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Hotel San Luca
Ranked #16 of 24 Hotels in Cortona
Hamburg
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Booking confirmed but "Closed for Renovation"”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2009

I booked a stay from 31.12.08 - 01.01.09 through HRS and received a confirmation 3 weeks before arrival. When we arrived at the door it was "Closed for Renovation".
I cannot judge the quality of the hotel, but this situation is a NO GO! They must inform HRS if they are not available - but obviously they did not.
I have choosen this hotel because of the comments on this site. The location is good.

  • Liked — location of hotel
  • Disliked — closed despite booking confirmation
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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60 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2008

We stayed at this very pleasant hotel with an alumni tour group for a week, taking trips out to Assisi, Perugia, Montepulciano, Florence and Siena. It was wonderful to come back to the Hotel San Luca each evening and have a nice meal and walk about town. The kitchen serves an excellent restaurant as well as a couple of adjoining large rooms where we ate as a group. This makes it sound huge but it isn't, it's quite a cosy place. Our room had a beautiful view out over the countryside below the city (ask for a room with a view!) and the terrace and breakfast room on the main level also have this great view. The hotel is a little unusual in that the reception area is on the street level and the 5 other floors are below that, as the building is on the hillside (2 small elevators as well as stairs). Our room was spacious enough, with a wardrobe, no closet, and modern bath, the desk and maid service was quite attentive. The hotel is situated at the base of the main street up into town which is lined with shops, restaurants, sidewalk bars, museums, churches and gelato! There is also a very nice city park and a long walkway just across the circle of Garibaldi square. It was a great trip all around and the Hotel San Luca was a lovely home away from home.

Stayed May 2008
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1 Thank JGinA2
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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18 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2008

Absolutely great hotel with a very warm and friendly staff. Ideally located just outside the city wall. We would make day trips to the surrounding area and return to Cortona in the evening after the tourists had left. It is very convenient to Florence, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Sienna, and even Assisi. The hotel has great access to the main shopping street and good restaurants. Rooms are European small, but well maintained, clean, and comfortable. Breakfast was a real treat with good food and a great view over the surrounding countryside. Paid city parking is available, but you may have to walk uphill a bit and be a couple of hundred meters from the hotel. Hotel staff was very helpful and, yes, will even give you a map to Frances Mayes' Villa (Under the Tuscan Sun). They also gave us directions to some of the movie's shooting locations. Highly recommended, this was our second visit.

If you are traveling by train you'll need to arrive in Camucia and take the bus up to Cortona.

  • Liked — Location and charm
  • Disliked — Parking
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank trhales
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Reading, PA
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2007

We got married in Cortona on October 16, 2007 and had the wedding party stay at Hotel San Luca. They were wonderful to deal with and very accomodating. We had several changes as people made final decisions when they were arriving/departing Cortona and there was no problem with the changes. The front desk personnel was a wealth of knowledge and they were very helpful. The views are absolutely beautiful, looking over the valley in Cortona.

The hotel is centrally located and near public transportation as well as the public parking lot. We couldn't have found a better hotel in Cortona for a wedding party. The breakfast was very good and there was
a lot of variety (included in the cost of the room). We highly recommend Hotel San Luca. Leigh Ann and David

  • Liked — The views and location
  • Disliked — Parking in front of hotel is meter
  • Stayed October 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank foodieReadingpa
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Los Angeles, CA
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65 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2007

We visited Cortona after staying in Florence, and although it was a little touristy (guess nothing in Italy isn't anymore), nothing like Florence. We had already heard that there was no driving (at least for visitors) inside the city, and that there would be parking outside on the street or in lots. Luckily for us, the San Luca is located just outside the city itself - and by 'just outside', I mean you drive up up up up to Cortona, and when you reach the last parking area - that you can't go beyond - there it is. This was a relief as we were loaded down with bags, and were able to pull up to the front, unload, and then park the car in a lot a bit further down the hill.

There was parking just outside the hotel (none available when we arrived), but it is metered and per hour. The lot - and most street parking - further down the hill (maybe 300 meters) was free.

Our room was on the "4th floor" - the hotel is set into the cliffside and so you actually take an elevator DOWN to your room from reception,. which is on the first (top) floor. There are six floors, and guest rooms are on 4, 5 and 6 (with 6 being the lowest). I would definitely try to book on the 4th floor, as we were on the non "garden" side, and had a tremendous view of the Tuscan plains. Not sure how good the views are from lower floors.

We paid 120EU per night. Rooms had hairdryer, plenty of soap, and good towels. The only thing a bit weird was that there was no control for the heat, only an AC unit, and the room got a bit cool at night. We checked with reception, but didn't really understand their answer as to why there was no heat in the room. My guess is that it was centrally controlled, but not sure.

All in all, we would definitely stay at the San Luca if we returned to Cortona.

  • Stayed October 2007
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Wexford, Ireland
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2007

Called and booked ourselves in. Insist on a room with a view and you will be well rewarded. Spectacular views over the countryside. Baths are scarce in Italian hotels but there is 1 here! (Very important if you have tired and sore feet from climbing to all the walled towns and cities in Tuscany! No one warned me they are all on hills!!) Hotel very convenient to the town, just a stroll. Clean and bright rooms. Not very big but adequate.

  • Liked — The scenery from the bedrooms, selected bedrooms!
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank ChicoWexford
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Suttons Bay, Michigan
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2007

We stayed a week at the Hotel San Luca in early September and would go back in a minute! The food, the staff... and the view!!
You will need to get a room on the 4th floor, facing the valley, and you'll have a magnificent view from your balcony. At night, the twinkling lights of Camucia and beyond were like being up in an airplane. Room and bathrooms are small, but clean and adequate. Beds are comfortable.
There are terraces to have your meals or a before or after dinner drink. The hotel is just around the corner from the main piazza and all shops.

  • Liked — The view, the food
  • Disliked — Poor internet set up
  • Stayed September 2007
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank lindeano
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Property: Hotel San Luca
Address: Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi 1, 52044, Cortona, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Cortona
#12 Luxury Hotel in Cortona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel San Luca 4*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel San Luca is in Cortona historic centre, a 15-minute drive from Lake Trasimeno. It offers air-conditioned and stylish rooms with satellite TV and minibar.The hotel’s terrace offers a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. There is a gym on the covered terrace and a separate sun terrace with a hot tub.Free Wi-Fi is available in the whole building. Reception is open 24 hours a day.The hotel is around 3 km from Camucia di Cortona Station and a 25-minute drive from the A1 motorway. You can reach Perugia by car in 40 minutes. ... more   less 
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