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Hotel Le Macinaie - Monte Amiata
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Loc. Prato delle Macinaie | Monte Amiata, 58033 Castel Del Piano, Italy   |  
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“4 Days of excellence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

We stayed four days and wish it could have been longer. The initial booking arrangements and communication with Francesco was excellent. When we showed up at the door after a long day of driving, he was waiting for us and quickly checked us in, offered to carry our bags and was waiting to pour us a drink at the bar. The hotel was full for one night, partially booked for two and we were the only guests for one night. The service remained stellar throughout.

We had a 'panorama' room with a full queen bed (not 2 twins pushed together). The room was very clean we had no problem with sounds from other rooms or the road. The room is a bit smallish but does have a full sized closet, nightstands and a nice desk and chair. The bathroom is the largest we encountered in Italy with a nice sized shower and a door to the balcony. A bit odd having a balcony off the bathroom but it worked well since my wife enjoys rising early and reading on the patio chair before I get up. The windows and patio face south to enjoy the sun.

We had pre-arranged a cooking class and it was fantastic. Enrico arranged for the chef to cook the pasta we had created for the evening dinner. All the meals we had were fantastic with most ingredients sourced locally. The mushroom soup was made from mushrooms picked within 300 meters of the hotel. Very thick and a meal in itself. There is also a good sized salad and dessert bar if you chose. That was great as it gave us a chance to try some of the cold meats and cheeses that we normally would not order.

There was a full selection for breakfast. Everything including meats, bread, cheeses, yogurt, cereals, pastries, pies, fresh fruit, juice, coffee... you could not want anything more.

In the evening, they offer both a la carte as well as a fixed price menu, which is great. That gives you the choice of having either a full meal or less if you are not so hungry. I thought the prices were very fair, considering that the prices include taxes and service.

The hotel is right at the base of a ski slope which would be great in the winter. We walked through many of the trails on the slopes of Mt. Amiata which was very colourful and peaceful. Plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, painting, etc.

While we were there, Francesco encouraged us to go to two local towns that were having mushroom and chestnut festivals. That turned into a full day of discovery on it's own. All the staff are very knowledgeable and proud of the area.

The only downside is that this hotel is pretty much in the middle of nowhere IF you want to have other restaurants, stores, etc. nearby. We booked this and loved it for the peace, quiet and tranquility of the entire area. It's so nice to be away from tourist traps when you are visiting Italy and enjoy the serenity of the countryside.

Room Tip: Ask for a south facing room if available. They do get fully booked at times with bike or hiking tour...
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  • Stayed October 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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Francesco G, Direttore at Hotel Le Macinaie - Monte Amiata, responded to this review, December 1, 2012
Dear Guests,

Thank you so much for your review. Outstanding!

Are you sure that you spent 4 days in our refurbished old chestnut mill on the top of the unknown Tuscan’s Volcano, Monte Amiata?

We absolutely feel honoured and proud about your travel experience at Le Macinaie.

Now we are focused on being perfect, even if we are aware that we learn more from our mistakes than from our success.

Achieving Excellence is our dream and you are giving our dream their wings to fly!

A big Italian hug

Francesco
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

It was a pure delight to come back to Le Macinaie. My first visit to this hotel was 3 years ago and I wasn't disappointed. Who couldn't love this place in any season!! I love the fall / autumn (doesn't matter where you come from) ... it will be your home away from home too.

The staff are friendly and always willing to assist when you have a query. Thank you Francesco and Enrico for being the people you are and making our holidays a dream to remember - always. You welcomed us into your hearts and vice versa. It was like visiting our family again (although not related by blood but certainly by friendship).

Francesco arranged our requested itinerary to Pienza, Orvieto and Cortona. Our driver Marco and guide Elisabetta were excellent.

Our first time here we did the pasta making course ... loads of fun. It was the first time to try tagliatelle cake ... oh we had died and gone to heaven. Never in all my travels have I heard of this cake. Took me 3 years to try it again ... d e v i n e.

The food here is plentiful and delicious. I had to say could we halve the portions as I stuggled to finish the food on the plate. Trust me you will not starve.

