Although this hotel advertises itself with 4 Stars, there is no doubt that two of those stars have faded with time and this is no more than a 2 Star hotel. As previous reviewers have outlined, the fixtures and fittings are generally worn and jaded, but it is important to stress that we found the hotel to be clean and comfortable and is certainly good value for money. Our main problem was that the ancient air conditioning hardly worked and our room was a tad muggy. Another guest told us that their aircon was very good - so I guess it depends on luck, although it shouldn't, and a good service is probably in order.
Although facilities are limited, the shining lights here are the staff who provide 5 Star service. They are polite, cheerful and cannot do enough to help. They were all superb during our stay.
The location of the hotel is ideal, being in a relatively quiet area that is a pleasant 15 minute stroll from the old town, and it also benefits from having its own car park. There is also a pleasant garden area in which to lounge and sunbathe.
Round about the hotel are several useful features, such as a snack bar across the road, a small bar "tabbacci" round the corner, several takeaway pizza places and a supermarket. All of these are no more than 5 minutes away.
Perhaps the facility most people would miss in the hotel is a swimming pool, and to redress this the hotel makes arrangements to shuttle guests to a nearby hotel where there is a pool. We didn't avail ourselves of this arrangement as there is a public swimming pool across the road from the hotel. And if the thought of a public pool might not seem an attractive proposition, let me assure you that this is a large and very modern pool with abundant clean and attractive areas in which to sunbathe.
Although we were on a half-board basis we didn't use the restaurant, preferring to wander through the old town in the evening, where there are lots of really good little bars, cafes and restaurants. As such, we cannot comment on the food. Neither can we comment on the hotel bars, which consist of a very small bar in reception, and a larger "American" bar situated in the dining room. Quite simply, I just don't like hotel bars and always prefer to find real pubs.
We did have breakfast in the hotel and it was fine with the usual array of bread, ham, cheese etc augmented by scrambled and boiled eggs. There were also various cakes, pastries, cereals and yoghurts and it was all quite acceptable although boringly predictable after a few days. And here is where the hotel could and should make more of an effort.
I appreciate that costings may be tight, but might I suggest a few easy improvements regarding breakfast:
In an area famed for its salamis, prosciutto etc - you should not serve cheap, processed ham slices. Similarly, ditch the cheap hot dog sausages - they are awful. And does anyone eat those beans?
In an area famed for its bread - why only serve cheap, sliced supermarket bread? Get some crusty bread and panini as well.
And in an area famed for its fresh fruits - are tinned peach slices and prunes really the best that you can offer your guests? Surely the chef could rustle up a fresh fruit salad - it isn't difficult or expensive.
Despite its breakfast limitations, the bottom line re this hotel is the simple fact that if we were returning to Gubbio (and hopefully we will, as it is a truly lovely town) then we would happily use this hotel again. We enjoyed our visit, it is great value and has a nice feel to it.
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