Walking up to the hotels impressive facade we were thrilled with our choice, not too concerned with the bit of chipped paint on the front of the building. Entering the foyer we found no one until the gentile innkeeper greeted us from the staircase above, by name, before even seeing us. :0.
We were escorted by a tiny elevator to our double room arranged for us beforehand as we were six females. We felt graciously accommodated as the rooms were offered at a comfortable discounted rate.
The Magnificent, frescoed high ceilings, antique furnishings and a large old soaking tub in the expansive bathroom erased our initial uneasiness due to apparently being the only guests in the hotel. But we found ourselves staring at each other wide eyed as the clock in the tower let out a loud gong. We were back to that uncanny feeling of being in a place that may possibly have some spooky secrets.
Tired of silliness, we went out to dinner which was a short pleasant walk as the hotel is situated in a most convenient location. Shopping, dining and the clock tower are around the corner.
Taking the grande marble staircase back to our room, we were again frightened by candelabra on the banister and the huge oil paintings on the walls of people from the past. The urn was the last straw and we ran back to our room and locked the door. The lights went out and we were again in this giant old hotel...alone!!! After laughing, crying, joking and hugging each other to ease our fears, we finally fell asleep to wake in the morning to a fantastic outdoor market and a cafe just outside the front door. Perfect!
To say that this place was the most fun that I've had in a very long time would not be exaggerating. It is the kind of hotel that you will remember for ever. And if you enjoy being scared, you can let your imagination run wild and have a blast! If not, you will enjoy the opulence and history that the hotel has over some of the other hotels that we peeked into.
The only thing that this place was lacking in were patrons which was a shame. It was clean, friendly and had atmosphere that mirrors that of Orvieto itself. Moderately priced, the hotel was a bargain. Go soon!
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