We stayed here for one night and because we enjoyed it so much and found is so restful we booked to stay at Il Convento again on our last night in Italy.
Viewing it on the internet did not do the place enough justice. As we approched the front exterior after the short drive up the hill, it looked a little worn, but it was part of its appeal in the first place. It was quiet and calm and certainly gave the visitor a sense of inner peace as you approached the reception area. The former monastery was peaceful and very clean throughout and cool from the humid temperature outside. A thunderstorm was looming but it did nothing to dampen our delight of the place, except when we found out that the restaurant was closed because it was a monday. However the Manager( i think) booked us a table at a restaurant a few miles away and a taxi also. He was not the most charismatic of people and at times we seemed to annoy him if we asked questions but it did not put us off.
We ate at the hotel on our second visit and it was good.
Our rooms were furnished beautifully and in keeping with the age of the building and the views from our windows of the hotel and surrounding area blew us away. Very clean also.
There is a lovely reception, sitting room in the hotel with loads of original features and books detailing Italy's history, art and architecture., a lovely place to sit of an evening.
We had the pleasure of meeting the Night Manager/porter on both our visits, who was very friendfully and gave us a tour of the hotel including the former chapel and on our second night his small but romantic and personal touches made us feel very special and very glad to have spent our last night here, overlooking the lights of the town below from the first floor terrace. He was a true gentleman and an asset to the hotel.
I would love to go back to the hotel and I would recommend it to anyone looking to sample a bit of history, charm and calmess. We did visit in early sept and it seemed to be quiet in the hotel itself, although the swimming pool is used by locals as we found out on our second visit, this might not be ideal for everyone as it was very busy..but im not sure if it is only used by them at the weekends so I would advise people to check this out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An ancient Franciscan monastery, turned into an elegant hotel immerged in the beautiful green landscape of Tuscany, half way from Florence (25km) and Lucca (30 km). Located on a hill at 230 mt above the sea level, where during particular clear days it is possible to recognize the Dome of Brunelleschi and the Bell Tower of Giotto in Florence. ... more less
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- Il Convento Hotel