Art Deco flourishes in a lovingly restored 18th-century palazzo
A buzzy rooftop bar
Breathtaking views of neighboring Basilica di Santa Croce
Super-central location near shops, restaurants, bars and amenities
What To Know
WiFi is free
The property opened in 1997
Pets are permitted
There is no spa at the hotel
Private parking is available at a rate of around $21 per day
Parking on site
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Vintage-luxe stay in a restored 18th century palazzo, with a top restaurant and a rooftop bar
In the heel of Italy’s boot, in the picture perfect medieval town of Lecce, this grand heritage hotel sits in the former manse of an Italian aristocrat. The stately and elegant 18th-century building has a honey-coloured façade, sweeping iron staircases and creamy marble floors. The 67 rooms are large, with high ceilings, and tastefully decorated in traditional pale blue and gold. Deco-style art, furnishings and artwork cleverly complement the Baroque interiors, and bathrooms are decadently fitted out in cream, toffee and pistachio marble. Dine on fresh seafood and homemade pasta in a formal setting at Atenze, then make a beeline for Harry’s Bar, a wood-vaulted dream dripping with old world charm. In the summer months, kick back on a chunky lounger on the sun-drenched rooftop terrace and enjoy the views of neighboring Basilica di Santa Croce. Drinks are served underneath a cream pagoda or at low tables surrounded by yucca plants and cacti.
In the Area
Start your day by ogling the ornately sculpted exterior of Basilica di Santa Croce directly opposite the hotel on Via Umberto. The church was completed in 1695 after work by three generations of architects and stonemasons. Head through narrow cobbled streets towards Piazza del Duomo to shop for luxe bed linens, upscale Italian leather goods and olive oil-based beauty products. Next catch the bus to the charming seaside town of San Cataldo just six miles away. Its palm-fringed boardwalk overlooks transparent waters and craggy promontories: the perfect spot for a midday splash.