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“Simply Perfect, They Just Get It” 5 of 5 stars
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La Locanda di San Francesco
Piazza San Francesco 5, 53045 Montepulciano, Italy   |  
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“Simply Perfect, They Just Get It”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

The beautiful, comfortable room, the location, the amazing view, the perfect wine bar attached to the property and, of course, Cinzia, all conspired to make our stay here the highlight of our trip.

If you're going to Tuscany to visit the hilltop villages, taste wine, eat copious amounts of food and all that, you really have two basic options. You can base yourself at a place that's a little more isolated out in the countryside, and use your car to visit towns and wineries; or, you can base yourself in a town (or two or three), and use your car to visit other towns, wineries, and all that. We chose the latter, specifically because we thought it would be better to have a few options for dinner at night and not need to drive around in the dark looking for things.

When we arrived we found La Locanda di San Francesco at almost the top of the town, in the piazza next to a church, facing the most stunning view of the valley. Attached to the property and run by the proprietors is also a wine bar, with the same gorgeous view and a lovely patio area, where you can sit and relax, drink and eat light snacks while you soak it all in. Upon arrival, Cinzia greeted us with a welcome drink and a succinct, friendly and extremely useful orientation to Montepulciano and the property. She had a list with phone numbers and other helpful information (such as how to book winery tours, etc.) and a map of the town with her favorite shops and restaurants marked. Every recommendation was spot on and it quickly became clear that she has great taste and she just really gets it; she knows what people want.

There are only four rooms there, and we had gone ahead and booked the suite and I'm certainly glad we did. It's a floor through room, so you have windows looking out on both sides (one towards town, one at that stunning view I mentioned before). The bed was lovely and comfortable, the bathroom was enormous, and there was an adorably charming lofted area with a daybed and cute little chair next to a small window overlooking the village. The sitting room downstairs is were they serve breakfast, which was delicious...cappuccinos, sweets, breads, yogurts, cheeses, meats, juice....and also where they have a great collection of dvds, because of course you've got a flat screen TV and dvd player in your room, as well.

I've been to Tuscany before, and I'm sure (actually, I know) there are all sorts of little places you could stay that you'd find charming. But, if you're looking for perfection - comfort, charm, service, relaxation and, last but not least, style - you should come here.

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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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loveantw, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Dear Dhh1980,
Thank you so much for your detailed review and for the pictures you shared with the community of TA.
We were very pleased in reading the beautiful words you spent about us and our property.
Also, I think that your "... if you're looking for perfection - comfort, charm, service, relaxation and, last but not least, style - you should come here" is the one most beautiful things a Guest ever wrote about our Locanda !
I hope we will have again the pleasure to host you at Locanda San Francesco,
Kindest regards

Cinzia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

When other bloggers or members write about how great , how wonderful or best hotel ever stayed in, they are not lying ! It is just as great as it can get. The room is great, the bed is comfortable, the breakfast area is elegant, the view looking out from the room is amazing. Of course Montepulciano does help, but overall, for the price you pay, you can more than you pay for. Only thing that may need an upgrade is the TV in the room, simply too small for this modern age. However, if you are in Montepulciano, you don't really need or want a TV.

  • Stayed November 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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LocandaSanFrancesco, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Dear hk_asiaperal,
Thank you for your feeback and for the kind words you spent about our Locanda San Francesco.
Also, I really want to thank you for posting so many and so beautiful pictures of our property ( I shared also on Pisterest :-) )
I realy hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you again at Locanda San Francesco !
Kindest regards

Cinzia Caporali
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

This is almost certainly my favorite hotel in the world. I can't say enough positive things about it: from the start, one of the proprietors, Cinzia, (very responsive on email) arranged for us to be picked up by taxi at a nearby train station. While checking us in, she brought us wine and snacks. Our room was beautiful (and clean, and with great amenities like Aveda products) and had spectacular views. The bathroom was enormous and the shower, spa-like. The hotel's attached wine bar was amazing-- we did a great tasting of Montepulciano wines, which included some snacks as well. I also enjoyed many Aperol spritzes there while chatting with the bartender. Cinzia also gave great recommendations for what to do and where to eat. Speaking of eating, the breakfast buffet was so complete and delicious. Montepulciano is a magical place... I can't imagine staying anywhere better.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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LocandaSanFrancesco, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Dear Erinmglenn,
I really woud like to thank you for your feedback and for the beautiful words you spent about us and our Locanda San Francesco !
I'm pleased you enjoyed the room and our wine bar "E lucevan le stelle", and hope you will consider again our Locanda in case you should come back to Montepulciano in the future.
With our best regards,

Cinzia Caporali
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

All the reviews are correct about this place..!! Views are AWESOME...!!! Rooms are just perfect, and Cinzia the owner is wonderful..such a great host. She really tries her best to make you feel welcome, and is great with helpful local knowledge.
The rooms are immaculate and breakfast is generous. The only negative thing I could comment on was the hallway did smell of cigaret smoke a little..not sure if another guest was smoking in there room.?
All in all this place is fantastic, gets a 10/10 from me!!!!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LocandaSanFrancesco, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Dear Rebecca C,

Thank you for your kind review.
We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Locanda San Francesco.
About the smell of smoke you mentioned, we take the occasion of your review to point out that all the property is strictly no smoking (we also reserve the right to charge a very high fee- Eur 200,00- to Guests who should smoke in the rooms).

