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Castello Banfi - Il Borgo
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Poggio Alle Mura | Sant'Angelo Scalo, 53024 Montalcino, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 13 hotels in Montalcino
South Pole
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“Disney, but good Disney”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The American firm Banfi own (too) much of the Brunello territory. In my opinion they are not the best wine makers, but they sure know how to build a great hotel. Just like Disney knows how to make good kids movies.
Everything is excellent. The room is huge (the shower alone as big as a room in NYC), beautiful, comfortable. The service is perfect. Breakfast is great. We had a package deal with dinner included, which was great, only minor point was our smoking neighbor.
The pool is beautiful, with breathtaking view, service around the pool is truly 5 star.
In the reading room one can drink as much (Banfi) wine as one likes, while listening to (good) classical music.
To be short: fantastic experience! Very memorable indeed.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Somesville, Maine, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

My husband and I checked in here on a rainy evening and were so excited for the fabulous accommodations we found! Our room was fantastic, and we were delighted to enjoy the welcome wine and chocolates. Dinner that evening was a 5 course dinner with paired wines. We had excellent service and stayed for 3 nights! The tour of the winery was interesting and the tasting was top notch. This was recommended to us by some Italian friends and they were spot on!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

would say best choice for wine drinkers ,special thanks to sara ,mr matei from lerida,also familia marianni to make such a great place .had great dinner but most important we had try all the good wine they had from rosso di montalcino till poggio al oro,bellnero,poggio alle mura and more
great wiew and great people all the best

  • Stayed July 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

And I mean UNBELIEVABLE. I giggle at times when visiting Banfi, because it seems almost cliche'! So cliche' you don't think this kind of place REALLY exists, but IT DOES!

This is the FIGURE HEAD property for the Banfi brand, so it is marketed mostly to Americans, but Italian through and through.

When you arrive, you won't believe your eyes. Layed out in an old village, each block of rooms is a different part of "town". A private little town though, population: guests of Bafi.

We were upgraded on arrival (standard practice in Europe, if avail) lovely views, HUGE room, and even larger bathroom! We even had a view of the vineyards from the toilet!

Side note: As I mentioned above, it is STANDARD practice in Europe, in all hotels, to upgrade you IF AVAIL. So, don't pay extra for a travel plan that offers this at a premium! Is a free service anyway!!! Anyway, back to the review. . . .

Romantic, PLEASE, oh yes! We stayed here while traveling with friends on their 10 yr. anniversary, but each couple had plenty of space to have their own "anniversaries"!

Make sure to tour this wonderful property! Hand holding required guys! There are hidden gems around each corner. Ask where the library is for sure. You'll find a self serve bar there :-).

Now, I wouldn't recommend this for a long stay. It's quite lovely to be sure, but there isn't much to do here. It's out of the way, quite a ways out of the way. But a must stop if in the region.

I would recommend three or four days TOPS!

Service is TOP DRAWER! Expect it! We were told the place was nearly FULL when we were there, but we felt like we were alone, even at the gorgeous pool!

There's quite a lot of stuff complimentary here. Each night we had a free bottle of wine (YMMV) in our room, and there are complimentary selections at the self serve pool area too. Of course, if you desire a finer selection of wines, they are available for a fee.

Banfi wines are NOT high end, so their wines are inexpensive to drink on the property. My kind of place ;-)

There is a fine dining facility here. Your only option on the property for dinner. Yah, do this. Fabulous meal and service each time. This is the kind of place you spend 150 per person (if you drink wine) easy, and you feel you ripped THEM off!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 November 24, 2012

We stayed at Banfi for 3 nights in September while on our honeymoon. Service was excellent, the grounds are very well kept. The hotel is on a hill surrounded by vineyards, amazing view. Daily breakfast had fresh pastries, fruit, eggs made to your taste and of course coffee. The room had complementary wine selection from Banfi winery, each evening complementary drinks were served in the library. Food at the restaurant was the highlight - we actually ended up eating there lunch and dinner each day - that's how good it is!

The hotel is in remote location, so more suitable for those who are looking for quiet time with great food and wine.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 November 12, 2012

It's hard to know where to begin. We had 3 wonderful nights here in a fabulous suite. The meals (especially the 5 course dinner with wines) were incredible and it was made even more special by the amazing staff. If that wasn't enough, the location was great for exploring the area. We found some great (reasonable) wines which we sent home. When we open them we'll remember the magically time spent in this beautiful hotel.

  • 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 November 6, 2012

This property is amazing and so romantic. We stayed here two nights and it wasn't enough. They immediately upgraded us when we got here and I loved our room and bathroom....both HUGE and filled with so much charm and character. Definitely take some time to walk around the property as everywhere you go is just gorgeous and you'll find little hidden gardens. We didn't have time to use the pool but it was beautiful. Breakfast every morning was excellent and we ate at the restaurant one night which was excellent as well. All the staff we encountered were extremely helpful and friendly. Another little perk....free bottles of water around the property. We stayed in five hotels in Italy and all charged anywhere from 7-10 euros a bottle so this was a nice extra! I would love to go back! One side note...if you're using a gps to get you there it doesn't recognize Castello banfi or the address. You need to put in something else which another reviewer below mentioned.

  • 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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Address: Poggio Alle Mura | Sant'Angelo Scalo, 53024 Montalcino, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Montalcino
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 Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 13 hotels in Montalcino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Castello Banfi - Il Borgo 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Wine Resort in the famous Brunello di Montalcino Wine Region-Extraordinary Countryside Tuscan Experience-Nestled against a Medieval Castle located in the middle of a privately owned 7100 acres Nice&professional staff very knowledgeable of the best attractions of the area-Extremely large bedrooms and bathrooms, both with great views-Very Exclusive Property consisting of only 9 Rooms & 5 Suites. ... more   less 
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