We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews

RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Details

CUISINES
Italian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
View all details
meals, features
Reviews (65)
Filter reviews
17 results
Traveler rating
13
4
0
0
0
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
Traveler rating
13
4
0
0
0
See what travelers are saying:
Sort and selected filters
Sort FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed December 30, 2019 via mobile

Incredibly delicious and great service. Highly recommended. Thank you again for an amazing evening. :)

Date of visit: December 2019
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed October 20, 2019

We ate here as part of our Saga package and pre-ordered the three course evening meals that were part of the package. Generally, the food was excellent and I particularly enjoyed their combinations of local cheese and wild honeys that often featured. How the a...la carte diners fared I can’t say, but I suspect that many of the dishes would have been first-class. Suffice to say that the standard excelled the usual buffets at many bigger hotels.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed July 11, 2019

We loved staying at the Hotel Franceschi. Gavinana is a small, friendly village in a stunning setting. We were lucky enough to have room 209 on 2nd floor, and it had air conditioning, only a few rooms had A/C apparently. It was friendly and our...rep Gessica was a nice girl although we didn't see that much of her, and she was unable to see us off at the airport so we had to fend for ourselves! The food at the hotel was a bit hit and miss, sometimes we had strange accompaniments veg-wise e.g. pickled onions, beetroot (both with hot food) and red, green and yellow peppers. However the girls serving the food were lovely and friendly as were the family Franceschi. We did local walks and took buses to Pistoia and St Marcello, both nice places to visit and took the Vinci trip which was very illuminating. We eschewed the other trips as they were rather expensive and we had been to those places before. All in all we had a wonderful holiday and that part of Tuscany was a feast for the eyes.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed May 22, 2019

The weather was not good but the hotel was excellent, it is as the title says a family run hotel, it is not The Holiday Inn or Crowne Plazza, but it is a quiet , very friendly & clean hotel. The food is excellent and...there is plenty of it. There are some lovely walks in the area and I would like to go back when the weather is more as it should beMore

Date of visit: May 2019
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed January 19, 2018 via mobile

This is such a lovely family run hotel, exclusively for Saga guests. The food was very good and varied, each course had 3 choices so something for everyone's dietary needs. The rooms were very comfortable and had a warm quilt that was very cosy. We...did not have a bath, only a shower that was always good and hot. The family were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The surrounding area was beautiful, fabulous views of the mountains etc, and lovely walks. There are local buses at very reasonable prices that can take one to the nearest towns, some of these can also be reached by walking. We have nothing but praise for this hotel and will certainly visit again.More

Date of visit: September 2017
Helpful?4  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

We stayed at the Villa Franceschi for 1 week travelling with Saga. The hotel is a family run hotel who also live on the premises. The food was excellent with 3 courses each evening and 3 choices for each course. The patron and his family...were friendly and helpful. We had excellent trips out to Florence, Sienna and Vinci, these cost extra. There were other trips available also. Wonderful walks in the area that is covered with forest. A wonderful and enjoyable holiday, very memorable. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: September 2017
Helpful?5  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed June 29, 2017

This smallish, lovely, if slightly eccentric, 3 star family-run hotel in the Appenine mountains in northern Tuscany is really quite remote. It is set in a stunning location, in a medieval village with an imposing 13th century church and attractive municipal square complete with striking...statue of a warrior on horseback and trickling fountain. The views of the surrounding mountains are wonderful and tourists are few and far between. The hotel is a homely and welcoming base from which to go walking or visit by bus, train or private coach the great Tuscan cities of Florence, Sienna and Lucca and the hill village of San Gimignano. Wonderful provincial pasta, fish and meat dishes with fresh local produce, cheerful, friendly staff and, in our case, a rather cramped bathroom where the shower was too close to the toilet for comfort. Every surface in the hotel is crammed with knick knacks and family photographs – not for those who like their interiors minimalist. It’s also worth paying extra for a room with a balcony and views of the surrounding mountains. The walking can be quite daunting - some of the inclines are steep and the ground can be rough under foot. Serious walkers will need boots and poles. However there are easier walks for the more occasional rambler including a stroll around the village offering panoramic views of the encircling mountain settlements and the opportunity to stride along an old railway track to other nearby hamlets. Despite being 800 metres up the mountains, where temperatures are generally cooler than in the cities, it can get very hot here in the daytime. There is no swimming pool or outside garden, although there is a veranda with seating under an awning at the front of the hotel which abuts the village square. Nor is there any air conditioning in the bedrooms. There are two cafes, three grocers, one butchers, a pharmacy, a barbers, beauty salon and tabac. Gavinana is small and be warned very few locals speak English. In the comparative cool of the evening the locals gather in the square to gossip while the children play freely and house martins zoom in and out feeding their young in nests in the church tower. If you want a peaceful holiday away from hustle and bustle, this could be just the place. Simon MidgleyMore

Date of visit: June 2017
Helpful?15  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed April 21, 2016

