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Reviewed 8 October 2014

So happy to have stayed at the Albergo as my first night of the http://www.italiasweetitalia.com 10 day tour. The most beautiful place that takes you back in time while offering modern conveniences. Romantic, atmospheric and fabulous. The beautiful bedroom, wonderful food and pretty little boutiques of local produce all nestled into the hillsides of Abruzzo. Yes, yes and yes!

Date of stay: September 2014
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1  Thank Mary D
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Reviewed 2 October 2014

A Brillant concept to recreate a medieval experience (with modern concessions). The accommodation was unique (do not expect a modern hotel) and the food and staff at the restaurant were excellent. We easily filled 2 days exploring the local attractions and enjoyed returning to the village.

Date of stay: September 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Gordon L
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Reviewed 28 September 2014

Unique place to stay. We chose to stay here because we had stayed at the sister hotel in Matera last year and were very impressed. The rooms are atmospheric and very clean. We would echo others comments regarding the fact that the beds and pillows are very hard. There is nowhere to sit in the rooms nor is there a lounge area in the hotel. The breakfast was a good choice and nothing was too much trouble for the waitress. The area is beautiful and offers beautiful trips in to the mountains by car, or on foot more locally. It is a very easy drive from Rome. The whole area was hit by the earthquake in 2009 which has led to much scaffolding around the village and also in the much wider vicinity. However, this does not detract from the beauty of the village or the area. On first impressions the village appears small but there are numerous alley ways to explore and several little shops to investigate although it may take some time to find them! Even though we were there at beginning of September, it had the feel of being ‘out of season’. We had some difficulty in identifying eating places. The hotel has; a restaurant although it was closed on our first evening; a Cantinone which offers soup, meat and cheese boards; a ‘Tea room’ which does what it says on the tin but was not open for long hours or every day. There were other restaurants but it seemed adhoc as to when they were open. We found a little gem called Agriturismo Al Borgo Restaurant , on the edge of the village, a family run restaurant which we would througherly recommend - it seemed to be open more than others and was very welcoming - they seemed to be closed when we went down (it was early evening) but they saw us through the kitchen window and opened up. We also found a little deli in the village square - it did good lunches and had a pleasant area to sit outside and watch the world go by.

The hotel’s ethos is to give their visitors an experience of living in a forgotten Italy, the rooms are sparse although the bathroom is ultra modern fittings in a medieval setting. There is complimentary water in the room but no drink making facilities. We did not find anywhere to get a hot drink to take to our room in the evening (except from the Deli if it was open until 7pm).
It is definitely worth a visit. The Manager was keen to have our feedback and reassured us that they listen to their clients and are taking some of the authentic filling out of the mattresses this winter to make them a bit softer. He also stated they were working on their ‘pre-welcome’ and welcome’ information in order that their visitors could plan and also be aware of local restaurants etc. Carla, in reception, stood out as being passionate about her local area and the history and ethos of the hotel; she was very interesting to talk to and happy to spend time with us.
A fascinating trip into the ‘past’

Date of stay: September 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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2  Thank LancashireJem
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Reviewed 12 September 2014

We attended a wedding in Santo Stefano Di Sessanio in September and were booked into an ancient medieval room with a lounge downstairs and the bedroom upstairs. The place is exquisite and well preserved and really takes one back in time. The village itself has a limited choice of restuarants but that in no way dimishes the wonderful experience. There is a selection of small shops selling different wares. The people were also friendly. Well worth the visit

Date of stay: September 2014
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Thank Shelley G
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Reviewed 10 September 2014

On the plus side, the Sextantio Albergo Diffuso is doing great things for the village of Santo Stefano, one of the most beautiful in Italy. It is also very stylish. But it is rather poor value for money; rooms are dark and can be uncomfortable; bathrooms are not well equipped; and (when we were there) the restaurant (one of only three that we found in the village) was permanently in use for weddings. Indeed, one morning, when we turned up 20 minutes before the end of breakfast service, we found everything being cleared away and were urged to eat and leave quickly as the staff had a wedding to prepare for.

Room tip: Rooms not well soundproofed; it seemed that one next to ours was occupied by wedding guests, who stormed in drunk at 2am and then proceeded to shift the furniture prior to leaving at 4am.
Date of stay: September 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Thersites2014
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