The first thing to say is that the location is very spectacular and special. The hotel is built on the cliff tops of monte Argentario with spectacular views (from some areas) of the sea and the island Gigli. The best view is from the pool which is the best bit about the hotel, a sort of infinity thing but large enough for a decent swim. Chilling out by the pool watchng the sun go down over gigli is a an enchanting experience. Sunsets are always weather dependent but this was clearly a place to see a truly memorable ones with a glass of wine in the garden.
The hotel has access to a private beach located at the bottom of the cliffs. When it says that the beach is piccola it is an understatement. Micro would a better description of the beach itself. Instead the beach consists of terraces of sun bathing spots surrounding a small inlet or cove. There is access to the sea from the rocks but when we visited the red flags were out because the sea was pretty rough and swimming would have been dangerous (easy to be dashed against the rocks). That said, it was still a lovely place to sun bathe and there is a good restaurant serving excellent sea food right by the beach.
The hotel rooms were adequate but a bit dated. It felt a bit like the hotel had been built in the 1990s and not updated that much since. We had a standard room with a side view so you could see a bit of sea but not much.
I can see the standard of the restaurant is a matter of contention on other reviews. I thought it was ok. The problem is that it is a bit formal (early 1990s fit out and ambience again) and the prices are high. Having taken itself so seriously the food doesn't quite walk the walk. I had a very pleasant steak taglia but then it should have been at 40 euros. A couple of the other dishes weren't quite as good although if I was paying a lot less i might not have minded so much. A good wine list and the wines didn't seem as expensive as the food. If you don't want to eat in the restaurant then there isn't much other choice - it is a bit of hair raising drive back into Porto santa stefano. Whilst the area around the hotel is nice (lots of large villas owned by rich Romans), Porto Santa stefano is not the best place we visited in Tuscany.
Where this hotel fell short was the service. It had a real end of season feel and wasn't the most welcoming. I didn't feel like it was as customer focused as other places and there were a few things they weren't quite on top of. For example it was surprisingly difficult to get a drink to watch the spectacular sunset. So its a good hotel in a fantastic location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Torre di Cala Piccola is dislocated in different buildings along the hill, connected by small paths and flowerbeds beside the cliff. You can choose among 52 sea sight rooms, furnished with very fine taste. ... more less
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- Torre Di Cala Piccola Hotel