I say surprisingly as we were not originally booked into this hotel. Our original hotel "lost" our reservation and we had hours to find a new hotel before the flight out to Italy.
Call it fate but but it actually worked out better. The only drawback was that the Semifonte did not have a family or connecting room available for us. Understandable given the short notice of our booking. As a family of 4 we had two king rooms next to each other, perfectly acceptable.
The rooms were clean, cool and well maintained.
The buffet breakfast was amazing. Great for kids and adults.
The service in all areas was excellent, especially Luigi the manager who made us feel personally very welcome and comfortable. The reception staff were very helpful and had good suggestions for where to eat locally and help arrange taxis (in the evenings I wanted to try the chianti and didn't want to drive).
The dinner in the restaurant was high quality, we ended up eating their twice because the kids insisted. Other times we out locally.
The hotel has an underground car park which meant the car was cool and not burning in the sunshine.
The location is not in the rolling Tuscan hills and has no views or scenery, but is ideally placed for driving and exploring the Chanti region. It is close to the main roads and highways. We were able to easily drive to Florence, Pisa, Siena and many of the wonderful towns in between.
In summary, what could have been a disastrous family holiday was made exceptional thanks to the staff and location of the Semifonte Hotel.
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August 26, 2011
Dear Sir, the kindest regards from Toscana ! and my personal sincere gratitude for your kindness and for taking time in writing a review. Please allow me to share your comments with my Team. It has been a true pleasure serving you and your family during your vacation in our region and we really feel a bit of pride for showing you the feelings of tuscan hospitality and services. My respectful regards to yourself and Madame; and a friendly "CIAO" to your charming children. very cordially, Luigi Zaccardi
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