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“Tuscany Monastery” 5 of 5 stars
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Badia a Coltibuono
Localita` Badia a Coltibuono, 53013 Gaiole in Chianti, Italy   |  
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seattle
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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
“Tuscany Monastery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Fabulous historic place to stay.
Cool buildings, extensive gardens, even your own Church to visit.
Very good Restaurant on the property that we had a delicious dinner at.
The highlight though was "graduating" from a one day cooking school in the Badia a Coltibuono kitchen ! We had a blast with that, and even got to eat the results.
Tour the wine caves. Very cool.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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nicxl
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012 via mobile

This is a must try if you have not stayed in a historical bldg before. This place feels like a castle when we step and and all the furniture and walkway makes u feel like u are in a museum!

Parking is free but you need to drive thru some small lanes to reach this magical place. We reached at night so thank god we had gps. The housekeeper was very nice to leave a note at the door for us as we arrived late at night about 10pm.

Breakfast was provided and it was served at the quaint lil breakfast room with classical music. The cakes were delicious!

We also had dinner at the restaurant (Michelin 2012 pending), euro 59 for a meal with chianti wines and olive oil 'tasting'!!!

This accom is quite near SPACE if u are into PRADA/Miu Miu.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

My husband and I cannot say enough good things about Badia a Coltibuono! We stayed here for 3 nights in between a very busy Florence and Rome trip. It was the perfect 3 nights of rest and relaxation in one of the most beautiful and unique settings we have ever seen. The surrounding hills reminded us very much of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, which we love very much. But they are different and have that beautiful Tuscan scenery all around. The grounds of the property are amazing. We sat in the courtyard drinking wine many late afternoons and after dinner. We always felt like we had the place to ourselves. The garden was so beautiful and we can't believe that was the view from our room! Our beds were comfortable and the room was a nice size. There is no air conditioning and while I was a bit concerned with that since we were staying in late August, it ended up being no problem at all. The hills are much cooler than the city and the breeze in our window at night was perfect. It was so peaceful and silent at night that we got excellent sleep here! We spent one day hiking in the surrounding property, which was beautiful but a somewhat strenous hike. We saw wild boar tusk and a bone of a leg and a wallowing pool where they sometimes lay and were a bit concerned we would see a live one but it ended up being fine! We ate in the restaurant all three nights we stayed and it was some of the very best food we had in all of our 2 week vacation in Italy. The Tuscan bread soup was one of the best things I have ever had. We also swam in the pool one afternoon and it was very refreshing and maintained well. We took a wine tour with Francesca and found it to be informative and the wine there is fantastic. We loved the Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 and ordered some to be shipped back home to us. The abbey itself was a fascinating place to stay in. We loved the history of the area and the story of the property. We ventured into 2 nearby towns that were not far and easy to drive to. The breakfast was from 8-10 and I wish it had been a bit longer because we wanted to sleep in here. However it was good. It was a buffet with all kinds of different choices that were good and satisfying. The server will also make you a cappuccino as well. I wish we had been able to stay one or two more nights! We would absolutely stay here again and would recommend this to anyone. We couldn't believe we were actually staying here the entire time we were here because it was so amazing and something you only see on TV or read about!

Room Tip: there is no fitness center, the hiking in the woods is the best fitness center!!!
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newmarket, Canada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We spent three nights here on our recent honeymoon. The minute we drove up the winding drive and arrived, we were unbelievably impressed with Coltibuono. The grounds were gorgeous, the innkeepers gracious and helpful, and the on-site restaurant divine. The wine and olive oil were out of this world, and we even had some shipped home to enjoy again and again.
I would definitely recommend this hidden gem to anyone who is looking for a true 'back in time' experience in the countryside of Italy.
My only negative was that we left too soon.....we are already talking about returning to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.

Room Tip: We had a room at the end of the hall (room 10) with a view of the courtyard which was just beautiful...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hampshire
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71 reviews 71 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

I spent two nights here as part of my honeymoon tour of Italy and I wish we could have stayed longer! The staff are lovely, the building is historically interesting, the gardens are beautiful and the breakfast was excellent. The pool was lovely although a few more umbrellas would be useful for people like me who prefer sitting in the shade! The rooms are spacious and clean but there is no air conditioning which my hisband struggled with (but this certainly wouldn't stop us coming back). I highly recommend the tour and the restaurant, where the food was stunning and, of course, the wine list was excellent. Hopefully we will be back!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

This was my first trip to the area and I felt as though I had stepped back in time at this B&B. Beautiful gardens, wonderful staff, clean rooms, and an incredibly breakfast. My room opened up to the courtyard and it was a joy to wake to this view every morning. I had a huge bathroom, lots of closet space and a big comfortable bed. The breakfast offered a selection of local meats, cheese, pastries, fruit with their homemade honey and olive oil. I looked forward to this every morning. There were private corners everywhere to sit and read or meditate and the pool was nice and clean. The restaurant had amazing dishes and a charming staff. I would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: #6 was fantastic but I would have opted for #4!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Slovakia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

We stay here two nights during our trip in Tuscany.
Accomodation is very stylish and must say, not for all tastes, but we liked it a lot.
In old monastery, room are clean and nice.
Only downgrade is, that there are no minibars in rooms, pool is not good maintened and pillows are hard as rock!!!
Brakfest is average.
On other hand, restaurant is superb!!! And not so pricy.
All in one. Recomended, but must change some things.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Localita` Badia a Coltibuono, 53013 Gaiole in Chianti, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Gaiole in Chianti
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Gaiole in Chianti
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Badia a Coltibuono is the first wine resort in Chianti, opening it's doors to travellers and visitors who want to share a truly unique experience. Here it is possible to encounter the magic of a venue, to observe the slow yet intense rhythm of a 1000 year old abbey and farm and to sleep in history. Guests can rest and relax in the magnificent italian style garden or, during the summer months, around the large open-air swimming pool. At 650 metres above sea level summers are temeprate and the villa naturally cool in the evenings. 800 Hectares of forests, crisscrossed with walking or mountain biking paths provide for a pristine natural backdrop., Facilities for house guests include internet point and 10% reduction on all meals taken at our restaurant, or enrolment in a day cooking class. ... more   less 
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Badia a Coltibuono Hotel Gaiole In Chianti
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