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Pensione Elio Pistolesi
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Roma 46, 53017 Radda in Chianti, Italy   |  
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Ranked #14 of 16 hotels in Radda in Chianti
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“Good price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Nice hotel in a small but very 'tuscany' village. The hotel has no services but the room was very spacious and warm which was very welcoming since we arrived on a cold December night.
We were welcomed by a smily lady that had been waiting for us for 30 mis.
Note that it takes 40 mins drive to Siena on a curvy road.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2008

We were on a cycling holiday in Tuscany and the first leg of our trip was from Siena to Radda, which was a long day at approx 45km. The weather was great, but was a bit on the cool side especially after cycling fast downhill for a few kilometres. So when we arrived at Podere Le Vigne, we were happy to see a great little hotel set amongst vistas of vineyards, what looked like a great restaurant (lots of choices for vegetarians – something we’d struggled with on our trip so far) and a cosy feel. We had to wait outside though for a while as the reception didn’t open until 3.30pm and we arrived at 2.50pm, so we were getting a little colder as the minutes passed – but that didn’t matter as we would soon be in what looked like a comfortable little Tuscan hotel.

What actually happened is that the man at reception, can’t fault his friendliness, said that we were to moved to one of their other places in town. So we were taken with our baggage in his not very clean car to a place in town. We thought that this wouldn’t be so bad as he said it was a good room with a balcony with a choice of loads of restaurants. The picture you immediately get in your head is some quaint room where you could sit on a balcony pouring with geraniums overlooking a busy street in the old town where you could pass your time watching life go on below with a glass of Chianti in hand. We were speechless as we were led to a small doorway, through a hall where an old Italian lady sat at a tiny desk (remember this was a hallway), which we were led past up a load of stairs and through a room with some old tables and chairs scattered around. We then entered our room, which like the rest of the building was cold, gloomy, very old furniture and very tired looking (don’t be fooled by the pictures on the website which clearly have been dressed and lightened). The balcony may have been a nice addition, but you had to climb to it through some wooden steps that had been placed against the wall to the door, it overlooked other houses to the extent you could see everything people were doing in their houses and it hadn’t been cleaned for I don’t know how long.

We were actually quite shell shocked at being moved from a hotel in a great location to this. On top of its gloomy appearance it was freezing cold and we couldn’t stay in there so had to wander around the old town and find a restaurant to keep warm. All we really wanted to do was rest after our long cycle. On our way back to this hostel type place, for that is what it was complete with its own kitchen area, the man who had brought us was there. We don’t usually complain, but in this instance we had to say something. We asked for the heating to be put on but was told that Italian law doesn’t allow that until November 1st due to pollution, but he would get us an electric heater. We didn’t get the heater but when we came back an hour later the heating had been turned on, which did make the room slightly more acceptable.

The man also told us that this ‘hotel’ and I use that term very loosely was the same star rating at Podere Le Vigne. I don’t think so…. I have some issues with the way that the Italians grade hotels as all the hotels we stayed in were classified as three star, but all were very different in terms of quality and services offered. Whilst we were there I was even doubting that this was two star, which is what I thought it was – it certainly doesn’t rank in my book as an even very poor two star – there were just no facilities – it is a building with rooms in it. The room was a good size and the bathroom was clean, but we weren’t even given two towels each leaving me to try and dry my hair with a tea towel!!!

Anyway, back to the final issue with this place and another reason why I believe that this cannot be a three star establishment. We were told we had to check out of our hotel at 8.30am before we’d had breakfast, leaving no opportunity for last minute packing, cleaning teeth or getting changed into our cycling gear. The reason for this is that we had to be taken back in a minibus with our packed bags to Podere Le Vigne for our breakfast!! Believe me this wasn’t worth the effort and if it wasn’t for the fact that our bikes were there and that our bags had to be picked up from there (because we were booked into Podere Le Vigne not Elio Pistolesi) we would have stayed in town to get something and checked out when we wanted to as opposed to be told when. I had read on TripAdvisor that this breakfast wasn’t up to much but the reviews of the hotel and restaurant were good and as we were on a cycling tour with not much choice over hotels I thought the breakfast wouldn’t be an issue for one day. But given our experience so far this was the final straw. We were herded into a small room with not really that much breakfast left and people scrambled to get the remains of the one choice of cereal and the few remaining yoghurts. Four pieces of stale bread were plonked on our table and when asked to fill up the jugs for milk, tea and coffee the lady implied that as there were some contents left in them then they would need to be finished off first. We left – not a good start to a hard days cycling ahead of us.

Maybe the fairly average rating of this place on TripAdvisor is because people on a budget were staying here and knew what they were letting themselves in for or wanted a room in the centre and weren’t bothered amount including breakfast in their stay. I wouldn’t recommend this place at all as a hotel because it wasn’t one.

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Misleading grading system, no facilities, having to be driven to a different hotel for breakfast, the breakfast
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2008

We stayed in this place by default due to being messed about by the people who run the Podere le Vigne (PLV). I wouldn’t have chosen to stay in this place myself, but it seemed we didn’t have much choice at the time.

This place, claim the people of the PLV is of the same standard as their hotel. They are wrong and by a considerable mile. If you find yourself arriving at the PLV and then end up being fobbed off by the staff to stay here, I suggest you politely refuse and demand a room there.

At the Cemere there is no breakfast, that is all done at the PLV (if you are part of a cycling package). For that you need to get up early and then head back down there with all your luggage for what I would consider a very poor breakfast. Very poor. If you are walking or cycling, this breakfast will not be sufficient to keep you going so I would suggest going elsewhere for something proper to eat.

The Cemere is not a hotel, I would say it’s a hostel. The tea towels give this away which are in your room ready for use in the kitchen downstairs. The room we had in this place was quite gloomy owing to a lack of natural light coming in. The only window in the room led out onto a balcony which was quite dirty and no view to speak of.

If you are visiting this place during the summer, there won’t be any issues with the room being cold. However, if visiting in October, be prepared for the rooms to be cold and there being no heating at all. There are radiators in the room but these cannot be turned on until the 1st November apparently.

On the positive side, the location of the place is good as its right in the centre of the town of Rada. Overall I would say this place is fine for the budget traveller.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Cold room, dirty grotty balcony, dated
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Roma 46, 53017 Radda in Chianti, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Radda in Chianti
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Ranked #14 of 16 hotels in Radda in Chianti
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Hotel Class:2 star — Pensione Elio Pistolesi 2*
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