Very Good10 Reviews
0.24km from L'Officina del GelatoThe good news is the Filippeschi hotel is close to the city center and isn't too expensive. As you'd expect for a cheaper property, the accommodations are just OK. But I expect that and would have given the place a fairly nice review if that was the only problem. The first issues for me was their breakfast. I've been to Italy lots of times but the complimentary breakfast wasn't even average. But my bigger issue was the staff's communications skills. The thing is, most of Orvieto's old town doesn't allow for car traffic. So I called and emailed them as to what to do. They said, hey if you pay a little extra, we have a lot you can park in. Just drive up and drop your bags off and we'll show you where. So I followed Google maps to the city. And suddenly I'm in a pedestrian only zone and I'm getting LOTs of angry looks. I got out of there and parked, then walked 10 blocks through the rain with my bags. The older guy at the front desk was very nice but he had almost no English skills. And he couldn't understand my situation. The next person at the desk was no better. I finally found someone who told me the best place to park. -- And she got a bit offended that I said I shouldn't have to pay for their parking since by now I'd done that on my own. Even that wouldn't have bothered me too much. But I got a Huge parking ticket in the mail from the city of Orvieto for driving in a pedestrian area. And that wouldn't have happened if they had given me a better route to their hotel or just told me of a parking lot outside the pedestrian zone. These days most hotels in Italy do fairly well in English. I didn't get that at the Hotel Filippeschi and it cost me.