In a 12th-century monastery, vaulted ceilings and exposed stone walls, along with beamed ceilings and polished terra-cotta floors covered with rugs, establish rustic elegance in the guest rooms. The rolling park around the hotel provides wonderful views of the valley and is the idyllic location for a lovely pool. The good restaurant may tempt you to stay put at dinnertime.
Località La Badia, 4 km (2½ miles) south of Orvieto, Orvieto Scalo, 05019, Italy
Sep 16, 2003
I was very excited about staying here after all the recommendations I read in various guidebooks. What a mistake. First, let me say that the abbey itself and the surrounding area are magnificent. The restaurant at the hotel is also outstanding. The hotel accomodations, however, were nothing short of miserable. The standard room we booked was over $200 a night. It was postage-stamp sized and had not been updated since the '60's. The bathroom
was a non-functional abomination that had non-working fixtures and lighting. Also be careful about advertised amenities. The "tennis court" was cracked, covered with weeds and had no net! The "pool", an unattractive concrete box looks like a Eastern-Block holdover with no charm whatsoever. This was my eleventh trip to Italy, and bar far my worst hotel experience. After paying a one-nbight penalty, we checked out and moved to the less expensive and thoroughly wonderful Palazzo Piccolomini in Orvieto.