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“Absolutely beautiful hotel with wonderful, friendly staff” 5 of 5 stars
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Residenza del Granduca
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Cesare Battisti 1297, 51015 Monsummano Terme, Italy   |  
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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“Absolutely beautiful hotel with wonderful, friendly staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2010

We arrived on a Friday until Sunday. Arriving by cab the hotel said restaurant on site so figured we would have lunch on arrival. Restaurant is only open certain nights and for breakfast but they were very kind and set up an antipasta platter and some wine for all 4 of us. The rooms were suites very clean and charming decor. we had the Tuscan dinner they served on Saturday night which was wonderful!!! Staff could not have been more helpful....

Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London
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11 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2009

The building is very impressive with lovely grounds....but atmosphere is somewhat lacking. They were good when, having given a twin instead of double room, they put us in what must have been the largest hotel room I've ever had (as such it felt sparsely furnished). Trouble in the bathroom though as the shower didn't drain properly and so flooded into the bedroom. They didn't seem too bothered when we told them.

Otherwise a lovely place in a quiet town but well located if you have a car.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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krsko,slovenia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2009

We choosed this hotel at booking.com site and never regreted. For a 4 stars hotel it was really cheap regarding the competition around. The room for 3 was really big, two beds downstairs and a double bed on the second floor. Yes, the room was separated in two floor! The room contains safe, refrigerator and TV with only italian channels, spacious bathroom and "hard to understand" lights system.Buffet breakfast was nothing special, with only one kind of bread but OK. Staff at reception very kind, which I cant say for the waiter which was serving breakfast...Alltogether, it was a nice stay at a hotel only 35-40 km from firenze, pisa and lucca.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2009

My girlfriend and I chose the "Residenzia del Granduca", because on map it looked like an ideal starting point and center location for our halfway spontaneous summer stay in Northern Tuscany 2008, as well as it seemed to have a ridiculously good value (70€ for a double-room a night including breakfast) and an enchanting website appearance. And unlike many other times when it came to fact and fiction, this time there were no disappointments at all about its location and overall appearance as advertised!
Located at a fantastic centre starting point, 40 minutes by car from Florence, 10 minutes from wonderful Pistoia, 30 minutes from Lucca, 25 minute scenic country road drive to Leonardo's birthplace Vinci and a fair hour to historic Pisa and its beaches - yet quiet and secluded with a very intimate Tuscan flair. Site is right between the "autostrada" (turnpike interstate) Florence - Pisa, and the other free "metro highway" between Florence and Livorno. Superb! We even drove Siena in 2 hours, also that is a possible turn as a day trip.
In opposite to the famous livelier resort Montecantini Terme that has seen its better days in supposedly glamorous spa times of the fifties and looks like your average Italian holiday resort - Monsummano Terme is the more quiet and peaceful adjecent smaller town, basically you can almost call it a village. To us, it seemed more "inviting" and "relaxing".

About The Hotel Itself:

First of all, we had some problems with finding the estate (forgot directions at home). Later the reason turned out to be that it's frequently still known as "VILLA MEDICEA" among locals (So ask for that if you're confused). When arrived, we found a splendid nice Tuscan palace-like estate in best shape, just recently renovated, not overdone, decently unobstrusive, still with a romantic touch - without being modest. Inside we found confirmation: nice décor, some antiques, a warm and yet bright. timeless atmosphere. Everything has been renovated recently. CHECK-in went smooth and we felt welcome (only one advanced English speaker at the desk, but with charm, hands, feet and crumbs of language shared in a smiling manner you are never wrong in Italy!)

THE ROOM was wonderful. EXTREMELY SPACIOUS, at least 40 square meters. We had a corner room in the third top-level, it was about six meters high (!) and integrated the wooden beams and roof-structure of this old palazzo - it was bright, had a comfortable king-size bed, nice terra cotta-tiled floors, carpets, two chairs & table and burgundy curtains on several little windows. Air-conditioning (!), minibar, TV, telephone. A big wardrobe, entrance area and bathroom were set lower, built-in like a box into the actual high-ceiling room that had the antique roof above it. Little downside: They should have made it a maisonette (enough space evident) with a sitting area on top of the installed bath/entree cubicle, having gazed views into other rooms while they were made up I realized there are rooms like that - nevertheless great for that price!
The BATHROOM had a good size for this category, was clean and white, comfortable tub, hairdryer, huge mirror & washing table and a kind of separated toilet and bidet in the back. Overall very clean - everything. Minimal drawback: No international television, only Italian. But you're not there to be a couch potato, right?

