Orvieto is one of those ancient cities built on top of a mountain for protection from the barbarians.It now has a nice road from the new parts down in the valley, but the only place to stay is up on top of the rock. And one of the reasons to be up there is the Cathedral known as "The Duomo". The Hotel Duomo is right beside the church and is only about 20 steps from the Plaza of the Cathedral. The taxi ride from the train station is about 17 euros and well worth it.
For location alone I love the Hotel Duomo. But it is also a truly up to date modern facility nestled inside a very old home. Everything is new and clean. The rooms are very nice- many on the 1st floor (that's one up from ground floor) have balconies where you can gaze at the church and wonder at how they constructed it. Take off from the Plaza and walk through the town- its like walking through Disneyworld. Every twist and turn of the narrow street reveals another attraction or incomparable view of the valleys below.
The food is excellent (I report on several good places to eat in other reviews) and prices are reasonable - much cheaper than Rome and I think the cooking is much better. But eat breakfast at the Hotel. Its a very good selection and lots of coffee and tea. At night there it is also a bar, but unless the weather is horrible, the local taverns are the place to be at night.
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- Duomo Hotel Orvieto