“Sixteenth-century mansion in a central yet quiet corner of this beautiful Baroque city, with elegant rooms around a shady courtyard”
Mantatelurè has 6 beautiful rooms, all decorated in pale, soothing colours and sharing an elegant, individual aesthetic that mixes local ceramics with Indian antiques. There are also 2 apartments on the first floor (no lift).
The 2 Deluxe Rooms are light and bright, with high arched ceilings. One is a cool-blue double, the other is a twin with sculptural glass lamps from Naples resembling a bunch of shining white chillies. The same arched ceilings can be found in the Suite, where a dramatic white-painted, carved headboard takes centre stage. There's also an ensuite with a sizeable bathtub and a lounge room with a single sofabed.
Junior Suites share an identical layout, with large double beds and mezzanine lounges reached via spiral staircases. One has windows opening onto a quiet street, while the second has a window onto the inner courtyard. They can interconnect if required.
The Deluxe Suite is the most lavish of them all - it even has its own separate entrance. There’s a contemporary white four-poster bed, backed by a terracotta-painted wall. Behind the wall lies the pièce de résistance: a tempting Jacuzzi bathtub. There’s a lounge room as well, with a single sofabed and a tall window opening onto the quiet street outside.
The 2 Apartments are similarly chic; decorated in terracotta-patterned tiles, both have a double bedroom, 2 large TVs (one in the bedroom, one in the living room) and a kitchenette - the only difference is that the Apartment Deluxe is slightly larger and has direct access to the communal terrace.
All the rooms, suites and apartments have flatscreen TVs, air-conditioning, WiFi, safes, and tea-making kit; rooms and suites also have surround-sound radio at the touch of a button and a charging station (for phones, iPads, etc). Linen is gleaming white. Bathrooms have rainfall showers and Etro toiletries.
Breakfast is served either outside in the sunny, spacious courtyard garden, or in the interior atrium. The food is laid out on a central table so you can select, buffet-style. And what a spread. Most of the cakes are homemade by Marco, the owner, including Italian specialities such as crostata (jam tart), while croissants and the local favourite, pasticiotti (custard-filled pastries), are brought in freshly made from a local bakery. There are lots of nice touches: you can try the local friselle (dried bread rolls), which you dip in water to soften and then top with tomatoes, olive oil and a little salt - delicious.
If you’re staying in an apartment, you can choose to have breakfast (served on your private balcony or inside) or self-cater, and pay a different rate accordingly. There are shops nearby and you get a slick little set-up with an oven, hob, sink, fridge and all the usual ceramics and glassware.
Lecce has plenty of good options for dining out and staff will advise on local eateries. Don’t miss a visit to Café Alvino on Piazza di Sant’Oronzo to try the local rustici (cheese and tomato puffs) or orzo, the hot chicory drink that the Leccese like to take in the afternoon instead of coffee.