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“Exploring Volterra” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel La Locanda
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Guarnacci, 24-28, 56048 Volterra, Italy   |  
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Ranked #6 of 24 Hotels in Volterra
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cumbria, United Kingdom
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126 reviews 126 reviews
59 hotel reviews
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“Exploring Volterra”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

This was our first hotel on our trip to Tuscany. Very convenient location, close to centre and inside the city walls. Room was good size , well equipped with everything. Just wish it had 1 English tv station but so what I can learn Italian. Quiet location, clean and breakfast was good. Has a lift, very important for those cases. Really nice staff.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LocandaVolterra, Receptionist at Hotel La Locanda, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Dear Devina,
Thank you very much for your nice review. We are proud to have been the first Hotel of your trip in Tuscany! We are sure that you will love it, and we hope that you will come back to Volterra soon!!!
With Our Best Regards.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Huntly, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

I love Tuscany but would go again later in the year rather than peak season! When I first visited Volterra it was November and a sleepy little town which I fell in love with, this time it was hustle bustle of peak season so a lot different! It was still pleasant and made accessible to other towns to visit. As for Hotel La Locanda the staff are friendly and the hotel is perfectly located within walking distance to free parking. The room we stayed in was much grander than those elsewhere, was clean and we chose it for the whirlpool bath which made for a pleasant soak. Only downside to this hotel was our towel rail did not work and that due to the busy season the road could be a tad noisy. Also the hotel could not provide an iron and ironing board so we had to purchase a travel iron in the town which was a bit of a let down. On a whole I would visit again because I love the location and would stay here again because the staff and room are wonderful. I would recommend learning some key phrases whilst visiting Volterra because a lot of the locals do not speak very fluent English however that said I personally try to learn a few key phrases anywhere to show 'willing'!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LocandaVolterra, Receptionist at Hotel La Locanda, responded to this review, September 4, 2012
Dear GigglingGirl,
Thank you for your review! We are looking forward to seeing you and your family on the third time!
With Our Best Regards.
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tyrone
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Stayed here for three nights during a recent break to see Andrea Bocelli in Lajatico. La Locanda is cosy, nothing overly fancy, but had a great large shower and bathroom area, wifi isn't powerful so do your research before you go, staff did all they could to help, even preparing a picnic breakfast as we were leaving at 5am on our last day. Room was spotless and towels changed each day, breakfast a good choice of cereals, teas, coffees etc, boiled eggs, fruit, plenty for anybody. its in a perfect spot just inside the city walls, no parking at the premises itself, there is a pay and display just about 2 mins away, costing 18euros a day, and another free car park, about 5 mins walk. Volterra is a beautiful area to discover, and although there were plenty of tourists there during our time, i felt totally safe going around sightseeing and browsing alone whilst hubby rested from the sun, many locals speak some English, which helps those who haven't got their phrase book. the restaurant linked to hotel locanda in the main square filled a stop gap on our first night, but there are many other wonderful eateries. Off the beaten track, about an hours car drive from Pisa on a direct, but very windy, road. Hotel is worth a return visit.

Room Tip: We got room 306, on the top floor and lovely and quiet with great views of the stretching distance a...
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  • Stayed July 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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LocandaVolterra, Receptionist at Hotel La Locanda, responded to this review, September 4, 2012
Dear ellie64,
Thank you for your detailed review! We are waiting for you again, maybe for Andrea Bocelli's next year exihibition?!
With Our Best Regards.
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Rhode Island
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

I rather liked this old hotel. Our room was HUGE but had multiple steps which is a bit dangerous in the middle of the night. I did not care about the wi-fi (many folks spent a great deal of time frustrated by this, which made me happy we decided to completely "unplug" and actually experience a vacation!). The lobby was sort of small but we didn't really spend much time there. The breakfast was pretty awful. Prepackaged cookie-type things, no fruit or cereal to speak of, the rolls were only sweets and a bit stale. Coffee was fair. We made up for it by having some wonderful meals in town. This hotel IS very quiet...if you have trouble sleeping, this is a good spot. It's right in town, yet off down a narrow street away from the hubbub at night. Front desk staff was very nice.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Denver
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

This hotel was more luxurious than we're accustomed to. Nicest bathroom ever. The wi-fi stunk - very slow when it was up and running, which was a rarity. The hot water heater was not functioning during our first night, repaired the following day. The air conditioning was weak - cool enough for us, but probably not cool enough for some folks.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lebanon, New Hampshire
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

We stayed in this hotel as part of our hiking tour of Tuscany. Volterra is a great place to stay and the hotel Locanda is right in the heart of the village. Our room was a good size with beautiful windows opening onto the street. Our bathroom was a little odd. There was a heavy door(almost like a fire door) connecting our bedroom to a short hallway. At the end of the hallway was a step up, another heavy door, and then the bathroom. These steps and heavy doors made it a challenge to use the bathroom in the middle of the night! We had a bathtub with a handheld shower. (Women beware... It's hard to get shampoo and conditioner out of your hair without a real showerhead!). The bathroom was spacious but could have used a really good cleaning. We were not bothered by street noise. However, we did have trouble getting the AC to work. My husband finally figured out to stick a pen into the thermostat, wiggle it around, and got it working. Our one complaint was the breakfast. The cappuccinio was not very good and that was disappointing. The did put out a tray of salami and cheese, some fruits (that weren't ripe), and stale cereal. The pastries were just OK. I think this is something they should try to improve. Other than that, I did like the hotel and would recommend it.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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LocandaVolterra, Receptionist at Hotel La Locanda, responded to this review, September 4, 2012
Dear Jennifer B,
Thank you very much for your review. We are sorry for the "heavy doors" of your room and for the bad cappuccino! You must come once (or twice!) more, so we can remedy!
With Our Best Regards.
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Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

Our hiking/walking trip to Italy included a two-night stay in Volterra at this hotel. It was a perfect choice, both the city and the hotel. We especially appreciated that Volterra is "less-traveled" meaning that it was NOT loaded with tourists, making it ideal for a more authentic Italian experience. There is a lot to see in Volterra, and the city is easy to navigate. Excellent restaurants . . . some of the best meals we had on our trip were here. La Locanda was really a superb place to stay. The staff was incredibly attentive and helpful, and the breakfasts were great. My only suggestion is to request a room in the back (not facing the street), as street noise on active nights (like Saturdays and the days their soccer team wins!) can be loud, making sleep difficult. But our stay there was terrific . . . we'd definitely return.

Room Tip: My only suggestion is to request a room in the back (as noted above) as street noise on active night...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LocandaVolterra, Receptionist at Hotel La Locanda, responded to this review, September 4, 2012
Dear tenntravelers,
Thank you very much for your review. We really appreciate you enjoyed your stay here, so we are waiting for you soon! Thank you also for your suggestion, we think that the others "Tripadvisors" will appreciate it!
With Our Best Regards.
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Address: Via Guarnacci, 24-28, 56048 Volterra, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > Volterra
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 24 Hotels in Volterra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel La Locanda 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel la locanda is situated in the historical centre of the town.we are in proximity to the roman theater and to the porta fiorentina.our hotel is new and has been converted from an ancient monastery of nuns.the former owner of this palace, in the second half of 1700s, was anton filippo giachi, historically and culturally famous for his studies of etruscan history.in remembrance of him, you can find today a memorial plaque over the entrance of the hotel. In those days he fixed onto the front of the building some urns, boxes for urns and the tops of urns from the etruscan time, with representations of fantastic animals and scenes of the trip to the inferno.he found all this here when he excavated the site.to decide to stay at the hotel la locanda means discovering the wonders of the culture of a remarkable town. ... more   less 
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