Spent one night and was offered a room in the main part of the Hotel, or one of two apartments about 50 meters away in a separate building. The apartment is really 4 circle's worth, but because of how tough it is to get your luggage there I would speculate other reviews might not be as generous on overall rating. You cannot park at the front door. Steep cobblestone alley way and lots of steps to the apartment. I simply unpacked what I needed for the night and parked the car in the public area. Not a problem. If you are elderly and have a tough time with stairs or climbing, stay in the Hotel. The son, Michele speaks very fluent English, studied at Berkley, and would answer any questions you might have.
Apartment was very comfortable, warm,.spacious, well appointed - with good hot water and plenty of volume for a shower (no tub). Well thought out IKEA kitchen, and there is a washing machine if you can figure out the cycles... caution, there is no dryer!
I reserved the other one BR apartment but the couple decided to stay another night, so Michele and his mother offered me the larger apartment for the same price. The Hotel room they offered was small in comparison, but a panoramic view of the Val d'Orcia. For the difference in nightly rate, I chose the apartment. They are in the process of adding another apartment; it was under construction. Based on what I experienced, I'm quite sure the additionaly apartment will be just as nice as the one I stayed in.
Did not do breakfast (8 Euros), but a deal compared to most. Beautiful setting along panoramic windows for morning coffee and Prima Colazione. The owners are cordial, polite, and very business like. But in defense of most businesses in Montalcino, the owners were no different than most. Montalcino is not the friendliest or easiest place to visit. Brunello is good, but compared to Chianti Riservas, the merchants in Montalcino should at least try to be friendlier.
Il Giglio Hotel Lobby has a very inviting atmosphere with a wonderful fireplace. One small log at a time in Italy seems to be the norm. Had there been three logs, would have camped out for a bottle of wine, cheese and or Bruschetta. Had it been offered. would have been glad to pay and imbibe. Michele, when asked, did bring a glass of wine - complimentary with the breadsticks of the area. Very nice touch...
Good accommodations, apartment was very good value for the stay - but Hotel room was pricey for what was offered. They have a restaurant, but did not eat there. Went down the alley way (to the right and on the right about 300 M) and ate a very good restaurant. Great pizza and salad Very reasonable. For coffee in the morning go to the Piazza and visit Cafe Leggio. Owner is very nice, smiles immediately and welcomes you regardless of where you are from. I walked out and forgot to pay, returned and reminded her in my broken Italian of the mistake - she laughed and said no problem, and graciously served me another Macchiatto. This time I paid, bought several items and really dont think she charged me for the first one. She and her friend sat next to me at the restaurant the night before and I remember them smiling and saying Buona Sera as they left the dinner table. Small world as she greeted me the next morning with Buon Giorno. Cafe Leggio is a must for coffee. Locals meet in the morning for town gossip and politics. Fun and interesting.
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