Monastero-Fortezza di Santo Spirito

Monastero-Fortezza di Santo Spirito

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Bfamily155032 wrote a review Aug 2014
Montreal, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This monastery converted to a hotel and host for special events is in a beautiful location - surrounded by forest with a fantastic view of the valley of L'Aqulla. There is large terrace with a spectacular views where you can have cocktails. The rooms are nice with big windows and wooden beams. There are a few hiking trails that start from the monastery with a variety of destinations. The people that run the monastery were very helpful and friendly. The monastery hosts a number of special events such as a classical music festival. I would recommend timing your stay to coincide with one of these events if possible.
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Date of stay: August 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Susie L wrote a review Jun 2013
Melbourne
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was initially struck by the surrounding quiet of this 13th century monastery. So beautiful! The bed and pillows were among the best I've encountered on my travels, however the shower recess could have been a bit more spacious. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. The dinners were Michelin-starred - it was worth trying not to eat much during the day to save up for these gastronomic delights in the evening! Thank you, Christina! And make sure you meet Ruggiero, the dog with the very adorable, wise human face!
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Date of stay: May 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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French_Barbarita wrote a review Jun 2011
London, United Kingdom
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I booked 1 night at the Monastero-Fortezza di Santo Spirito as we were travelling through Abruzzo to visit my family. The trip coinciding with our fist wedding anniversary we thought that the place seemed to have all the ingredients of a romantic retreat and it kept its promises. First the room was charged Eur 100, which is quite a good price if you consider the comfort of the bed and pillows and the scenery that you have from your window. Some British might complain that there is no tea and coffee facilities in the room but if you go to the bar/reception you can get whatever you want. If you plan to watch TV, be aware that there is no international channel in the rooms. All these details didn't have any significance for me, my only complain is that water pressure in the shower was really bad. But once again, just a small detail. Because as soon as we arrived Giancarlo welcomed us with warmth. He offered us to have a glass of prosecco as aperitivo on the Terrace once we would be settled. Dinner, booked previously by email with Cristina, Giancarlo's wife, was due to be ready 1 hour and half later. We therefore decided to have a nice walk around. Having been advised by Giancarlo that there were nice castle ruins on top of the mountain, only half an hour walk from the monastery we decided to go. Well.. one advice:plan 1 hour to go, because we lost the path and took the long route. And when for the return we decided to try the shortcut, well we took another wrong turn... so we were late for dinner... After refreshing us Giancarlo took us to a private room of the monastery where a table for two was waiting for us. We had a nice chandelier on the table, nice music and a beautiful moon outside. Diner was 50 Euros per person but was worth every penny. Antipasto was a selection of grilled courgettes and aubergines, cheeses and prosciutto. This was followed by a really nice plate of pasta, then veal in a marsala sauce with raisins, mushrooms and potatoes. For dessert we had a plate of fresh fruits and a selection of "petits fours". Wine, water, coffees and digestive (a cherry liquor) were included. Service between courses was sometimes a bit long, but the friendliness of the waitress and the magic of the evening were so great! The following morning another good surprise! Despite having waken-up a bit late and going to reception at 11.30am , Cristina had waited for us for breakfast! Before we left Cristina gave us a few good tip on which town to visit on our way, including the castle that you can see in the 80's movie Ladyhawke.
Please note that during summer the castle organize wedding receptions. So if you plan a visit, prefer the week like us.
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Date of stay: June 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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grey_rabbit wrote a review Jan 2008
Yorkshire, England
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This monastery-hotel is a stunning building in an equally stunning mountain region. The rooms are spacious, beds very comfortable and staff, especially Enrico charming and helpful. We went for New Year to ski, eat and drink with another couple and their two kids. Nearby ski resort of Ovindoli is excellent and all the restaurants recommended were of high quality. Sound perfect? Not quite. Two major problems.

One. The bedrooms were cold. In temperatures well below zero the rooms had only a weak radiator that went off in the day. It was so cold we couldn't relax in the rooms and had to go to bed with clothes on.

Two. The website sings high praises of the hotels restaurant. There was no restaurant fully operational. We were allowed one ok meal and the rest of the time they couldn't cater for us. This meant we had to drive every night to eat, one person couldn't drink and the kids got tired. Over the holiday finding any restarant open was very difficult.

