 reviews on travel advisor.

I was not sorry.

We needed a triple room this time as our 17 year old son was with us for the trip. The room we received, number 26, was so large, by any standards, that it was immediately a reason to rejoice. How uncomfortable would it have been to be in a place for an entire week with a much smaller room. I was ecstatic.

The room itself was immaculate, it was one of the rooms they had recently renovated, although the other rooms on our floor which we saw as they were cleaning them looked just as lovely. They were doubles though and were much smaller, albeit one looked like it had a balcony with a table and chairs.

We had an extremely comfortable double bed with big fluffy pillows which afforded us a wonderful night's sleep after days of much activity outdoors. Our son had a very comfortable sofa bed which was wider than usual and he slept well there as well. The furnishings looked like antiques, although they may have just been good copies, but they were beautiful and pleasing to the eye nonetheless. Lighting in the room was much better than what hotels usually provide, and reading a book was not a struggle. We also had two windows in the room which we opened in the mornings and evenings to let in some crisp fresh air. The hotel does have air conditioning and we did use it briefly just at the beginning because most of the time the weather was cool enough.

There was a small frig/mini-bar in the room which we used to store several grocery items which we bought. There was also a TV which we never used even once but I saw that English channel news programs were available, like CNN, BBC, etc. The rest were in Italian and other foreign languages.

I was surprised not to find a safe in the room but even more surprised when I went down to the desk to ask to keep my valuables in the hotel safe and was told that they don't even have that. This would be my only major disadvantage to relate of this hotel. It was not a good idea to have to have all my cash and passports, etc. with me all day long. Thankfully, we had no mishaps and all was well. But if this is crucial for you, be warned.

There is an elevator in the hotel and there are two floors of rooms as well as the ground floor.

One of the best reasons to stay at Palazzo Brunamonti are the people who run it. Angela and Pietro are absolutely the most smiling, helpful and courteous people. Roberta, who speaks English better than the others, is the one we were in touch with by e-mail before arriving. She could not have been more helpful and accomodating. Even the night porter was a doll.

I was always able to get information and GOOD instructions about arriving into a city, etc. from them. They had maps of everything I needed, lots of brochures and leaflets. They were always smiling and cheerful and really made you feel welcome.

Breakfast in the hotel was also better than most Italian hotels. This is important to me personally, since I travel with a hungry husband and usually one or more of my hungry teenage boys!! It consisted of the following : fresh rolls, croissants, yellow cheese, ham, some fresh fruit, small packages of cereal, jams, nutella, honey, some yogurts, a crostini, juices, water, coffee, tea. The only minor fault I have with them is that no time in all the eight days that we were there did ANYTHING in this breakfast menu change, even in the slightest way (i.e. a different crostini, various baked goods, etc.) so it got a bit boring. But this is truly a minor fault. Breakfast was served between 7:30-9:30 during the week and 8:00-10:00 on the weekend so the times were convenient as well.

The bathroom was spotless and shiny. The shower stall was much larger than what we are used to in Italy and a larger person would have no trouble getting in and out of it. The shower head was large and there was great pressure and really hot water whenever you needed it. There was a pull-down chair attached to one of the shower walls inside the stall. Good feature for elderly or handicapped. There was an actual window in the bathroom which could be opened to air it out. Another feature not usually available in some hotels.

The hotel is on the main street in the old city of Bevagna. They have their own private parking lot some blocks away from the hotel. It is closed with a gate that is electronically controlled and they give you an remote control device to open it. The lot itself is very big and was mostly empty whenever we went to park or retrieve the car. Getting INTO the lot was a bit tricky though even with the small car we had, since spaces are so narrow and at wierd angles in these small towns. But it was an "adventure" each time and much hand-clapping ensued after managing to manevuer with no scratches on the car!!!

The price of the room was very reasonable, 100 Euros per night for three with breakfast. And we received a 10% discount on that because we were staying more than four nights. 90 Euros. Very good bargain.

There is a pharmacy in the same building and it is managed by Pietro who is also a pharmacist. Very convenient. There is also an internet point in the building managed by other people. Good late hours also of operation.

I hope I have not forgotten anything. In short, this was a brilliant place to reside for the week and I highly highly recommend it!!!

Reviewed by: GAC from USA, review #1656

When: October 2006

A real winner for a delightful stay in Bevagna, one of Umbria's medieval gems. {3 stars}

The three-star Hotel Palazzo Brunamonti is a real winner for people wanting a relaxing yet patrician stay in Bevagna, one of Umbria's foremost medieval gems.

Located on Corso Matteotti, the main street of the town, directly in front of the Comune (City Hall), and just steps from Piazza Silvestri, Bevagna's austerely stunning main square, a Medieval venue literally frozen in time.

Professionally managed by two sisters with great skill and sense of hospitality, the elegant Palazzo Brunamonti is a "residenza d'epoca", dating back to the late eighteenth century (although built on Roman ruins, which are visible under floor glass in the entrance). There is an elegant main salon on the Piano Nobile, with frescoes on all walls (photo in the hotel's website), and three smaller breakfast rooms, each with frescoed ceilings.

The rooms themselves come in two types: smaller twins for 75 Euros (roughly 150 square feet), and larger, more elegant twins for a surcharge of only 15 Euros. The hotel also gives discounts for longer stays, and during the slow season (see special fares on the hotel website). The bathrooms are small but very modern, smart, clean and functional. Room furniture is sobre but elegant. Rooms have air conditioning, mini-fridge (on request) and television. The hotel also has an elevator.

You can visit Bevagna in less than half a day, but you can also use Bevagna as a base to visit nearby towns such as Montefalco, Foligno, Trevi, Spello, Assisi and even Spoleto and Perugia. The hotel has parking available, but there is also good bus service between Bevagna and Foligno daily EXCEPT Sundays (Spoletina Line, www.spoletina.it, fare 1.80 Euros each way, purchase ticket from station bar). From the train station in Foligno, you can easily travel to Rome, Florence and Ancona (and points in-between). A taxi from the Foligno train station to Bevagna costs 20 Euros. Some buses also connect Bevagna with Montefalco (making it possible to see both towns in one day).

From the bus stop behind Piazza Silvestri to the hotel is about 300 yards, or three minutes on foot.

Bevagna is NOT TO BE MISSED. It is a real gem, unspoiled by tourism yet very hospitable and easy to reach, even with public transport.

The Hotel Palazzo Brunamonti is a winner located in a winner of a town.

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.

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