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Assisi: Hotel Pallotta

Via San Rufino

Reviewed by: Karen N from GA, review #1095

When: June 2005

Inside room temperature in the high 80's with lots of mosquitoes -- management did nothing when notified. {2 star}

After checking reviews by other guests we stayed in the Hotel-Trattoria Pallotta in Assisi. We were there for 3 days. We knew that Umbria in which Assisi is located would be hot and were prepared for some discomfort.

On the plus side the hotel was always spotless and provided plenty of linens. It is centrally located in Assisi and relatively easy to get to.

The negatives were that the hotel management (namely the father of the owner) did not and would not provide any fans for the rooms, even the room whose inside temperature was in the high 80's. Nor would the hotel management do anything regarding the swarms of mosquitoes in the room. He first indicated he spoke no English and understood no English. Even when we enlisted the assistance of a native to translate our needs the response we got was a shrug of the shoulders.

However, when we said we were ready to checkout and settle our bill, the management (same person who previously understood no English) presented it to us in very quick order.

Next time we visit Assisi we will stay in one of the other hotels where for the same price will afford us some type of "air conditioning" and no mosquitoes. Price of the room was 35.

Reviewed by: Pokey from MA, review #864

When: October 2004

A delightful, family run hotel, centrally located in Piazza Comune near the Temple of Minerva. Clean, friendly, and very reasonably priced!

Hotel Pallotta, photo by Mindy

We stayed at the Hotel Pallotta for 3 nights. This is a family run hotel.

The hotel was pretty much empty when we were there. You are given a key to the main entrance so you may come and go as you please. We had room 12 which had a great view of the rooftops and the dome of Chiesa Nuova. In the mornings we could hear a lot of auto traffic, so I recommend getting a room facing the front of the hotel (Via S. Rufino).

There is an "honor bar" where you can get sodas, juices, and water. We were able to use the small refrigerator to store a few things (cheeses and meats we had bought). There is a big TV in this "common" room which gets all of the channels. The TV in our room received very few channels. When we were there, they had a basket with delicious tangerines and a plate filled with Baci "kisses" chocolates, YUMMY! You may leave a euro or two if you'd like.

Stefano, the son, takes care of the hotel, although he was away until our last day. Walter, the father was there to help us out. He spoke little English but we managed to communicate just fine. He was a real sweetheart, so patient - even when I managed to break our room key inside the lock! His wife and daughters work in the trattoria the family also runs. We paid 47 per night for a double. There is no coffee or breakfast but we enjoyed getting coffee and pastries from Cafe Minerva, just a short walk away.

We enjoyed our stay here very much. There may not be someone available at your "beck and call" but we had no problem with that. We would definitely stay there again. Bottom line, basic, very clean, friendly, safe and a great price.

The family also runs the nearby Trattoria Pallotta, located at vicolo della Volta Pinta, across from the Temple of Minerva. If you stay at the hotel you are given a 10% discount at the trattoria. Excellent food and friendly service.

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