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“Beautiful hotel/location!” 5 of 5 stars
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Fattoria degli Usignoli
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Localita Piazza, 100, 50066 San Donato Fronzano, Reggello, Italy   |  
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Daytona Beach, Florida
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful hotel/location!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

We stayed here for four nights with our Groupon package. It was a beautiful resort with so much going on that I still don't think we saw it all. In fact, that is probably one of the downsides, they don't have a flyer or something with info about all of the amenities. We did see a sign about horseback riding but we ended up so busy, we didn't try it.
We had a room with a kitchenette and balcony overlooking the valley. This was great and we used it to make some of our own special omlettes with local cheeses for breakfast Yum!! The restaurant was very good. The house wines were excellent and reasonably priced. We brought some home to enjoy. We loved opening up the big windows and sleeping soundly with the mountain air.
It was an absolutely beautiful area that we enjoyed driving through. From this point, we enjoyed Florence, Pisa, and a short trip to Cinque Terre.
Downsides - the wifi in the office only and only when open. The drive up/down the mountain for each trip got tedious after a while.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

We stayed here for four nights with our Travelzoo package. We could not have been more pleased with the accomodations, the setting, and the restaurant. After twisting through Tuscany, we arrived to a friendly staff and a great room. Our room was one of the apartments and had two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, and a great balcony. This place exemplifies Tuscan living at its best.
The first night, we bought one of the house branded wines (for 6 euros) and enjoyed it on our balcony. That was followed by an amazing dinner at the restaurant on the grounds. They were gracious enough to accomodate a vegetarian palate, but everything we had was top notch.
The Sant Ellero train stop is an easy 15 minute car ride down the mountain. From there, Florence is 30 minutes away. There is free parking at the station and getting a ticket is easy.
We spent our last night at Usignoli watching the sun set and enjoying (another) bottle of Chinati wine. We made a repeat visit to the restaurant and had another great experience.
While there, we met several other travelers who were also raving about the setting and the accomodations.
The only downside is that it takes some time to get there from the A1. But the peace and quiet makes the extra effort well worth it.
If you get the chance, add it to your itinerary!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

We were here with a Groupon and enjoyed it. The views are spectacular and the grounds immaculate. Our room was more like a small apartment with 2 bathrooms, an equipped kitchen and bedroom. We loved the wood shutters...they completely blocked out the light. At night the room was a bit dim, but we were there to sleep and didn't care. The front desk was so helpful getting us to the train station and giving us directions to other places we wanted to see. The Wifi worked not only in the lobby but in our room too! (We were above the office, I guess). We did not eat breakfast here but hey, Italians don't eat big breakfasts like we do in America so I'm not surprised that they didn't have bacon and eggs etc. Part of the experience of traveling to a foreign country is learning about the culture and adapting to their way of life. It is difficult to find...use a GPS or follow the directions left by an earlier reviewer. We didn't take advantage of the pools, horseback riding or any other amenities...we were too busy visiting the sights in Florence and other little villages. Do not miss San Gimignano!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

Stayed here as part of a package deal thru Travel Zoo. Really beautuful grounds and they are well maintained. Angelo and staff friendly. Issues: Handcapped/Difficulty walking ... this place isn't for you! Not handicap friendly and too many steps and inclines. WiFi ... if important to you; is a joke! User/Password required and only available in the lobby. Keeps timing out. They need to hire a new IT tech. Advertised full breakfast but is really just a continental one. Hard boiled eggs and you have to peel. Otherwise just cerals, breads, danishes, meats and fruit. Asked for scrambled eggs but was told not available but tour group came thru one day and gues what? Yeap, scrambled eggs. Air wasn't working in room. Have to ask for additional toilette paper, towels, etc. 4 days here and no room servicing at all. Restaurant okay ... steak and fries were excellent!

