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“Idyllic beautiful what more can I say?” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Le Fontanelle
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Strada Provinciale 408, km 14.7, 53019 Pianella, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Italy   |  
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Southampton, New York
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“Idyllic beautiful what more can I say?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012 via mobile

We left this lovely hotel a few days ago and I cannot say enough about how perfect is is We were well cared for, the property is beautiful the staff is friendly knowledgeable and amazing. Go here and you won't be disappointed in any way. The best of Tuscany.

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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

We spent part of our honeymoon at Le Fontanelle and we could not have thought of a better place to start our life as a couple. The surroundings are idillyc, the facilities are perfect (brend new, chic and luxurious, but not ostensive), and the staff of the hotel was the best I have ever seen in my life. From preparing us a cheese set to booking and organizing a wine tour for us in Montalcino, the staff was brilliant. I will definetely try to come back!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MediaGuestRelations, Direttore at Hotel Le Fontanelle, responded to this review, April 28, 2012
Dear Guests,

It was a tremendous pleasure to welcome you to Hotel Le Fontanelle and to receive your nice review. You came from so far away, that we really do hope you will take with you a pleasant memory of your experience with us.

Hoping to see you again in the future, we send you our best regards.

Marion Winski
General Manager
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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

We stayed at Le Fontanelle during May 2011 as a middle stop of our ten day's road trip to Tuscany and Como. The choice was not random. Before choosing the specific hotel, I was searching the Internet for days, looking up the hotels proposed by tourist guides. I was disappointed because there seemed no hotel that could combine e-ve-ry-thi-ng I would wish for: Picturesque views, living in a farm in Tuscany but with star quality comforts, BUT MOST IMPORTANT: Good Location. The hotel had to be away from the crowds but still in the middle of everything I wished to see in my first trip to Tuscany, that being the villages and the surroundings of the Chianti Road.
Until I came upon Le Fontanelle.

Apart from its perfect location - in the middle of nowhere, but at the same time so close to Sienna- (with the possibility of being driven to and from Sienna with the hotels bus at very suitable hours) (while with a rented car I knew that parking in Sienna was difficult) when trying to decide upon hotel reservations I also fell in love with the pictures of its beautiful gardens, the breathtaking views and the comfy rooms. So, we decided with my husband, although it was a bit extra money upon our budget, to book it over other hotels without a second thought. And at the end, we didn't regret it at all.

Making the reservation online, our anxiety of booking a room with specific views and on specific floor was immediately taken into consideration and with great respect. We were given everything we asked for. Also with the hotel being a little far away from 'civilization' we found the driving instructions sent to us via email more than accurate and helpful. What;s more, when delaying upon arriving the first night at Le Fontanelle (we arrived at 10 o'clock at night!), we found that the hotel reception desk had been leaving messages of concern in our answering machines both in our self phones as well as in our house in...Athens! The were afraid that we got lost, and were anxious of tracking us! We arrived 'dirty', tired from all our day touring and 5 minutes time before the time the kitchens restaurant was about to close. Despite all that we found ourselves being received with warmth and relief and were served in the restaurant without exception, we were treated like kings (the bistecca alla fiorentina was exceptional) or more like members of the hotel family I might say...

In general, the food at the restaurant, the room service and the breakfast was exceptional. Many thanks to the maitre signore ..... he was more than warm and attentive to all our needs and willing to answer questions or make day trip propositions. Many thanks also to the chef and its daily 'compliments' which were innovative yet very tasty, as well as to the Siennese driver ( I do not recall his name) who was warm and polite, made also day suggestions for Sienna and made us feel secure that he will be on time to pick us up, so we wouldn't have to worry just have fun for the rest of that day we were spending in Sienna.

About the rooms:Ok, there are rooms with better views than others, so what?Isn't that the case in most of the hotels? Also in our house, does every room share the same view with the others?Book in advance and ask for specific characteristics, the hotel staff will be MORE THAN WILLING to satisfy you...The beautiful photos that you might see on the internet do not make it justice, the hotel and its surroundings are in reality even more beautiful.The rooms are more than spacious (even the classic ones), with linen sheets, luxurious toiletries and beamed terracotta tiled ceilings. Soooo romantic!