Ciao until another visit. Manuela Adelaide South Australia

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Hotel Le Macinaie is the ideal place to stay to discover the forested mountain part of Tuscany that most tourists do not ever see. My daughter and I stayed there, and all prior reviews reporting "great food" and "attentive service" are true and accurate.

There are loads of outside activities to partake in via Le Macinaie. We rented bikes and rode to the top of Mount Amiata. Along the way, I saw my very first Porcini hunters!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012 via mobile

From the moment we arrived we were made to feel most welcome & it was refreshing to be able to speak English without difficulty. Due to limited time we could only stay for 2 nights and on our 2nd evening chose to have the set dinner menu. It was a 5 course extravaganza that we were hard pressed to complete.Every dish was professionally presented & fully explained with many ingredients being local to the region.... The cost was well below what we had paid for a pizza meal in some establishments. Our host Enrico was a delight & we fully intend to return on our next holiday to enjoy a most relaxing & extremely pleasurable environment. This is a must stay if you wish to enjoy the easily accessible surrounds at an extremely affordable price.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Golden, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

This my third visit to Le Macinaie and every time has been wonderful. I have never stayed at a hotel where the staff is so friendly, the food so good and the overall atmosphere been totally relaxing. Francesco, Enrico and staff go way out of there way to make you feel at home and special during your stay.

It is a great place just to hang out, hike, bike or to jump off and do many day trips to Montalcino, Montepulciano, Sienna or other.

I look forward to another wonderful visit with my wife next year. I rate this 5 STARS!!!

Thanks for the great time,

Rick - from Colorado, USA

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Francesco G, Direttore at Hotel Le Macinaie - Monte Amiata, responded to this review, May 20, 2012
Dear Rick,
Thank you for your 5 Stars rate.
We absolutely feel truly flattered by your words and esteem.
I would like to dedicate this review to the whole staff of the Family Le Macinaie, which represents the heart of our hotel and because our team working is based on the following value: the whole total is always greater than the sum of its parts.
I look forward to welcoming you and your wife next year and I am going to think and arrange a new and outstanding schedule for both of you.
Kind regards

Francesco & Le Macinaie Family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

This last week was my fourth visit to "my family" at Le Macinaie. We were introduced to the hotel by a local Tuscan cycling guide named Mark Mahan. I cannot imagine ever traveling to Tuscany and not staying here for part of the trip. The hospitality is first class-the guest is their highest priority. It is well worth the relatively modest cost for the rooms, which are spotless. The bathrooms are modern. The staff will assist you in seeing the Amiatina area, which is spectacular-hot springs, hiking, and great (but STEEP) cycling.

The helpfulness of the multilingual staff is the real attraction of the hotel, but the food and wine are a very close second. It is tuscan cuisine of the highest order. They use fresh local products (mushrooms!) and each meal is 3-4 delicious courses. The waitstaff (Enrico is tops) are very professional and knowledgable, particularly about the wines. The wines of the surrounding regions (Montecucco, Brunello, Vino nobile) are well represented and by US standards very well priced.

I highly recommend this hotel/restaurant to anyone who values great service and food. It is well worth the trip up to Monte Amiata.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Francesco G, Direttore at Hotel Le Macinaie - Monte Amiata, responded to this review, May 20, 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for your kind words. We appreciate and we are very proud that you are considering us as part of your family!
We have a dream. Trying to deliver excellent and unique hiking and biking experiences combined with introducing our traditional food and local wines, with offering untouched and different landscapes and with sharing authentic family atmosphere.
We are very excited to welcoming you for your fifth visit.
A big Italian hug to all
Francesco & Le Macinaie Family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

