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“Lost charm” 3 of 5 stars
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Via Ara Urcea 43 | san quirico - SIENA, 53027 Bagno Vignoni, Italy   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Bagno Vignoni
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“Lost charm”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

My parents used to take me to this hotel 30 years ago when I was a teenager and the place was run by two elderly sisters in pure Tuscan family style. It was a rare gem. Today their nephew took over and he did some nice renovations , but the hotel lost completely its charm. The pool is now open to general public , so you get these crowds of noisy day packers ..not exclusive at all considering that the pool is the only plus you are willing to pay for an overpriced three stars room. The restaurant is terrible : waiters are rude and unprofessional, food is a wannabe international chef kind of thing , when the main thing of going to Tuscany is to taste the local earthy cuisine. Unfortunately everything change. I will not go again. Very disappointing.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2010

If you are looking for an American-style luxury experience, please look for another place. One of the reasons that we love this small, family run hotel is that we hardly ever run into other Americans here. We are always looking for an authentic Italian experience. We love interacting with the Italian and European guests who also love it for about a million trillion reasons.

This place is a great base for making day trips throughout Tuscany. Posta Marcucci is in a teensy little town in the countryside but it is also in the middle of anywhere you want to visit in southern Tuscany. From here, you can be in Pienza in 17 minutes, in Montalcino in 20 minutes, Montepulciano in 30 minutes, Siena in 45 minutes and San Gimigniano in 1 hour 15 minutes. Chiusi is also half an hour. OMG, don't get me started, in fact... there is San Quirico d'Orchia a few minutes away (with a COOP store for provisions, also Pienza, Buonconvento, Montepulciano and Montalcino) as well. We have even driven into Florence for a day trip but it does take an hour and a half. We have also driven to the Marremma and to Bulgary from here. so, it's in a great position. Find Bagno Vignoni on a map and draw a circle 30 to 50 miles out and you see what you can access from here!

Bagno Vignoni is a tiny town but it still offers several (5-6) spectacular shops and also some terrific restaurants. (all within a 90 second walk from the hotel.) The town piazza is a centuries old pool filled with hot water bubbling up from the underground hots springs. It is no longer used for bathing but it's beautiful and astonishing to see. Saints, popes and Etruscans have visited and bathed here.

But, this hotel has a wonderful restaurant with wonderful food and also a wonderful wine list. Some friends of ours stayed here in August and told us they ate all their meals at the hotel and were extremely happy. Breakfast is served buffet style and includes hot scrambled eggs and bacon amongst choices of cold meats, yogurt, cereals, fruit, toasts and many home-baked dangerous pastries and croissants (Italian ones, dusted with sugar, not the French style.) Lunch and dinner menus are posted daily and you are asked at breakfast which meals you'll be attending so that the chefs can plan. Lunch is also buffet but they usually serve one main course from the kitchen. Please note that lunch (1-2pm) and dinner (8-9pm) are served for 1 hour only; so be there!

The place is clean and comfortable with a cheerful staff who will help you in any way. English is spoken but sometimes is also charmingly misspoken... we were once surprised to be served something other than the cauliflower dish that was on the menu because someone hadn't remembered the correct word. The rooms are comfortable and "spacious" by European standards. The bathrooms are updated and are also clean and comfortable. (again, by European standards.) Bare floors, windows that open, views to enjoy especially on the side that faces "La Rocca." They provide nice toiletries, terry slippers and bathrobes which are essential for your visits to the pool, which is one of the main attractions to this place. No gym, no concierge (it's small)

The only thing you need to know is that some sort of bathing cap is required and the hotel provides plastic shower caps, which most guests wear. The newsstand sells alternatives along with affordable bathing suits and flip flops. You can always wear the terry slippers to the pool, though. The pool is accessed through the first floor hallway one floor above floor "terra" the main ground floor, then down a set of stairs or a small elevator to the "water rooms" level. You go through the Stanze dell' Aqua where there is an indoor pool, solarium, sauna and jet spa, though for the life of me, I have not been able to figure out why so many people love this area when the outdoor experience is steps away! (The lounge chairs are often full of people dozing and lazing around. ) We go through a glass door (push the red button and it slides open) into a little hallway where you hang your bathrobe on the hook that corresponds to your room number. Leave your flip-flops one the side and go down the stairs that immerse you in the water. So you access the outdoor pools without having to go outside! Honestly, it's divine.

