Sextantio Albergo Diffuso
- Style Fortress conversion
- Setting Scattered around Santo Stefano
WINNER: THE ECO AWARD – SMITH HOTEL AWARDS 2013
Sextantio Albergo Diffuso is a brand new boutique concept: bits of the hotel are spread around a micro-village in the Italian Apennines. It’s a throw-back to the Middle Ages, with craftwork made by villagers, restoration-revived traditions and rustic simplicity maintaining the hilly hamlet’s mediaeval charm, but with modern luxury seamlessly incorporated.
Need to know
- Rooms 27, including seven suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $93.85 (€68), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates include Continental breakfast.
- Facilities Library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: minibar and artisan bath products.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible if there’s availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Cots and extra beds are provided free. Babysitting with a local nanny costs €15 an hour (give a day’s notice).
- Also For the less mobile, some of this rustic site's cobbled steps and grassy slopes might be tricky to navigate.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Palazzo delle Logge overlooks the village square and the Medici gate. For views out to the Apennines from the lounge and balcony, pick Casa sulle Botteghe. All the dimly lit and atmospheric rooms are minimalist and mediaeval, with working fireplaces, stone walls and wooden doors. The beds are high enough to fit a chamber pot beneath (there are real flushing toilets in each bedroom now) and have hand-stuffed woollen mattresses.
- Packing tips Dante and Petrarch verses to recite when the mediaeval mood takes over; mountain-friendly shoes and layers.
- Also Stake out the library: a place of wooden beams and painted ceilings, where you can browse the odd ancient tome over afternoon tea.
Food and drink at Sextantio Albergo Diffuso
- Hotel restaurant The hotel's private dining room, Locanda Sotto gli Archi, serves Abruzzese cuisine in a rustic 16th-century building. Lunch and dinner must be arranged with the hotel in advance, but it's worth thinking ahead if you want to try their traditional antipasti such as pork liver salami, prosciutto and the freshest ricotta. The speciality pasta of the area is also rustled up in the kitchens: strips of chitarrini are made using a guitar-shaped tool to shape the pasta sheets. A breakfast spread of home-made pastries, tarts and cakes is laid out in the bar every morning.
- Dress code Humble hemp and cotton to match the ancient earthen surroundings.
- Top table Close to the huge fireplace when the mountain temperature drops.
- Last orders Breakfast from 8am until 10.30am. Lunch and dinner are available in the hotel's private dining room, but must be arranged in advance with the hotel. The bar shuts at 11pm.
- Room service None.
- Hotel bar Head to La Cantinone in the cosy wine cellar for aperitifs and antipasti. If the local red doesn’t take your fancy, the digestifs will: try the bitter herb-based genziana, or the sweet cherry ratafia. There’s also the Liquorificio, where a selection of local liqueurs are offered, as well as benches with digestifs dotted around the communal areas.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details