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“Tuscan triumph” 5 of 5 stars
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Villasanpaolo
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Strada Provinciale per Certaldo, 53037 San Gimignano, Italy   |  
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Ranked #4 of 32 Hotels in San Gimignano
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Northampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Tuscan triumph”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

We picked up a hire car at Pisa airport and it was an 'interesting' beginning to our week at Villasanpaolo in Tuscany. The car was manual and only my husband could drive, which was a lot of pressure.However, we took a wonderful satnav with us and, my husband having already google viewed the area, arrived in good time.

First impressions were very good, the hotel looked just as it had in the online photos. The welcome was very warm, I did try out a bit of Italian, and wasn't laughed at! Everyone spoke incredibly good English, but encouraged me in my faltering Italian.

Our room was on the second floor and had a balcony and a view of the lovely garden. The bed was huge, the room well-appointed and the bathroom a good size, very clean and with a whirlpool bath - noisy but nice.The toiletries were all made from olive oil and were very nice. We slept very well there, the bed was incredibly comfortable and I liked that the bedding was not changed every day, (unless you requested otherwise) much better for the environment. The air conditioning was very good and it also turned itself off if the balcony doors were open, another good thing for the environment.

Breakfast was self-service and full of wonderful things we don't normally have in England, such as bruschetta and Tuscan cake. (What have the Romans ever done for us? Cake at breakfast!!) This was served in the dining room, with fantastic views over the countryside towards San Gimignano. There was plenty of choice, too. All very tasty.

The pool bar was great, with good service from Simone and Mateus (I think) and a nice selection of snacks. Lazing around the pool was lovely, though the water itself was 'bracing'.

Dinner was really good. We ate at the restaurant three times and did not feel the need to go for the whole four courses. The gnocchi was lovely, and the puddings great. The menu didn't change that week, but that didn't matter to us as it was all so very tasty. The boar chops and the pork loin are worth mentioning in particular.

The whole area is very beautiful and each of the hill towns was different. The views as we were travelling around were such that I could well understand what draws people to Tuscany to paint,

We didn't avail ourselves of the spa, perhaps next time, as we will surely be going back to the area and to the hotel.

Room Tip: We didn't look at other rooms, but I believe they were all of a good standard and we stayed in a...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Luigi Z, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villasanpaolo, responded to this review, October 29, 2012
Dear guests from U.K. , our sincere deep gratitude for your stay with us ! we were very proud of your wish to speak italian and sincerely results were indeed of a very good level .
Your comments and description of our hospitality concept did make happy everyone within my colleagues. We feel very rewarded and hope to welcome back yourselves and as many of your friends from England as you can ! very cordially yours, a presto, Luigi
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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

We found the staff excellent, friendly and extremely accomodating. The views were specatular. The grounds were beautiful. Our accomodations were great and lovely.
Good location for travelling thru the Tuscanny hill country. We would highly recommend this facility as either a center for touring or a fabulous retreat for R&R,
Myrna A.

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  • Stayed September 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Luigi Z, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villasanpaolo, responded to this review, October 29, 2012
Dear friends from U.S., sincerely many thanks for your vacation to San Gimignano ! we have been delighted of your stay with us, of your kindness, and of your comments on TripAdvisor, for sure these will be a valuable guide for readers and travellers in this territory.
we hope in your next vacation soon ! looking forward to welcome you again !
yours very cordially Luigi and colleagues.
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We stayed in the VillaSanPaolo for a week and found it a great hotel as both a base for touring Tuscany and also for relaxing in the on-site spa. We received a warm welcome on arrival and were shown to our first floor room to see if we were 'happy with the view'. We were! There was a fantastic view from the balcony over the valley to the front, and from the small side window we could glimpse the towers of San Gimignano through the trees. Upon our return on the first evening we were delighted to find a bottle of local sparkling wine chilling in our room with compliments of the hotel.
There was a good choice for breakfast, which is served in the Lampolla Restaurant with panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside.
Although the spa was included in our holiday package, it is normally an extra cost and we did witness this catching a couple of other guests out who assumed it was included; so this may be worth checking when booking.
Overall a lovely hotel with good facilities in a peaceful location. Special mention to the staff and especially Luigi Zaccardi who helped make this a very memorable holiday.

  • Stayed September 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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Luigi Z, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villasanpaolo, responded to this review, October 29, 2012
Dear Signora Christine and family, all our sincere gratitude for your stay at Villasanpaolo and kindness for taking time to express your comments on Tripadvisor. Grazie for appreciating out hospitality concept and for mentioning our restaurant and Irispa. Deeply, thank you for mentioning my name : I have done a little to reciprocate your choice to have your vacation in Toscana. I am just lucky to work and collaborate with this fine property and many great colleagues. Grazie mille ! please condier to come back soon ! yours very cordially,
Luigi
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Wrotham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

