A fellow traveler in Bologna recommended visiting the Hotel Dei Duchi in Spoleto as a convenient stopover in the historic Umbrian city. The hotel is modern and convniently located within easy walking distance of the city center, yet quietly overlooking a forested valley. There is a small parking lot out front and a very attentive valet who is a delight as he helps with parking, bags, and room orientation. Although a 'valley view room' was (requested at extra cost), none was available, so they upgraded to a suite (2 rooms) on the 'amphetheater view' side of the hotel. It's a reasonable trade. Elevators connect the lower and upper foors.
The 2 room suite is expansive and very nice; modern furnishings and comfortable chairs and beds. The electronics are modern, there is a minibar and safe, wireless internet access was available for an additional daily fee. The large tub had hydrojets and a cascade shower, and the bathrooms were clean and well-appointed. The balcony was small and dark, the public sitting areas are probably more hospitable.
The breakfast was very good, a large array of breads, tarts, meats, cheeses, cereals, and juice. There are a number of good restaurants nearby if you go uphill from the main square nearby, there is nothing downhill. The most scenic parts of the old city are also in this area: wondeful shops and churches to explore and outdoor cafe's to watch the people.More