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Relais San Pietro in Polvano
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Localita Polvano, 3, 52043 Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy   |  
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Hod Hasharon
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“This place is amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

The place isn't easy to find, particularly if you're using a map, but it is perfect. (Try to arrive before nightfall.) Our room was clean and beautifully laid out with its rustic furniture and wooden beamed ceiling. The bathroom (just a shower) was clean and modern and well-stocked with towels, shampoos, etc..

Breakfast was a delight with its local cheeses and squeezed orange juice(for which no extra charge is made unlike at some other places at which we had stayed)

The owners, Luigi (he speaks good English) and his wife, are clearly eager to maintain high standards and to keep their place looking good. (Instructions include not to move furniture in the bedrooms and not to walk around barefooted except by the pool!) There is free access to the internet.

The staff were very kind and helpful and the view from this location is absolutely splendid.

There is no lift and Luigi wanted to carry our suitcases up two flights of stairs to the bedroom, but I wasn't prepared to let this charming Italian (no youngster) do so.

My only regret was that this was our last night in Italy. We could have stayed there much longer.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Salisbury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

Relais San Pietro is a delightful, relaxing and very comfortable hotel. Situated in the hills of Polvano it has a beautiful location with wonderful views. An ideal base to explore Tuscany and Umbria or just to relax by the pool. The service, food and accomdation are highest quality. The host Signor Protti is charming and all the family are very friendly and helpful. We rate this as one of the best places to stay in Italy and hope to return in the future.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

The setting is very nice and the views are indeed excellent. Signor Protti is very pleasant and his old style approach to service is nice. There is a lot to do in the area. The typical clientele seemed like couples in their 50/60s from GB/USA/Canada. The breakfast is good. The rooms are clean and the bed was comfortable.

This dinner is fine but nothing extraordinary. There aren’t too many dining alternatives in close proximity so it’s a good thing that there is a big menu. One can have a meal at Castello Banfi - which tastes unequivocally better by an order of magnitude - at around the same price point. The dinner setting is awkward owing to a small dining room and lack of background noise so you can hear whispers across the room.

It was noisy in the morning with people coming and going and the ceilings / walls are thin so you also hear noises inside (like rolling suitcases overhead). That sort of thing is commensurate with a place that is charging at least EUR100 less than what we paid. For background, when traveling in continental Europe or in the Caribbean, we typically stay in small boutique hotels or B&B in a range of EUR 200-300 (equiv.) per night including breakfast for two people.

I felt compelled to write this review because we were partly influenced from all of these other (30+) 5-star reviews - and wanted to provide some balance for prospective visitors. Overall the value doesn’t stack up.

Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2011

What a wonderful place, set on a ridge overlooking the Tuscan forest and valleys close to the Umbrian border.
Not really a hotel; more the privilege of staying in Luigi Protti's family home; old fashioned courtesy, rather than the new fashioned science of 'customer care'.
If peace, silence and the smell of pine and olive groves is heaven; then it is here at the Relais San Pietro in Polvano.
God bless you Luigi; we shall be back!
Chris & Jenny Keeble.
Oxford, United Kingdom

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oakland, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

My wife, daughter and I spent 5 days at Relais San Pietro in June. The property is immaculate and beautifully sited on the hillside overlooking the Chio Valley. We stayed in a suite that included two bedrooms and two living rooms and was very comfortable and impressively furnished. Everything you read about Mr. Protti is true. He pays attention to every detail and does his best to make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. He also gave us good advice about touring Tuscany and on the night of my wife's birthday presented her with a beautiful (and delicious) cake. I cannot imagine a better place to enjoy Tuscany.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Frodsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2011

What a memorable eight days we had with Senor Protti and his family at the Relais San Pietro. Everything was just perfect. The rooms were just lovely and the service excellent. Senor Protti is such a kindly gentleman who ensures people are comfortable and feel at home. His staff are attentive and nothing is too much trouble. We had the most enjoyable breakfasts and were able to eat on the lovely terrace which overlooked the Chio Valley.
We had Dinner seven out of the eight nights and would not have eaten anywhere else, it was wonderful. The pool is nice for relaxing with wonderful views. If you love the birds and countryside why not try Senor Protti's Hotel. You will not be disappointed. We look forward to the next time we visit.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

I am not sure where to start! Our visit was way beyond our expectations. Mr. Protti and staff were so very attentive . We read the reviews on Trip Advisor and their website and travel advisors sites before we booked. We agree with everyone ! FANTASTIC! The property is located on a beautiful hilltop overlooking the Val de Chio valley. It takes your breath away when you first approch the view from the patio. When you enter the main public area you can see the careful details that were made to the renovations of the 300 year old farm house. Mt Protti is so gracious you feel like a guest in his home .
I really could go on and on. But I fear you will tire of my acolades.

We stayed 10 nights and ate at the resturant every night. Mrs Protti and her daughter-in-law prepare all the meals, fresh ingredents and traditional recipies. Their olive oil comes from their own olive groves . You can taste the freshness and flavor in all the foods they prepare! Oh, did I mention - as you wait to give your dinner order in the sitting area you will be served champagne! This is not your everyday place to stay!

Everyday we ventured out to see the wonderful sites of Tuscany and Umbria. We always arrived back at Relias San Pietro with a warm welcome from Mr Protti and his staff. Be advised you will need a car to come and go as it is in the country [about 6Km from Castiglion Fiorentino]. For the day trips to the larger cities, if you choose not to drive, the train station of Castiglion Fiorentino is only 15 min. away and has many connections to the larger towns like Florence. Relais San Pietro is centrally located if you want to use it as a base for your entire visit to the area. There is also plenty of parking at the train station to leave you car.

This hotel is perferct for adults and even honeymooners. I think it would be a little to quiet for children and teenagers. As for us - it made our entire trip to Tuscany absolutely fantastic!!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Localita Polvano, 3, 52043 Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Castiglion Fiorentino
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 hotels in Castiglion Fiorentino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Relais San Pietro in Polvano 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relais San Pietro in Polvano, a family-run establishment set in an eighteenth-century converted hamlet in the Tuscan hills, is pure paradise for those seeking a quiet retreat. The panoramic pool is located on one of the terraces overlooking the olive groves and valley and is the perfect spot for relaxing or sipping a drink whilst enjoying the spectacular sunsets. An evening turn-down service adds to the luxurious atmosphere and attention to detail. ... more   less 
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