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“Perfect, even in November” 5 of 5 stars
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Castello di Casole Private Estate & Spa
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Localita' Querceto, 53031 Casole d'Elsa, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Casole d'Elsa
Arlington, Virginia
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Perfect, even in November”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

A friend and I recently traveled to Italy the week after Thanksgiving for a girls trip. Castello di Casole was our first stop and it exceeded our expectations. The staff could not have been more kind and helpful, the views were amazing, the room was perfect and the food was delicious.

The concierge assisted us with all of our excursion planning, from maps to reservations, and when we asked to shift plans around due to weather, they could not have been more accommodating.

The establishment, La Bandita in Pienza (where we stayed later in our trip) recommended this hotel and we could not have been happier with it.

Room Tip: The only reason that I did not rate the spa excellent was because it had not opened yet when we visi...
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  • Stayed November 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

This is a beautiful hotel in a beautiful setting in the Tuscan hills. We visited over winter break, which is the off season, and were lucky the hotel was open as many other top places close down until March. We stayed in two adjoining junior suites (#6&7) which was plenty of room for our family of 5. The hotel had smartly set up the rooms so the 3 kids could stay in one room, with three twin beds, while the parents could stay in the other. The rooms were large, well decorated, and the bathrooms were extremely nice, complete with rain showers and great amenities. The rooms were very luxurious.

We ate one night at the hotel restaurant Tosca which was very good, with great service. Another night we did the pizza cooking experience with chef Massimo in the more casual hotel pizzeria. The kids loved the experience, with each making their own pizza by hand and then cooking it in the wood fired oven. The staff made it a fun night, and the pizza was delicious. A third night we ventured to a neighboring town for a local restaurant recommended by the staff. Daily breakfast was complimentary and quite good; there was a buffet of pastries and items for order from a menu. We especially liked the porridge and blueberry pancakes.

The hotel staff was great at helping us organize outings, providing easy directions and making all necessary reservations. We spent one day in Sienna and another in San Gimignano. The hotel also referred us to a winery called Poggio Amorelli where we did a wine tasting over lunch, which was great. We spent time with the owners who explained their wine making process while we tasted various wines, mostly Chianti Classicos, during a 3 course meal.

The hotel has a state of the art gym as well as a nice sitting area with a fireplace and chess set, which the kids enjoyed. The grounds are beautiful and are great for exploring on a nice day.

Overall this is a great place to get away from it all and relax, and a great base from which to tour some of the close by towns. We would definitely come back.

Stayed December 2012
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Stephenville, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

My husband and I were fortunate enough to stay here - in a restored farmhouse villa - for our honeymoon. Wow! An absolutely beautiful estate. Our concierge Francesca was incredibly helpful, both before we arrived and after we were there. The restoration of the farmhouses is fantastic. Heated floors made the cool mornings and nights cozy. We wandered around the main hotel, including spending an evening in the bar area. Everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful. Have I mentioned it is beautiful?!? Dinner was waiting for us the night we arrived. It was delicious and so plentiful that we ate leftovers the next day. We rented a car for the week we were there, and the directions provided to us by the hotel staff were great (though driving in Italy was a challenge for us newbies!) There were several planned events at the hotel during our stay, but we were so busy exploring Tuscany that we missed them. Next time....
If you want to explore the Tuscany countryside (we spent time in Sienna, San Gimignanio, the Brunello wine region, and even a trip to Cinque Terre at the coast - long drive from Castello di Casole), or, if you have been to Tuscany and simply want a place to escape and relax, Castello di Casole is ideal. Keep in mind that the Castello is in the countryside, so it is not the type of place for fast night life and if you plan to explore, you will need a car or a driver. We had never been to Italy, so we spent our time exploring, but it would also be a wonderful place to simply stay and relax. The spa was under construction, and looks like it will be fantastic. They did have a spa menu and were using a suite for the services. This is the type of place to feel pampered and spoiled, but without the pretention that can sometimes come with this caliber of resort.

