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Sant' Antonio
Via della Montagna 6 / 8, 53045 Montepulciano, Italy   |  
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Ranked #3 of 29 hotels in Montepulciano
Houston, Texas
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“Fantastic Place For Your Tuscan Holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We just returned from Sant' Antonio three weeks ago. We went with three other couples. Sant' Antonio is a beautiful and relaxing property. The views form the property are fantastic. All of our rooms were beautiful and spotless. Nico, Elena and their staff were great hosts. Nico helped our group plan our trip and his recommendations were great. He helped us with restaurant reservations, tour guides, and winery tours. The property is also in a great location. We took day trips to Cortona, Florence, Assisi, and Siena. We are planning on returning and spending more time relaxing and enjoying the property. We cannot stress how beautiful Sant' Antonio is and how great the service Nico and his staff provides. Sam and Lisa

  • Stayed October 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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Nico-SantAntonio, Owner at Sant' Antonio, responded to this review, November 11, 2012
Thank you very much for the detailed and most wonderful review that you have written. On behalf of the staff and my wife, we are honored that you enjoyed your stay with us at La Terrazza apartment.
I was very happy to read that towards the end of your stay, you felt part of the small historic town of Montepulciano and a "local" - we try to reflect such feelings in our properties. Grazie tanto and kind regards from Tuscany!
Nico, Elena and the staff of Sant' Antonio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

This review is based on our late October stay at the apartment La Terrazza in Montepulciano city, not at the Sant' Antonio resort. (We looked at two apartments at the country resort as we were checking in and they would be spectacular during the summer months.)

The apartment in town is lovely and very convenient to shops and restaurants. By the end of our week there we felt like locals – it’s hard not to feel a little self-satisfied as you stride purposefully, bag of bread or groceries in hand, to your attractive front door on a street that sees a lot of tourists making their way up or down the hill on the town’s main drag.

This was our first time in Tuscany, so we used Montepulciano as a base for short car trips most days, but we never drove further than about an hour away. We had originally thought we would take day trips to Siena and Assisi, but we ended up staying much closer. As Nico had told us by email before we arrived, there is a lot to see right in the area. Montepulciano itself is charming enough that it would be perfectly pleasant to be there for a week without a car, although getting to and from the town without one might be daunting.

We used the kitchen a couple of nights when we’d had our main meal at lunch. All we wanted for supper was some pasta and wine, so we found a nearby source of handmade ravioli and pici. Dressed in the lovely olive oil produced by our hosts at Sant' Antonio, and accompanied by an inexpensive local Rosso di Montepulciano, with a view out over the valley from the terrace, that simple fare was a fine way to end the day.

The bedroom was spacious and beautifully decorated and furnished. Nico asks guests before they book whether any prospective sleepers in the bed are over a certain height – the attractive wooden head and footboards would be a little tight for someone 6’ 2” or taller. The gorgeous large bathroom has two separate sinks, each with its own shelf space – a welcome change from many rooms where there is simply not enough space to store things right near at hand. The walk in shower is on the small side but the glass doors close completely and the water stays in the shower – again, a welcome change from what we have often seen. (There is also a very attractive large tub that we didn't use.) There is a small second bathroom that could be used by someone using the sleep sofa in the sitting room.

There’s a dining room that seats 6, which we never used. We did use the sitting room/TV room, which has a sofa, coffee table and a large round dining height table which became our office to plan our days. The wifi was strong for our netbook there and we also used the desktop computer on a small desk near the front entry. There is no printer but the hosts will print documents emailed to the main office at Sant' Antonio, and Susanna (who comes daily) will bring them to the apartment within a day.

Guests staying in town will first check in at the resort a few kilometers outside town, and will be brought into town for a good orientation to parking and other logistical matters. Parking is a bit complicated but we never had a problem finding a spot in the non-paid spaces some 200-300 meters away. There is a steep walk up to the front door of the apartment from the level where the most likely parking spaces are found. On our arrival we checked in at the resort, and simply left it to our hosts to get our bags to the apartment. On departure it was no problem to roll them downhill to our car.

Others have commented on the warm and helpful hosts, and we heartily agree. Nico was very helpful with advance information, and he booked a restaurant reservation for the night of our arrival. He told us he’d be away on business during our stay, but that we’d be in good hands with Elena, and we certainly were. She was very responsive to any requests for advice or assistance, but we were pretty self-sufficient. The map of the town and nearby areas (that Elena designed) is full of suggestions for dining. We always dropped the Sant Antonio name when we booked a table or even just stopped in a shop, and were always met with a positive response and a request to convey good wishes back to Nico and Elena. They are each fascinating persons and if time permits, it’s well worth getting to know more about them.

By late October the number of guests staying at the resort had dropped, and there was no mid-week social event/barbecue for the guests, which seems to be a very popular feature during the warmer months. I would imagine that this would be a highlight of the week and would try to get to it if offered, even if staying at an apartment in town.

Nico and Elena have several other apartments in town, including at least one that is still in the process of being readied for guests. If Elena’s decorating touch at La Terrazza is any indication, the new one will be another gem.

