The official page for this review states well kept gardens and even as they prepared to host a wedding today, weeds between border plantings stood at attention high above the border. And in the cloister, weeds sprout everywhere between the bricks (although this lends a bit of old world charm unlike the weedy formal-ish gardens.)
We chose this place mostly for the pool, yet it was closed, they said, until the end of May but I could find nowhere in their information on this site or other sites that states this. A terrible disappointment.
I was able to view several rooms and asked to be relocated upon arrival, which they did and to a very nice room However, it should be noted that if you are at all a light sleeper, a room opening onto the courtyard should not be your preference as all the courtyard noise is amplified up to your window. And as there is also no fan or air conditioning until June (and per other review this seems iffy as well) you are going to want your window open for ventilation.
If a hairdryer is important to you, make sue the one i n your room works BEFORE you unpack. Not only was someone traveling with us unable to get it to work because the hose came apart (nothing s bit of duct tape couldn't fix, mind you) but after reporting it on day one of a 5 day trip no effort was made to fix it.
And beware weddings season which I would imagine is lengthy. The set up starts in the courtyard at 730a.m. And lasted all day, again, if you a on the courtyard, there will be no sleeping for you. It will also take the same amount of time and noise to break down, hence more noise. Also, hot water was unavailable the morning of the wedding, we surmised due to wedding prep. No one seemed to know about it or be able to help. Additionally, the door off the courtyard to the street is locked and you are rerouted to the garden entrance/exit to a side street during the whole wedding festivities which from our experience lasted 7 to 8 hours.
Many if the rooms looked like the professional pics but I would say that the reviewers pics are more accurate on every level. My room was #407 and but for the noise of the courtyards was excellent.king bed with two twins so they could be pulled a bit apart if needed. Large wardrobe, very large bathroom, adequate lighting and very little noise from other rooms. However BEWARE that if you are not n the main building you will have no access to an elevator. This is the third floor.
While breakfast is very adequate and included, the coffee by american standards is sub par. They will make you espresso or latte but for an extra charge.
The view at this hotel off the back gardens is to die for. The breakfasting area outdoors is here too. It really is unparalleled. The access to the streets of Pienza is also unparalleled. You are right in the center of the old city. Absolutely perfect.
I would recommend Eating at La Buca di Enea for lunch or dinner, cash only,small, reservations recommended. Very authentic. Very friendly. This is off the main street. We find main street restaurants to have a higher cover charge and less friendly service. Get recommendations. Also very nice is http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g644280-d1224778-Reviews-Trattoria_Latte_di_Luna.
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