  • Stayed December 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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Concord, Massachusetts, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

I first read of Castello di Casole before the hotel opened, and instantly decided it was the place I wanted to take my wife on a (deferred) honeymoon. After months of anticipation, we arrived in early November, and it exceeded our fondest hopes. Extraordinary views, wonderful rooms, exceptional staff, great food, superb location for exploring Tuscany. My only regret is that I didn't tour more of the estate, but I suppose that will have to await our return. I want to emphasize that I have never dealt with a staff as gracious, friendly and helpful as the one we encountered at the Castello; their assistance begins long before you arrive and doesn't end until the moment they send you on your way. They made us feel almost like family. I truly can't say enough...other than a thousand thanks.
Gordon E.
Massachusetts

  • Stayed November 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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

I recently spent my birthday in Castello de Casole. My husband took me there as a surprise and what a great one it was. The staff was very attentive to details; the property is impeccable and interesting. The views are peaceful, beautiful and the whole concept is really unique. The food is spectacular, the chef made a great autumn menu with chestnut and pumpkin flavors that was not only creative, but unforgettable. Their breakfast was also amazing. This is a place where I trully recommend to eat in the hotel. Bar Visconti, named after filmmaker Luchino Visconti (who once lived there) was such a delight and gave us the opportunity to meet other guests and try amazing cocktails. Besides the great service, the attentive staff, and the gorgeous property; the views made me relax immediately and the experience was so special that I need to quote a good writer to be fair in my description...it was “a promise of happiness”…extremely well delivered.

  • Stayed November 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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Fort Myers, Florida
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

If you are in the process of thinking of going to Tuscany, this hotel will help you make up your mind, quickly! We have stayed in lots of nice places but this beats everything....forget Ritz forget Four Seasons this is a magical place. If there would be a 10 star place, this would be it. The service was beyond expectation, the food in the restaurant scrumptious, the setting breath taking. It does not get any better than this anywhere. Castello di Casole has not been around long therefore not well known but get on the wagon because I'm sure as soon as the word gets out, prices for lodging here will go up. We had a 17 day trip to Greece, Italy and France where we visited 7 cities...this Tuscany area and Castello di Casole was by far the best of our trip. Perfect for couples or for a wedding....hope you get to go and enjoy its magic like we did!

Room Tip: All rooms are absolutely breathtaking.
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  • Stayed November 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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New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

When I first visited Castello di Casole, it was before the hotel opened and at that time I rented one of the farmhouses. I have since stayed in the hotel itself. Both are truly spectacular. Those who built Castello di Casole were driven to create an authentic Tuscan experience and have gone to incredible lengths to search out and use Italian antiques to furnish everything and do whatever was necessary to achieve that. The result is incomparable to any of my other experiences. The buildings are magnificent and the surroundings are almost beyond belief. As for food, the restaurants on property are wonderful and there are countless great places to eat right nearby Castello di Casole and even more in many of the larger towns that are not too far away. There is a very inexpensive restaurant that looks like a dive but has fantastic food right near the entrance to the property, for example, and another great one in the very nearby tiny village of Mensano. I would strongly recommend that anyone staying there rent a car to explore the interesting towns around it and I have found it easy to drive there (with the help of a GPS). The staff is uniformly extremely competent, professional, and amazingly friendly, a true pleasure to deal with.

I love Castello di Casole and plan to return again next year. We can't wait.

Room Tip: I don't think you can find anything less than a great room here.
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  • 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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Address: Localita' Querceto, 53031 Casole d'Elsa, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Casole d'Elsa
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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Casole d'Elsa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Castello di Casole Private Estate & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the heart of a Tuscany, lives a vibrant and vital estate and in the center of that estate is a storied castle that dates to the 1100's. Here you will be welcomed to a five-star boutique hotel in the grand European tradition. Exquisitely appointed, its 41 private suites effortlessly combine Old World Tuscan charm with modern luxuries, elegance and sophistication. Throughout the estate live private farm homes and villas for larger parties to stay in. It is that secret place one might hopes to discover along a country road - a place with graceful and intimate accommodations, inspired cuisine, an inviting repertoire of activities, and above all, knowing and attentive service. Castello di Casole - A Timbers Resort, the very definition of Italian luxury. ... more   less 
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