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Relais La Corte dei Papi
Ranked #3 of 24 Hotels in Cortona
Certificate of Excellence
Alexandria, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A great Hotel and Restaurant - Don't Miss”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

The hotel room was elegant, impeccable, and it was clear the owner, David Papi, paid great attention to detail. The same can be said for the dinner we enjoyed in the restaurant - I do not think you would find better service and presentation in any major city in the world - and the food was delicious!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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3 reviews
Reviewed 10 August 2014

My family and I stayed here for 3 nights and had a fantastic experience. It felt like home, but much more luxurious. David is constantly present at the hotel to attend to your every need. He never forgets a request and never says he can't do something. Each room is spotless and lovingly decorated. The staff are always available and checking to see if you need anything. The restaurant was our favorite part and we ate there every night. My family is still talking about the steak (and how much they loved David!). At the end of our stay, David carefully explained the bill. We wouldn't have checked because we trust David, but appreciated the gesture.

We were sad to leave, but will be back!

Oh, we also had a wine tour with Simone arranged through the hotel. Another A+ experience. It was one of our favorite parts.

  • Stayed August 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2014

The moment you arrive here, it was "wow! so nice!" Owner was there to welcome you and take you to your room. The room looks modern, new and yet in a traditional Italian style. It has a huge jacuzzi in the middle of the room. The bathroom has a steam function and relaxing music! The only problem is every remote control is a touch screen, it often confuses you and fails to work. We've room 10 which has upstairs as master bedroom. Though looks very grand and posh, going to the bathroom in the middle of the night is not so nice when I've to wear my headlight to go downstairs for the bathroom. Any hotels/villa which build a nice bedroom upstairs should have a small toilet upstairs! Wifi is poor. You might see full bar signal on your laptop but it hardly moves and often stop working when many people are trying to access it. Lots of mozzies around - breakfast or at the pool. So be sure to wear long pants if you're going swimming or sun-tanning! ;) Nice pool but a bit too small to do laps. House-keeping so far not impressive.

We stayed here 2 days and they only change your towels but do not give you or top up more toiletries when you've finish using them.

Owner is very friendly, hands-on and helpful. The best hotel owner I've met so far.
Breakfast is fantastic! The best I'd since arriving here at Tuscany and Umbria. They just need to improve on the wifi. ;)

Room Tip: Don't choose the honeymoon suite (Room 10) unless you like to go up and down the stairs to acces...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We booked a few days in Tuscany as it is usually guaranteed good weather. The hotel is perfect for relaxing by the pool in beautiful gardens with first class service. The area around the pool is plenty big enough for the number of guests so that you relly feel that you have your own space.
The weather turned out to be unusually bad after a day so we upgraded to a Spa Suite. The brand new Spa suites are the ultimate in luxury with a large Jacuzzi and state of the art steam room within your own private suite all in set in beautiful historically restored cottages.
The restaurant serves top cuisine with excellent service. The pre and post dinner drinks spot on.
David is a fantastic host, always pleasant, helpful and with a smile on his face. He really helped us to plan our days - planning the visting of the local areas for wine tasting, recommended and made our restaurant reservations and took care of every detail. What was really pleasant was that he was always available (no idea when he sleeps) but never intrusive - a great skill for a host.
I expect that this hotel hotel will always be looking for ways to improve (not that it needs to) and I expect that it will be a fantastic place to stay for years to come. We would definitely visit here again.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Westchester, NY
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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
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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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 Family Hotel in Cortona
#1 Romantic 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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