After booking our one night stay at Dolce Maria we received a gushing email from Paola saying she was looking forward to welcoming us and that if there was anything she could do in the meantime not to hesitate to get in touch. I swiftly emailed her back to ask if we could have a travel cot in our room as we were travelling with our 3 month old baby. When we arrived there was no cot and when we asked for one were met with a frosty reception from Paola who seemed rushed of her feet and it felt very much that we were inconveniencing her. The woman we met was very different from the woman with the friendly tone that emailed us. She did drive my husband down the hill to pick up our bags which was extremely nice of her but she was not pleased about doing it and made it quite clear that was the case. Awkward.
That night we ate in their restaurant which was nice, but nothing more than nice. There were a large group of Italians eating that night and we were rather neglected because of this and had to fight to be served. My husband asked for a beer with his meal which was met with raised eyebrows. A member of staff went out to buy a beer from a shop (a restaurant with no beer?) and we were on our first course by the time it got to the table! While the food wasn't bad, we have definitely eaten better in Italy.
There was limited choice at breakfast and staff stand by and watch your every move at the buffet table which once again was awkward. While the cake was tasty we found it a bit odd to have cake for breakfast. Not really what you fancy eating so early in the day.
Beds were comfy and rooms were clean.
All in all we found the Dolce Maria wasn't quite what we were expecting after all the good reviews we had read, and well, frankly it was a bit odd.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 30 meters far from the main square, the B & B Dolce Maria enjoys peace and silence back in time. The old building of historical interest from 1400, above the main floor where resident the family owner has 6 exclusive rooms of different sizes, with suggestive panoramic on the roofs of Cortona and Valdichiana, or which overlook the quiet courtyard.Each room is furnished with antique furniture of the family, which gave a further elegance with frescoed walls and important windows high 3 meters, without depriving the modern comforts of air conditioning, The entrance to the house at number 12 entroduce in an elegant corridor that leads to 3 upper floors through the ancient stairs with handrails in sandstone, or give access to small and elegant restaurant where you can taste the delicious dishes of typical local and Tuscan cuisine accompanied by the best national wine labels. A few steps from the B & B are also the most important buildings, monuments, museums, the S. Agostino congres center, the theater Signorelli, the shopping streets and far 80 meters the free public car parks outside the Etruscan walls. ... more less
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