This Hotel is a must when visiting Tuscany, epsecially if you wnat a relaxing break. It is idealy sittuated for visiting San Gimignano, Volterra, Col Val D'Elsa, Florence, I could name dozens of places. The Hotel itself is a very nice mix of contemporary design, and typical Italian flair and style. Both the out door pool with bar area, and the Spa with an indoor pool and out side pool / spa are perfect places to relax and soak up the Tuscan laid back attitude to life, and to re-charge the batteries that UK life drains so easily. My wife and I stayed at the Villa San Paolo from the 18th to the 25th September, it is an easy hour and a half drive from Pisa airport. On arrival at the Hotel, Sara from reception came to the front door to welcome us (when was the last time that happened to you) her English language is perfect, however she was very accomodating, letting me try out my Italian langauage skills, nothing was too much trouble for Sara. Luggage was taken to our room. All of the staff at the San Paolo are exteremely friendly and polite, I must especially mention Cynthia, Matteo, and Simone. This Hotel is an example of how a Hotel should be run, I had the great pleasure to meet and talk to the man in charge of all of the Hotel (forgot to ask his name) he too was not only very friendly, but had an English sense of humor. On the morning we left, both the boss and Sara came to the door to wave us goodbye, now that I have never experienced before. If aksed would I return, my answer is a definite yes, I would highly recommend the Hotel.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Luigi Z, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villasanpaolo, responded to this review, September 29, 2012
dear signor Les, it has been a true pleasure to host your week of vacation here in San Gimignano and also delighted I could meet you and your wife upon departure with colleague Sara. We feel grateful of your choice to stay with us and I am sure your review and comments will be a safe guide for the future travellers here in Tuscany. Hope to welcome you and Mrs. soon for a new relaxing time. The warmest regards to you in beautiful U.K. ! from Sara, all our colleagues and myself, yours cordially Luigi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

The experience staying here was very pleasant. The rooms are comfortable and elegantly decorated. Their staff and customer care is attentive and trying to fulfill you expectations ... However, you'll probably have to take your car to visit S.Gimignano.

Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Luigi Z, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villasanpaolo, responded to this review, September 29, 2012
many many thanks for your good memories of your stay at Villasanpaolo and for taking your time to review on Triadvisor. very glad you appreciated our hospitality and for sharing this with readers and future travellers in this spectacular location in Toscana, yours very cordially,
Luigi
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Devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

This is our second visit in 3 years. The hotel has a quiet feel, with excellent rooms and public areas furnished traditionally but with a modern twist and with spa baths in some rooms. The hotel has a spa and spa treatments at extra cost. It is set within the fields and vineyards of Tuscany, the local wine from Le Quirico vineyard 100 yards away is served in the restaurant along with many others. A short drive of 10 minutes to the medieval city of San Gimignano whose towers can be seen clearly from the hotel, about an hour to fantastic Florence and a little less to stunning Sienna. We watched one of the pre race, races of the famous Palio on our visit in 2009 -very exciting. The staff are friendly, there is free wi fi and the panoramic hotel dining room is simply stunning. The coffee and choice of food at breakfast and lunch is very good. We tended to eat out in the huge number of nearby restaurants and cafes in the evenings. A car is essential to get out and about.

Room Tip: Rooms in the older part of the hotel are very characterful.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Luigi Z, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villasanpaolo, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
Many kindest greetings from San Gimignano ! it has been a true pleasure to welcome you back to Villasanpaolo for your new vacation in Toscana. We feel really very grateful for your renovated preference ! We are sure readers will appreciate your description of our property and its decor of interiors and huge outdoor spaces. To the next trip ! It will be your third and it will deserve a celebration that we will be delighted to arrange ! yours very cordially Luigi
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Naperville, Illinois
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We stayed for five nights in may/june 2012 booking 2 doubles and one triple. The rooms are very spacious and each one has a patio or balcony. The grounds are beautiful and the smell of the olive trees adds to the experience. The rooms were very clean. Breakfast was very filling and the view of San Gimignano each morning was priceless. The best part of the stay was the help we received from Luigi and Sara. They helped set up tours to Florence and to the Chianti region as well as recommend a fabulous place for dinner. I have a gluten allergy and they made sure they had gluten free bread and pasta available. We have recommended this spot to two friends who are going to stay there. Can't wait to go back. 10 minute drive into San Gimignano. Visited Volterra, San Gimignano, Certaldo, Chianti region, Florence while staying there.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Remo S, Proprietario at Villasanpaolo, responded to this review, September 13, 2012
Dear Mrs Alicia
warmest regards from San Gimignano ! We are very very happy that you are keeping good memories of your vacation in june and I feel rewarded that our team contributed to meet your expectations. Of course I have shared this with our Sara and Luigi. Thank you for suggesting Villasanpaolo to your friends, we will consider them as our own friends and will assist them at our best. We are grateful to you all, and to everyone that select Tuscany as destination. Yours Remo Squarcia
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Address: Strada Provinciale per Certaldo, 53037 San Gimignano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in San Gimignano
#6 Romantic Hotel in San Gimignano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Villasanpaolo 4*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villasanpaolo SPA & Wellness Hotel is a beautiful charming resort part of Whotels Worldeide circuit. The hotel is located in San Gimignano (Siena) surrounded by a private park, offer all kinds of amenities. Hotel consists of two Villas of 1800 to which was added the new Village welcomes guests into a world of well-being. ... more   less 
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