I hope we will have the pleasure to host your again at Locanda San Francesco !
Kindest regards

Cinzia Caporali
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Stayed here in July, 2011. Enough to simply confirm all that has been written. Montepulciano is a magical place, and I would not think of staying elsewhere. You are not only guests in Luca and Cinzia's hotel, but guests in their world that is Montepulciano. You go to a restaurant, mention their names, you always get a smile, and maybe even a story or two. You want to go somewhere? You don't go where you should go, you go where they would go. You are genuinely their guests. From the moment we stepped into the room and heard the high pitched sounds of the swallows circling outside, we felt transported to another world.

Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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LocandaSanFrancesco, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Dear Traveler4691,

Thank you for the beautiful review !
Also, we really appreciate that, even if you staied with us some time ago, you dedicated part of your time in writing so kind words about our Locanda San Francesco.
Hoping we will have again the pleasure to have you as our Guests,
Kindest regards

Cinzia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Once again we found ourselves at this wonderful B&B and yes, the stars were brightly shining!
How happy we were to see Cinzia and Luca and how comfortable they made us feel from the start. A lovely glass of wine shared on the terrace with the most beautiful views rekindled our love affair with La Locanda di San Francesco. We stayed in the suite and the room could not have been more perfect. Cinzia has lovingly restored and maintained the charm of the historical building with all the modern amenities to make your stay luxurious and relaxing. The views from all windows are spectacular. The bathroom is spacious, clean and well stocked. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast every morning and then set out on our day with plenty of suggestions and directions from our hosts. In the evening we relaxed and recapped with a glass of wine and some snacks before dinner. The wine from Cinzia's family winery was delicious and we were able to purchase some bottles to bring home; however, we missed the view while enjoying the wine at home... not quite the same! The "stars that are shining" at this B&B are the generous, warm and charming hosts. Their love for the area, the locanda and their guests is felt throughout the property. They have attained such a nice balance between being attentive and helpful without ever being over bearing or intrusive. You could not ask for more. The town and surrounding areas give a great Tuscan experience and you can truly recharge and refresh here. We miss La Locanda and we miss Cinzia and Luca... we miss our life there and can't wait to come back again.

  • Stayed June 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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LocandaSanFrancesco, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Dear 432travelers,
Thank you so much for choosing again our Locanda San Francesco for your stay in Montepulciano!
We appreciate enormously the feedback of our Guests, especially when they already staied with us in the past. Also, we love sharing with them our knowledge of the area, hoping they can live, when here, a true Tuscan experience. So, we are really pleased when they decide to come back a second time to Montepulciano.
We deeply thank you for writing a so kind review, and for the beautiful words you spent about us, our property and our winery Tenuta Valdipiatta.
Hoping we will have soon the pleasure to host you again,
Warmest regards

Cinzia and Luca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

We all should be keeping quiet about this place and keeping it to ourselves. All i can say though is GO SOON! and couldn't recommend this place higher. This small boutique B&B/ Hotel accommodation in the fascinating ancient town of Montepulciano was perfect for our Italian Honeymoon.(Second timers). The room with a view (on both sides) over the Tuscan countryside is special optical treat looking as far as other walled towns in the distance and showing a perfect example of what the countryside has to offer.We can't forget to mention Cinzia and staff being casual yet extremely welcoming. One last thing the wine bar is the perfect venue for an afternoon/ pre dinner or after dinner drink or three.
Thanks again Lisa & Jeff.

We'll be back in the next few years (with friends) and here's hoping we can get in!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LocandaSanFrancesco, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, February 3, 2013
Dear Lisa and Jeff,
Thank you again for choosing our property for your honeymoon, and for sharing with the community of TA your experience at Locanda San Francesco.
Also, we really appreciate you mentioned Locanda's staff : they are always welcoming with our Guests and pay a lot of attention to the quality of our service.
We look forward to welcome you again with your friends,
Warmest regards
Cinzia
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Also Known As:
La Locanda Di San Francesco Hotel Montepulciano
La Locanda Di San Francesco Hotel
Address: Piazza San Francesco 5, 53045 Montepulciano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Montepulciano
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 35 B&Bs / Inns in Montepulciano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A small and luxury property of 4 exclusive rooms with stunning views, in a 14th century palazzo in the heart of the old town. TA Excellence Award since 2010, we are recommended by the main international travel magazines and websites (USAToday, Daily Telegraph, LATimes, Travel+Leisure, CNTraveller, BBCTravel...)Also, Locanda San Francesco is the only property in town with a wine-bar and bistro on site. "E lucevan le stelle"(open Easter- Nov. 30th and Dec. 27th -Jan.6th) offers temporary art exhibitions, a panoramic terrace were you can admire unforgettable sunsets, live jazz on season. ... more   less 
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