The pool is divided into two parts. The larger section is for swimming; I estimate the water temperature (which can vary with weather or cleaning) to be in the low to mid-80s. Perfect for swimming laps, especially in winter when the outside air may be in the 30s. The other section is the hot section; water pours off two spouts that you can stand under for a hydro massage, if you can stand the heat. Benches are built into this section in different places; you can swim, paddle around or just sit and soak away your aches. Pool opens 8am and closes at 7.30pm and is closed in the midday during lunch. (12.30-2pm or something like that, I was just there and already can't remember.) It is IMPORTANT to know that alternating sections of the pool get closed on Thursdays for cleaning. This production is also an amazing thing to watch; the section is pumped out and men in galoshes scrub it down. We plan all day trips on Thursdays because of this. The indoor pool in the "Water Rooms" is open though, if you need a nice warm soak. I should also say that the water is amazing. No chlorine or chemicals are added. It's a little milky from the minerals and it feels fabulous. We've tried several other hot springs and found them to be too hot for swimming laps or to stay in for long and some have sulfur smells that are noxious and overpowering. Not so here. You can also stay elsewhere and buy a day pass to this pool but it's really expensive and the hours are shorter for day-trippers and the experience of coming in and out of the water through the stairway into the water rooms is lost. (You have to use the outside daytripper section.)

So, if you are like us and are looking for a more authentic Italian experience (short of staying somewhere with a family) with access to every tourist destination and then some, consider staying at "Marcucci's Place." (The pool alone is, as they say in the Michelin guides, worth the journey.)

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2010

A wonderful warm welcome from Simona the receptionist, her helpfulness was constant throughout our two night stay. Our room, 105, was a very good sized double, nice fresh bed linen with the usual extra blankets and pillows. The bathroom was a decent size with very powerful shower and plentiful hot water. We were supplied with some wonderfully fluffy white robes for use in the spa.

We were on a walking holiday and had planned a days rest here which proved to be a very good move. The pool was fed by a hot spring which despite earlier reviews on trip advisor was just like a hot bath, in fact the feed to the pool was by a small double waterfall which you could sit under giving you a heavenly neck and back massage it was almost too hot to bear so I'm not sure if the temperature varies at different times of the year but I certainly wouldn't have like it any hotter.

The spa facilities within the hotel were very good with direct access from inside the hotel through a screen to the pool outside. There was also a jacussi, turkish steam room and two saunas with the accompanying showers, loungers and drinks facilites, the only critism was that there wasn't much space indoors for lounging but saying that there was a huge amount of space outdoors for this but we were a bit unlucky with the weather.

Unfortunately the breakfast was disappointing, usual continental fayre with a limited choice of cereals and yoghurt no rolls ham or cheese selection only sliced bread, salami and the local cheese not sure what it was but it resembled tasteless refined cottage cheese! There were a lot of cakes and pastries but if that's not your thing for breakfast which it isn't mine then it was a struggle to find something to eat, with a better selection of ham and cheese it would have been fine, a shame as everything else about the hotel was very good certainly not bad enough though to put me off coming here again or recommending it to other travellers.

The village of Bagno Vignoni is very small and quaint with a couple of shops, restaurants and one bar. I can recommend L'Osteria La Parata, we had very attentive service there and the local food was absolutely delicious, for 3 courses with wine we paid approx 25 euro per person.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2009

My wife and I stayed at Hotel Posta Marcucci last year and found it a tired old place, way past its prime.

