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“Fantastic First Class Retreat in Tuscany”

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Relais La Corte dei Papi
Ranked #3 of 24 Hotels in Cortona
Certificate of Excellence
Westchester, NY
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Fantastic First Class Retreat in Tuscany”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Our family of 5 stayed in the two cottages offered by David for our two night stay in Cortona. We truly enjoyed the quiet and peaceful setting of Hotel Relais La Corti dei Papi. David plays a crucial part to making guests feel at home in this intimate setting. His attention to detail and high standards are evident in all aspects of this resort, especially the new spa suites which are impeccable. The restaurant was a wonderful experience. We ate there both nights because we wanted to try everything on the menu, sample the freshly made assortment of breads and drink the prosecco! Our three daughters loved David's recommendation of ice cream for dessert. They had it both nights because the two scoops of chocolate and vanilla ice cream served are topped with fresh biscotti croutons and meringues. We hope to return soon!

Room Tip: Rooms with steam showers and jacuzzis look incredible! Very romantic accommodations.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Syosset, New York, USA
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

We are well seasoned travelers and have stayed at special properties all over Europe. Relais La Corte Dei Papi was truly one of our favorites. The immaculate, restored Manor house exudes charm and grace. David, its owner, is warm, charming, and engaging and lives to please all of his guests. The staff is delightfully friendly and the level of sophisticated training is obvious. They are thorough professionals. We spent 2 evenings in one of the newer Spa suites. If it fits your budget---then you must try it! The steam room itself was an experience-- complete with changing mood lighting, spa music, and aromatherapy. The jacuzzi tub was massive and so relaxing. The room was huge and beautifully decorated. After spending time exploring the region, we thoroughly enjoyed spending some quality time relaxing around the pool . The setting is serene as the pool is surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens. We dined both evenings at the restaurant within and were awed by both the the quality and presentation.
We look forward to returning to Tuscany and will definitely be returning here. Bravo, David!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

Perfect for couples
Everything was truly wonderful
David was always there for us
This is what you call a Great service
The location is great, convenient to everywhere
Everybody spoke English. Great food, great wine, great people.
This area have it's Italian countryside simplicity but a unique charm as well. Once in a lifetime experience
Will be back next year

Stayed July 2014
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Scarsdale, New York
2 reviews
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

My daughter found this on line which looked amazing. To our surprise when we got there it was more spectacular than what was on line. Everything was so clean and beautiful. I would've loved to take part of this home with me back to the US. David and his mom the owners couldn't have been sweeter. Extremely accommodating and was always greeted with a smile. The food was amazing and the breakfasts were to die for. Thank goodness we did alot of walking as we could've easily gained alot of weight. This was our first trip to Europe and we wanted to make it special as we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary with my daughter and her husband. What a great place to hold a wedding!!! Hopefully, in the near future we would love to go back for a longer stay this time. This to me is a well kept secret. The quietness, the charm, the beauty. It really is Heaven on Earth! We all loved out stays!!!!!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

This was our first time visiting Cortona and are already looking forward to coming back to stay at the Relais La Corte dei Papi. The hotel was absolutely breathtaking. The owner's David and mama Gabrielle warmly greeted us upon arrival. Check in was great and afterwards David showed us to our rooms which were so cute and had such personal touch to them. Our room overlooked the pool and Cortona on one side and the valley on the other. We slept with our windows wide open every night and were greeted with the quiet and pleasant sound of Roosters each morning. The grounds are exemplary kept with just as beautiful attention to detail as the quaint rooms. The pool was heavenly to come back to and relax after a busy day, clean and well kept, the atmosphere was so quiet and pleasant with the sound of nature, even took a nap in the sun. Very Relaxing. Later on David gave us a tour of some of the honeymoon suites which were even more amazing. The rooms had doors open up to the valley in the back, very serene. Hot tub jacuzzis in the large bedrooms, one room even had a balcony upstairs with a King bed for sleeping and the living room below, very spacious and ROMANTIC!!
We had a delicious breakfast each morning with all home made pastries, cakes, bread, and assortments of cheeses, meats, fruits, yogurts, etc. We sat by the pool and were served coffee, tea, espresso and cappuccinos with our breakfast. Perfect way to start each day.
We made reservations for dinner at the La Corte dei Papi's restaurant. We were seated on time at a beautiful table by the pool which is lit up at night perfecting the ambiance. Service was definitely on point. Dinner and dessert were absolutely delicious. We asked David to recommend a nice bottle of wine which couldn't have been better. We all enjoyed our dining experience.
Our stay was absolutely lovely. We are looking forward to coming back again one day. Our experience in Cortona was truely a dream come true thanks to the Relais La Corte dei Papi and all of David, Gabrielle and the staff's hard work and dedication. Thank you for a wonderful experience. A++++
Your guests (Tara, Abe, Gabriel and Renee)

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Adegem, Belgium
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

We go to Tuscany every summer. Unfortunately the villa we book every year was unavailable.
After reading the good reviews on trip advisor, we decided to book a room in this hotel.
We had an excellent stay. The room was fantastic. The service was outstanding and better than in some 5 star top resorts. David and his staff go out of the way to make your stay a fantastic experience. The best service ever. We really enjoyed the week we spent with them.
The setting is beautiful and the rooms and garden are well looked after. 100% quality all over!
I would recommend this hotel to all type of travelers.
Just go there and you will never be disappointed, on the contrary you will enjoy every minute of your stay.
Congratulations to David, his mother and the staff. They have created a lovely resort and make people happy by giving them the most relaxing holiday or stay.
Thanks for the excellent service! We will certainly return!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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London
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

Loved this place so much last year that we returned this year and we are very pleased to say the high standards have not dropped a bit - David is a wonderful host, the hotel is great and the food is out of this world - we will be back!!!!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Relais La Corte dei Papi
Address: Via La Dogana 12 | Località Pergo, 52044, Cortona, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cortona
#1 Family Hotel in Cortona
#3 Luxury Hotel in Cortona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Relais La Corte dei Papi 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Relais La Corte Dei Papi is an original late 17 century family dwelling that has been lovingly restored to create a hotel that caters for our guests every wish. An oasis of tranquility and peace ideal for the discerning traveler who yearns for exquisite Tuscan food in an elegant, charming countryside residence. Situated between the beautiful hills that surround the famous historical town of Cortona made even more famous by the writer Frances Mayer in her book “Under the Tuscan Sun” The Relais La Corte Dei Papi provides its guests with classically stylish room and suites equipped with every amenity. The interior has been lovingly restored to its original splendor. Every room and suite is furnished with taste and discernment. The beautiful Spa Suites are dedicated to the balance and wellbeing of guests. A truly unique experience with every imaginable facility to enhance your relaxation, the spa comes to you in the privacy of your suite. The restaurant is housed in what was the originally the wine cellar of the house and it maintains the integrity of traditional Tuscan cooking. The kitchen recreates the delicate flavors of genuine Tuscan dishes with a modern twist. Every ingredient used in our kitchen is selected for its quality, freshness and flavor; this creates a special experience at every stage of your meal. Our Chef daily prepares everything fresh including, bread, pasta and desserts. ... more   less 
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