Patria Palace Hotel Lecce
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
We spent 2 nights here. The hotel is perfect located just in front of the Cathedral. The rooms are big & clean. Looks a bit old style but that’s exactly what you like about the hotel. The grandeur of the entrance, the lobby, the restaurant, the bar in front when you arrive, etc... Also the personnel is very friendly and fits perfectly with the style of hotel. Choice at breakfast is really huge with fresh fruit, local honey varieties, plenty of different teas but also warm choices as well as plenty of pastries. Highly recommend to stay a few days here. There is a car park where the concierge puts your car when here. Great place to enjoy a city trip when visiting Puglia.
Tempted by some extremely positive recent reviews... which since has got me thinking....we booked a room in this hotel for an overnight stay and a day’s visit of beautiful Lecce. We were looking forward to the « best in the world service » and « hidden gem » statements we read on TripAdvisor. No denial this hotel is in a good location to visit Lecce.m and rooms are quiet and clean but... the hotel was very very very dated and felt weirdly « asleep » throughout. Passive, aged and lethargic front office staff, no concierge to tell us where to go /what to do in town. Somehow making us feel as if we were all extra in a Wes anderson movie. The average age of other guests was way past 60+ at breakfast. No life and zero atmosphere. Frozen in time but without the charm. Sorry but I Won’t stay there again.
Loved this hotel. Perfect central location. Beautiful decor, cleanliness, comfort, view. Did not want to leave the breakfast room , it was so good. The hotel has such a fresh clean line to it. The staff, the best hotel staff I have come across in my travels.
Be sure to book, you wont be disappointed
It’s located right in the heart of the old town....We had a deluxe room with a private terrace and we found everything to be perfect – great bed, nice bathroom, lots of light. The breakfast was also quite good with the only exception being the lack of fresh orange juice (it was a concentrate on like the other hotels in Italy we stayed at).
Recommended without qualification.
This is a very pleasant hotel very conveniently located right in the old centre of the city. The GPS has real trouble locating the hotel, which is in a limited traffic zone, but look out for the small Patria Palace signs that can help guide you in. You can enter the limited traffic zone to get to the front of the hotel, where one of the staff registers your vehicle and then parks the car. This cost us 20 euros a night but was well worthwhile. The rooms are very comfortable with good beds and bathrooms and breakfast is quite good with a large selection of fresh fruit and some local specialties. As always wifi is slow but that’s endemic to Puglia we discovered! We’d recommend this hotel to friends.