My family stayed at the Hotel Le Fontanelle for three nights and I can confirm that it deserves every one of the five star ratings on TripAdviser. There is probably not much I can say about the hotel that hasn't been said before, but my family (including twelve year old son) agreed that it was the best place we had ever stayed. The hotel is deliberately small and intimate with only twenty five rooms, and as a result it never felt crowded. The rooms and facilities were beautifully designed and maintained and you could tell that a lot of thought had gone into creating this beautiful place.
The highlight for us, though, was the restaurant. As the weather was so warm, we were able to eat outside on the shaded terrace and the experience was breathtaking. The views over Tuscany are amazing and the food was second to none. We had originally planned on eating outside the hotel each evening, but after one night eating on the terrace we were converted! I was particularly impressed that the hotel had a menu especially for their younger guests including simpler dishes such as pasta and tomato sauce and steak and chips which my son wholeheartedly recommended! That said, although the hotel was very welcoming to younger guests, it may not be entirely suitable for very young children given that the focus of the hotel is upon relaxing and resting rather than entertainment.
Service was deliberately low key, discrete and subtle, but always there when you needed it. The mark of a quality establishment.
One point to note re getting there is that the location of the hotel on google maps is not exactly correct. The hotel is a couple of miles south of the point it is shown at. Basically if you are driving south on the SP408 and you go past the turning whiich is highlighted as the hotel and continue on for a couple of minutes then you will reach a sign pointing to "fontanelle". The (long and winding) driveway to the hotel is then on the right.
Overall, a wonderful place to stay and we will certainly be back next year. Yes, it is expensive, but this is a case of getting what you pay for: I cannot recommend it highly enough!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Le Fontanelle Italy/Tuscany - Pianella