We stayed at the hotel in mid-August 2012 as a family with four children. Stunning views and an excellent location ten minutes outside charming San Gimingnano. The grounds are lovely and the pool area is beautiful, relaxing and very child friendly. Some of the staff are indifferent while others are warm and inviting (Romina stands out as excellent!) The rooms are very spacious and comfortable, if somewhat dated and simply furnished. All aspects of this hotel were above average (again, the grounds and the views were stunning!).
However it is difficult to explain the mediocracy of the restaurant. The panoramic views from the restaurant are breathtaking but they cannot make up for the mediocracy and blandness of the food. Very poor options- including the breakfast buffett- which was very disappointing. We ate dinner at the hotel the first night and did not make that mistake twice. Upgrading the restaurant seems easy enough to do so I hope that the management will take note of the poor reviews because with a little bit of attention the hotel has the makings of a four star hotel. Keep in mind that with so many great restaurants in close proximity, other than breakfast, there is really no need to dine at the hotel. So the restaurant need not be a critical element of your stay.
Ask for the rooms on the first floor situated above the entrance (facing the valley). I believe these have the most breathtaking views. The balcony rooms facing San Gimignano also provide a nice view, but the valley view overlooks the pristine tuscany landscape (the view that everyone seems to be looking for).
You won't go wrong at this hotel- a bit less charming perhaps, but comfortable, well situated and a reasonable value.
Despite the flaws, I would still highly recommend.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel San Paolo
- San Paolo Hotel
- San Paolo Villa
- Villasanpaolo San Gimignano, Italy - Tuscany