Room Tip: Just ask.They try to accomadate but the appearance is they are withholding some services and condime...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
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3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

This hotel is almost there. You can tell that they are trying to reach out to tourists, with an excessive amount of activities available. Horseback riding, two pools, tennis, table tennis, three small soccer fields, lots of landscaping, outdoor pizza oven (not in use during our stay in mid-April), and laundry facilities.

The grounds are exceptional. The views are spectacular, and they do their best to keep up the rustic charm that tourists are hoping to see.

But there are a few problems that keep this place from being recommended. Breakfast is subpar; look elsewhere. The sports equipment is only for children, but no children were staying here at the time. Laundry facilities are pricey, don't have soap, and the dryers don't work or don't heat.

Speaking of heat, you'll have to call the front desk to ask them to turn it on. Fine, but it would have been nice to know that, rather than working ourselves up into an irritated state first. The beds didn't help either; I'm sure that the tile floor was softer. You'll be able to hear your neighbors fart (we did). That's how thin the walls are.

It's too far from Florence, and Reggello only has services open between 11 and 1, then 7pm-10pm. If you're hungry at 2pm, you're out of luck for five more hours. The hotel itself doesn't have any food or water outside of the 7a-10a breakfast, or the 7p-11p dinner. Fortunately, there is a nice tiny market up the hill that's open from 4:30-7:30 (but not on Wednesdays).

I think the management should hire a hotel consultant for a week to fix their easily overcome problems. Until then, I'm staying elsewhere.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights in April and enjoyed it very much. We did have a GPS and had no problem finding the hotel, although it did give us different directions a couple of times. We had a separate little cottage with small dining area and kitchen as well as a small living room with TV and couch and a bedroom and a little balcony area in the back. Lovely views and the peaceful atmosphere were wonderful. The hosts in the reception area were amazing and made our stay even more wonderful. They gave advice on train travel to Florence and timetables and even sold the tickets. Easy drive to train station, about 15 minutes, and a 30 minute train ride to Florence. Also gave great suggestions for driving day trips and what towns to visit. Internet service in reception area. Bring your own soap and toiletries and ask the front desk to turn on heat if needed. We had dinner twice in the restaurant which was very nice.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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65 reviews 65 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

This was the second stop on our trip and we were scheduled for four nights here. We were brilliant Americans and did not think we needed a GPS, but after several hours on the road, we arrived at almost 2:30 a.m. We couldn't see much and had to be walked to our room with a lantern. Our room was pretty far from the lobby and once we walked in, it was refreshing. We were on the second floor in the building by the large pool. In the morning, when the sun came up and we opened the curtains, the view was amazing. We ended up seeing some of the most beautiful sunsets from our spacious balcony. The room did not have wash cloths, but neither did our first hotel and I was warned prior to leaving home, so I brought my own. The shower door was a little odd, it did not enclose the entire tub, so it was easy for water to splash onto the floor. The bed was comfortable, but nothing over the top or "heavenly" as is expected back in the US. Breakfast did not have a lot of variety; just cereal, meat, cheese boiled eggs and croissants. The hotel was close to the train station and the staff was very nice about giving directions. We were traveling with friends and their room was in the main building. It was more rustic and did not have a balcony or the same feel as ours. The grounds of the hotel were picturesque and as a couple in our 40s the atmosphere was perfect. After speaking to other guests, we decided to eat dinner at the hotel. It was very good and reasonable priced. They had several options and the service was good. We were not aware that in order to have heat in the room, we had to request it from the front desk. Once we found this out, we had no issues. Every night that we came back, we seemed to come back a different way, having a GPS would certainly have been helpful. We received cleaning service daily in our rooms, however our friends told us that they did not. We also had typical toiletries; soap, shower cap, shampoo and our friends did not and had to request these items from the front desk. Overall, we had no real complaints and would stay here again.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Additional Information about Fattoria degli Usignoli

Address: Localita Piazza, 100, 50066 San Donato Fronzano, Reggello, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Reggello > San Donato Fronzano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in San Donato Fronzano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Fattoria degli Usignoli 4*
Number of rooms: 70
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Also Known As:
Fattoria Degli Usignoli Reggello

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