This is a lovely hotel, with enormous beautiful grounds, pleasant walks in the olive groves with interesting discoveries along the way: the underground cellars, a shrine. The gardens are enchanting, full of flowers and fruit trees, and a different fruit from the garden is left in your room every day.
There was a service being held at the church two rooms away from ours on Sunday morning - they were very courteous and didn't ring the bells until later in the morning. We found it charming.
Our room was small, as you would expect from a monastery, and the bed was small - in fact in was two singles pushed together. The room was put together very well, the cupboards were huge so suitcases could be hidden from view. The bathroom was a fair size but I found having only lace at the windows a little disconcerting at night.
So we loved the hotel, but actually didn't feel free to enjoy it. The atmosphere was so stiff and formal that we felt constrained all the time we were there, which was a shame, because we were hoping for three days of rest and relaxation after a weeklong house party.
We enjoyed the games room, but when we asked to take the backgammon to an outside table we were told it wasn't allowed. Sitting in the lounge on a sunny day was a shame, comfortable though the lounge was.
Our evening restaurant experience was awful. I can only refer you to reviewers Tonybru and Chrisco79, amongst others, rather than repeating the bitter litany of disasters that eating in Il Canto entailed.
The rest of the food wasn't much better. The poolside snacks consisted of two radishes sliced thinly over ice, three small wedges of cheese, some olives and crisps.
Breakfast was very good, although it wouldn't have been if we hadn't supplemented the buffet included in the room price with a la carte. I had superb poached eggs every morning - a sure sign of an excellent kitchen.
What a shame then that they don't go all out and deliver big, beautiful quantities of delicious Italian food as well as the tiny exquisite tastes currently on offer. And a bigger shame that the management and staff don't just relax and allow their visitors to enjoy the beautiful, excellent hotel that they are running. A little relaxation of the reigns would go a very long way.
- Also Known As:
- Certosa Di Maggiano Hotel Siena
- Certosa Di Maggiano Siena
- Certosa Di Maggiano Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Tuscany, 1 Km from Siena immersed in an uncontaminated countryside you find a XIV century Carthusian monastery, La Certosa di Maggiano turned into a Relais et Chateaux Hotel in 1978. An enchanting place, a light and natural luxury masterfully interpreted by the famous architect and interior designer, Renzo Mongiardino. A clear architecture with interiors rich in history dressed with impalpable silks and ornamental paintings & skillfully integrated within the natural and cultural environment. In line with this life born for silence and prayer, la Certosa di Maggiano offers today a set of services and activities aimed to improve your overall state of physical and spiritual wellness. A state of mind so well interpreted by the restaurant “Il Canto” and its Chef Paolo Lopriore, whose cuisine is another multi-sensorial journey which perfectly match our quest for life style, beauty & nature. ... more less
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