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Spoleto: Palazzo Dragoni

Via del Duomo, 13, Phone: 743.222220

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Reviewed by: sandrac from Canada, review #1976

When: June 2007

A beautiful, peaceful historic residence with great atmosphere. {4 stars}

Palazzo Dragoni is a remarkable, atmospheric residence in which to stay in the historic centre of Spoleto. The 14th century family palace is ably managed by Roberto Diotallevi, whose family renovated the property and, I believe, still live in the palace.

I booked a double room for single use at 100 euros in late June (well below the posted rate) and initially, I was a bit worried about my main floor room (all of the other 14 rooms are on higher levels.) But my room was actually pretty fabulous! The room opened off a lovely but very quiet sitting room, furnished with antiques, and was incredibly quiet. I didn't hear a sound from inside the hotel during three nights there.

The palazzo is built on the side of a steep hill, which became obvious because the entry to my room, near the reception area, was on the ground level but my high windows and tiny balcony were at least three floors off the ground. My view stretched across a large park to include Spoleto's stunning Duomo as well as much of the rest of the city. The bathroom was bright and modern, but the rest of the room, including a small sitting area, was filled with antiques.

Breakfast was enormous. Served in a top-floor room that shared the same views I had (only much larger!) it included all kinds of cheeses, meats, large amounts of fruits, hot, savoury omelettes, pastries, cakes, and cereals.

My room didn't have air conditioning, which worried me a bit, given the heat wave that Spoleto and, in fact, all of Umbria was experiencing. But it didn't prove to be a problem. I kept the large windows closed and shuttered all day, and the room stayed remarkably cool.

Roberto Diotallevi, his family and staff, were all very gracious. Not all the staff spoke much English, which wasn't any problem for me but guests arriving by car looking for parking directions might need a map rather than relying on verbal directions.

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