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Hotel Gio' Wine e Jazz Area
Ranked #11 of 65 Hotels in Perugia
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Dundee
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“Good quirky hotel”
Reviewed 6 August 2013

After a long delayed train journey, this hotel was a lovely surprise. A little out of the way if you are travelling from Perugia station, so probably wise to take a taxi. The building looks very plain from the outside, but as soon as you walk in, it is a quirky assortment of jazz-related items, such as vinyl records, pianos and everything music.

Check-in was friendly and quick. It was later at night, so a kind gentleman quickly arranged our room and took our particulars so we could relax. He was also good at helping us purchase a bottle of wine for the room, and opened the wine, providing glasses.

The room was lovely, quirky and fun. Jazz themed, it had a CD player on the wall, huge comfy bed and whirlpool bath. The room was spacious, with a good big TV. The only downsides to the room were the dated curtains, and the headboard was uncomfortable with large dominos hanging from a metal rail.

The bathroom was good, however the shower was not wall mounted, and there was no shower screen, which resulted in a soaking wet bathroom if you tried to shower yourself. However, the quirk if the whirlpool bath was great.

Breakfast was lovely. Large choice, with coffee, tea, pastries, biscuits, cakes, meat, toast, etc. Massive dining room was jazz themed. The only let down was that coffee was available to order, but staff didn't offer this, and talked amongst themselves instead of paying attention to guests.
The day staff weren't quite as friendly as night, but overall great stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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London
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Reviewed 1 July 2013 via mobile

The hotel has two reception.
Our reception & room were Jazz area.

The room was basic.(not bad for €70 per night! ), free parking space & free wifi including breakfast.

The air-con was not working at all but we fixed ourselves by putting the two card into the room's key slot. (even though it's not effective.)

The hotel location was good as we could get to the old city (Top of the hill) by "Mini Metro" and the station is close to the hotel.
We walked down the hill to the hotel using the iPhone apple map & GPS. It's only took 15mins.

  • Stayed June 2013
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San Francisco
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Reviewed 31 March 2013

Are there other jazz hotels? All three daily meals superb in this hotel.Eight, count 'em, 8 pianos in the lobby. State of the art 300 seat theatre in venue, plus enormous wine cellar. Really cool wall-mounted cd player in rooms with old timey amp-like pull-down starter string and great sound. Unique piano keyboard floor in tunnel connecting the two different buildings. Really a treat to stay, eat and play in one place.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 8 November 2012

I stayed at this hotel for three nights. The room was great and very large and the staff was friendly and helpful. The double room has a massage chair so after a day of work it was blissful, plus the cappucino served in the lobby was the best I drank in the city. The hotel is very close to the train station, mini-metro and the Old Town so it was convenient. If i would ever come back to Perugia I would chose the same hotel!!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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London
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

Our room was in the Jazz section of the hotel and after the charismatic but uncompromising charms of a converted “noble palace”, it was a joy to be able to wheel suitcases around, without having to negotiate flights of stairs.

The reception area is bright, spacious and highly jazz themed. Check-in was utterly painless and within minutes we were basking in air-conditioned comfort. Our room faced the rear of the hotel, so no problems with noise, of any kind – apart from the plumbing but more about that later. It had all the amenities you expect from a four star hotel and then some. The wi-fi was free, which isn't always the case in Italy and the signal strong. One small problem arose when the user name and password log-in information, expired after three days but another was supplied by phone.

In fact there were only two small niggles regarding the room. The first being a flimsy shower curtain. Nothing infuriates me more than having to constantly stop the shower curtain from clinging to your soapy body. The shower has its own tray, so why not have a proper cubicle or a heavier-duty shower curtain, that doesn't flap about like a flag in the breeze?

The second wasn't exclusive to the hotel and must, (I presume), have something to do with the water pressure in Perugia. When you flushed the hotel toilet, it emitted a large groan, not dissimilar to a large mammal breaking wind. As the cistern re-filled with water, the last few seconds were accompanied by a noise that sounded like the song of a hump-backed whale. Joking apart, these noises were loud enough to wake someone, were you foolish enough to flush the toilet during the night. We could hear the same noise from the bathroom next door and from a surprising amount of toilets throughout Perugia. My guess is that it is the product of pressure reduction valves, (what a nerd I am).

The breakfast in the hotel was outstanding. It even went so far as to have a huge selection of wheat-free items, for those who suffer from wheat intolerance. The restaurant, which was so good we ate there twice, was a wonder. The cheese soufflé starter was stupendous, as was the rabbit and porchetta. Our only complaint was that on our first visit, my wife's lamb was way overcooked. The wine list is comprehensive and has a separate section devoted to Umbrian wines. Service is first class and thoroughly professional. It is closely allied to the excellent Slow Food movement.

Lastly, although the hotel is situated on the edge of historic centre, with a sweaty uphill walk to get there; do not despair! If you leave the hotel, walk to the rear and take a short downhill stroll along via Raniero Fasani, you will see a red mono-rail that crosses the road. Look right and you will see a modern white building that houses the Case Bruciate Mini-Metro rail station. Buy a €1.50 ticket and enjoy a ride on one of the most charming and efficient, public transport systems I have ever used. In two short stops you will arrive at the terminus, emerging to a wonderful view and a final escalator ride to the very heart of the historic centre. The best €1.50 we spent on the entire holiday!

I can thoroughly recommend the Hotel Gio. I was going to dock a mark from the hotel for the plumbing and shower issues but IMHO, they were negated by the excellent breakfast and restaurant. I've given five stars for less, which isn't very objective, I know.

Room Tip: Rooms that do not overlook the road to the front seem quieter.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

I walked to the hotel from the train station and had some trouble seeing a sign for it. If I didn't have a digital map and an iPad I would never have found it. The hotel is modern, comfortable and had a decent wifi connection. It is outside the walled city so you must walk up the hill to get to the heart of Perugia. Not a big deal if you are somewhat healthy but not ideal for seniors or families with babies or infants. The staff were courteous and professional, however, they weren't exactly cheerful or talkative. That said, the price was right and it was comfortable - I would stay again.

Room Tip: Take a pass on their restaurant. There is a much better place to eat close by being the tavern just...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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Bucks
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

We stayed at the Hotel Gia Jazz Area for one night on our way back from Puglia. It is one of two hotels, the other being the Wine hotel next door and joined underground. The room was very large, well furnished and the bathroom equally so. Our room was at the back of the hotel as the front had a view of the petrol station next door. Breakfast was buffet with a good choice included in the room rate. There was a pool and sunbathing area on the roof with a brilliant view of the old town of Perugia on the hill. There was also private parking at the rear of both hotels.
The mini metro up to the old town was about a 10 min walk away but unfortunately the last train down left around 9pm. The old town was a bit of a surprise being far nicer than anticipated with stunning views of the surround countryside from the walls. Lots of restaurants and great expensive shops. Would certainly go back!

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Gio' Wine e Jazz Area
Address: Via Ruggero d'Andreotto 19, 06124, Perugia, Italy
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Region: Italy > Umbria > Province of Perugia > Perugia
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Perugia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Gio' Wine e Jazz Area 4*
Number of rooms: 76
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel giò wine e jazz area is a hotel divided into two theme areas, dedicated to jazz and wine. The hotel is in the city centre of perugia, 1 km far away from the railway station, and 200 mt from the minimetrò station. You reach the historic centre in 5 minutes by minimetrò.From hotel giò you can reach the historic centre in 5 minutes by car or in 20 minutes on foot. In the hotel jazz lovers will find a music store and an auditorium with jazz concerts in different dates. ... more   less 
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