I was lucky enough to be staying in Italy for 2 weeks with a friend. I reserved a room for 3 nights at the Palazzo Catalani, through my timeshare company, Diamond Resorts. We arrived by train at the closest station, in Orte. It was a Sunday so the buses were not running. We called the Resort about an hour away so the front desk could arrange for a car to be sent (32E).It was rather late when the driver dropped us off at the bottom of Monte Cavallo, which is a pedestrian alley of cobblestones.We pulled our suitcases up a steep hill , around several turns, until I saw the familar DRI banner.There was only the front desk clerk at work, no porter or maintenace, or housekeeper. He helped us with our bags and let us in our room. The room was very nice. It was a large room, with an exposed- beam slanted ceiling over the twin beds.There were several windows, low "kneeling" windows with deep sills and dark wood inside shutters. At the end of the beds was a sitting area with 2 easy chairs and a nice cabinet on which a flat-screen TV sat. There was a lovely ,large wardrobe to keep hanging clothes. There was a small kitchen with an undercabinet fridge, a small sink, a 2-burner stove, microwave, coffee pot, and toaster. There also was a small dining table with 2 chairs. The bathroom had a shower stall, large pedsestal sink,commode and bidet. It was not huge, but roomy enough.The floors throughout were an old terracota tile. Overall, it was a very authentic Italian room. The veiws from the Resort windows are breathtaking, terraced rows of villas and mountains.
The public areas of the Resort were beautiful, with decorative ceilings and murals painted on walls. We were on the 2nd floor, which was 4 flights of stone stairs to reach. There are no elevators.There doors opened with skeleton keys, which were difficult to use and you had to lock yourself inside with the key at night. We did not realize this, and slept the first 2 nights unlocked. Also, when we left the room, we had left it unlocked. Thankfully, it is a very safe area. The staff was helpful, though there were some language barriers.
There is much climbing of cobblestoned passageways and streets, stone steps, etc. to get to and from the village and shop area. To reach the bus stop (to the Train Station), there are 130 stone steps . Go to the Tabacco Shop by the Village to get a 9Euro BIRG ticket, which is good for the bus and train to Rome, and the public buses and subway while in Rome for 24 hours. The bus ride to Orte is about 30 minutes and the train is about 40 minutes from Orte to Rome.Get schedules from the front desk, so you can plan which train to return by, since the last bus leaves the station around 9:30 PM.
All and all, it was a wonderful experience to stay at the Palazzo Catalani. It could be much better if the Resort provided a shuttle down the hill and to the bus stop, and intalled a discreet elevator.
- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Catalani Hotel Soriano Nel Cimino
- Palazzo Catalani Hotel
- Sunterra At Palazzo Catalani Viterbo
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Palazzo Catalani is situated right in the medieval village of Soriano nel Cimino, and the building itself is a 17th century building once owned by an Italian nobleman.With its beauty and charm, history and culture, Italy has long been a popular holiday destination. It is here where you will find many wonders of nature, from snow-capped Alps to sunny Mediterranean beaches, as well as an abundance of historical treasures and sights. Don't forget to enjoy two of the things that Italy is best known for, food and wine. ... more less
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