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Orvieto: Hotel Posta

909 Via Signorelli, Phone: /fax: 0763.341909

Reviewed by: Txteacher from TX, review #1489

When: June 2006

Nothing extraordinary, but clean and comfortable!

Free parking available, but must take shuttle and last one runs a few minutes before the 8:25 p.m. posted time (OOPS!)

Location: a couple blocks from Duomo

Check in: lovely reception area, staff extremely kind, a little disconcerting just to see room keys on the desk where it looks like anyone could pick it up and go check out the rooms?

Price: 43 euros for double w/o bathroom, breakfast could be added, 1 star

View: 2 rooms – side street, 1 room – overlooking garden

Sitting area when first walk in off of street, lots of beautiful antique furniture, and each room had different furniture. Italy seems to be the place with tall doors, this hotel though had short doors – just something we noticed.

Room: we had three double rooms, each one different, 1 w/2 twin-sized beds, 1 w/queen, 1 w/queen and twin all had sinks. All rooms clean, comfortable beds, pillows and blankets. Room on 2nd floor seemed to have lots of street noise, 3rd floor room heard nothing

Recommendation: nice budget hotel, would stay again, nothing extraordinary, though

Reviewed by: JaneP from OR, review #1469

When: May 2006

It would be hard to imagine staying elsewhere when you can pay 37 euros for a room with a bath.

This lovely old building could use a bit of a renovation in small ways but it’s clean and the staff was very friendly. The woman who runs it speaks no English but is very sweet. My room overlooked the slightly unkempt interior garden but I had huge magnolia trees out my window. A nice room to kick back and, part the shutters and read for a while.

I did flood, not just the bathroom, but the entry to the bathroom as well as my room, while taking a shower! If you are a large person or particular about spacious bathrooms, it might not be for you. The platform stall itself was small and only about 3 inches deep. And the shower head sprayed in all directions so there was no “safe zone” to shave or apply shampoo! In an effort to get this whole thing to work, I didn’t realize the curtain was plugging up the drain, and by then it was too late. I was laughing hysterically at this. I went to find someone and discovered the cutest chambermaid with a mouthful of biscotti (who spoke great English without a mouthful of biscotti) and we were both giggling as she ran for the mop.

Get off at the Duomo stop, start going up Via del Duomo (not all the way to Corso Cavour) and turn left of Via Signorelli and it’s on the right. Look up high for the street name. I kept missing it. Cash only, no email address. So you must call for a reservation. Fax number is same as phone but, unfortunately, they pick up the phone if you try to fax.

Reviewed by: Lori Amber from OR, review #909

When: September 2004

Excellent budget option for any length of stay in Orvieto. {2 star}

The hotel was not what I am used to for budget travelling. In fact, when I first walked in I thought there had been a mistake and I was at the wrong place. The entire hotel was decorated very nicely. The lobby had couches and tables where you could spend time going over your notes for the day before you left.

The reception was very warm and friendly. They were helpful with any questions I had about Orvieto or the surrounding area. I'm not sure if she {reception clerk] spoke English, I'm guessing she would speak at least some in a town like Orvieto with so many tourists, but I spoke to her in Italian the whole time.

I had a single room on the second or third floor, (there was an elevator) with a private bath for €36 a night. It was a lot nicer then other hotels I have stayed in that I know are one star. The room was decorated in accordance with the rest of the hotel (I suppose I could describe it as the almost stereotypical look you think of for Italy - antique, grandmother's house, etc). It was smaller than some rooms I've had, but plenty big enough for me.

The bed was very soft and comfortable, with plenty of blankets (real blankets too, not the factory-like kind that a lot of hotels use).

The hotel itself is located just a few minutes from the Duomo, and a 5-10 minute walk to the top of the funicular and the bus stop (for out-of-town destinations). To get to the hotel, you can walk from the funicular. If you have a lot of luggage, I suggest taking the bus (you can buy a combo funicular/bus ticket). Either get off at the Duomo and backtrack a bit to the hotel, or get off one stop before the Duomo and continue on to the hotel. It's a little bit shorter of a walk from the Duomo.

A side note on Orvieto itself: don't miss walking along the city walls on the far end of town. The views are breathtaking and the area (at least when I was there) was almost deserted save for a few locals.

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