dimanche, avril 27, 2008

GIO Jazz and Wine Hotel, Perugia

Eldest Son listening to some Jazz (while the live band was playing!)

There was no way of getting a discounted rate for hotel accommodation the weekend we were at Perugia as it included a public holiday. So we paid peak season rates and consoled ourselves with the good breakfast included. But it was a nice 4-star hotel near the mini-metro (one can ride to town on it and walk down on the way back) with a pool (only open starting end-May though), a wine shop, supermarket, sports shop and a restaurant mentioned in the Michelin Guide.

The GIO Wine and Jazz Area contained 2 buildings one dedicated to Jazz and the other to Wine and linked together with an underpass. They have comfortable sofas in the Jazz part of the hotel with headphones allowing you to listen to Jazz music as you sip wine, and they also offer live Jazz performances most evenings with a free glass of (good) red wine thrown in for hotel guests.

Truite in Pastry

Salted Cod

Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries

The Wine part of the hotel is decorated with wine labels and bottles, with free internet access in the lobby (a few laptops set on wine barrels) and a good restaurant that offered a good menu at an amazing 26 euros per head with antipasti, starter, pasta/risotto, main course and dessert and wine by the glass (3 including a dessert wine) for only 8 extra euros. The food was good and came in generous portions and it was convenient dining in when you have kids.

Our suite had 2 little rooms with each its own TV and was clean and comfortable. The hotel sold chocolate at its reception as its 3rd hotel in Perugia is the Chocolate Hotel. Needless to say, we bought a few bottles of wine in its wine shop before we left. A pleasant stay.

GIO Jazz and Wine Area
via Ruggero d'Andreotto 19
Tel : 07 55 73 11 00

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