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Assisi: Hotel Umbra

Via degli Archi 6, Phone: 075.812.240

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Reviewed by: Peter M. from GA, review #2184

When: April 2007

Terrific, centrally located family-run hotel. Several balconies, delightful arbor, good restaurant and charming owners.

Hotel from the Plaza Commune, photo by Atlanta Traveller

Just spent 5 days at the family-run Hotel Umbra. Pretty terrific.

It is at the center of Assisi, just off the Piazza Del Commune, the main square. Thirteen Medieval houses were cobbled together and rebuilt internally to create this family-run Hotel.

Just a few minutes to gelato, cafes, book stores and churches you want to see. The family are all friendly, helpful and speak some English.

Our room was bright, spacious and well decorated. Bathrooms are small but adequate. Included breakfast was quite good -fresh pastries, good coffee, several juices, eggs, meats, fruit tarts, cereal, etc., along with a cheerful, helpful waitress to take good care of you.

There are balconies and decks in several parts of the hotel and a spectacular terrace under a grape arbor - all great locations for a sundown drink. The restaurant is good but not spectacular.

The night man speaks less English than I do Italian (something of an accomplishment) but sign language and good will got us registered.

If you are driving to the hotel to drop off your luggage at night, good luck. Even in the daytime, driving in Assisi is very tricky.

Reviewed by: Kevin Clark from Italy, review #2025

When: July 2007

A very nice hotel in a great location in the center of Assisi

This is a wonderful little hotel just a few steps below the Piazza del Comune in the center of Assisi. We had a very nice double room with bath with a nice view over the rooftops of the town. Other rooms (presumably the deluxe ones) have views over the lower town and the valley. Some have small terraces as well and there are public terraces which all can enjoy. The public spaces were attractive and quiet. In one corner, there was a computer where you could have Internet access for a small charge.

Our room was larger than we usually find in Italy and was nicely furnished and perfectly clean. The queen-sized bed was comfortable and there was a small sofa and a writing desk with chair. The bath was small, as usual, but there was plenty of water pressure and hot water in the shower, though it was the "drain through the center of the floor" type. It was the hottest week of the year and we were very happy to have air conditioning and a small minibar where we could chill some water or wine.

The couple who ran the front desk were extremely friendly and helpful. Breakfast was a fairly nice buffet which included the usual cold meats, cheeses, and pastries but also had a couple of hot items such as scrambled eggs and sausages. The restaurant menu looked interesting, but when we were there they were not serving inside and it was too hot to eat outside, so we never tried it.

We booked through Venere.com and paid 123 per night in high season for a large double room with breakfast.

Reviewed by: sophia1 from USA, review #1937

When: June 2007

Nice, family-run hotel in the center of Assisi.

Our family of 6 (2 adults, 2 children and 2 seniors) stayed at Hotel Umbra for 4 nights.

The location of the hotel can't be beat - right off the main square of Assisi. We frequently stopped in at the hotel to drop off purchases or to freshen up. It was great for going for walks, shopping, getting a drink or gelato or to eat a meal, especially since our parents tired easily and found steep streets difficult. There was also a computer off the main lobby that you could use for a small fee.

Our parents had a superior room (#42) for 105E/night. This was a spacious corner room with high beamed ceilings, windows on both walls, and a nice remodeled bathroom. It was located in a wing on the main level, which eliminated the need to use stairs or the elevator. Outside the room was a sitting area for that section of the hotel, plus a tiny balcony. The room had a nice view of a garden and church towers.

My family of four had 2 separate double rooms on the 1st floor (American 2nd), #20 and 21, that were right next to each other, but not connected. These were fairly basic rooms, clean but could use some updating. The best part was that each had a balcony with a small table and 2 chairs, with views mainly of rooftops plus a bit of the countryside in the distance. It was lovely to sit out there. This floor also had public terraces with nice views. We paid 98E per night per room. The A/C worked much better in room 21.

Breakfast was served from 8-10, and included various pastries, a ham/prosciutto and cheese platter, cereals, yogurts, a bowl of fruit, bread and rolls, juices, coffee, and a small hot buffet of eggs and hotdog type sausage. (The eggs were too runny for my tastes.) Overall, decent breakfast.

The staff at the hotel was absolutely wonderful - very friendly, pleasant and helpful, very responsive to emails! They met us in the square to help with bags, arranged transportation when needed, etc. The restaurant in the garden was also very good, although they were out of a few dishes when we ordered around 8:15 pm.

Overall, this was a great value for the location and pleasant staff.

Reviewed by: Leslie from Australia, review #1834

When: October 2003

The location can't be beat. A warm and inviting hotel with a great ambience. {3 stars}

I remember this hotel fondly and wistfully. I wish I were back there right now! Do have a look at it on Google maps - use the tabs to get a close up satellite view.

When we arrived there were no traffic police in view, although we did pass a police marked Smart car just down from the hotel entrance. So we drove the car right up into the Piazza del Commune across from the evocative Temple of Minerva. After we unloaded the luggage we took the car to the recommended car park at the back of the church S. Rufino.

We slept very well; I had a single room and my companions shared a spacious double. We each had great views. My room looked out onto a terrace, and then past that I could see the Umbrian countryside.

We had a buffet breakfast in the hotel breakfast room. In my journal I described the room as beautiful and the breakfast as fancy. I really enjoyed it.

From outside the front of the hotel, after you have walked up the short lane to the piazza, S. Francesco is on the left, and my favorite church in Italy, (well, one of them) S. Chiara, is on the right.

The hotel staff was very helpful, calling us a taxi and giving us directions. We found them very pleasant. There is a lovely looking restaurant in the hotel, too. We stayed for five nights.

Two of my favorite places to go to while in Assisi are the old fortress up the top of the town, Rocca Maggiore and the peaceful Eremo di S. Francesco which is four kilometers up Monte Subasio. It's cool and green and leafy up there.

Staying at Hotel Umbra was part of the very positive experience we had in Assisi.

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