Street : Via Virgilio Cappari 30
Postcode : 06064
Telephone : +39 075 837161
Fax : +39 075 837166
Email : email@example.com
Nearby : Castiglione del Lago (15 km); Citta della Pieve (25 km).
Location : built into the town walls; car parking nearby
Food : breakfast, lunch, dinner
Price Band : €
Rooms : 11; 9 double and twin, 2 single, all with bath or shower; all rooms have phone,TV, hairdrier, minibar, safe
Facilities : sitting room, breakfast room, restaurant
Credit Cards : AE, DC, MC, V
Disabled : access difficult
Pets : small pets accepted
Closed : never, restaurant closed wed
Proprietor or Manager : Laura Nicchiarelli
Le Grotte de Boldrino
Via Virgilio Cappari 30, 06064, +39 075 837161
Intimate town hotel, contemporary style
The former Palazzo Belleschi-Grifoni, hewn into the walls of the medieval brick-built hill town of Panicale, was converted only in 1990 to its present use. In contrast to its stern front, the interior is small and intimate, designed in the finest contemporary manner, with particularly imaginative use of iron and wood.
The hotel can be entered through a doorway from one of the narrow passageways of the old borgo or, more conveniently, via the lower restaurant entrance on the road which encircles the town. A warren-like corridor takes you to the parquet-floored bedrooms. In surprising contrast to their modern finish, they are furnished with imperious late-19thC furniture – towering walnut bedheads, and so on. Noteworthy also is the gentle use of lighting.
New owners took over in spring 2003 and have spruced the place up a bit, adding minibars, hairdriers and so on in the bedrooms. We would welcome reports from readers, particularly about the rustic restaurant which serves Umbrian specialities: are its high standards being maintained?