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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Villa Armena Relais Buonconvento, Italy - Tuscany