Stayed in the Hotel Mulino for three nights in June. Having read through the previous reviews I wanted to give an honest opinion of our experience....
My number one essential in any accomodation is cleanliness and I was very pleased with the standards here - the hotel was immaculate. The only problem was that the windows of the room had been left open before we arrived and there were quite a few flies/insects in the room. I tend to get bitten alive and felt uncomfortable with this.
The overall decor of the hotel was traditional and I would imagine the more senior guest would be impressed. There was no where to empty the cases apart from a big wardrobe with very little except hanging space for clothes. The bed was extremely comfortable and the communal areas were quirky and interesting.
The restaurant serves a beautiful breakfast and the staff are very attentive. The restaurant is less appealing at night however. The lighting is very disappointing - all the top lights are on, creating a very stark atmosphere. Even lighting a few candles and possibly some gentle background music could change the ambience for the better. I also felt that the staff were overly formal and seemed under unnecessary pressure. The food and wine were definitely overpriced and I had to send back the Chef's special due to excessive salt levels.
It spoilt our evening as we ended up eating our meals separately. Also the owner was hosting a private party in the same dining room and they had a buffet meal and speeches going on at the same time. We felt like gatecrashers, sitting at the back but paying for the priviledge!
The outside areas of the hotel are really lovely with the old mill wheel restored and the areas all round beautifully paved. The water in the pool was surprisingly cold. There is a great little section with sunloungers and a very attentive barman who was more than happy to rustle up a cocktail or two. The views down the river are very special.
Previous reviews have mentioned wifi and I found that we had no reception in our room at all but good reception beside the main desk.
The other topic mentioned is the shuttle bus... we found it so reliable and efficient....just would have been better with a later one returning to the hotel after 7.30pm...taking me back to my earlier suggestion of the most suitable traveller for this hotel would be the more senior guest.
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