Because we still have much to see in central and northern Tuscany, there may be several trips to Italy before we return to Montepulciano, but when we do so we will try to stay with Nico and Elena again, either at the resort or at an apartment in town. They are special people and it shows in how they treat their guests.

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

As I reread some of the reviews, it looks like we are not the only ones to stay here more than once. That should tell you about the quality of the accommodations and the hospitality that you will find at Sant' Antonio. We again stayed in #5 Signorelli, a stand alone apartment. Nico continues to make improvements and this time the furniture had been replaced, there was a new flat screen TV and also wifi. i think the pots and pans were new too. The linens are wonderful and having them replaced midweek is a very nice luxury. Most self-catering apartments do not do this. Susanna is a delight, she even did a little bit of laundry for us. Her midweek dinner was delicious and it was great fun to meet some of the other vacationers.

Nico is one of the most gracious hosts you will meet. You will not be disappointed if you decide to stay here. The location is great for visiting the surrounding towns and there are a couple of restaurants (Tre Stella and Il Covo) near by that we enjoyed without having to go into town for dinner.

Thank you Nico and Susanna for another wonderful stay.

Room Tip: The Signorelli Apt. has a large bright bathroom with a separate tub and stand alone shower.
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

As a solo traveller, I booked this resort because I had hoped to be sharing it with friends who had arrived in Italy before me. They changed their plans at the last minute, but the resort was so peaceful and close to Montepulciano in alta, that I had a wonderful time exploring and meeting the locals. The view is spectacular from the little cottage I stayed in called Michelangelo. It had two bedrooms and two bathrooms and a lovely kitchen, although there was no oven. A girlfriend joined me for the last two days and we had a lovely time walking to the top of the hill on the property and enjoying the pool and surrounding area. The only thing that I would suggest would be to put some milk in the fridge and a couple of pieces of fruit for late arrivals. I was so tired from driving that I didn't want to get in the car again late, to hunt for those items. Just a thought. All the rest was lovely and I left feeling very relaxed. I'd recommend it highly to families with children who can swim. (Pool not fenced).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Campbell Town, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

This was our second time and just what we needed, some time out from the hectic lifestyle we all seem to have these days. The resort is just simply stunning, the service from all the staff just simply stunning also. We were in apartment 7 Piero della Francesca, a beautifully private apartment with views that you would die for. The resort is, to quote Tina Turner, "simply the best".
Thank you Nico and Susanna for making our stay just perfect and special, for a special event in our lives.

David and Irene

Room Tip: Apartment 7 Piero della Francesca if you want an apartment with view to die for.
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  • Stayed October 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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Nico-SantAntonio, Owner at Sant' Antonio, responded to this review, November 11, 2012
As owners and staff, we try our best to meet the needs of all our guests however at times we are very lucky to have guests that place "the cherry on the cake" and makes all our hard work very satisfactory. It was great to welcome you back and if all those who stay with us were like you - I would have the best job in the entire world.... which I actually do :-)
Grazie tanto - Nico, Elena and all the staff at Sant' Antonio
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Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

We were last here 10 and a half years ago and vowed to return 'one day' (we live in Tasmania, Aus). Spotlessly clean as before, and the quality of the saucepans and pans for cooking is excellent - heavy duty stainless steel, so ideal for slow-cooking meals, or doing something quick and easy if that's what you want. My version of chicken cacciatore is now simmering in a large pot and smells yummy.

Nico has booked restaurants for us (even a Dr because one of us needed help), and is always so cheerful. We've now vowed to return for even longer next time. This time we relaxed and enjoyed the beautiful facilities. (Oh, and Susanna, the lady who empties the rubbish for us every day, is a delight). We'll be sad to leave on Saturday.

Room Tip: Number 5, Signorelli is gorgeous and we'll book this one again for next time. It's a stand...
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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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Canberra
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

This is our second stay at Sant' Antonio - and Nico and his team once again met all of our expectations!

We stayed in the Michaelangelo suite (2 bed, 2 bathroom) with our own private garden complete with 2 day beds and a garden setting for lunch or dinner outside - or just laying around. The pool area is great - too cold for us to swim this time. We even saw the local shooting game on the property when we went for a walk across the expansive grounds.

Suzanna's home cooked dinner (once a week) was fabulous and we got to meet other travelers.....

Nico will book the local restaurants for you, just so you don't miss out.

This trip, we were pleased to see upgrades to wifi and the tvs (not that we watched it) but the wifi was a godsend for busy execs trying to get away for a week.... Nico has also updated his own 'locale' map - with towns and restaurants he and his family like to visit.

I'd recommend it anytime.... It has the right mix of Italian family values and access to upmarket dining close by.

Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Via della Montagna 6 / 8, 53045 Montepulciano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Montepulciano
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 29 hotels in Montepulciano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An 800 year Franciscan Monastery converted into spacious accommodation in the heart of the Tuscan countryside with wonderful views of the Valdichiana on one side of the property and the famous rolling hills, forests and olive groves on the other. Sant’ Antonio is situated 3 kilometres from the Renaissance town of Montepulciano ideally located to visit Siena, Assisi, Pienza, Montalcino, Cortona and many other medieval towns. ... more   less 
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