The hotel is located at the very heart of the old town at the beginning of Corso Pietro Vannucci. This street is the highest point in central Perugia. Everything that leads away from Corso P. Vannucci goes downhill. The hotel is literally as close as you can get to all the major sights in Perugia.
If you arrive by foot you can use the escalators built inside the Paulina fortress that part of the old town is built on top of, using these you'll end up right outside the hotel entrance.
If you arrive by train there's a bus that stops 20 meters from the hotel at Piazza italia.
Upon entering the hotel there are door men to greet you and the service from the staff in general is very friendly. Lobby looks nice and they'll help you with your bags so keep a tip ready.
The hallways on the floors above look rather dated but the rooms are alright, everything is clean and comfortable but in no way are these high end rooms, so don't expect to much, inf fact the classic double rooms are smaller than they advertise on their website. There's a mini bar and in our room a very nice view. This is the strong point of the hotel, being situated at the edge of the old town you can see the lower parts of the city and valley below for miles on end. However you won't see much of the old town from here and the windows are not that big.
The bathroom is clean but slightly dated with a hair dryer and everything else you'd expect from a four or five star hotel, bathrobes etc. Flat screen TV on the smaller side had Italian and German channels.
A few floors below the hotel, built into sealed off parts of the Paulina fortress there's a sauna and a swimming pool, these are very nice and match the brochure picture. It's perfect for a winter time visit since part of the pool is a jacuzzi. We were there for new years eve so obviously the pool area had quite a few people in it, but it wasn't over crowded. The hotel claims that there are Etruscan ruins to be seen under a sheet of glass at the bottom of the pool, that may well be but it is just a few rocks and not clearly visable (If you want to see Etruscan ruins you must visit the Etruscan well at the end of Corso P. Vanucci)
The breakfast was not included and had an average selection presented in a very nice dining hall. If you don't feel like spending close to 40 Euros every morning there are plenty of café options nearby. Eggs, omelets and American coffee were all extra so the bill quickly adds up.
Two things made me very irritated however.
1. The Wi-fi was not free as it is in hotels on most parts of the globe nowadays, instead it was six Euros per hour! In a word, ridiculous.
2. This hotel did not carry the most simple of practical things that might be needed by their guests, for instance: A type of electrical plug converter that is commonly used in Italy to be able to use a laptop or other more energy hungry devices, was no where to be found in the entire hotel. The staff eventually managed to find one, but this was by pure chance and luck.
In closing, for the amount you pay and the way the hotel presents itself online you don't get what you are expecting nor paying for. This is basically a good, slightly dated 4 star hotel, if you book with this in mind you'll have a nice stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a panoramic position in the heart of Perugia, the Sina Brufani boasts an ancient tradition in the luxury hospitality, and from 1884 it is the home of royalty and celebrities from all over of the world. Since then it is the only 5-star hotel in Perugia, and some parts of the Hotel are protected by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brufani Palace Perugia
- Hotel Brufani Palace