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“You get just what you pay for” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Semifonte
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Pisana, 1, Loc Poggibonsi Nord, 50021 Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy   |  
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Aalten, The Netherlands
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“You get just what you pay for”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

I stayed here one night in May, but only for the location. It's a nice place, but has faults. The desk staff are really weak - rare in Tuscany. Wrong room (wanted smoking), wrong info about shopping in this very urban area, and wrong directions to local sites. When I finally settled in for the night, the TV just didn't work and the only place I could plug in my laptop was the bathroom. The only reason I'm giving a three is for the nice pool and good breakfast and free parking.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

My husband and I stayed the at Hotel Semifonte for 10 nights recently. We were delighted by the welcome we received and impressed at how clean and inviting it was. We were shown to the bar first for a cold, fresh beer by Daniele who was extemely helpful and answered all our questions about Italy. The room was clean and functional, in fact spotless, and the beds were very comfortable. We were treated wonderfully for the duration of our stay, our room was cleaned daily, fresh sheets and towels every day. The restaurant, although basic, was neat and tidy. The food was lovely with a good choice on the menu for all. Breakfast was good, with staff constantly refreshing everything. The wine was great, we favoured prosecco by the pool!! The pool was a welcome relief considering the heat (between 30-40 degrees most days).
The only thing we would say is the location is not very pretty, very industrial and on a main road. However it was easy enough to hire taxis, (with the help of reception) and get buses and trains to our chosen destinations, and there are plenty of tours to choose from too. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the hotel and felt very looked after and comfortable at all times. The local town (Poggibonsi) is only a 15 minute walk and is very historical when you explore it properly. So a HUGE thank you to all the staff, especially Daniele, Firiane and Paulo for making our first stay in Italy a very pleasant one. We will certainly return one day!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

After reading all the reviews my fiancee and I were very excited to stay but the room is nowhere as nice as the pictures displayed, the service was terrible and the hotel is located in what feels like the middle of nowhere. Upon arrival, the man at reception told us that he did not have our confirmation which was placed with hotels.com. Only after searching around and lots of waiting did he find it. Secondly, we dined in the hotel's dining room where we were treated with some disdain. Finally, upon checking out, we inquired about an item on our bill just to be treated again with some disdain. Certainly not the service that seems to be reflected in these reviews.
On the flip side, perhaps we just got served by people who were having a bad day and so be it. Nonetheless, definitely not worth the US$100 we paid. We have stayed at many hotels throughout Italy at less than this with much better service and higher quality. I would say it would be a good deal at around US$60.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

Matteo Rosa at the reception on May 19, 2012 was most helpful !
Our NEW iPhone fell in the hotel lobby just when a large Italian group of tourists entered the lobby. Thank you Matteo for all your help with locating the new iPhone couple of hours later, which was with one of the tourists.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

Hotel Semifonte is a super hotel as a base for a motoring tour of Tuscany. A friendly, helpful English speaking staff, very reasonable accomnodation and a much more attractive price than in the major cities - free parking too! Highly recommended...

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

We chose Semifonte as base hotel to explore Valle del Chianti. The best choose we could ever do. The Concierge is magnificent! Everybody is incredibly kind and helpful. I had the flu and they brought me the breakfast to the Room!
Very Very Recommendable.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2011 via mobile

We arrived today only to discover that the Hotel is located in an Industrial Estate. However the room is nice and clean. The check-in was nice, friendly and professional. BUT, tonights meal was the worst food I ever had. The roasted pork with balsamic & honey was bad....really bad. And yes, I finished my plate as I had very little choice to eat somewhere else. I really would like to advise to have a better food offering or non at all. Oliver

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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zaccardi, Direttore at Hotel Semifonte, responded to this review, September 12, 2011
Dear Signor Oliver, it is my sincere pleasure to thank you so much for your stay at Hotel Semifonte. Yes, our location is within a industrial and commercial area, also with a number of shops and department stores nearby, at same time very quiet and with no noises during evenings and nights. I am sorry our meat course of roasted pork saddle with Modena balsamic and tuscan honey has not been of your taste. In this cases I always wish yourself for the next time, or future travellers, to ask the waiter to suggest a different course. It will be done with true pleasure and, needless to say, at no extra charges. Guest's satisfaction, always, is our priority. Hope to welcome you back soon at Semifonte ! cordially yours,
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Address: Via Pisana, 1, Loc Poggibonsi Nord, 50021 Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Barberino Val d'Elsa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 hotels in Barberino Val d'Elsa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Semifonte 4*
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