Just for reference so you can understand our point of view when reading below, we are a middle age Canadian couple of European background well traveled judging by the fact that our fridge is running out of space for magnets. This review is written from the perspective of both myself and my wife.
Hotel overall impression
We were quite impressed by the quality of the hotel, very clean, staff that is very friendly and professional, the building looks great on the outside and inside. There is great attention for details in the decoration of the hotel, the services that are being offered and overall you see a distinct desire to create a welcoming warm environment. We consider this to be an upscale hotel.
This hotel is located on the main street that crosses the very picturesque town of Pienza. From the hotel is easy to reach each corner of the town by foot. Going up the old street (pedestrian, no car) there's plenty of small shops and restaurants. Parking is provided on the side street (extra cost) where the hotel has dedicated parking spots. At the time when we visited there was a festival going on and parking was busy but the staff was great to direct us on how and where to park.
Bright contemporary style room with sparkling floors and glass shower enclosure. The toilet located in a separate room from the bathroom. Very clean, the AC was very quiet at night and the bed also great (we like it a bit on the firm side). There is even a phone in the bathroom, and there is a small fridge in the room as well.
Breakfast - we had breakfast included at this hotel and it was good, maybe not as much matching our morning eating habits (I tend to eat like athletes in the morning, eggs and sausage and toast, vegetables, etc, lots of calories) but of good quality for sure. Cold cuts, cheeses, bread of more than one kind, even some whole wheat bread (which is not as popular in Italy from what we've seen). There's also jams, fruits, butter, coffee and juice. The breakfast service was very friendly and always there when needed. Of course the espresso or cappuccino served to perfection, simply great. It was funny that aiming to please and knowing that we are from Canada we were being asked every morning if we want coffee Americano which we always declined with a smile and opted for cappuccino.
There is an outdoor spa terrace on the first floor (above the ground floor) with 7-8 sun beds of good quality and 2 whirlpool tubs and nicely decorated with umbrellas and some plants. It looked like a great spot for resting at the end of the day although we did not find the time to use it. You can get a robe and slippers for using the spa from the reception.
Also on the main floor there is a PC for internet access for a small fee, but there is also free WIFI access which works quite well, in case you have your own device.
There are great armchairs and some couches to rest on and socialize with other tourists in this lobby, some books and magazines as well. I watched some great Italian soccer one evening.
A great thanks to the staff at the reception. They went above the duty and helped me out with reaching on the phone to the Canadian bank I deal with to resolve an issue with my credit card that was suspended due to a suspicious transaction. It took 15 minutes of waiting time before I could get them on the phone and I used the phone at the reception for this. This credit card issue created a great deal of anxiety for us, we were thinking that if the debit card will also be suspended we are left with a few euros in our pocket and will be unable to continue our vacation, or even get back home, or not be able to even pay for the hotel.
Lesson learned, always tell your bank that you are traveling abroad so that they don't suspend your credit card "for your security and protection".
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