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“Spectacular Tuscan retreat” 5 of 5 stars
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Castiglion Del Bosco
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Loc. Castiglion del Bosco, 53024 Montalcino, Italy   |  
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Ranked #2 of 13 hotels in Montalcino
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“Spectacular Tuscan retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Castiglion del Bosco is one of the most beautiful and amazing country hotel resorts one could hope to visit. This 800 year old 4,500 acre Tuscan estate was purchased in 2004 by Massimo Ferragamo, who spared no expense in restoring and building an incredible resort... luxurious facilities with only 22 suites and 9 villas, in a setting that is nothing short of stunning.

Our Dell' Orcio suite was one of the most luxurious suites we've stayed at this side of Trisara. Even the jaded Mrs. simonsays777 remarked "this is amazing". Absolutely gorgeous... spacious (I'm guessing 1,500 SF), beautiful finishings, furniture, colors, decor and patio.

Service by a youngish staff was excellent.

  • Stayed October 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

We've been coming to CdB for the last 3 years. The first two years' experience was impecable! We considered it 'The Best Hotel in the World' - and we know what we're talking about!

But this year we've, sadly, noticed that the quality is starting to decrease.

Maybe they've changed the General Manager or the core concept, but the fact is: The quality is going down.

The views and panoramas opening from practically all the windows and balconies are fabulous! You can spend hours sitting on the balcony of your villa with a glass of wine and enjoying. I've got a passion for beautiful scenery and this is the only place on Earth, where I can't imagine that the views can't get any better!



For both of these years breakfast was always in Osteria La Cannonica with authentic homely atmosphere, which couldn't be replicated anywhere else in the world. Now, purtroppo, they've moved it into Campo del Drago (the gastronomic restaurant), where it lost its' originality and became just a standard 5-star hotel breakfast... It's impossible to order the same breakfarst selection as they had last year, because the products weren't 'Typical Tuscan'. But how are Cereals and Bagels a part of Italian cuisine at all?! there're also interfering nasty mouches there....

We initially have booked a suite with a connected double, but afterwards we decided to move into a villa. However, the hotel staff was more reluctant to show us all the different options, than to tell us that for everything that one orders one is charged additional 30 Euros for Villa Service (in other words, delivery from the kitchen to the villa. The distance is approximately 5 mins leisurely walking).

Also, room service isn't available until 12 am for the villas and pre-order isn't either. The only option is cooking breakfast yourself, which is quite weird for a hotel trying to create the best luxury experience in Tuscany. We asked for a chef to come and cook us breakfast, but he never arrived. (we had a fantastic time cooking breakfast ourselves and eating it afterwards).

When we asked the reception to organise fishing for us, which is suggested by their Official Activity Guide they said that they were 'doing it for the first time', thus they had equipment only for three, because they found out that fourth was 'not good'.
When we finally caught A vegetarian carp. La Cannonica refused continuously to cook it, not wanting to take the responsibility and proposing us to sign a paper, that we won't have any questions to the restaurant. In the end, we decided not to eat it.

The rooms and villas are very cozy and very well thought-out. But the level of service is now coming down, so that it's not so much of a pleasure staying here now.

However, it's SUCH a pity, that such an idea and concept is now being killed. It's SO difficult to create something and SO easy to destroy it...

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Our recent stay at this property was the highlight of a top-of-the-line trip to Italy. While we stayed in 5-star hotels in Florence, Venice, Lake Como, and Milan, nothing topped the features of CdB. Our room, a suite just underneath the main building was one of the nicest rooms I've ever seen! Luxurious, inviting and comfortable, all exponentially multiplied! Forget the $$ and understand that you will likely never experience better for your buck anywhere.

The activities (we did a cooking class, golf, swimming, gym,bocce, hikes, and the infamous Brunch) were wonderful and had we more time, we'd like to have done many more. The food at each of their restaurants was among the best hotel food we've yet to experience. The Sunday Brunch is simply the best brunch we've ever had in our lives. In addition to every imaginable Tuscan treat, you are invited to walk into the kitchen and custom order from whatever they present.

Most importantly, the people, their attitude and service could not have been better. They were sweet, un-intrusive, yet ready to be helpful at any moment. I even left a pair of prescription sunglasses on the golf course that were later found and overnighted to our Lake Como hotel (hat tip to Michela!)

Our only regret was not carving out more time to spend at this special venue!

