Park Hotel ai Cappuccini ****S
The history of the Park Hotel ai Cappuccini began in 1631 with the construction of a church dedicated to Saint Nicholas of Bari in Gubbio. Then, a few years later, a cloister and a convent were built and the Capuchin friars took possession of the building in 1640 because they were forced to abandon the Convent of Saint Nicholas in the middle of the 14th Century. Following this and a long period of decline, the property was eventually restored in the 1960s and transformed into an elegant hotel complex, and, in 1987, it was restructured once again into what we see today, and this restructuring fully respected the main architectural body of the complex and therefore maintained its ‘monastic village’ type character. In the meantime, numerous pieces of artwork were purchased in order to decorate the complex, such as frescoes from the 1400s, Renaissance canvases, Flemish tapestries and period furniture, which are combined with famous contemporary pieces of art, like those of Giulio Aristide Sartorio, Giuseppe Capogrossi and Arnaldo Pomodoro, and they can be admired in the communal areas, which also boast fireplaces. The outside area of the hotel is splendid too: there is a park that is populated with centuries-old trees, a magnificent olive grove and the antique allotments of the friars. There is also a square that opens up on to the southern front of the convent and it can be used for open air buffets and for relaxing. Furthermore, the hotel boasts a pharmacy, the ‘Monasticum’, which sells products related to the ancient monastic traditions of herbal medicine, and the health farm Cappuccini Wellness & Spa and congress centre, which is made up of various rooms that can be used for big or small meetings, complement the hotel’s facilities, which allow for a relaxing stay thanks to all the latest mod-cons that are combined with a charming location.
The Cappuccini Wellness & Spa is a modern and welcoming health farm furnished with wood, and the treatments on offer here range from traditional to ayurvedic massages and from aesthetic to body treatments , and a large range of physical activities can be practised in the gym which is equipped with cardio-fitness and isotonic machines, as well as an exercise room where pilates, aerobics and toning lessons are carried out. The Spa also has a Raxul booth , which is inspired by ancient Romanbaths, and a heated marble table for treatments, masks and the concluding savonage. A private spa is also available so that you can use the Roman bath, steam bath and Raxul circuit and undergo thalassotherapy and aromatherapy in complete privacy by yourself or with your partner. Lastly, the swimming pool, which is 24m above ground level and which offers a great view, is heated to 28°C , has hydromassages and opens on to a bright terrace furnished with sun beds, tables and seats in the summer.
The 92 rooms at the Park Hotel ai Cappuccini can be found in both the ancient part of the monastery, above the cloister, and in the new part, where the rooms have been designed in a contemporary style and where the junior suite and suite are located.
The hotel’s restaurant ‘Nicolao' is a building that boasts exposed oak beams combined with a number of different sized dining rooms which can hold up to 500 people in total. The cuisine on offer is characterised by the local farm traditions and it includes traditional recipes and the use of local products, including truffles. All of the menus – ‘Seasonal Proposals’, ‘From Umbria’ and ‘The Menu of the Day’ – have matching wine lists that come from the convent’s wine cellar, and they include Umbrian and other Italian wines. A wine bar has been created inside the Capuchin friars’ ancient cistern, which was once used to hold rainwater, and here guests can buy and taste wonderful wines and champagnes and the best local products, such as honeys, jams, truffles, cereals, oil, cheese and cured meats. The hotel also has a bar, called ‘delle Nozze’ (the wedding ceremony), which takes its name from Satorio’s painting ‘The Emperor’s Wedding’, which can be admired at the back of the room.
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The whole of Umbria is worth visiting and discovering, town after town, hill after hill, since it is one of the richest regions in terms of art, culture, history and natural beauties. By staying in Gubbio, the origins of which date back to ancient times (and the signs of each historic period are clear to see), you will have the possibility to appreciate the cathedral, churches, buildings, Medieval roads and streets, as well as numerous castles, abbeys and hermitages which are scattered all around this area. Gubbio is in the province of Perugia, which is another culturally rich place; possibly the richest in Umbria. The city itself is ancient and tourists can see its famous walls, the Maggiore Fountain from the 1200s, Etruscan archaeological areas and the Palazzo dei Priori. However, as mentioned, the whole of Umbria should be visited as its historic and scenic beauties, ranging from natural parks to characteristic towns and cities like Assisi, Orvieto, Spoleto and Todi, will fascinate and charm everyone.
Adults and children over 12 years pay EUR 1,70 per day (5 days maximum).
Wireless internet access
Restaurants in the vicinity
Indoor swimming pool