We booked the hotel on the assumption it was warm and we could eat there. They knocked 20% off the bill and explained a chef was due to start work in the spring. It could be an exceptional place to stay but if you plan to eat there or go in winter ask for certain what the situation is.
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Date of stay: January 2007
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Daniela123306 wrote a review Jul 2015
Frankfurt, Germany
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful stay at the Monastero. The view from the terrace is stunning and the rooms are simply furnished but lovely. It's really a peaceful and relaxing place. And try the dinner cooked by Cristina, the hostess.
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Date of stay: July 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Retired Professor wrote a review Jul 2015
United States
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a meticulously restored monastery that is member of the "Residenze d'Epoca" club of hotels. Ask the helpful owners for a tour of the church frescoes. The grounds are bright with foliage. WiFi works only in the Lobby Area. Since the town of Ocre consists of a series of smaller hamlets strung along the hillside, be sure to get very specific instructions on how to drive. Dinner is available only if pre-ordered more than a day in advance.
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Date of stay: June 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Karole D wrote a review Jul 2014
Carmarthen, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My daughter and I spent a night here on a road trip through italy , I wish we d spent more than one night here. It was beautiful, serene , the gardens a picture. We saw the frescos in the church in the morning....... It was like a private art tour....our hosts were delightful as was the truffle dog.
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Date of stay: July 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Our room had a stairs to the bed in a mezzanine area, which was delightful, but worth checking if...
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Marco C wrote a review Aug 2013
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We organised our wedding reception here...BEST CHOICE EVER!

We live abroad but wanted to get married where we grew up: we visited the Monastero, met Cristina and Gianluca and quickly understood this was the place! The location is amazing, the settings are stunning; moreover, Cristina, Gianluca and their collaborators all made a great job, from the food to music and pictures – accurate planning and smooth organisation (which is not what you usually hear about weddings!)

The atmosphere of the Monastero is unique, we and our guests added a joyous mood - we ended up celebrating an amazing event! Thank you again Cristina and Gianluca, see you soon
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Date of stay: August 2013Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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B D wrote a review May 2012
San Marcos, Texas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stuning beauty, perched on the side of a valley wall, with spectactular views. And the facility itself was perfect - Ancient, but all the modern stuff & redone super high end. Shockingly cheap, in a city this place would be 400-500 euros a night. The owners were super nice & super aware, and the espresso was as good as any I have had in Italy (the best on this trip). The dinning experience was great (food so-so) but a private dinner, in a beautiful place - awesome. Loved it, took a boatload of pictures, and I will go back. I can't believe this section of Italy isn't in any of the guide books - go off the beaten trail a bit, get privacy & amazing value. Easy drive from Rome (~2 hours).
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Date of stay: May 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Amandolynn wrote a review May 2011
Fayetteville, North Carolina
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you EVER get a chance to go, GO! Visit! I'm not sure if my spouse and I were more excited to be staying in a real-life prior monastery (I promise, we do get out of the house), or if we were excited because this was such a unique and beautiful place. The hosts were gracious and seemed to enjoy talking with us and giving us information about the history of the area, plus talking politics with us. We were even allowed to try a nice vintage port. Breakfast was European with wonderful coffee (we were also offered coffee when we arrived--a very nice gesture that we completely appreciated). My husband and I still warmly refer to our time at the monastery.

Oh, and the sleep! Once we turned off the lights and went to bed, it was so different, so quiet, so dark because of the lack of ambient, outside, interfering light. I slept soooo well.

Be warned, however, about L'aquilla: they are still recovering from the effects of a horrible earthquake and while the downtown area is up and accessible, be prepared when using GPS that some areas may be off-limits. These are areas that you probably wouldn't visit, anyway, but when visiting the fountains from one side of town, you may want to prepare a detouring route. Still, it's completely worth the trip, for the monastery alone!
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Date of stay: October 2010
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Karole D wrote a tip Jul 2014
Carmarthen, United Kingdom38 contributions34 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Our room had a stairs to the bed in a mezzanine area, which was delightful, but worth checking if this sort of arrangement wouldn't be suitable"
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Joe C wrote a tip Jul 2014
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose a room with a view of the Gran Sasso"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Monastero-Fortezza di Santo Spirito
Which popular attractions are close to Monastero-Fortezza di Santo Spirito?
Nearby attractions include Grotte di Stiffe (4.6 km), Forte Spagnolo (6.2 km), and Chiesa di Santa Maria ad Cryptas (2.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Monastero-Fortezza di Santo Spirito?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Monastero-Fortezza di Santo Spirito?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Monastero-Fortezza di Santo Spirito?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Monastero-Fortezza di Santo Spirito?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fattoria Antica Forconia, Visconti Kitchen & Cooking Experience, and Osteria della Posta.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Monastero-Fortezza di Santo Spirito?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Does Monastero-Fortezza di Santo Spirito have airport transportation?
Yes, Monastero-Fortezza di Santo Spirito offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Monastero-Fortezza di Santo Spirito offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Monastero-Fortezza di Santo Spirito?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Monastero-Fortezza di Santo Spirito?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Chiesa di Santa Maria ad Cryptas (2.1 km), Casa Rosati (7.4 km), and Borgo di Terranera (6.4 km).
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