Palazzo Vecchietti is a perfect option for discerning families who want spacious, private accommodations with kitchen facilities and a home-away-from-home ambiance. This historical 15th-century palazzo has just 14 rooms spread over three floors. The small scale of the property, paired with the personalized service of the front office staff, creates a relaxed, comfortable, and unstuffy atmosphere for families, and the quality and design detail of the rooms translate to great value for the space in this coveted location.
The small lobby is the former interior courtyard of the palazzo, with no outward-facing windows onto the street. However, all the guest rooms, which occupy the upper floors, feel expansive, with high ceilings, large windows and plush fabrics.
Note: Numerous original sketches featuring classical nude figures hang in the rooms, hallways and common areas, and may prompt either questions or snickers from younger guests.
Accommodations at Palazzo Vecchietti are modern yet retain the charm and character of a former noble residence. Room categories range from deluxe studios and suites to a penthouse and two large rooftop apartments. The Penthouse Suite and the Leonardo Da Vinci Apartment both have a private outdoor terrace.
Note: Rooms facing the street may come with a bit of street noise, despite the double-paned windows.
In all rooms, bathrooms are set off from the sleeping area, offering families a little privacy. Small hideaway kitchenettes are well-equipped for fixing breakfast or a light lunch, and include dishwashers and Nespresso coffee machines.
We stayed in the Deluxe Michelangelo room, which would have been perfectly comfortable for three people or a family with two young children. The bathroom is very large, and we appreciated the full-size bottles of shampoo, lotion, and conditioner. Top-notch amenities include plush robes and excellent hairdryers, plus the option of a rejuvenating waterfall shower or standard handheld shower.
Note: The only rooms that can accommodate four people are the suites and apartments. There are no connecting rooms available and no suitable configurations for families of five or more people.
Although there is no onsite restaurant, the buffet-style breakfast is ample. Guests gather around an enormous antique communal table. Scrambled eggs and bacon are available on the buffet, and other hot dishes such as omelettes are available on request. The hotel also will happily accommodate allergies or food intolerances if given advance notice. There are no other onsite amenities besides a very helpful front desk to assist with local plans and reservations.
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Editor’s Note: Palazzo Vecchietti provided a media package for us to review the property for families. As always, our opinions are our own. Photos by Amie O’Shaughnessy.
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