Maybe some day some time in the past it was the place to go, to be seen but this hotel and spa is old, run down and overdue for a major upgrading.

The rooms are basic and of need of some simple necessary maintenance.

It is clear that Hotel & Spa Adler Thermae which opened in 2004 offers better value even though it is a lot more expensive. The staff at the Post Marcucci don’t care, are generally aloof and unsympathetic.

The outdoor pool is ordinary and almost cool for a so called thermal pool. The indoor Water Rooms are merely a joke. The hydro-massage bath tub was cool, Turkish bath so small and cramped that only one or two could be in it at one time and the sauna was not functioning.

The morning buffet breakfast was the only saving feature about the whole place, since it was a better that the standard Italian breakfast.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2009

We spent 5 nights at the Marcucci, wooed by their enticing brochure which tells of how the hotel is family run, with the wmell of cake-baking on Fridays, etc, The brochure is a complete work of fiction! During our 5 nights we met no member of the family, there was an impersonality hardly imagineable, and we were struck - being hoteliers ourselves - by the complete absence of any concern as to how we were enjoying ourselves, had we slept well, nothing whatsoever in the hospitality line, The food was ordinary, very. The breakfasts especially unremarkable. The location of the hotel is beautiful, the spa pools wonderful. The room was basic, the bathroom very badly designed - our knees tucked under the basin surrounds when sitting on the loo - we had fantastic weather and many lovely walks. It would be hard to have a bad holiday in this most beautiful part of the world. But it was no thanks whatsoever to the Hotel Marcucci. Would we go back? Yes to the area, never to the hotel.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2008

Beatiful hotel in a beautiful one-square town. The pool/hot springs are marvelous. Amazing food, amazing place.

  • Stayed July 2007
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2007

The hotel is pretty good, comfortable, good spa areas but sometimes crowded with people who seem to park themselves in the choicest spots and stay there all day. Also don't expect the water in the thermal pools or even the jacuzzi to be hot -- warm or even very warm, but not what I usually think of for "hot springs" or a jacuzzi. The wet and dry saunas were nice for heat.

Our room was very decent, a bit better than I expected, with a great view of the rolling hills and the castle on the other side. All told the Val d'Orcia is an incredibly beautiful spot, especially with the fog rolling across the hills outside the window in the early morning.

Staff was helpful but not in a particularly personal way. No complaints overall with the hotel.

I would skip the hotel dining room if any of the other (few) restaurants in town are open. First night there we ate at the hotel, felt like it was a catered event, dining room only open for 1-1/2 hours, service felt rushed (especially for Italy), and the food was just ok. Especially when there is an excellent option right next door, La Parata, or Osteria de Leone on the square, where we had very good meals at fairly reasonable prices. We skipped breakfast after the first one, not that it was bad but because it was overpriced and we just wanted to get out early to start the day and we usually don't eat much before lunch time anyway--not worth 15 euro for a very generic buffet of coffee, yogurt, canned peaches, breads and cereals.

Good location for exploring Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza, Castello Banfi...a bit far if you want to spend much time in the city of Siena or the more well-known areas of Chianti, which we ended up passing by because we didn't have many days there and didn't want to spend so much time driving.

Bagno Vignoni itself is sleepy, very few restaurants and shops, but Il Barrino, the jazz bar across the street and associated with the hotel, had a good vibe (though no live music during the height of tourist season).

The hotel seemed mostly patronized by older couples, maybe 50's and up, while Il Barrino seemed much more happening for a mixed crowd of generally younger locals and tourists.

We had a good time there but I would only stay there again if I wanted to have a good base for further exploration of Pienza, Montalcino, or Montepulciano AND wanted to take advantage of the spa stuff more.

  • Liked — Location, spa
  • Disliked — Not very lively, seemed better suited for retirees
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Via Ara Urcea 43 | san quirico - SIENA, 53027 Bagno Vignoni, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Bagno Vignoni
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Bagno Vignoni
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Number of rooms: 36
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