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“Wonderful Ambiance and Gracious Hosts” 5 of 5 stars
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Frances' Lodge Relais
Strada di Valdipugna 2, 53100 Siena, Italy   |  
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Siena
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“Wonderful Ambiance and Gracious Hosts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The hosts Franco and Franca are amazingly knowledgable of the region and can set up guided tours, wine tastings and pretty much anything else you would like to do in Tuscany.

All of their recommendations were spot on and Franco can direct you to your destination with such precision, you'd think you we're from the area! We rented a car and did day trips all over the Senese region.

I will stay here again on my next trip to the area. You should too!

Room Tip: Rooms are all amazing and unique. If you can take the junior suite in the pigeon coop. It is beautif...
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We had been travelling around Europe in a relatively budget 2-3 star hotels decided to splurge when we got to Siena. And it was well worth it! We originally wanted the white room but was unfortunately booked out and chose the yellow room instead. The room was cute and very clean. There was 2 big shower heads side by side each other which made it very luxurious. The bed was big and good quality which gave us really good sleeps.
The lodge is a bit secluded which meant the views were amazing.
I would recommend hiring a car to get around or even a vesper.
The breakfast each morning was to die for. The amount of selections they had was unbelievable.
This place would truly blow you away!!!
Frances and Franco were truly great hosts and so accommodating to your every needs. They have the highest of high quality service you can imagine. So friendly and warm too.
I have recommended this place to my family and friends!
P.s we stayed here in sep2011

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Franco and Frances provided incredible hospitality. This property is absolutely stunning. Franco grew up here and you can see the love that he and Frances put into it. The breakfasts in the garden were extraordinary - outstanding food, gracious hospitality, beautiful surroundings. It was like a dream come true. The gardens are lovingly tended - lemon trees, roses, jasmine.

Phil and I delighted in finding our own private spot - two lounge chairs overlooking the town of Siena, just beyond the pool, enjoying a bottle of wine after a swim, watching the sun go down, reviewing the highlights of our day and anticipating our dinner plans for the evening.

We stayed in the Moroccan minisuite June 3-6. This room has two levels with the bedroom on the second level.

We chose not to rent a car and used taxis and the bus / walking to get back and forth to Siena. This was the only downside of the location but it was well worth the views and the total experience that Frances and Franco deliver.

We loved Frances' lemon marmalade.

If you are visiting Siena, plan ahead and book a room at Frances' Lodge. We loved our experience there.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

My wife and I spent three weeks traveling Italy to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary and the 5 days we spent at Frances Lodge was the highlight of our trip. Frances and Franco are incredible hosts, warm, welcoming, and knowledgable. The accomadations were excellent and the food, both the breakfast and the evening picnic diner, were wonderful. We especially welcomed the late afternoon swim with the great views of Siena. Restaurant recommondations in Siena were perfect. We definitely liked the vibe of Siena and look forward to spending more time in the near future to explore the town while staying at Frances' Lodge. Thank you Frances and Franco for making our trip so memorable!

  • Stayed August 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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Milwaukee, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Frances and Franco's place. They were the perfect hosts of this 6 bedroom working villa. The gardens, pool and views were awesome. We celebrated our 25th anniversary in one of their gazebos. We stayed in the LEMON ROOM and loved it. Spacious, views and refrigerator. Breakfast was more than we could eat. They greet their guests and tour the place upon arrival. Excellent with touring information. We rented a car for 2 days for other hill top towns (expensive), but worth it and Franco helped us with a map. Somewhat downside is the 1 mile walk to catch a bus to Siena, or eat at the nearby restaurant (it's a beautiful walk, but uphill on the way back). Bella!

Room Tip: We loved the LEMON room
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  • 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

1. the hosts, franco and frances - 5/5 - faultless. really wonderful, caring people.
2. location - 3.5/5 - not our favorite part of tusancy, didnt love siena, but others might. town is a 5 min drive away. ugly industrial area between lodge and town. we preferred val d'orcia but this is fairly close by.
3. food - 3.5/5 - basic but fine breakfast. lovely homemade farm produce. NO restaurant. but F&F offer a 'picnic' in the evening of tuscan meats, small pasta bowl etc which was superb
4. lodge - 5/5 - lovely farm, nice pool, nice view of siena, really rustic feel

small quirks: no wifi in room and pool loungers not very comfortable.these are pretty trivial though.

overall though, we wouldnt hesitate to recommend frances lodge. we had a great time.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

This place is a dream come true for anyone who has imagined themselves in Tuscany! The hosts, Franca and Franco, were warm, funny and caring. They are a wealth of knowledge about everything in Siena and the surrounding area. They were amazingly helpful with tours, restaurants, and history. The building is amazing and dates back from the 1700s, but is totally updated and totally eco friendly. The pool does not even have chlorine or chemicals! We had the family suite, traveling with our 18 and 20 year old children - it was perfect. Enough room for all and totally charming. Every detail, from the fruit basket to the amenities in the bathroom, were well thought out and appreciated. The setting is exquisite - from the view of the city to the farmland surrounding to the lemon trees in the backyard. Breakfast was the best we had in Italy - served in the back garden, it was the perfect place to chat with other guests and have a relaxing start to your day. Wish we had done dinner there, but the kids loved the city of Siena and wanted to spend a lot of time in the evening there - very young, fun, university town. Hubby and I would love to return for a more romantic holiday! It would feel like returning to visit family!

Room Tip: The family suite was wonderful - one bedroom upstairs, another off the living room - plenty of priva...
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  • Stayed August 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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Also Known As:
Frances` Hotel
Frances` Hotel Siena
Address: Strada di Valdipugna 2, 53100 Siena, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Siena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 79 Specialty lodging in Siena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Frances’ Lodge is a loverly restored country guest home set on a hill across from Siena. Its unbelievable view looks out over the old walled city from the top of a beautiful hilltop. It is here that, since the start of the 18th century, noble families of Siena kept their “villa”—the country house where they summered from May to November, to get away from the heat of the city and to watch over the harvests from their farm holdings; and here the Owners restored the 1853' largest "Limonaia" overlooking the Historical Garden, as part of a fascinating, rich of History, wonderful Estate, belonging to the same Family since quite 3 centuries.The commanding position of the house with its 360-degree panoramic views, the closeness to the city(only 1.8 km.—little more than a mile—as the crow flies), the silence and peace of being in the open countryside just outside the city walls... all of these features await you as soon as you pass through the gates, enter the lovely driveway, and behold the incredible view of Siena’s skyline amid vineyards, fruit orchards, and olive groves. You’ll be revived by sounds that busier parts of the world have forgotten: birds chirping, cicadas singing in summer, the wind blowing through the trees. ... more   less 
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