The breakfast is served in a nice antique salon and is opulent for Italy - still far from high class - but since included in the rate, more than acceptable. There was fruit, bred, yoghurt, muesli, cereals, little packed cakes and sometimes fresh cake. A sad fact here: They had wonderful "prosciutto", pepperoni and cooked ham, but no cutting machine, you were left to cut yourself off thick slices of the whole loaf, only a regular knife provided - the quality was excellent - the whole setting seemed a little careless though.
After the third day their breakfast gets kind of boring, especially because the waiter seemed a little dismal sometimes if we asked for a cappucino instead of the typical Italian tourist pots of morning coffee and steamed milk, that I wouldn't suggest.
For breakfast variety I recommend a simple fresh "brioche" pastries and cappuccino at "TIFFANY'S", an authentic café on the main "PIAZZA" downtown. 3 mins. away by car, approx. 10min. walk by foot.
Except for that little trifle, the other STAFF was very helpful and friendly, offering directions, restaurant tips and fulfilled every request (wonderful eating place for authentic local food, you can walk in 5 mins., best place we ate throughout the whole trip considering the price value).

We wanted to make a day trip to Florence and got the suggestion to leave the car (free parking by the way) by the station and take the train from Montecantini Terme. A wonderful suggestion, even though I don't recommend Florence in August - very stressful, scorching hot and exploitative prices - but railway tickets cost 5 Euro and you're there in less than an hour - farther it's even the better when you return to the peaceful site and its FRESH SPA AIR. Speaking in terms of spa, the nearby communal Monsummano Terme spa swimming pool is a little over-prized, but neatly clean & has a fabulous hillside location, overlooking the area.

Overall, I'd rather say this is a high-class three-star hotel at a quality location - but it didn't have all features you'd expect of a four-star hotel, but does a regular four-star hotel have such a price/value structure? I'd say no. We had a wonderful time without paying incredible sums as in Florence or elsewhere posh or touristically overrun!

This really is a wonderful, friendly, decent place in a very quiet and relaxing surrender with a fantastic price value!
If you want countryside holiday combined with culture and day-trips on your schedule - this is the ideal starting point!

  • Liked — Rooms, Price/Value, Authentic Atmosphere, Location
  • Disliked — Breakfast
  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Edinburgh - city center
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2008

I loved the Granducia. I wanted somewhere totally quiet to read, relax and get a quiet nights sleep, and this hotel was perfect. It was a 15 minute walk to the small town square, with a few places to eat. The hotel wasn't doing dinners or lunch when I stayed, though breakfast was plentyful with ham, cheese, yoghurt, that german bread (rye), crossants, boiled eggs, breads, preserves & honey, museli, plus tea and coffee made to order. The hotel was a little too quiet for my boyfriend, so we compromised and spent half the holiday here, and half in Montecatini which is a bit more lively. Next time I stay at the Granducia I would hire a car to make getting around a bit easier, as though I enjoyed not worrying about parking etc. buses in and out of Monsummano do stop quite early (9pm ish). Very grand place for the bargain price.

  • Liked — The quiet
  • Disliked — Nothing to do with the hotel but local taxis are really expensive
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rome, Italy
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106 hotel reviews
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376 helpful votes 376 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2008

We stayed in Residenza del Granduca for one night in may 2008.
It was a Medici farmhouse converted in an Hotel.
Outside the property is very nice, but inside nothing special!
From their web site you will expect more!
The breakfast in the morning was very poor! It was more a continental breakfast than a buffet breakfast!!
The room was very big and clean but not a traditional room.
The hotel was a mix beetween an old farmhouse with a moderne furniture: but not a good mix!
We didn't use the hotel restaurant, but we went to Pietre Cavate, in Montecatini Terme: good food and a marvellous overlooking on Montecatini terme, infact this restaurant is up on a hill.
The hotel is overprice! We paied 100€ a night!
I wouldn't came back because there are more fascinating tuscany resort/hotel.
I am so sorry if my english is not perfect but I hope you will understand me.

  • Liked — The farmhouse outside
  • Disliked — I expect more!
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2008

The split level bedroom was well laid-out, and the breakfast was fine. The property is charming, an old Medici farmhouse, with plenty of outdoor seating in the pleasant gardens. The furnishings are slightly incongruous - Medici meets IKEA. The only grumble I would make is that the hotel reception recommended a restaurant (La Cantina) for dinner, which was by the region's high standards rather poor. There are many good restaurants in Montecatini and environs, especially up in the hills (Montecatini Alto). The hotel location, just out of town and backing onto fields, looks rather more rural than the actuality. The photographs on the hotel website are flattering. No cues are provided for the billiard table (apparently, it's an Italian version of snooker). Overall, good value and a pleasant stay but I wouldn't be in a hurry to return, unlike other Tuscan properties, especially in the Chianti region.

  • Liked — good value
  • Disliked — restaurant recommendation
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Residenza del Granduca

Address: Via Cesare Battisti 1297, 51015 Monsummano Terme, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pistoia > Monsummano Terme
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Monsummano Terme
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Residenza del Granduca 4*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The recently restored four-star hotel makes up part of the ancient Medici Farm or Fattoria Medicea and is located near the famous thermal caves of Monsummano Terme. What makes this place unique, apart from its history, is the courtyard, the true heart of the complex. Entirely surrounded by nature, this place rich in perfumes and colors, allows for refreshing breaks and relaxing stays. ... more   less 
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