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“Clean, comfortable, well located and friendly service - Recommended” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel del Lago
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Localita Lago Ampollino, 52022 Cavriglia, Italy   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Cavriglia
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1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Clean, comfortable, well located and friendly service - Recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2007

We recently stayed in this hotel for a week and were absolutely delighted. It provided the ideal base for visiting Florence (hotels within the city are generally very expensive and service variable) and exploring Tuscany. We drove in to Florence from here, sometimes by motorway and sometimes cross country. The journey time was around 45 minutes and Piazzole Michelangelo was an excellent (free) parking area to head for, set high and overlooking the city, just across the river, and giving a magnificent viewpoint. The local town offered a variety of services and decent cake shops and restaurants but you would need a car to drive there. Near the motorway entrance we also found an excellent leatherware factory outlet shop. I can't remember its name but there were signs for it all along the approach to the motorway. The hotel was extremely clean and comfortable as well as being very attractive and in a delightful location, alongside the lake. There was lots of seating outside, offering different viewpoints, and usually we had these to ourselves. The bathroom had a shower only but it was a powerful shower and met our needs. Free slippers were provided as there was no shower tray but the floor dried quickly. Our room overlooked the lake. As it was over the front door we sometimes heard the comings and goings, as well as maintenance work such as lawn mowing. The staff were very warm and welcoming - particularly at breakfast where I have never received such friendly and helpful service. It consisted of a whole carton of fruit juice, water, excellent coffee, various pastries (often with cream inside) and bread as well as the ubiquitous ham and cheese. We felt that it offered great value for money, looking at other hotels in the area and what they charged. The local taverna is definitely worth a visit. I would thoroughly recomend this hotel and hope to return there one day.

  • Liked — Cleanliness, friendliness and location
  • Disliked — Noise of lawn mowing at 8.30!
  • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2006

...especially if you are on a budget. I have to disagree with the review that wrote so badly about it ...... I have stayed there NINE times over the past twelve months as I visit the area frequently.
The owners are delightful, limited English is spoken but hey, you are in Italy ! I have stayed there on my own and with my partner. I have always felt safe when staying alone and very very welcome.
The rooms are clean, breakfast is always served with a delighful smile and the owner is a lovely man.

Directions are simple if you get driving directions from the internet. For the previous person to say they couldn't find their way is unreasonable. The fun of travelling is researching your route!

The hotel isn't like the $995 per night St Regis I stayed in on Dana Point California or Soho House New York ... but I found that it was nicer and very homely for a very small price. I look forward to staying there again ! It is a very pleasant hotel with lovely people :0)

It is perfectly situated for enjoying the countryside and visiting Florence. I drive to the Figline train station and get the train to Florence for the day - no hassle of expensive parking OR tackling the one way system.The nearby town San Giovanni Valdarno is gorgeous too!

The Taverna Del Lago ( a short drive further up the lane from Hotel Del Lago ) makes exquisite Tuscan food. My boyfriend liked the Wild Boar pasta.

The starters are mouth watering, the tomatoes actually smell like tomatoes (!!!) not like the prepacked rubbish in the UK, the mushroom truffle on toasted bread is exquisite, the artichoke, local prosciutto .... at amazing prices.... I could go on.
It has a very nice french guy (who speaks fluent english) who is very helpful with the menu. You will see locals there too for that authentic Tuscan experience.
In San Giovanni Valdarno there are some very cute little cafe with scrumptious cakes .... all at very reasonable prices compared to the overpriced tourist land of Florence.
Hotel Del Lago is a fine price to stay - especially considering the price of the rooms! I would 100% recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2006, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel del Lago

Address: Localita Lago Ampollino, 52022 Cavriglia, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cavriglia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Cavriglia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel del Lago 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located at the edge of the Chianti region, this ancient farm overlooking Lake St. Cyprian was converted into a familiar hotel. Ideal location for couples and families seeking a healthy relaxation, offers comfortable and simply furnished rooms with private bathromm. Free parking and wi-fi, breakfast included and the opportunity to take advantage of half-board at the participating restaurants are some of our services. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Del Lago Hotel
Del Lago Cavriglia
Hotel Del Lago Italy/Cavriglia, Tuscany

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