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“The location is Terrible” 1 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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“The location is Terrible”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2006

If you think you are booking a hotel in the beautiful Tuscan Hills-- YOU ARE NOT. The location is in a no-where suburban town that feels much closer to Newark NJ then Tuscany. There is nothing to do around this place -- you are in the lowlands of boring -- I would stay away if you are expecting a cute place in wine country...

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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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 June 24, 2006

Absolutly a gem,great staff,great location outside Florence and Siena (a must see)good food, great service,very helpful with arranging transportation,everything worked in hotel,nice pool area and pool,had a great time, would highly recomend to all.Tuscany is beautiful and the Hotel Semifonte is the best.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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26 hotel reviews
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2006

You will not find a better hotel for the money. The Hotel Semifonte is an ideal base for exploring Tuscany. The staff is extremely helpful, the service is excellent. There was a large number of breakfast options. We ate dinner here one night and had the bream, it was a wonderful treat and a nice break from the pizza and pasta we have been surviving on.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Staines,Middlesex, UK
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2006

We stayed at the Hotel Semifonte for a fortnight in August 2005 and couldn't fault anything. It has to be unique - an Italian hotel where everything works! Although it sits just off the main road, the location is ideal for touring and I would recommend hiring a car. Within easy reach of Florence in one direction and Sienna in the other, and the rolling hills of Chianti and Tuscany all around.
The rooms are modern, comfortable and clean. The restaurant has a small menu but everything we tried was near-perfect and very good value. We often ate here in preference to other restaurants in the area. Great choice of wines, too. Friendly, happy staff - most can speak English, and an almost-resident owner who is rightly proud of his creation and will do anything to help. Cannot recommend highly enough, and if we were ever to return to Tuscany, would certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2005

Upon arrival at the train station, we walked to the Avis. Then started looking on the map for the hotel and we were not amused to see that it was a road trip from Florence. But it was so so worth the drive. Which is really quite easy through Tuscany. We were met at the door of Hotel Semifonte with champaigne and biscotti. Which stays at the welcoming area all night. The rooms were very nice, way above average for Italian hotels. The pool, particularly if you have children or teens was a wonderful to come home to every night, after a long day of sightseeing, to sit by the pool and sip champaigne, how spendid is that! The drive in and out of Florence is very easy once you get your bearings. You are also very close to Siena, which we never would have seen if not for booking in to this hotel. The rooms were very clean, the food, two thumbs way up and the staff was splendid. We highly reccommend renting the car and heading for Hotel Semifonte. If you aren't renting a car, contact the hotel directly regarding train and bus transportation, they will assist you.

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Barberino Val d'Elsa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Semifonte 4*
Number of rooms: 48
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