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“Finest Luxury Resort in Tuscany (IMHO)” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Castello Banfi - Il Borgo

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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
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“Finest Luxury Resort in Tuscany (IMHO)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2007

We just returned from our Italy trip. We were fortunate to stay at many lovely hotels (Hotel de Russie - Rome; Hotel Savoy - Florence; Palazzo Brandano - Petroio) but the Castello Banfi was the absolute highlight of our trip. IMHO, this is the finest luxury resort in all of Italy.

Opened just 1 month (March 2007) and advertising only via word-of-mouth, the hotel is quickly becoming a key destination. I predict that in a month or so it will be impossible to get a reservation. You will pay dearly to stay at this property but we felt it was well worth every penny.

We were enthusiastically greeted by Andrea, the Room Division Manager. He gave us a personal tour of the entire property. This hotel is all about the details. The views in every direction are breathtaking and we loved relaxing by the pool on their lovely chaises and just listening to the frogs "sing" from a distant pond.

Rooms are huge and gorgeous. It was wonderful to finally find a hotel with screens on the windows, allowing us to sleep with the windows open at night. We also loved the complimentary "Sky TV" that provided a large selection of English speaking channels and movies. Beautiful tiled floors, wood beamed ceilings, rainfall showerheads, everything is designed and decorated beautifully.

Each room is provided with a complimentary sampling of fine Castello Banfi wines (3 different 375ml bottles). They describe the complimentary breakfast as "Continental". However, you choose from a large menu of multiple items all served on exquisite bone china.

There are 2 restaurants on the property. We ate all our meals at the Il Taverna. This restaurant is considered the less formal of the 2 but we found the food and service to be the best we had in Italy. In general, the service throughout the property was the best we have received throughout Europe.

Lastly, the website for this hotel provided the best driving directions we received for our entire trip. They provide a km-by-km driving guide from Rome airport that we found invaluable. They point out the local speed trap (people in front of us were pulled over and given tickets in both locations during our stay), best place to stop for coffee, and (most importantly) the last place to be able to get gas before you return your rental car. I found this to be an indication of how closely they manage the details of the hotel.

In summary, I enthusiastically recommend this hotel to anyone staying in the area. Make sure you stay at least 2-3 nights as I guarantee you will not want to leave once you arrive. Make reservations quickly as this property will fill up quickly once the word spreads.

  • Liked — Views, rooms, service, food...everything
  • Disliked — having to leave
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2007

My fiance and I stayed here on April 6th and 7th 2007 and loved it. I have travelled a lot for both work and pleasure and so have seen a fair amount of hotels of all quality levels. Prior to this the best places in which I have stayed have been the Ritz Carlton in Naples and the Londolozi Lodge in South Africa. Il Borgo at Castle Banfi surpassed the Ritz and equalled the Londolozi Lodge. There are many luxurious places in the world to stay but few that are truly unique in location and style. Everything is located in the castle grounds overlooking the Banfi vineyards which are a slice of Tuscan heaven. You don't get a room in a large hotel, Il Borgo only has 14 rooms located in centuries old buildings and you get a large room to yourself that is unique in its design and perfect in every way. The restaurants are great - excellent food and top notch service in intimate rooms that only have 5 tables. I proposed to my fiance in the restaurant and couldn't have imagined a better place to do it. The rooms are spacious, luxurious and clean, a real joy in which to be. The grounds are immaculate. We went strolling in the vineyards along a dirt road that led to an old ruined Tuscan stone house all the while looking at vineyards in every direction on which there were those stone Tuscan buildings you see in postcards. The staff is perfectly helpful when you need them and unobtrusive when you don't. I did not want to leave.

  • Liked — The quality of the room.
  • Disliked — I had to leave.
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Castello Banfi - Il Borgo

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
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Montalcino
#1 Family Hotel in Montalcino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Castello Banfi - Il Borgo 5*
Number of rooms: 14
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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