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“Traditional and Intimate Toscana” 5 of 5 stars
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Relais La Saracina
SS146, Km 29, 53026 Pienza, Italy   |  
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Ranked #3 of 7 hotels in Pienza
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“Traditional and Intimate Toscana”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

La Saracina is a beautiful and intimate setting, encompassing the character and genuine feel of the ‘traditional Tuscan experience’. With sweeping views across the Val d'Orcia and to the township of Pienza, it is a stunning facility. Gabriella and Simonetta are two wonderful hosts, making you feel ever so comfortable and cultivating the experience one has in the Tuscan hills.

The rooms are very spacious and finished in great detail. The buffet breakfast is extremely generous, encompassing quality local foods and produce. Beautiful gardens and swimming pools surround the rooms, and close proximity to Montepulciano, Pienza, and Florence, it is a must if one is seeking the traditional and genuine experience of a Tuscan holiday.

Happy and safe travels, and do call the lovely girls; it is an experience that will last longer than the Toscana sunset.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Silverdale, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

What a treat to stay at this place. It is a little bit of heaven! Set way back off the road on a cyprus tree lined drive, it is so peaceful you can hear the birds singing. It has a beautiful view of Pienza from the lovely grounds by the pool. The 2 sisters that ran the place while I was there treated me like family! Such gracious hosts it is easy to tell they love their job and go out of their way to make sure your stay is very pleasurable.

I really enjoyed my stay even more as the place I stayed just before my stay at La Saracina left so much to be desired; sadly I based the stay at the other lodging ( just before my stay at La Saracina) on triadadvsor reviews and can only come to the conclusion that most of the reviews were posted by that establishment's friends and family! This is the reason I decided I need to write about La Saracina as you definitely get value for your money, but if you go to Tuscany expecting air conditioning then you will have very few places to stay as it is almost non existent.

This is a perfect location, half way between Pienza and Montepulchiano.

I truly look forward to returning!

  • Stayed May 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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Washington, DC
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We stayed at La Saracina during the summer, and arrived dismayed to find no air conditioning. Of course, no A/C is typical in Tuscany, so be sure to ask specifically. In addition, the fan in our room was too high up and generated no cool air and squeaked obnoxiously. I've never been so overheated in my life. It was kind of miserable. Additionally, do not assume that you will be able to get laundry done here. They charged us 150 euro for a couple of loads. If you're like us and like to pack with one week of clothes for a multi-week trip, make sure you get your laundry done before you get here. And lastly, you absolutely must have a car to stay at La Saracina. The whole experience was really disappointing. The facility itself is lovely. The pool was a saving grace. The lavender found throughout the property was gorgeous. I loved the dogs, although friends of ours found them very pesky. Breakfast was good. Recommendations the sisters make for activities will be what tourists like, so if you prefer not to go to pricey meals every night and do winery tour after winery tour, come prepared with what you want to do. It's located several miles from both Montalpulciano and Pienza, both of which are really quaint, lovely towns. The best way to spend time in Tuscany is by settling in to a much slower pace, limiting activities, and really enjoy the moment - drink lots of wine and mangia! I think La Saracina would be absolutely lovely in the spring or fall.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We have just revisited La Saracina and it was even more wonderful than my memory. Gabriella and Simonetta are the most gorgeous and warm hosts. Our room was very spacious and beautifully appointed with so much creativity coupled with first class comforts. They advised us well on places of interest and restaurants to visit together it's handling bookings and reservations.

Breakfast is such a treat - a beautiful glass room set amongst a magnificent
Tuscan garden with the most amazing fare.


These girls run a 'prima class' property and I can't wait to return!

We will definetly return

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We stayed at La Saracina many times. And rule out any negative ratings ever given.
It is truly magical. The location is a total bliss. The owner Simonetta is as elegant as she knows her way around. She advised us the best restaurants and locations to visit.
A person would be mad or just negative to write something bad about this place.
We met people that stayed the for 15 years as trusted customers and they are not the only ones..

If you want to relax, feel at home and well treated, then go there! I tell you.. If people are negative, they probably want to keep it to themselves what the real problem is in their life!

Room Tip: Take a suite.. I saw all the rooms for next vist and they have huge bathrooms! And to take a last...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Port Clinton, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

We spent 8 nights at La Saracina in May of 2012. Although Simonetta and Gabriella were gracious hosts, our room lacked in creature comforts. No TV for the entire stay (was told the "dish had been acting up"), no heat or hot water the first morning we awoke, no sitting area or anything other than the bed. Noise was a big problem. We had one almost entire sleepless night as what appeared as their friends who stayed in the next room kept us up most of one night with a drunken party. Also, do not plan on laundry service. It is provided, but expensive!! It is almost $10 US for a single pair of pants. Are you kidding me?? Breakfast provided was good, the grounds were safe. But we believe there must be a better deal in rural Tuscany than this for over $300 US per night. It was our biggest dissappointment of our trip.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

Very romantic, very clean & hosts Simonetta & Gabriella are tremendous hosts. Highly recommend if traveling in Tuscan region.

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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Address: SS146, Km 29, 53026 Pienza, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Pienza
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 7 hotels in Pienza
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