If you have followed our other recommendations trust us with this one. We know this hotel complex because we have enjoyed very good meals here hundreds of times but until April 2013 we had not stayed here because we lived locally.
The point of staying at this hotel, in our opinion, is because you want to stay economically, at a family run hotel, with caring staff and which is immaculately clean. Has comfortable beds and excellent food.
You do not stay at a hotel just off the Torricella junction of the superstrada for a lake view!
When it is not the swimming pool season (October to end of April) you stay here because you want to visit beautiful places in both Umbria and Tuscany and want to get there as quickly and as stress free, as possible. The fast train service to Florence and Rome is from Terontola station about 15mins away. The superstrada that you can see from the hotel works to your advantage. At night with the room shutters down you sleep in peace perfect peace.
The room rates are excellent value. Eat a good breakfast, the choice is huge, from freshly made fruit salad and yoghurt through to eggs, ham, cheese and plain cakes baked by Mamma!
Then off out for the day returning in the early evening, shower, change of clothes and then to eat at the pizzeria, a homemade supper….not only pizza but again a huge choice of freshly made food. That is the big difference here. The family will not economise on the quality of the ingredients and they use their own produce when in season. We ate pasta and the first woodland mushrooms!
The family are naturally friendly, a small dog and children all part of the set up.
In the swimming pool season May to September we have enjoyed a leisurely afternoon by the pool. You will be surprised at how quiet it is as you swim and sunbathe despite the superstrada being so close. The hotel restaurant will also be open so there is a choice of dining. For families the pizzeria is fun but being retired we prefer the hotel restaurant in the summer as it’s more “grown up” and quiet.
We would say that there is little point asking for a room with a lake view, because that results in a superstrada view. A room at the back with no view at all is a better choice. There are quiet places to sit all around the place.
The rooms have wifi and there is a computer for the use of guests in the breakfast room.
Having lived locally we’d suggest that air conditioning is essential in the swimming season because the flies mentioned in other reviews are not mosquitoes but lake flies, rather like lacewings, they do not bite but will fill the room if lights are on and windows are open from dusk, in summer.
We stayed 8 nights. Used the lift all the time and ate and slept very well indeed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Il Gabbiano offers a vary type of accommodations like hotel rooms and appartments. It has two restaurants, one with typical local kitchen and one pizzeria open till late night. Being a family business we always try to give the best to our guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Il Gabbiano Passignano Sul Trasimeno, Province Of Perugia, Italy