Need to know
10, including four suites.
Midday. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $179.92 (€155), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include Continental breakfast and access to the spa.
The oldest part of the building (a mediaeval cellar dating back to the 12th century) houses the subterranean spa, which has a Turkish bath, saltwater pool and treatments including warm-water massages and grape facials.
At the hotel
Spa, art gallery, and free WiFi in communal areas and some rooms. In rooms: flatscreen TV and minibar.
Our favourite rooms
Fresco fans should request Room 1, Cardinal Bontadosi's original study, which has frescoes covering every rafter, including the walls and domed ceiling. The bathroom is in the alcove where the cardinal entertained his girlfriends 500 years ago. Room 7 is the only room with a terrace and comes with a rather lovely view of Umbria.
There’s a small heated saltwater pool underground in the cellar spa, with lights illuminating the ceiling.
This is the balcony of Umbria, so bring your binoculars, sketch book and sharpened pencils.
Book ahead for the Ente Fuga del Bove festival when the hotel fills up with guests wanting to soak up the carnival atmosphere in the square outside.
Cots for babies are €10 a day, extra beds will set you back €40. Hotel staff can babysit for €20 an hour.