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Villa Armena Relais
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Localita Armena, 53022 Buonconvento, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Buonconvento
Orlando, Florida
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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

During our 4th trip through Tuscany we were only able to stay one night as we drove to Rome. I can not say enough about this hotel and I wish we had more time there. The hotel was spotless and the people were all so very welcoming. They were even very friendly to our 7 year old. He's very well behaved but sometimes you don't always feel welcome in boutique hotels or nice restaurants with a child.

We had 2 rooms and they were impeccable. The drive to the hotel is an impressive long road lined with cypress trees and the views from our rooms were stunning.

The highlight, however, had to be the food. We knew we would be short on time and when I booked the hotel, the restaurant looked good on their website. During our 25 day vacation (including 15 on a Transatlantic cruise) our best meals were in this hotel. I might even say the food was some of the best I've eaten in my life. Everything from the bread to the fresh wild boar and the pumpkin ravioli was just perfect. It was as if we were personal house guests of a Michelin-starred chef.

The service was also amazing. Our son has a shellfish allergy and, after a long day, he really just wanted pizza. We didn't even ask. Our server overheard him and came over to offer fresh home made pizza from "next door" which happens to be the home of the family that owns the hotel. A few minutes later she brought over a giant piece of pizza that was as good as any we've ever had.

After that meal I was really looking forward to their breakfast. Our stay was in late November during the week and the hotel itself was very quiet. We were the only people eating but the food they set up looked like it could feed 40. There were fresh pastries (the chocolate muffins were so good I wanted to put some in my pocket for later), yogurts, fruits, cereals, and champagne. The quality of the food and coffee was far beyond anything I'd ever seen at any hotel breakfast.

Based on the quality of the food, the perfect condition of the hotel, and the quality of the staff it is easy to tell that the owners have a solid vision of how they want to run their business and they execute it flawlessly. It was a rare experience where you feel as if they would never cut corners on their guests.

On our way out we talked about arranging a last minute winery tour on our way to Rome. We originally had other plans but the weather was not great. They recommended Poderi Boscarelli outside of Montepulciano and they offered to call to set up the tour for us. It was a perfect choice. As perfect as the Villa Armena itself.

  • Stayed November 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

Our first trip to Italy was always going to be special, for I intended to propose to my girlfriend once I'd found that "perfect" place. Well, as soon as we arrived at Villa Armena I knew that this was it. And so will you, for if there is a more perfect location high up in the hills of Tuscany, with such stunning accommodation, and incredibly friendly hosts, I'd be very surprised. The family that run this sensational hotel have transformed a very ancient site into a very modern yet extremely comfortable place to stay, there is a great restaurant and a fantastic wine cellar too. We were lucky enough to be offered the suite which was just fabulous- huge, with a large bath for two, separate sitting area, free wi-fi, and an HD TV which I was pleasantly surprised to find had Sky News. We did indeed get engaged at sunset in a little grotto area down by the pool, with the lights of Siena twinkling in the distance.....perfect. When we told our hosts they seemed genuinely happy for us, and they presented us with delicious Prosecco, to which the whole family toasted to our future. Such a lovely warm touch, and this was typical of the entire time we stayed there. Villa Armena has only been open since 2012, and we feel like we were lucky enough to see it before it gets booked up forever! Thank you Eduardo, Elena and Laura for making everything so special.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Tripadvisor followers, read no further if you are looking for THE getaway destination in Tuscany. Villa Armena is an exquisitely restored villa that represents the best of any Tuscan experience. The rooms were impeccably designed , the food was beyond any epicurean's expectation, and the staff made it simply the best 4 days I have ever had.
Eduardo, Elena, and Laura thank you for sharing your "home" with us.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We booked two nights at Villa Armena based on our friends' recommendation (who stayed there in May and loved it) and had high expectations, but our experience actually exceeded our expectations. Eduardo and Elena are one of the nicest people we've met. We travel a lot and stay in world class hotels and the rooms, grounds, restaurant and service were all outstanding! The villa is newly renovated and the rooms and common areas are beautifully designed. They mix old world charm with cutting edge modern design. We were especially impressed with the bathrooms. The stay was so good that we ended up staying an extending for another night. Highlly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Morristown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

After being a little concerned about driving up the long, gravel, hilly road, we arrived at Villa Armena to find an abolute gem in paradise! Eduardo, Ellena and Laura treated us as if we were royalty and made every aspect of our stay there exceptional. The space and design were attended to in every detail. Our room was gorgeous; the view spectacular and the location for getting around that region in Tuscany was perfect. We had an amazing dinner at the restaurant and would highly recommend it whether you stay there or not when in the area. Eduardo was so helpful in suggesting a daily itinerary for us. All of his recommendations turned out to be great. Can't say enough about this wonderful, "new but with an old-world soul" villa (only 10 rooms!)

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  • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

It is hard to find words for the exceptional experience during our short stay of unfortunately only two nights at the Villa Armena. As to first impressions, the hotel's decor is simply outstanding. The hotel rooms and the rest of the villa are sensationally well-designed with unparalleled attention to detail. Overall, The modern interior design succeeds to blend perfectly with the traditional villa style and its surroundings. The service easily keeps up with the standard of any five star hotel. The food was great and the service at all times superb. Even more impressive, however, is the hotel owners' and their staff's seemingly effortless ability to make you feel that the hotel is your home. In short, Villa Armena is the best hotel I have ever stayed and I wish Elena and Edoardo the well deserved future success of their little jewel of Tuscany.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

We were originally planning to stay three nights at Villa Armena the last week in August, but within 20 minutes of our arrival, we were trying to rearrange the rest of our Italy trip to stay another night. My husband and I came to Villa Armena from Rome to meet up with another couple to enjoy the wine and a few days touring Tuscany. What first impressed us was the finishes and design of the hotel and rooms- just beautiful! What won our hearts over forever was the friendliness, attention to detail and service that Eduardo, Elena and Laura provided over the course of our stay. They helped arrange a driver for a wine tour, provided sight seeing advice (loved the visit to the hot spring), offered excellent wine advice and pairing during our 4 dinners (yes, we ate there every night!), arranged a cooking demonstration with the chef to learn to make Pici and were patient and generous in there time conversing with us about the area and our language questions. La Florintina is not to be missed at dinner. The breakfast was excellent and more than you'd expect from a continental set-up. Our rooms were kept spotless and refreshed throughout the day. If it wasn't for the 18 hour trip from Los Angeles, we'd return within a few months time to soak up some more of the Villa's magic.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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Additional Information about Villa Armena Relais

Address: Localita Armena, 53022 Buonconvento, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Buonconvento
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Buonconvento
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Villa Armena Relais 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the romantic heart of Tuscany, only 20 minutes from Siena, only a stone’s throw from Montalcino and Val d’Orcia, in a fairytale world exuding magic and beauty, Villa Armena is a late Renaissance structure. Built of red brick, with original oak beams and roof, and having terracotta floors and a beautiful Italianate garden, Villa Armena today is an exclusive establishment with just 10 rooms, each one unique, where service, attention to detail and exclusivity are the cornerstones of our offering. ... more   less 
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