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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
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“Beautiful Villa/Five Star Quality Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

This is a beautiful Hotel/Villa. One of the nicest places we have stayed in Europe and we have stayed at some very nice/expensive hotels. Every detail was thought of by the owners and they will go out of their way to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. It has the feeling of staying at your own villa but without the work of being on your own (preparing own meals, making bed etc). We stayed in two different suite both were beautiful and had their own charm. The Ubaldino suite is the only one with a private terrace. The hotel is at the end of a dirt road but it was easy enough to get once you figured it out. If your intent is to tour Southern Tuscany the location is great.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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edo7819, Proprietario at Villa Armena Relais, responded to this review, October 26, 2013
Buongiorno lp10065 :-)

Many thanks for taking the time to share your experience at Villa Armena with the rest of the world, it's really much appreciated indeed.

We're delighted you had a great time over her and we hope to see you again next time you're in Italy.

P.s: next time there will be little Leonardo too...he should be with us within the next 4 to 5 days :-))

Ciao from everyone here.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Villa Armena in mid-August. What we remember most about our stay was the warm welcome and care we received from Edoardo and his family (including Franco, the bulldog). They hit the perfect note with the service, which was friendly, helpful and attentive, but not intrusive. The Villa is located a little off the beaten track, just outside Buonconvento, but we found it using a combo of GPS and directions from the Villa's website. From the Villa, we were able to do day trips by car to Sam Gimignano, Siena, Montepulciano, Pienza, Bagno Vignoni.

The Villa itself is a charming property, furnished elegantly in the manner of a luxurious Tuscan home. We stayed in a suite that had a big, modern bathroom with high ceilings. The bathroom included a generously-sized square soaker tub and glass-enclosed rain shower with fancy features such as changing lights and different water spray options. A modern bathroom is a must for me and this met my expectations. The bed was comfortable, the tv was a flat screen and there was free wi-fi. The Villa's grounds are well kept and the pool was nice area to relax and enjoy the sun (although the mosquitos, which can't really be avoided in Tuscany in the summer, did feast on me quite a bit).

The food that we enjoyed during our meals at the Villa was exceptional and definitely comparable to the Michelin starred restaurants we have dined at in other parts of the world. We had dinner twice during our stay. The pasta dish we had during our Ferragosto tasting menu was the best pasta we had during our entire time in Italy and I'm still thinking about it. The breakfast spread was also beautifully laid out every day.

We had such a lovely stay at Villa Armena and highly recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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edo7819, Proprietario at Villa Armena Relais, responded to this review, October 26, 2013
Ciao DWorldTraveler2013,

and many thanks for your wonderful review.
We are very happy you enjoyed your time with us so much and, of course, we hope to be able to welcome you again sometime soon.
Your pasta is here with your name on :-)

See you soon!

Edoardo (and everyone else at Villa Armena)
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

My wife and i stayed at Armena after visiting Lucerne, Positano and Rome. This was one of the clear highlights of our trip. Owners Edoardo and Elena welcome you to the hotel as if they were welcoming you to their home. The two also go out of their way to make sure your trip is special. The restaurant was fantastic, one of the best of the whole trip and we ended up eating there several nights in a row (the Tuscan steak was enormous and phenominal). We also did the cooking class with the head Chef and learned to make a number of local tuscan dishes. For one of our days, Elena organized a tour of wine country for us which was great. Each room is unique and well designed.

Two areas for improvement from our trip:
1) You definitely need a car here. We ignored the hotels suggestion about renting a car and that limits your options. Taxis here are extremely expensive and destinations are spread around the countryside. We will be less stupid next time and make sure to have wheels to take us around.
2) Would be great if the hotel had a fitness center, even if limited.

We will definitely be back next year. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: All rooms are great and individually done.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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edo7819, Proprietario at Villa Armena Relais, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Ciao John

Thank you for writing our 100th review on Tripadvisor !
It's great to achieve this super result in just 17 months of trading and we're really happy it was you writing it.
We enjoyed your company very much and of course we are delighted we have helped you in making your honeymoon memorable.
Good luck with the marathon!

See you soon

Edoardo & Elena
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We stayed here for five nights during late July / early August and we had high expectations after all the positive reviews we'd read on tripadvisor. Suffice to say we weren't disappointed! It was one of the most relaxing holidays my wife and I have ever enjoyed. The hotel (although it really isn't fair to describe Villa Armena as such - it really is more like a sprawling country house) is situated in a beautiful part of the Tuscan countryside and, being small as well as some way off the beaten track, is wonderfully quiet and secluded. Eduardo and Elena are the perfect hosts: genuinely warm, welcoming and friendly. Nothing is too much trouble for them and you really do feel like you're staying with good friends in their holiday house. Throw in uniformly excellent meals, from the sumptuous buffet breakfasts to the mouthwatering creations on the dinner menu, and you have all the ingredients for the perfect holiday. The only bad part of our visit was having to leave - but we will be back!

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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edo7819, Proprietario at Villa Armena Relais, responded to this review, September 14, 2013
hello dear Justin W!

Thank you so much for the fantastic review, we're really happy you had a great time at Villa Armena. Particularly we are thrilled you felt as if you were staying with good friends...this is really the best compliment we can possibly get.

Many thanks from all of us here and see you soon!

Edoardo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Villa Armena has all the luxuries and decor of a boutique 5 star hotel, with the familiarity and friendliness of a family run B&B.

The rooms were stunning with lots or mod cons whilst remaining sympathetic to the original design and style of the property.

The food was excellent (so good we ate in the restaurant 3 times!) with a range of Tuscan dishes and a great wine list showcasing wines from the region. We loved the outdoor dining space with the large window looking into the kitchen so you can see all the activity.

We found Edoardo, Elena and all the staff to be incredibly welcoming, always stopping to have a chat with us and helping us organise day trips. We can’t recommend highly enough.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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edo7819, Proprietario at Villa Armena Relais, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
Hello Rob!

Thank you so much for your kind review. We're thrilled you enjoyed your experince with us and of course we hope to be able to welcome you again very soon.

Thanks!

Edoardo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

A beautiful and peaceful location; a fantastic restaurant (and wine list) a quirky yet wonderful pool make this a haven in Tuscany. Eduardo and Elena go out of their way to provide a truly personal and welcoming experience at this delightful hotel. I cannot recommend Villa Armena highly enough!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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edo7819, Proprietario at Villa Armena Relais, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Hello roykerley,

many thanks for taking the time to write this wonderful review.
We hope to be able to welcome you again very soon.

Ciao

Edoardo
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

If you're looking for a predictable luxurious hotel devoid of emotion or human interaction, i suggest you go elsewhere. BUT if you're looking for the warmth, charm and personality that DEFINES Italy, then i highly recommend Villa Armena. I have stayed with Edoardo and Elena four times, and watched as the property was constructed, understood the details and the vision they had, and it has lived up to its billing. Anything you want- from a wine tasting with Laura, a special cake for dessert from Nadia, an after dinner drink, beer by the pool- its taken care of. this is the type of place that exudes luxury, charm and relaxation that is missing in so many places in Tuscany. The restaurant is terrific, the wine list is exquisite, the setting is magical and the hosts are two of the most caring and thoughtful proprietors i have come across.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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edo7819, Proprietario at Villa Armena Relais, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Well veloclassic...what can we say...thank you SO much....we are really looking forward to your next visit guys!

Ciao

Edoardo & Elena
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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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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*
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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