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Orvieto: Hotel Palazzo Piccolomini

Piazza Ranieri 36, Phone: 0763 341743

Reviewed by: GAC from USA, review #3363

When: July 2014

Palazzo Piccolomini is perhaps the best hotel in Orvieto

An overnight stay in Orvieto is highly recommended, and the Hotel Palazzo Piccolomini is an excellent choice for the historic district of town. During certain weeks during the summer, rooms are at half price, making the property a real value.

Strong points: Very courteous staff, extremely clean, extremely comfortable mattress and pillows, flat screen satellite TV, high-quality breakfast with scrambled eggs. Breakfast room in the cellar is fascinating, and could pass for a room in an archeological museum. Easy walking distance (650 meters) to Cathedral and main shopping street (230 meters). City shuttle bus stop 170 meters away in Piazza Della Repubblica (next to the Cassa di Risparmio).

Weak points: some rooms are small for two adults (but adequate for one), and the bathroom in these rooms is also quite small, with a marine shower just barely adequate for many adults. Some rooms are positioned near the main hallway and consequently suffer from noise.

Directions to hotel: Take the cablelift across the square from the train station, then the local shuttle bus (daily service) to Piazza della Repubblica. A ticket for 1.30 Euros is valid on both the cablelift and the bus, and is good for 90 minutes. Get off next to the bank (Cassa di Risparmio) in this square, and walk 170 meters along Via Loggia dei Mercanti to Piazza Ranieri.

Room Tip: Avoid the small rooms facing the main hallway, which suffer from noise.

Reviewed by: Cheryl Alexander from CA, review #2233

When: April 2008

A charming, elegant boutique hotel in a quiet corner of Orvieto proper. Friendly, helpful staff, good sized rooms and a nice breakfast, which is included.

This four star hotel was once a luxurious palazzo, which is evident in some of its features such as the large, high ceilinged sitting room on the second floor.

I've stayed there many times, not only because I enjoy the spaciousness of the rooms and the hotel itself, but also because the staff always remembers me, treats me like an old friend and even if I walk off the street without a reservation, they will find me a room.

I like the little neighborhood which is far enough away from the Duomo area that it isn't crowded with tourists and noise.

The dining room where breakfast is served is lovely, mimicking a typical palace cellar. They serve a nice variety for breakfast, juices, fresh fruits (seasonally), fresh pastries, assorted yogurts, cheeses, meats, cereal and scrambled eggs.

The prices are reasonable, too. This last trip, I had a "double room for single use" so the bed was queen size, with bathroom, for $89 US, including breakfast and oh yes, there is a little room off the lobby with free internet access/computer.

My only complaint is that I like larger bathrooms, but hey, with so many good things, who cares!? They park my car for me, in a locked lot, take my bags up to the room and are very responsive to any requests. I've stayed there more than a dozen times and am never disappointed. This is a "keeper" and I heartily recommend it.

Reviewed by: Cheryl Alexander from CA, review #1642

When: September 2006

Wonderful, quiet boutique hotel in Orvieto proper. Though it's located in a quiet neighborhood, it's just a few minutes walk to everything. {4 stars}

This is a four star hotel, with five star service and 3 star rates! I loved it.

I didn't have reservations and my plans had changed at the last minute, so decided I'd like staying in Orvieto proper before going to the countryside house I had rented. Just five minutes after I entered this lovely hilltown, I spotted this small hotel located in a converted palazzo.

They had a single for two nights for just 80, including a real breakfast in their dining room. The service was impeccable as was the interior design and upkeep. It's difficult to find parking in Orvieto and the staff was always at the ready to valet park my rental car. I never had to wait more than a few minutes for them to retrieve it, either.

There was a nice sized bar/lounge that had picture windows/doors looking out to the street. An elevator and bell service, which I find is becoming rare.

I was given the choice of two rooms and chose a charming, good sized room with a large, marble bathroom (shower, no tub), with a window overlooking the small neighborhood. Phone and tv in the room, as well as a desk, closet and safe. Bed was nice and firm. And the best part was that they had a computer set up in the lobby that always had the internet connected! Not so easy to find that, in my experience. (In fact, I stayed at a large, established, well known hotel in Rome that didn't have any computer/internet hook-up - Hotel Santa Chiara).

I look forward to going back to this hotel and will make a tradition of staying in Orvieto before going to the country, just so I can stay at this charming little place.

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