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“A little piece of heaven” 5 of 5 stars
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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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Winchester, United Kingdom
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“A little piece of heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

Beautiful, elegant quality in a Stunning, peaceful location high in the hills. Fabulous, simple food and room with fantastic view. First swim of the year much welcome after a long hot day. All beautifully laid on with no fuss. A true gem.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Buntingford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

On our journey out to Italy I was suddenly struck by the thought that I might have been making a terrible mistake. I had booked a whole fortnight in a tiny hotel that I knew nothing about other than what I had seen on the hotel's web site and on Trip Advisor. I need not have worried. This beautiful little hotel, high up in the Tuscan hills is excellent. The staff, led by the supremely efficient Signor Protti could not have been more friendly or more helpful. Signor Protti helped us plan our visits to all the Tuscan towns and cities that we wished to see and the charming Jalilla (who ran the restaurant) was a mine of information about shopping. The standard of service in this beautifully renovated 17th century hotel is of the highest; the rooms, though rustic in decor, are immaculate. The grounds are beautiful with terraces overlooking spectacular views of the Tuscan countryside. The food, served either in the pretty dining room or outside on the terrace, is excellent (the huge choice at breakfast being particularly memorable). We had planned to eat out from time to time but two forays into other restaurants in the area convinced us that it wasn't worth the effort - the food on offer at Relais San Pietro, although limited in terms of choice (particularly if you are staying for any length of time) was so perfectly cooked and presented that we ate in the hotel restaurant most evenings. All of this, together with the utter tranquility of the location, made it a perfect holiday.

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

To begin with, the location, high in the green Tuscan hills with in the far distance the medieval profile of Castiglion Fiorentino. Then Mr. Luigi Protti, always correct, friendly and helpful. The buildings, an old church property beautifully converted. Breakfast buffets were fabulous with a wide choice of good things, and perfect coffee. We had all of our dinners at the hotel and whatever we chose was delicious, served by a pleasant waitress. In summer one can eat outdoors, with beautiful views everywhere, but we also found the small diningroom very attractive. This hotel is beautifully furnished and the grounds are very attractive. There is no way we can suggest improvements, because everything was perfect.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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Llandudno, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

It is difficult to write this review. The hotel is of an extremely high standard and attention to detail is meticulous. The location is stunning with wonderful views on the edge of a tiny Tuscan hilltop village.

Luigi, the rather elderly (I hope he doesn't mind me saying this) but charming owner offers the most polite and personal service you could hope for.

We had booked a triple room but they ended up giving us two rooms; one for us and one for our daughter without charging us any extra.

My wife, my daughter and I stayed here for a couple of nights earlier this month. The first night we ate in the restaurant - the food was excellent but quite limited in choice. The hotel seems to be entirely family run with the same people fulfilling different functions but in different uniforms.

So what's the problem? And it's only slight. One feels like a bit of a house guest. On the second night we returned about 9:45. Everything was locked up (we had been given a key!). We didn't feel comfortable trying to find someone to ask for a drink but luckily we had some wine left over from the previous night.

It's a charming and beautiful property but if, like us, you like to sit up and enjoy a few late night glasses of wine you may be slightly frustrated.

It was very quiet - we only saw three other room guests and no children. I wouldn't recommend for children.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

A fantastic location and entirely relaxing stay. Rooms are individually decorated and, as will the facilties, reflect the attention to detail. Buffet breakfast and dinner are splendid.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Montreal
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28 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

A truly out of this world place to stay between Tuscany and Umbria. High on a hilltop overlooking views that are breathtaking, a romantically restored old stone building that oozes beauty, classic style, modern conveniences and attention to every detail. Service is perfect, breakfast is a delicious large buffet with cheeses, fruit, yogourt, pastries, eggs, fresh orange juice. Beautiful pool on the hill top just below a stone deck overlooking fantastic views, everything immaculately kept up. You don't find places like this any more, nor hosts like Signor Protti who brings a certain charm and style to his carefully tended hotel. It's a bit hard to get to without a GPS -- the web site lists the latitude/longitude which will make navigating there much easier. Great stepping stone to Cortona and Umbria.

Monica in Quebec

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Mahopac, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

The words to that song kept swirling in my head throughout our 4 night stay. (Even now, as I am remembering.) The peace, the views, the food, the room... everything exceeded every expectation we had.

That being said, here are some tips and insights:

-Rent A Car. If you can't drive manual, make sure you call ahead to let Sr. Protti know you'd like an automatic. (Or perhaps a Vespa?) The man works wonders and will find you the best options; we decided to get a car while we were there and because of the short notice it was a challenge to find one we could drive... but he did it! You could retreat from the world and take day trips in a taxi (the drivers the Prottis were using while we were there are absolutely charming) but if you'd like to leave the grounds even more than twice to explore the Tuscan countryside or get a bite to eat off-grounds, it is more economical (and freeing) if you rent a vehicle.

-In your car, listen to 102.5. Very normal people. Great music.

-Be prepared for old-world living. Guests are asked, via a rather lengthy list of regulations left in the room, to dress appropriately for dinner (I think they call it casual elegant or something poetical like that), women are given menus without prices and Sr. Protti, your maitre'd, takes the order from the men. You are "invited" to the dining area after being given a glass of Prosecco (I assume) to enjoy, and the service itself is formal.

-Order the sweet and sour vegetables. Trust me.

-Bring a book, or peruse the bookshelves they have and borrow something left by a previous traveler (or finish your book and leave it for future guests). Simply looking through the titles and inscriptions in all different languages is enchanting... unless you are like my husband, and must have some sort of electronic stimulation. In that case...

-Use your iPad, iTouch, whatever. One night we rented a movie from iTunes and snuggled close to watch it. Because the room's wifi was spotty, we asked Sr. Protti to keep it behind the desk in the main building as it downloaded, and he happily obliged. The nights can be very quiet, silence broken only by the sound of a distant Vespa or--creepily--a wild boar. Having something to do or plan is a really, really good idea.

-The dinners, while extraordinary, can get a little expensive, so take your rental and go to nearby Castiglion de Fiorentino to get some deli, pick up a bottle of wine, and picnic somewhere one night. Best roasted chicken, roasted pepper and pesto sandwich I've ever had. FYI, the Relais doesn't allow outside food in, so explore and find a spot next to a sunflower field. (A rental car is looking better and better, isn't it?)

-We stayed in mid-late July. We had booked a Junior Suite (our honeymoon, after all) but we were upgraded when we got there (woohoo!). It didn't take long to figure out why... they have, I think, about 8 rooms, but we were one of three couples staying there at the time of check-in. The second or third day it was just ourselves and one other couple.

-The breakfast spread is impressive and delicious. Best we had on our trip.

-I have to agree with a previous poster that the dinners can be so quiet they seem almost awkward, so if you are sensitive to that sort of thing, be aware. For us, the elegant dining experience that can't be found anywhere else, coupled with the amazing food, made up for any awkwardness. Also, wine helps.

Truly, Relais San Pietro in Polvano is a gem. We will be back one day. I can't wait!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: Localita Polvano, 3, 52043 Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Castiglion Fiorentino
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Castiglion Fiorentino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Relais San Pietro in Polvano 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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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