This hotel is perfectly positioned, and very friendly. As a two star hotel however, I felt it was over-priced for the quality of services. For the half board price, we expected a really special dinner, considering that that our room was still not ready on our arrival at 3 (despite check out time of 10 a.m.), we were on the third floor without lift, and there was inadequate parking space. The meal was professionally served and prepared, with a basic antipasto buffet, two good primi, and a selection of desserts. The main course was extremely disappointing, however, and far too heavy, even for Tuscan tastes (even the cabbage was ruined with croutons and bacon), served with two types of greasy pork. Sadly, inedible.
I could probably recommend this hotel to families with small children, as it is convenient for skiing, and trekking, and the staff are very attentive generally. Couples expecting a romantic weekend, though, will be shocked to learn that the wellness centre is not only tiny, but is not included in the price. Not really worth the 15 euro extra :(

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Francesco G, Direttore at Hotel Le Macinaie - Monte Amiata, responded to this review, April 19, 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your review and for your kind suggestions which we appreciate because it will help us to improve our performance during our highest season.
As you stated we are perfectly positioned in front of the main ski slopes and ski lifts. Besides we offer the biggest free of charge outdoor parking area of the Monte Amiata ski resort where more than 250 cars can find a comfortable parking spot close to our hotel.
Unfortunately on Saturday march 3rd our Mountain was overcrowded. More than 1000 skiers invaded our small mountain. It was a typical “ferragosto day” which happens only 3 times per year and our mistake was that we did not expect it for that day.
On arrival day we ensure assistance for finding a parking place and before checking in, our front desk staff helps our guests to carry their bags in the room.
Our Hotel was an old chestnut mill, completely refurbished in 1999. As historical building we do not offer a lift and therefore for the Tuscan hotel classification law we achieve only 2 stars instead of a 3 stars hotel.
Rooms are delivered at 2 p.m. but usually we try to leave the room key, if possible, in the morning. Our staff is prepared to inform our guest in case of delay, inviting them for a cappuccino and homemade cake and showing them our restroom and luggage deposit facility.
Regarding our restaurant we offer 2 choices for our hotel guests: a set menu (which you can check before dinner at the reception) included in the Half Board treatment with antipasto buffet ,2 first courses, 1 main course combined with a side dish and a buffet of desserts or a menu à la carte.
As our mountain is located among South Tuscany, Umbria and North Lazio, our traditional dishes have been influenced by different recipes. Our main course served was our typical “Guanciale” which consists of an unsmoked pig's jowl or cheeks and which is sometimes confused with our Pancetta. On request our maitre is available and happy to switch the main course offering an alternative traditional dish.
Our small relaxing area is not a SPA but is dedicated to bikers, hikers, skiers, families and couples, where they can enjoy, previously booked for the whole stay, with an exclusive use and without other clients, our infra-red Sauna, Whirlpool, Tanning booth and our small gym. The entrance is included in our Rack Rate proposal and I apologize if it was calculated as an extra charge.

For this reason I would kindly ask you to get in touch with me in order to understand what went wrong in our communication, inviting you for a further stay.
In the meantime I thank you for the very kind attention and time.

We all look forward to welcoming you soon and we send our warmest regards.

Francesco
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Address: Loc. Prato delle Macinaie | Monte Amiata, 58033 Castel Del Piano, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Grosseto > Castel Del Piano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Castel Del Piano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Le Macinaie - Monte Amiata 2*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Since 1972, Le Macinaie Hotel has been an old chestnut mill, completely refurbished in 1999. The family managed hotel is located on Monte Amiata (at 1400 M a.s.l.), the unknown Tuscan Volcano, which was sacred to the Etruscan's. The hotel lies in a beautiful clearing, surrounded by Italy's largest beech wood, with a breathtaking view to the peak of the Volcano. It counts 17 comfortable and charming rooms including a free of charge WIFI connection and internet corner. After your daily hiking, biking, motorbiking or gourmet tour which Enrico & Francesco are able to suggest, customize and book, you can enjoy our tiny relaxing area which includes infra-red Sauna, Whirlpool, and Tanning booth.In the evening or for lunch our Restaurant, where Chef Giorgio & Claudia propose local, handmade & Tuscan dishes is famous for its mushroom soup and grilled edible boletus cap. In the morning our rich buffet breakfast is welcoming you and you will be ready for a new and unforgettable travel experience… ... more   less 
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