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Well, we arrived in Orvieto Sunday morning. Let's just say that our trip here was one shock after another. We are used to harrowing travel adventures like the time the Italian air traffic controllers called a wildcat strike while we were over the Atlantic. Or running full speed to catch our plane in Rome. Or baggage that didn't arrive for 3 days …
Orvieto is definitely my favorite town within Italy that we went to that first week of traveling. The town is nestled on very large hill that we needed to get permission first to even have the bus take us up. Even with the permission, the bus had to park in a designated lot and we then had to carry all of our bags up to the very top of the town ( …
... There was no wind but the coastal breeze made it a very pleasant place to be. During the day on Tuesday a strong onshore wind came up and the complexion of the sea changed dramatically. The storm surge (there is no other name for it), has been incredible. The sea has become a raging 'washing-machine' with 2 mtrs of white water crashing onto the beach. So strong has it been that most of the beaches have been closed and sea spry is over everything. I asked one of the retailers if this ...
... outside the city walls. Quite pleasant till the rain started! Fortunately, we weren't too far from Porta Maggiore, so were able to re-enter the city. No umbrella so I'd been hugging the walls till we found a cafe, and just in time, as the heavens opened. It poured and hailed.....shades of Ronda! Rather enjoyed sipping coffee and watching poor unfortunates dash through the rain.
Once the rain reduced to a slight drizzle, ...
... the choice of a room with a view of the Duomo or a suite with a lounge area. Took the suite. Got our bearings and off to Zeppelin for dinner. I'd read about the chef/food of Zeppelin in a SMH article last year. It didn't disappoint. I tried the chick pea and truffle soup followed by boar and pasta, while Paul sampled the local cured meats then the boar ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Duomo Orvieto
Excellent Hotel, Very Central
My favourite part about this hotel is it's very central location, literally steps from the main square and the magnificent Orvieto Duomo. Parking was extra but basically we left the car at the front of the hotel and it was parked for us and we saw it again when we requested it. Room was spacious, clean and had excellent bathroom facilities. Hotel has a lift. Staff were friendly and helpful when we had to leave extremely early the next morning and almost chased us out of the hotel asking if they could get us a quick coffee before we went.
Great find, great value
We stayed at this hotel one night -- Sept. 22, 2005 -- and were very pleased with our stay.
You couldn't ask for a better location. This hotel is literally steps from Orvieto's duomo, which happens to be the town's main attraction. In fact, we had a nice view of the duomo from our room.
The rooms looked recently renovated and very clean. The bathroom was also very modern and the nicest and biggest we had on our 10-day trip to Italy. We paid 130 euros for a triple.
There was a computer set up in the lobby that guests could use to surf the Internet and check their e-mail. I believe the hotel charged us 2 euros per 20 minutes for that. It worked great and had a fast connection.
The hotel staff also arranged a taxi for us, which arrived early.
Perhaps the only thing even slightly lacking from this hotel was the breakfast. It had a full continental breakfast including croissants, hard-boiled eggs, cereal, coffee drinks and cereal. However, it wasn't that spectacular, in our opinion.
Overall, this is a great choice in Orvieto given it's prime location, value price, helpful staff and modern, comfortable rooms.
We would definitely stay here again!
Loved this Hotel.
Stayed 1 night. Booked 2 double rooms. Both were spacious well appointed. Bathrooms: shower in one, bathtub in the other. Location excellent, behind Duomo. Parking extra at 15 euros. Room rate 105 euros per room. Good breakfast, excellent homemade cake. The hotel is family run, the wife is just too cute, short, not much taller than my 11 year old and we had fun trying to speak yo her as no-one else was around and she does not speak english. We enjoyed our stay here. Lovely little garden with tables , where you can sip a cappucino at night. Has an elevator.Highly recommend.
Our favorite hotel of our whole trip
We stayed at 7 hotels during our trip to Italy and this by far was the best of them all. The staff went out of their way, time and time again, to make us feel at home. The room was great. We had a triple room and it was very spacious and the views from all of the windows were great.
Would definitely stay here again and highly recommend it.
What A Gem
This hotel could not be in a better location. It is practically in the walls of the Duomo. There is a car park 50m fronm the hotel which you do have to pay for but it is not even a euro per hour and overnight is free. The room was clean and spacious (room 112 has a balcony overlooking the Dome) with all the facilities you would want. Breakfast was good and the staff were very helpfull and spoke very good English.
I have stayed at this hotel twice. Most recently in July 2003. It's fantastic! Rooms are spacious,modern and on both occasions we had a room with a balcony which was great to sit at in the evenings. It also has a small garden to the front (a luxury in small Italian hilltop towns) which we also used to relax in the evenings with other guests. The hotel is spotless and the staff excellent. We'll certainly go back again soon.
Stayed here 11/22/04. Very nice hotel with modern amenities. Rooms were good size and extremely clean. Hotel is in a great location. Easy to find (signs) and to park (in pay parking) and walk. Elisa (front desk) speaks very good English and was very pleasant. I would highly recommend this hotel and absolutely stay here again! We stayed here based on Trip Advisor and Rick Steves rec's.
We stayed at Hotel Duomo in Orvieto for one night at the beginning of September, 2004. We were very pleasantly surprised as we found an extremely clean, good sized room and sparkling clean bathroom (renovated and modernized) with air conditioning. The price of 115.00 euro included breakfast and parking. The owner parked the car for us and retrieved it when we left. I don't understand the previous review regarding customer service problems, as the owner's daughter was there during our stay and spoke English very well. Both father and daughter were very nice and helpful. For those wanting to reserve a room, I would recommend using email the way I did-check out the web site. By the way, there is a great supermarket in the little town below Orvieto. It's called "coop" and prounounced cope.
Tried to get a room....rude, rude, rude
All I can really rate is the customer service. I called a couple days in advance and my "Travel Italian" is fairly good. I tried to get a room but we seemed to have a communication problem. I advised I would call back later but received the reply..."WE DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH AT HOTEL DUOMO!!" then crash went the reciever. Well we ended staying at the Hotel Corso in Orvieto which was very nice. Hotel Duomo seems to suffer from the Rick Steves Syndrome. Friendly service isn''t necesarry when customers bang down your door for reservations.
Great large room
We stayed here in mid September 2004 and loved it. The modernly designed room was quite large compared to others we had stayed in throughout Europe and included cable television, a mini bar and air conditioning. It also had a great marble bathroom with complimentary vanity sets etc - a small, but appreciated extra. The hotel is located around the corner from the main piazza and duomo and was in a great location. Breakfast consisted of a cold buffet and great coffee and tea. Staff were warm and helpful. We would definitely return to this hotel.