My friend and I stayed 2 nights in this fantastic palazzo. It is only a short walk from the station and also handy for the centre of Mantua too (being only a small city). Luciana and her son Claudio were super hosts and nothing was to much trouble. We had come as part of an art trip and Claudio kindly organised a wonderful guide, Cristina, who took us to Palazzo Te and the Ducale Palace and explained all their history. Thanks all three of you for making our visit to your beautiful city so exciting and interesting.
What a great stay in this beautiful 14th century palazzo, only a short stroll from the centre. Upon arrival, Claudio was waiting at the entrance. I arrived a little early but I was offered a coffee and a brief history of the palazzo (which has been owned by the family since 1961) while my room (which was huge, with high ceilings and a 14th century door, which you don’t come across in a hotel too often!) was being cleaned. The palazzo was adorned with paintings, grand fireplaces and colourful sculptures. I was well looked after (like a duke) and even enjoyed a bottle of iced Prosecco by the roaring, log fire. Claudio and his mum were both lovely. Step back in time and immerse yourself in this beautiful, historic palazzo. You won’t be disappointed. I certainly hope to return!
As others have noted, the Arrivabene (which is the name of a prominent Italian family) is a spectacular palazzo that was built in the 15th century. The current owners purchased it in 1961 as a family home and Luciana and her son Claudio now run it as a B&B with 3 bedrooms. Luciana is a wonderful, elegant woman and gracious host (as someone else said, she is reminiscent of Grace Kelly) who loves to talk about the palazzo, albeit in Italian. Claudio speaks perfect English and is the one you will rely for advice about parking, restaurants and any other information you need. This was truly one of the most special B&B/hotel experiences my wife and I have ever had and we hope to return to Mantua (which is a great city BTW), if only to stay at the Arrivabene. Two final notes - they are cash only/no credit cards and be aware that there are quite a few steps (no elevator).…
We stayed at Palazzo Arrivabene for a long weekend and adored it. First, Mantova exceeded our expectations itself, but being with Claudio and Luciana at this gorgeous place was divine. The building, part of the 15c palazzo, is beautiful. The rooms are cosy and well appointed. We were lucky to have a wonderful big bathroom with great bathtub a stall shower. Breakfasts are amazing, the advice always spot on, and Claudio got us reservations every night at his favorite restaurants...not always easy! Can’t recommend more highly! Perfect location on a quiet street, but central. Bliss!
Beautiful historic building converted into a hotel. A cross between a boutique hotel & a B&B. Breakfast was ample and delicious. They have a great balcony. Almost wish that it was converted into something where you could have an aperitivo or a Spritiz. Truly lovely stay and a very warm hostess.