Hotels are, of course, in the "hospitality business". But you can really tell the difference when the welcome is truly sincere and you are welcomed to both the city and hotel with enthusiasm and personal flair. This is a family run and presumably owned hotel. Since my Mother managed a small hotel, I understand how much hard work is involved in running such an establishment to this high standard.
We are very fond of older properties that have maintained their distinct character, high standards of cleanliness and sensible updates to more modern amenities. The Principe fills the bill, with a prime location on a charming old square, impeccably maintained guest rooms, very comfortable beds and a better than most breakfast at a very modest price. It is remarkable that there is so much lighting in both the bedroom and bathroom, a place where many hotels opt for "mood lighting" The quality of the bed and bath linens are are quite appropriate for their four star government rating.
Considerable sound proofing, especially in rooms towards the back, insure a restful night's sleep. The old fashioned bath tub has been modified with a shower enclose which looks like something out of an early Doctor Who episode, but keeps the water where it is supposed to be.
For many of the rooms, you will have to take two elevators, but there is a direct stairwell if there were an emergency evacuation.
Our room had an oversized flat screen television with several English language news channels (CNN and BBC). My only minor quibble is that I couldn't get the hotel's wi-fi to work. I'm sure if I asked,t he hotel would have come to my aid. There is a very small "Internet Point" in the lobby, which is excruciatingly slow, but afforded a chance to check for urgent e-mails.
The hotel is an excellent value, conveniently located for exploring the arcaded shopping streets and the oldest part of town-where most of the atmospheric local restaurants are located. Cuneo is a charming city, and at least in late September, rather sleepy. When we return to this town, this will be our first choice of places to stay. less