  • Stayed October 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We have been to Tuscany several times and stayed at wonderful places, but none have compared to our experience at this elegant and relaxing hotel. We only wished we had more than two evenings here. From the moment we were greeted at the front entrance to our exquisite suite(upgrade), we were surprised and delighted. The dining room was overlooking the mountains, the waitstaff impeccable and the food delicious. Loved their continental breakfast, no buffet, they bring everything to you. The server from Genoa(can't remember her name) was just so lovely and helpful. She made our last moments there memorable.

I would return absolutely and highly recommend this resort.

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  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

My husband and i went to Italy for two weeks in September.
Our first stop was Florence for 3 nights and then we rented a car and drove to Castiglion Del Bosco. Its hard to express in words how wonderful this oasis is.
Everything from the moment you are greeting to the moment you leave is outstanding!!!
Even the gym is gorgeous and has the most up to date equipment and breath taking views.
The food is outstanding at both restaurants although my husband and I preferred the more laid back Osteria.
Our third stop was Venice and then we were suppose to end in Rome however we found ourselves wishing we could end our vacation in paradise so we cancelled our hotel in Rome and went back to the Castiglion Del Bosco. We were so lucky they still had space since i believe they only have 22 rooms or so (not including the Villas).
I would highly recommend doing a wine tasting and horseback ridding, both were trully memorable experiences.
The Castiglion Del Bosco MADE our vacation so THANK YOU!!!!
p.s. Augusta who manages the Osteria Restaurant was amazing! She trully made our dinning experience one to remember. So friendly and amazing

Room Tip: We stayed in the San Michele Suite which was beautiful. Large sitting area, gorgeous bathroom and t...
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  • Stayed September 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Stayed here last year during two weeks trip to Italy. One week in Tuscany and in this hotel. What a hotel!!! It is in quiet rural location (you need to go on the roads without asphalt), but that gives more charm and more feeling of what real Tuscany is. You can see on of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany - Montalcino - from this hotel.

The hotel is a small Tuscan village with separate buildings. Details of everything in hotel are awesome from room interior to dinnerware in restaurant. Food and wine are excellent, Try Brunnelo di Montalcino wine. Infinity swimming pool is gorgeous.

Recommend for those who like rural setting, quiet surroundings and attention to details. Check some of my photos from this hotel.

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  • Stayed October 2011, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Dear reader,
i was in Tuscany for a few weeks inspecting properties where i can send my future clients because in the travel industry in Beverly Hills where i take care of vip clients. We stayed 2 nights in Castiglione del Bosco and after 2 full days i can say without no doubt i have found the perfect stay resort....When you visit Italy a stay at Castiglione del Bosco is a must....this property offers some much in terms of quality and goes beyond your every expectation. From the moment you arrive you are greeted as a valued guest with a smile. The suites and villas are amazing. We stayed in the Vigna Alta Suite....one of the most luxurious suites i have ever stayed a worth every penny and the private terrace is amazing. The eye to detail in the room is over the top..they also clean your shoes at night time...Beds are extremely comfortable and you have that flavor of living in a luxury Tuscan property and you feel great about it.
Roberta, the sales manager, is an outstanding professional with so much passion and dedication to the guests. She showed us around the property and had lunch in one of the restaurants of the property that was great. Consider that i have lived for over 30 years in Italy and understand a lot about food....I have not one negative comment to say about this property and invite all readers to book at least one in a lifetime a stay in this amazing resort...you will want to come back every year.
The Villa are exceptional and extremely private and you have all the amenities of the resort.
Thank you Roberta, thank you Andreea, thank you Castiglione del Bosco....i thought to have found already the best property in Tuscany and in Italy in general but then you arrive with this wonderful outstanding property that brings the hospitality and elegance to serve clients to a whole other level.
Pietro

Room Tip: Book a Suite and you will not want to leave...do enjoy the activities. There are so many.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Address: Loc. Castiglion del Bosco, 53024 Montalcino, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Montalcino
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 13 hotels in Montalcino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Castiglion Del Bosco 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated within the UNESCO-listed Val d’Orcia Natural Park and in the heart of the Brunello di Montalcino wine-making region, Castiglion del Bosco is a 4,200-acre country estate.Today, Castiglion del Bosco is a unique combination: it's one of Tuscany's largest private estates; it's an elegant Tuscan home away from home with a range of elegant and spacious suites and villas; it's a superb culinary destination, an exclusive private golf club and a leading Brunello di Montalcino winery. ... more   less 
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