We recently spent 2 weeks in Italy and booked one night at the Una Palazzo Mannaioni. We rented a car from Hertz and they didn't have a GPS available so we had no choice but to find this hotel the old fashioned way, by map. To our surprise though the town of Montaione isn't on any Italian maps! We literally bought 5 different maps and it wasn't on any of them. We even stopped at a rest area in the Chianti region and nobody had ever heard of the town. So we spent 2 hours in the car going through every town until we finally saw a sign for Montaione. It should have only taken us 45 minutes to get there from Florence. This isn't technically the hotel's fault but Montaione really should be on a map, even though it is very small. So after a very frustrating car ride we found the town but then we couldn't find the hotel entrance because there is no driveway to their front door, you have to park down the street and walk. So after circling through the town 5 times we parked and went to check in and were lucky enough to get 2 of the newly renovated rooms (I requested these in advance). They are across the street and there's an underground tunnel to get there, and also parking in the same building. We also found out that their famous restaurant was closed for the night. It was Wednesday! We were really looking forward to dining there so we were disappointed. And after driving through town we realized that Montaione was a ghost town and only one small sandwich shop was open, but luckily we had a car so we could drive somewhere for dinner. I understand that hotel restaurants need to close sometimes but when there is nowhere else to go that is walking distance they should find a way to stay open 7 days a week. We felt like we were the only ones staying at the hotel which was kind of nice, only ran into 2 other couples the whole time we were there. The rooms were nice, very clean and updated, but almost too high-tech for such an old town. It was difficult to figure out how to turn things on and it took us a long time to figure out how to work the TV. The room had a nice balcony though but since the rooms are so close together we couldn't hang out there for very long because the other 2 couples staying in the hotel complained that we were noisy.
We drove around Tuscany after we checked in and the front desk agent recommended Villa Pillo for wine tastings. It was only a 10 minute drive from the hotel and we really liked their wine. We had a bunch shipped home. We also drove through San Gimignano (amazing) which was only 30 minutes from the hotel and had dinner near there at Ristorante Casalchino. They had a breathtaking driveway and dinner was very good.
Overall the Una Palazzo Mannioni is cute, clean, and the service is OK, but I'm not sure I would stay there again. I would prefer to stay in a town that has a little more going on and is easier to find.
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- UNA Palazzo Mannaioni Montaione, Italy - Tuscany
- Palazzo Mannaioni
- Una Palazzo Mannaioni Hotel Montaione