We spent three weeks on a road trip of Northern and Central Italy and the three nights that we spent as this hotel were seen as being the totally relaxing and luxurious part of the trip. Sadly, this didn't prove to be the case and our hopes and high expectations weren't fully met.
The location of the hotel is high above the sleepy town of Castel di Lama. The steepness of the journey up to the hotel (especially in very high temperatures) mean that a vehicle is required. We were met by the extremely friendly and cheerful Andreas on reception and he quickly showed us to our two bedroomed apartment. As soon as we entered, we were slightly disappointed by the decor and feel of the apartment. It contained great facilities e.g. washing machines, dishwasher, oven, fridge e,t.c. but the rooms were dark and the furniture wasn't too comfortable. The apartment just didn't feel grand (we subsequently discovered that the really luxurious apartments were based in the main house and that these were being used for wedding guests), The other issue was the excessive heat within the rooms. The air conditioning was an old system and basically just couldn't cope and ended up blowing out warm air.
The grounds were extensive and generally well-kept. The pool area was impressive but smaller then expected with only room for approximately ten people. The pool itself was also too shallow for adults but ideal for children.
Breakfast was served in the conservatory area of the restaurant and there was plenty of choice for a "continental style" breakfast.
Our main concern with the property was that a huge wedding was taking place at the hotel on the Saturday evening and all day on the Sunday. This totally dominated proceedings and led to the closure of the "bar/coffee shop", the blocking off of the more extensive and beautiful section of garden and also led to excessive noise with our apartment backing on to the marquee staging the wedding. None of this was mentioned to use when we booked.
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- Borgo Storico Seghetti Panichi Hotel Castel Di Lama