What We Love
- Quiet countryside location just a 90-minute drive or train ride from Rome
- The cuisine: all vegetarian, all local, all delicious, all included and all overseen by the owner’s brother, the chef
- The wellness area features a stone steam room, chromotherapy hot tub and a yoga studio
What To Know
- In keeping with the hotel’s monastic vibe, the 12 rooms (celluzza) are petite (96 square feet)
- Each celluzza can fit two people, but the hotel can provide a second celluzza nearby for no additional cost if required (based on availability)
- Digital detox: There is no WiFi or TVs, and the cell phone service is extremely spotty
- Silence is encouraged at dinner though it's not mandatory
- There's no air conditioning, though it isn’t really necessary; there is underfloor heating for the cooler months
- Parking On Site
Created by former fashion designer Marcello Murzilli, Umbria’s Eremito Hotelito is a monastic mashup of agrarian architecture, Catholic iconography and rich textiles from North Africa and India. In the cross-vaulted common area, piles of cushions, futons and antique wooden furnishings sit on slate floors between stone arches, while long, stained wooden rectory tables line the candlelit dining room. Upstairs, a small chapel-like area awaits, and, outside, a courtyard and terraces beckon guests with stunning views of the rolling, tree-covered hills. Owner Murzilli conceived the rooms as monastic dwellings and designed them to be a bit cell-like: cozy, if not downright small, with simple white plaster walls, slate floors and single beds (the width is somewhere between a Twin and Double). It’s hardly ascetic, however. The square windows, which have petite window seats, perfectly frame the countryside views, and soft hand-embroidered linens cover the beds. Murzilli’s brother Sergio oversees the kitchen and the refectory-style dining room, which serves simple but hearty vegetarian breakfasts, lunches and dinners using traditional local recipes—some based on dishes from actual monasteries—plus the bounty from the Umbrian countryside, including what comes from a small on-site garden. The wellness area, meanwhile, includes a large light-filled room for yoga (on request) plus a stone steam room and a dramatic chromotherapy hot tub dug out of the hill’s bedrock.
In the Area
The point of the Eremito, really, is to stay put, relaxing, meditating, getting back in touch with one’s inner being, personal spirit or, if you like, a higher power. There are trails to walk or hike on the hotel’s ample acreage, with more beyond its borders in the nearly 7,500-acre nature reserve surrounding it. Farther afield, it’s a 40-minute drive to the small hilltop medieval village of Fabro, the closest place of note. Other charming Umbrian towns lie farther still. Orvieto is a 50-minute drive, Todi an hour 20. The region’s best-known destination, Assisi — famous for its fresco-covered cathedral devoted to native son St. Francis — lies about an hour and 45 minutes away by car.
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Spent just two nights here. Would love to return and stay for a week or even two.
Some of the things I loved are:
1) the beautiful building, inside and out. It looked old, although it wasn't
2) sitting by the window in my natural-looking peaceful room, looking at the hills
3) relaxing in the Quiet Garden, listening to the water fountain and birds, watching butterflies
4) experiencing the evening meal, sitting together in candlelight, listening to amazing Gregorian Chant music
5) talking with other guests during breakfast and lunch, sitting outside on a lovely verandah/terrace
6)enjoying the healthy and tasty vegetarian food, the perfect amount for me. I never knew what to expect (although there was an Italian menu displayed beforehand) and ate all my food with gratitude and appreciation. It was good not to have to make a decision - there were no 'choices' at lunch and dinner time, other than (at lunch and breakfast) whether we wanted tea or coffee.
7) the people living and working at Eremito were very welcoming and friendly
8) I felt I could relax, do what I wanted during the day, e.g. read or think or go for a walk
9)the two hour walk (one hour there, another hour back) to and from a local group of houses with a very welcoming cafe (with a toilet - always welcome during a walk!)
10) relaxing indoors on the low seating in the lounge area, before the evening meal
11) looking at some of the books on display for us to read during our stay, e.g. I read a book about being a lone traveller, also there was a book with pictures of Eremito
During my stay I felt I had everything I needed. I didn't miss a TV or mobile phone one little bit. In fact, I felt I could relax more knowing my mobile phone wasn't going to ring.
Money/holiday well spent
My wife and I we just had the best possible stay at Eremito over the last 3 days. This place is magical and cannot be described with words. You gotta be there to feel the vibes of the place, the people and the hosts.
We connected with the nature, with the other guests and with the staff in a natural way that is very uncommon in any other places we've been before.
Thank you so much, guys! We will be back very very soon!
Special thanks to Marcello, Sheila, Fabrizio, Sergio, Stefano, Cristel and Peppo
I went here solo, after a long action-packed three weeks with friends at another spot. To get to the hotel you need to either have rented a four-wheeler or non sports car as the 3.5 km of unpaved, twisting and havoc reeking roads will leave you being towed- but you can park your car and someone from the hotel will come and get you. The hotel was an old monastery and has embraced that in it's incarnation as a non-tech, read: no wifi, no phone, hotel. The silent dinner was doable, and the food ok. My only complaint is that there was not enough of it, as the portions are small, and mostly vegetarian. Ditto with the wine. The rooms are teeny, but I was alone, so it didn't matter, but pretty sure couples would not be able to stay in the same room together, unless they are very very very small people. The views are peaceful, and of course quiet given there is nothing around for miles and miles. I got to know some of the other guests, and Marcello definitely enjoys being the master of ceremonies and telling his stories. One other suggestion I would make is to have a better spot to do yoga or even some stretching, as the 'gym/spa' floor is stone, and uneven. Aside from that this is a good place to come for a few days and unplug. The other 'spiritual' things, ie, robes, and readings, I could take or leave, but I enjoyed the opportunity to not have to be 'on'.
The word "magical" is probably the best word to describe how you feel when in Eremito ❤️ I believe this is the word, the other guests and I found to be the most descriptive. I am so fortunate to have spent 7 nights and days in this magical place, that I know will stay in me forever and that I hope to return to one day. Beauty is everywhere in Eremito and there are so many amazing details, and I just loved my room – what can I say, everything is just impeccable! I want to thank all the wonderful people at Eremito (Marcello, Sergio, Enzo, Stefano, Julia, Roheima, the sweet cleaning lady whose name I unfortunately cannot remember right now and Peppo) for their kindness and for making my stay unforgettable, this place would not be the same without you ❤️ And thank you so much to all the other wonderful and inspiring people from all over the world that I got to meet, especially Gina from US/Rome, Zim from Chicago, Marsha from NY and Lee from the UK, Sarah from Belgium/Holland, Trine from Denmark, 81 year old Ian who came alone by car from the UK
There is much that I loved about Eremito. It is a place to completely switch off - including your gadgets as there's no wifi and almost no phone signal. It is isolated in a huge wooded valley. The views are glorious, unspoilt, as God intended. I loved the silent dinners. The delicious vegetarian menu - cooked with love by Enzo. The staff were fabulous. I loved my 'cell' with its comfortable small double bed (couples be warned - small. Have a room each!). I loved the thick linen bedspread. The room had everything I needed. It was simple, charming, ecologically friendly. The shampoo and shower gel were provided in brass jugs. Very natural products, as was the soap. These were lovely details. I enjoyed the morning prayers and afternoon meditation. Though I do wish the yoga had been 60 minutes, not 30. There's not a lot to do except walk, rest and enjoy meeting fellow guests. There was a great crowd when my friend and I stayed. Much laughter was heard. I often think it's best to judge a hotel after you've left. And the effect of Eremito stayed with me for days. They have created something unique with wonderful intentions. It is a haven away from materialism and the chaotic Western World. They should be applauded. And they are.