The hotel also has a small shop with organic products, when leaving, they gave us a small bottle of olive oil from the shop as a present which we found very tasteful (and being from Greece, we are severe judges of what concerns olive oil! :))))

To make a long story short:Cannot wait to return there! I for sure recommend it, especially for those who want a treat of rural beauty, combined with impeccable professionalism and client attendance.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MediaGuestRelations, Direttore at Hotel Le Fontanelle, responded to this review, November 16, 2011
Dear Guests,

We are warmly grateful to you for your kind words and really thank for the patience and the dedication you had describing each detail of your stay. We really appreciate it and are honoured you enjoyed at best your experience at Hotel Le Fontanelle.
From your words we can understand you have "tasted" almost everything at our Property and we are glad not having failed your expectations.
All of us remind you with affection and we thank you very much for having chosen Hotel Le Fontanelle for your stay in Tuscany.

Looking forward to meeting you in the future, we send you our warmest regards.

Marion Winski
General Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

We went on our honeymoon and loved every second.... the most attentive staff, facilities where amazing, the most stunning setting.... wish we where closer so we could go more often.... but most important... the people and attention due make a difference.... Thank you soooo much Le Fontanelle, you guys where amazing....

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MediaGuestRelations, Direttore at Hotel Le Fontanelle, responded to this review, October 13, 2011
Dear Guests,

We thank you very much for having chosen Hotel Le Fontanelle for your Honeymoon: we have been glad to share this Special moment with you and wish you all the best and a wonderful life together!

Warmest regards.

Marion Winski
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Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2011

I recently spent 5 nights in this little bit of heaven. I was traveling with friends (three couples). The property will take your breath away. The location, 20 minutes outside of Siena is perfect for exploring Tuscany. The property is remote, but once you find it and enter the gates you will feel like you are in a different world. It is super quiet and relaxing. The food is delicious, the staff is friendly and most speak English with ease. There is a garage to park your rental car. I can't imagine being there without a car unless you want to be totally cut off from society. I can imagine enjoying the quiet, the beauty, the pools and the spa for many days if I needed to decompress, but if you want to check out the area you'll need a car. This is a truly extraordinary place indeed.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MediaGuestRelations, Direttore at Hotel Le Fontanelle, responded to this review, October 13, 2011
Dear Guest,

We thank you very much for the time you dedicated to us with your nice review and are pleased you and your Friends enjoyed your time at Hotel Le Fontanelle and exploring the surrounding Chianti region and Siena.

Hoping to meet you again in the future, we send you our best regards.

Marion Winski
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011 via mobile

You really do get what you pay for.
An incredible hotel in a stunning location, sevice and food exceptional. Complete relaxation and tranquility. We will return.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dear Guest,

We thank you very much for your kind words and really hope to meet you again in the future.

Regards.

Marion Winski
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Yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

My wife and I stayed here for a lovely two week holiday and found the hotel immaculate, beautifully furnished and catered for every need. It is set in lovely countryside on a hillside with breathtaking views over the Chianti vineyards. it is several miles outside Siena and some miles from the nearest sizeable town/village, Gaiole. That is a drawback if you wish to eat out in the evening: every such trip involves a drive on very winding narrow roads.

The hotel itself has apparently been restored fairly recently, facilities and furnishings are to the highest possible standard. The staff are delightful if perhaps a little more formal than you would expect in Italy. The food is excellent with a good breakfast, normally taken on the lovely terrace, and a fine menu for the evening.

Why then do I not give it full marks. Unfortunately, the prices for everything bought in the hotel are very high. We booked for dinner on the first night and were shocked to find that a two course meal with a bottle of the cheapest local wine on the list cost us about £80 a head. The food was very good but not michelin star quality. A small beer costs 6 Euros, as does a cup of tea or coffee.

Although the occupancy rate of the rooms seemed high, perhaps the high prices explain why the public areas of the hotel seemed so quiet. Almost nobody sat either around the pool during the day or in the bar and lounges in the evening. One explanation is of course that there is so much to see and experience in the region that people were out and about. However, I think the hotel might be surprised, both at how much more their income would be if they moderated their prices, and how much better the ambience would be as a result of more people around. Certainly, we as an example would not have eaten away from the hotel every night after the first.

In conclusion, I would heartily recommend this hotel for a short stay, but I would not stay there again for two weeks.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Strada Provinciale 408, km 14.7, 53019 Pianella, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Castelnuovo Berardenga > Pianella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pianella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Le Fontanelle 5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Le Fontanelle, this 5 star luxury Hotel located in the Chianti Classico region, capturing the magical essence of Tuscany and the preciousness of its landscapes, offers to its Guests sceneries of spectacular pristine beauty, for a memorable stay or a private special event. With its 25 rooms divided into five different typologies, the Hotel proposes a special refined comfort, turning into the perfect choice for a pleasant holiday. ... more   less 
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