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“Somehow misses being as good as its location demands”

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Graziella Patio Hotel
Ranked #15 of 29 Hotels in Arezzo
Certificate of Excellence
Great Torrington, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
320 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“Somehow misses being as good as its location demands”
Reviewed 23 April 2012

We spent one night at this hotel whilst travelling south and chose it because of it's central location. This out weighs the irritation of paying 22 euros to have the car valet parked but other niggles detracted from the hotel's overall standard. We were greeted by very pleasant staff and shown to our room which was reasonably spacious but, for some unaccountable reason in a Tuscan palazzo, was decorated with a Moroccan theme in gaudy - not restful - colours. We understand that the hotel has chosen to theme it's rooms on the travels of the writer Bruce Chatwin but as far as we are aware he never wrote a word about Morocco. The bathroom was overloaded with very nice toiletries but the bath and shower were oddly against the window requiring awful plastic curtains. There was nowhere in the bedroom to make tea or coffee - the hotel has no bar or lounge and the coffee machine in the basement is supplied only with indescribably horrid plastic cups. It would make more sense to replace the room mini-bar, surely unnecessary in a city with so many good restaurants and bars, with facilities for a hot drink. The computer in the bedroom with internet access was useful but not as useful as a kettle at seven in the morning before the breakfast room opened. However, as other reviewers have said there was a very good choice of food for the buffet breakfast and the room was not as subterranean in feel as other reviewers have suggested. This was a potentially very good hotel which seemed to miss the point of what travellers require.

Room Tip: Don't choose the Moroccan themed room if you want a restful sight.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Delray Beach, FL
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27 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2011

great little hotel in middle of historic center. We stayed in the Arkadia room, which had 2 floors, a charming yellow bathroom decorated with shell mirror. The olive oil toiletries were really nice and also cute.great view out of the giant window onto a lovely cobbled street, very very close to the duomo. room was quiet and clean. The receptionist was very very nice and spoke perfect english. easy to reach hotel by car, they will take your car and park it for you if you don't feel like it. Arezzo town is very beautiful with great shops and restaurants and the equestrian center is nearby (by car). found a great tack store, Samarcanda, which had everything a rider could want. super hotel!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Milan, Italy
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2011

The hotel is in a perfect place, right in the middle of the historical center of the town; you will have a problem to reach it by car but if you call them in advance and give them the plate number they'll manage to have you authorized to enter the residents-only area. If you want they can arrange to have your car taken to a provate parking with a car valet service (they will pick the car at the hotel and take it back when you want), it's a bit expensive though (22 euros for this).

Warm welcome, the personnel is very kind; the room is nice and clean, all with authentic ancient furniture (which might look a bit kitsch but is simply the way it is... original stuff).

The hotel is very small, seven rooms, in an old building. Only problem: no elevator; it would not fit and, quite frankly, it would be out of place here. It's only one or two floors after all.

Old building means thick walls and... silence. A perfect sleep.

In the room we find a brand new Mac laptop connected to internet, free service, at check in they give you username and password to connect to the free wireless network with your own.

Notable the breakfast: everything was excellent (including tuscanian ham and pecorino cheese), the supplied goods were all of first level brands (not the usual nameless orange juice or youghourt and biscuits: all was of the first quality brands), plus there was a wide selection of gluten free products (bisquits, bread, etc) and other dietetic products on request. The breakfast room was funny: furnished with things from the 50's... it looked a bit like having landed in an episode of Happy Days.

The hotel is not cheap (is a four stars after all) but through the usual networks (i.e. booking.com) you can have good deals.

A definitive recommend from my side.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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London
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2011

The aircon hasn't worked (apparently it's too hot at the moment :)), but lovely room with adjoining lounge area, right in centre of town next to San Francesco.

200 Euros seems a lot as there is no bar, garden, roof terrace...the breakfast room is a rather dingy windowless room, but we just loaded up a tray and brought it back to our room.

Free car park is a good 10 minute walk so if you have luggage, drop it off first and then go to find the car park OR pay €22 for valet parking.

Very nice all in all. Worth staying here to do the sights in Arezzo and get a taste of the nightlife (quite entertaining), but one night is probably enough. Team it with a break at the Badia di Pomaio, which is out of town with a pool, gardens, restaurant, bar etc

Room Tip: ask if the aircon really works. It's steaming hot in July if it doesn't
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cork, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2011

We booked our room at the Patio based on a recommendation in the 2006 version of the Rough Guide to Italy - a little out of date but we thought the location would be good at least. We stayed in Arezzo as a half way stop between Florence and Rome and I'm so glad we picked this hotel. It was amazing. The receptionist was super friendly and helpful. There are no lifts so she carried my case upstairs. The rooms are nicely decorated and the one we were given had a Mac computer so you could surf the internet without needing your own laptop. There was Sky tv so you could have any channel you wanted - and could even change the language on it. The pillows were memory foam, so a good rest is guaranteed. The minibar is well stocked and there was a really good selection of cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurts, etc for breakfast, as well as gluten-free and wheat free options.
If you are staying in Arezzo, I would definitely recommend a stay at the Patio. It is one of the better hotels I have stayed in.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, IL
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2011

We just came back from a delightful trip of hill towns of central Italy.
Our stay in Graziela Patio Hotel was everything we expected it to be:
The best location in town, attentive and accommodating staff, fruit upon arrival, the room, on the small side, had a nice firm bad and the bathroom had shower with steam and massage jets. The breakfast was nice – everything that you need for a light morning breakfast – cold cuts, great Tuscan cheeses, fresh cappuccino….
Hotel is located in the best spot in the center of Arezzo, the street is wide, you can drive up to the hotel and they will park your car in the secure garage.
There are stairs you have to walk up to your room (remember is it 19th century palace) but if you are in Arezzo or anywhere in Italy – there are a lot of hills and steps to scale.
Here is the link to our trip photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/15170395@N06/sets/72157626423018030/

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, Scotland
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2009

Arezzo is a beautiful town and this hotel's location is superb - right beside the Piazza di San Francesco and a few minutes from Piazza Grande. The receptionist was very pleasant and welcoming. However our room (Cobraverde) was very small. It is effectively on 2 levels with the bed and bathroom on a mezzanine. Avoid it if you have any claustrophobic tendencies! Breakfast was disappointing. For 155 euros a night we would have hoped for fresh fruit rather than tinned, and certainly would have expected fresh bread.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Graziella Patio Hotel
Address: Via Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour 23, 52100, Arezzo, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Arezzo
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Arezzo
#2 Spa Hotel in Arezzo
#9 Luxury Hotel in Arezzo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Graziella Patio Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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