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“Great little B & B, great location and gracious host.” 5 of 5 stars
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Via dei Cappuccini, 10/A, 56048 Volterra, Italy   |  
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Ranked #5 of 24 Hotels in Volterra
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“Great little B & B, great location and gracious host.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2009

Our host Francesco Budetti welcomed us when we arrived at the Sole, after driving from Firenze at night through a rain storm; but the signs were well placed to find the hotel. The hotel was more than what we could have asked. Clean and spacious; even a separate room for our granddaughter. The breakfast was complete especially for Italy which is usually cafe and biscotti. The walk to the gates of Volterra is fairly steep (it is Italy!) but the town is simply marvelous. You are within driving distance of Siena, San Gimignano, Firenze, Monteriggione, & Chianti for starters. Francesco was very kind to secure reservations at the Ufizzi Galleria for us before we arrived.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2009

We had an enjoyable week's stay at Hotel Sole in April 2009. Given how much there is to see and do in Volterra with its 3,000 years of history and spectacular location, we would regard that as the minimum stay.

The hotel is set in a quiet and peaceful location to the south of the city walls and an ideal base for visiting the town and surrounding countryside. As has been mentioned by others the hotel is spotlessly clean. Although not large the room was maintained to a very high standard. As others have mentioned Francesco is an attentive host and also very knowledgable about the area in terms of both its history and current developments. Although the amenities at the hotel are limited, there is a modern swiming pool and gym across the road. The hotel is well placed for country walks to the south of Volterra - for example along the course of the now defunct railway route to Le Saline - and returning from a long walk we enjoyed putting our feet up and having a drink at the hotel bar.

As others have mentioned the climb up to the town is steep but necessarily so - Volterra only exists because of its commanding hilltop location. The easiest route is the roughly NW diagonal from the hotel to the Porta dell'Arco. Certainly, enjoying the gentle desecnt back to the hotel after an evening meal in town (we particularly liked Il Pozzo degli Etruschi and Il Poggio), we observed that it was preferable to have had the appetite-inducing steep climb on the way up. One evening when when it was just too wet to go out Francesco kindly ordered pizzas for everyone. Incidentally breakfast at the hotel is much better than the norm in Italy or France and set us up nicely for country walks.

Visitors from the UK (possibly inspired by the recent TV feature on Volterra in "Suggs' Italian Job") can reach the town quite easily by flying to Pisa and either hiring a car or (as we did) taking the local train from the airport to Pontedera and then local bus to Volterra. Florence ansd Siena can be reached easily enough but after a trip to the former we were relieved to get back to the relative peace and quiet of Volterra and Hotel Sole. If I ever return to Volterra I would stay at Hotel Sole and would have no hesitation in recommending it.

  • Stayed April 2009
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2009

This is a good, basic accomodation outside Volterra's walls. The inn is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood that's a stone's throw from the town proper. The elderly and physically infirm should be warned that a fairly arduous uphill walk is required to reach the town, but this should present no problem for folks in good walking shape.

The facility has a bit of a 'Lego Land' feel to it with spartan, IKEA-like furnishings. Nevertheless, rooms are clean and well ordered with color TV and good bathrooms. Breakfast selections are somewhat limited, but the dining area is bright and clean. Free parking can be found on the grounds, and the prices are very reasonable (~70E, breakfast inclusive).

The reception area is abbreviated and client services are limited, but all things considered, this hotel represents an above-average value in a place that's much, much more interesting and affordable than the over-rated San Gimignano. Good eating to be had in town as well -- Osteria del Poeta and Ombra della Sera tp name only two. Try the Zuppa Volterrana, grilled meats and pastas....Enjoy.

  • Liked — Cleanliness, value, location
  • Disliked — limited breakfast -- a minor complaint
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Schwetzingen
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2008

We've visited a couple of hotels of the same category and this was absolutely the best. The bathroom was very clean, the breakfast quite ok and satellite TV was provided (apparently quite rare in this hotel-category). The hotel is near to the centre, i would say 5 minutes are tough since it's very steep, but close enough to avoid the car. Regarding the breakfast, the variety of cheese and bread is littel (seems normal in Italy), but compared with other hotels still the best. the receptionist (one of the nicest guys i've ever met) served a original handmade cappuccino. In other hotels at least they made the effort to lift the arm to point to the machine you could get the "coffee" yourself. As we arrived at the hotel, the receptionist even asked to help me carrying my luggage bag. I would like to mention that i was wearing some "disrupted" jeans and chucks.. so i didn't expect this either :-). All in all the service in this cute little hotel made us feel very comfortable and if i ever come back to the Tuscany, i will book this hotel in advance to make sure i'll get a room there.

  • Liked — Service
  • Disliked — a bit cold in the room because the heating was not switched on at this time
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2008

A charming hotel to rest your weary soles. However there is not even a sole AC or fan in the bedrooms and in the summer this can make it quite hot in the rooms (necessitating opening windows - not ideal in a ground floor room next to the road). That is the sole drawback though.

Otherwise the manager is probably the most helpful and patient employee I've encountered this year, and tried to do his best to help us with any requests. Breakfast was lovely with Italian pastries (see photo). The rooms were large and clean.

The hotel is a 5-minute walk into the centre of Volterra, as others have said. But it is only 5 minutes if you walk fast and it's uphill all the way. Just be warned. There are some lovely buildings, streets, and views en route up to the old town centre. Parking is free in the front of the hotel.

  • Liked — Staff
  • Disliked — Location (although not too bad really), lack of AC (again, still bearable)
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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jura france
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2008

Super little hotel just outside the walled town of Volterra (under 5 min walk to centre).
Good comfortable accommodation offered at reasonable prices. Excellent service from good and dedicated staff. Small bar and lounge available for the weary traveller plus play room for young children.
Breakfast, included in room rate, exceeded expectations and sets one up for a good days exploration.
Overall extremely pleasant stay in a very fine hotel.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aix en Provence
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2008

Hotel Sole took very good care of us. Francesco was our contact and he made sure that we were comfortable, set dinner reservations for us, and generally was very attentive and kind. Rooms are modern and clean with wonderful big, thick towels. Beds are comfortable and we had a big window. Breakfast comes with the room and was exceptional--great cappuchinos and wonderful offering of Italian pastries, cereal, fruit, and yogurts. This hotel is very close to the city wall; walking into Voterra was short and simple. I strongly recommend Hotel Sole; good value.

  • Liked — friendly staff and good value
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Sole

Address: Via dei Cappuccini, 10/A, 56048 Volterra, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > Volterra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 24 Hotels in Volterra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Sole Hotel Volterra

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