We recently stayed for two nights at the Castelletto while traveling through Italy for our 25th wedding anniversary. We were blown away by this "hotel". The owners, Marco and Arnaldo, spent several years renovating this small castle into a bed and breakfast boutique hotel. Their attention to detail is amazing. The entire castle is open to guests with multiple small common rooms that are filled with antiques and really gives the feel of being in a castle. The hotel is in a tiny village 4 KM off the nearest road. It has a collection of tiny homes. All very quaint. In addition to the castle, there is a separate free parking area behind a private gate with a beautiful pool area which sits on the side of the hill with breathtaking views of the Tuscan country side. There are flowers everywhere. It is just outstanding.
In addition, the staff, especially Marco and Barbara will do anything to help you find what you want to find. Barbara is available to hire for wine tours which we did. We drove through the countryside with her and learned more about Italy than the rest of the trip. They made a suggestion for a great restaurant about 15 mintues away. When we got lost, we called Barbara and she talked us through the directions. They are really helpful!
There is a tiny restaurant in Montebenichi (only one restaurant), but I highly recommend it. It is quaint and authentic but also great local food.
This place was a great respit on an otherwise hectic trip through Italy. Our room was large, comfortable with very effective air conditionting. Free drinks throughout the hotel including in your room is also a plus. The breakfast was very nice.
The only thing to fix over time is that the free wireless internet only worked in the lobby or the common room. With the thickness of the castle walls, the signal simply doesn't get into the rooms. Therefore, if this is important for you it may be frustrating. We used the internet to Skype our children and had to do it in the common room which was not convenient. This, however, is the ONLY flaw in this beautiful place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Castelletto di Montebenichi, a perfect spot for visiting Tuscany, located in the Chianti, half way between Siena and Arezzo. Staying at the Castelletto is a magic experience offered to a few guests only who will enjoy precious works of art, including period frescoes, archeological finds, sketches and antique paintings, drawings, sculptures, bronzes and ceramics. They will be caught up in a pleasant, unforgettable out-of-this-time atmosphere. In this ancient mansion, dating back to XII century, tradition and modern comfort are combined perfectly. Guests are encouraged to move free like in their own home in a comfortable and familar, yet elegant and exclusive environment. At a few steps in the park guests can enjoy a swimming pool, a small sauna, and a gym with a jacuzzi mini-pool along with a marvellous view over the surrounding hills and the valley. The Castelletto has no restaurant, but around the corner a wonderful "trattoria" called "L'Orciaia" offers tasty traditional Tuscan dishes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castelletto Di Montebenichi Hotel Bucine