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“Damn near perfect!” 5 of 5 stars
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Palazzo Brandano
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Val Gelata, 18, 53020 Petroio, Italy   |  
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Reading, United Kingdom
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92 reviews 92 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Damn near perfect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

A beautifully restored villa in this beautiful and tiny (and very old) hill-top village that manages to live up to its rather ambitious website description - very relaxing and high quality, where everyone is treated as though they are an old friend. Ouzmane and Linda are the perfect hosts, greeting you with a glass of wine on arrival and sharing a joke or 3.

From a tourist's perspective, it's brilliantly positioned and within easy access to many of the local towns, vineyards and olive groves.

The restaurant is high quality and reasonable value, although the menu didn't change in the 4 days we stayed there, which was mildly disappointing. Also, there are no loungers anywhere to enjoy an afternoon nap in the sunshine, just 'bistro' style chairs with small dining tables outside.

Also, it's a short, but very steep climb from the car park to the hotel, so it may not be suitable for people who aren't as mobile as they may once have been.

Overall, a fabulous 'home' with perfect hosts - we will be back!!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Hope Island, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We always check TripAdvisor before booking and Palazzo Brandano certainly lived up to all its excellent reviews. Location ...absolutely superb, even though you need nerves of steel if you venture to drive up to the Hotel entrance( parking below is far easier and Ousmane will happily help collect bags without you dragging them up the very steep hill!) The building is pure classic Tuscany but inside has been gently modernized without losing any charm. The bedrooms are spacious, comfortable , air conditioned and bathrooms updated so that everything works! Trust me that is not something to ignore. A perfect base to explore Tuscany from. There are indoor and outdoor areas to relax in, where you can read or as we did, enjoy the company of other guests and share a bevy (or two...) Dinner at the restaurant is an experience all of its own. Food ...excellent. Service....excellent. All I can say is that we loved every moment at this Hotel. The staff, the guests and the Accordion player from Siena. A special thanks to Ousmane and Linda( Julia Roberts) .

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  • Stayed September 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
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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We spent one week in the hotel Palazzo Brandano with our 2 children early August and had a fantastic time. The accomodation and food were great. We actually chose to have most of our dinners at the hotel as the food was so fresh and Ousmane had a great selection of wines. Our kids even ordered a chocolate fondant that was not on the menu.
The breakfast was all you could ask for: freshly baked cakes, fresh bread, fresh fruit salad, hot chocolate and cereals, eggs...
After having spent one week in a 5 stars hotel with Spa in the area, we finally discovered Tuscany thanks to Ousmane who took us to great places including an olive oil factory, win and ham tasting and pecorino (cheese) factory. ousmane also recommended a couple of restaurants in the area where we met locals.
Overall a fanstatic experience and we will be back.

Room Tip: We stayed in the biggest suite on the first floor. Great room. Quiet and with air conditioning.
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  • Stayed August 2013, 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

My family and I ate here on two nights and we could not have had a better experience of Tuscan food and hospitality. Idyllically set with breathtaking views over the Tuscan hills, the two evenings we spent here were fantastic. The food was amazing, and Ousmane organised a great cooking class where I learnt how to cook a five course meal at very short notice. I thoroughly recommend staying here to anyone wanting to visit Tuscany-perfect for a romantic break but also for families. Ousmane is the perfect host and made our meals so memorable. This was the highlight of our holiday in Tuscany and I look forward to staying here in the future.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

We travel around in Italy quite a lot and we must really say that this is a special place with special people
You can't get better accomodation anywhere and when it comes to service this place is special...
Not only is Ousmane and team are making the stay very comfortable but it's also the relaxing atmosphere that they create in this place. It isvfelt everywhere - in the lobby, the view, the open doors, the outside area...

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We stayed at Palazzo Brandano from 8/26-9/4, and were just blown away by the service, food, atmosphere, scenery, and the list goes on. The dynamic duo of Linda and Ousmane made our stay truly memorable. Both Linda and Ousmane went out of their way to make our stay exceptional. From arranging wine, cheese, olive oil tastings, to restaurant recommendations nothing was too much for Ousmane to arrange. He even had us follow him in his car for hard to find tastings. Where else would you get that service?? The location is a great base to tour Tuscany with Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Umbria, etc. close by. Our room was large and spacious and nicely appointed with beautiful architectural features. The food in the restaurant was exceptional. We can especially recommend the baked stuffed zucchini flowers, shoulder of rabbit and heavenly penna cotta. Dinner on the terrace while the sun was setting or having a glass of Prosecco after a day of sight seeing was breathtaking. We could go on and on, but go experience for yourself! We will definitely be back!!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brattleboro, Vermont, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

the hotel deserve four stars or more. There is charming Ousmane who greats a guest in any language and can arrange almost anything you want to see or do of a very good quality. The setting in the small town of Petroio is elegant without being ostentatious. Each room is nicely decorated and is only surpassed by the food. Imagine watching the sun set on a veranda above the tuscan valley then eating dinner with a rustic lantern on each table. My meal included baked stuffed zucchini flowers, perfectly prepared gnocchi and a divine penna cotta. All accented by superb wine chosen by Ousmonne the manager. Would return in a heart beat.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Palazzo Brandano Hotel
Palazzo Brandano Petroio
Palazzo Brandano Hotel Petroio
Palazzo Brandano Petroio, Italy - Tuscany
Address: Via Val Gelata, 18, 53020 Petroio, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Petroio
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Petroio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Palazzo Brandano 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Palazzo Brandano's beautiful suites, spacious rooms and charming apartments are all luxuriously and comfortably furnished with handcrafted frescos by famous Italian Renaissance artists. Each air-conditioned accommodation boasts a flat screen satellite television, DVD player, HIFI stereo equipment, mini bar, safety deposit box and internet access. Bathrooms are equipped with either luxury massage showers or Jacuzzi bath tubs. Il Brandano restaurant with its stunning terrace serves modern Tuscan cuisine and an extensive selection of wines. ... more   less 

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