“The garage is full of the largest German cars and a showcase in the hall displays diamonds. It’s a place where you pay for everything (wi-fi, the garage, etc.) but if you are staying there, you probably won’t notice. English hunting and coaching prints in the panelled bar contribute to a male, malt-whisky-ish atmosphere. It’s not too grand for piped music, but it is Beethoven. Terrific views, but carpet planting, plastic chairs (and ground elder) in the garden. They are building a pool. Small spa. A rich man’s hotel. Now unrelated to the Venetian Cipriani establishments.”
Written by George Pownall
“On February 17th, 1962, the former Locanda Belvedere, now Hotel Villa Cipriani, reopened after an extensive restoration.
The Villa, not far from the heart of the walled town, consists of two separate buildings. With its distinctive atmosphere of a noble country residence, the Villa faces onto a beautifully cultivated garden, at the centre of which is an old well, encircled by shady pomegranate trees. The garden is the real star of the Hotel, changing character with every season: overrun with thousands of tulips in spring, cascading with roses in May, emanating sweet fragrances (including the unforgettable “Olea Frangans”) and alternating brilliant colors with the passing of the months.
The Hotel consists of 31 rooms (29 doubles and 2 singles for a total of 60 beds) divided between the Villa itself and the so called “House in the Garden”. All of the rooms are splendidly furnished with lovely antiques. Exposed beams, bedcovers in pastel shades, and fruit and flowers are to be found in every room. The terracotta tiles of the floors come from nearby Possagno and the baths are decorated in tiny flowered tiles from Vietri.”