- Tim Jepson, Destination expert
Please note: this hotel is currently closed following the earthquake that affected Norcia, but is expected to reopen in summer 2017.
On a quiet side street, just moments from Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia’s delightful main square.
Style & character
The Palazzo Seneca is a converted 16th-century palace that for years was the Posta hotel, a classic posthouse, complete with stables. Over the course of seven years, it was immaculately converted by the Bianconi family, Norcian hoteliers for several generations. The result is one of central Italy’s finest and most stylish hotels. The palace’s many original features – glorious flagstone and terracotta-tiled floors, beamed ceilings, a vast fireplace and so forth – have been retained and overlaid with the latest technology, tasteful furnishings and much fine local artisan work (leather-topped surfaces, linens, oak panelling).
Service & facilities
Don’t be fooled by the small and innocuous-looking reception area: service is friendly, prompt and pleasantly informal, the antithesis of the polished but ultimately impersonal service of some “luxury” hotels; many staff have worked for the Bianconis for years.
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
Rooms come in six categories, but from the entry level “Romantica” up, all are restrained and restful, with plain linens offset by orange silk bedspreads, one-off pieces of furniture, carefully integrated original features and perfect marble bathrooms of the type only the Italians can create.
Your passport to a better trip
Food & drink
The elegant Vespasia restaurant occupies part of the old stables at the rear of the building, a beautiful and airy space. Dining is relatively formal and the refined Italian cuisine combines the best of Norcia’s considerable culinary heritage (truffles, hams, porcini mushrooms, wild boar) with gourmet twists that involve, among other things, foie gras and caviar.
Value for money
Obviously not cheap, but still much cheaper than many hotels that are not half as good. Double rooms from £94.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes: room 110 has an adapted bathroom and other modifications.
Yes, but the co-owned Grotta Azzurra hotel just down the street has lower prices and a bigger range of rooms for families and larger groups.