I think a lot must have changed since many of the other reviews have been written, because our stay at Poggiarello was wonderful. I was traveling with my fiance and my parents, and as my parents had booked the trip, I knew nothing about the place before we arrived. The drive in was a tad complicated (and the directions were somewhat lacking), but the road has recently been paved so it was very smooth the entire way, not to mention gorgeous. We considered finding it just part of the Italian adventure.
The location is simply beautiful. The views over the hillside are breathtaking, especially at sunset, and the terrace area was a great place to sit and enjoy a few drinks while soaking in the view. I should mention that there was only one other group (no kids) staying there the night we stayed, so it was VERY quiet and peaceful. The apartment (2 BR) was great with views from both BRs over the valley, although one of the BRs was a little cramped for a double bed.
After spending all day in the car and taking several tries to find Poggiarello, we opted to eat in the restaurant rather than try to navigate back to town for dinner and try to return home in the dark. We were SO glad we did—it was perhaps the best meal we had in Italy. Four courses: an antipasto, some divine risotto, a very generous helping of lamb, followed by a delicious dessert. Eaten with a bottle of the local chianti which we found to be excellent (although we're hardly wine connoisseurs), and the service and ambience were both great. Certainly one of the most enjoyable meal experiences of our trip.
The staff was warm, welcoming, and helpful. We met every member of the family upon our arrival! They were all so nice, including Cito, the dog.
My fiance and I did opt to rent the Roman bath for an hour, which was everything we had hoped it would be—relaxing, fun, and different. It's not as hot as a hot tub so we sat in it for about 45 minutes before we started to feel a little woozy. However, I really think that it should be included in the room charge—20 Euros for an hour was way too much. The outdoor pool (free) was one of the prettiest I've seen, although we didn't end up using it.
We all had a fantastic time—a great respite from the chaos and business that was our time in Rome and Florence—and would certainly go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Antico Borgo Poggiarello, a special place to stay!Farmhouse in Tuscany, Senese Chianti, Italy, with swimming pool, Roman Bath, 14 holiday apartments, sat-tv and Free Wi-Fi Internet, a typical restaurant with the best traditional food and Chianti wines. The interiors and exteriors of the village in common use are equipped to accommodate people having difficulty walking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Antico Borgo Poggiarello Monteriggioni, Italy - Tuscany