Stayed at this lovely family run hotel for a week, the Franceschi family are delightful and treat everyone as a guest in their home. Gavinana is a secret hideaway off the main tourist trail and just the place to wind down and relax. The food...in the Hotel Franceschi is exceptional as a non red meat eater they adapted all the menus to suit my requirements, lovely fresh vegetables and salads at dinner each evening, the deserts are to die for. The rooms are comfotable and clean with quirky bathrooms. Great holiday I have not laughed so much for a long time, our SAGA rep Michela was delightful with a wonderful knowledge of the area. Michela and the Franceschi family worked very hard to make our special. The one thing I would say is if you have mobility problems maybe this is not the place for you.More

Date of visit: April 2016
Helpful?9  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed October 19, 2015

Wonderful family run hotel in the Tuscan mountain village of Gavinana. We were there first week of July and the weather was superb. The little village its in has another bar a couple of shops and a delightful provisions store with a delicious chilled deli...counter. There's also markets a couple of times a week. The bus stop is moments from the hotel and is a wonderfully economical wat to get into pistoa , the main town, where you can easily get a train into Florence. The whole process for bus and train cost about 12 euros return. You can also get the bus to other villages further up the mountain . I recommend it. The food in this hotel is absolutely wonderful,. We upgraded our room and had a fabulous view from our balcony over the lush Tuscan scenery. A fabulous relaxing week. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: July 2015
Helpful?9  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed July 17, 2015

A most wonderful hotel which is also home the most lovely family all involved in running it. It is set up in the mountains on Tuscany and served by a very good bus service. Half an hour into Pistoiae then half an hour to Florence....We went with Saga who also organised various trips to Vinci, Sienna etc dependent upon take up of numbers wishing to visit these places. The food is faultless, the owners daughters husband is the Chef. The local people are really lovely and most welcoming. This is like going back in time to the way things used to be. Happy children playing outside, welcoming people, good food, one other main Bar in the Square. If you want a quiet, happy holiday with lovely people, this is the place to come. Absolutely wonderful. Oh yes, and our Saga guide was absolutely brilliant too. I can't understand why anyone could write adverse reports of her. She did her very best for us and was really lovely!! We all got on extremely well with her and she also made this the most enjoyable holiday we have ever had. They all arranged and joined in the celebration of our Golden Wedding Anniversary - just like our own family here would have. Recommend it?? You bet!!!More

Date of visit: July 2015
Helpful?12  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed May 24, 2015

We stayed here from May 13th - May 20th as part of a group of 13. We were given a warm welcome from the Franceschi family including a drink and nibbles. Our room was on the first floor and was exceptionally clean with fresh fruit...and a bottle of water. We were very pleased to find that it had WiFi and there was an efficient hairdryer in the bathroom. The bathroom was compact and the shower area was very small which included the loo. This meant that every time you had a shower you needed to dry the toilet and floor. However, the water was always hot and the pressure was powerful. The bedroom was fairly spacious and comfortable with a safe operated by lock. The food was very good. We had thought that the breakfast would be limited- but we found it to be excellent. A good choice of both hot and cold foods. The hotel was in a beautiful mountainous area and the village had more shops than we thought including 3 small supermarkets and a couple of dress shops and the 'tabac' where you bought tickets for the buses. The buses were inexpensive and efficient. We were able to get the bus to Pistoia station and then the train to Florence with a group of 7 of us as there weren't enough of us to trigger a Saga trip. If you catch the 9.02 bus from Gavinana, you can be in Florence by 11 am. The surrounding scenery was stunning and there were some walks you could go on to the near by villages. Our visit was made especially memorable by the generous, friendly nature of all the staff. They all went out of their way to make our holiday a success. Thank you very much! 10/10 to the Franceschi Family. 0/10 for our Saga rep who made it obvious that she disliked our whole group and spent her entire time belittling us and being extremely rude.More

Date of visit: May 2015
Helpful?13  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed November 12, 2014

We spent a most enjoyable fortnight at this wonderful family run hotel. During this time we were made to feel very much at home and like part of the family. The accommodation was very comfortable, even with the 'quirky' shower in my room! All the...meals were of an excellent standard; the chef is to be highly commended! The village itself is delightful and very peaceful. We found travelling around the region by bus to be comparatively easy and fun. There were also many delights to be discovered around Gavinana itself, if you took the time and trouble to look. Everyone we encountered was very friendly and helpful, especially in interpreting my limited Italian language skills! We would certainly return here.More

Date of visit: September 2014
Helpful?13  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed June 23, 2014

Lovely family run hotel in an unspoilt hill top village. very welcoming ideal for walking or visiting various towns in the region. The restaurant provided good quality meals served in their downstairs dinning area. The rooms were clean and simply furnished - slightly on the...small size as was the bathrooms. We stayed for a week and enjoyed the experience.More

Date of visit: June 2014
Helpful?10  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed October 20, 2013

This family run restaurant is excellent. The food and service could not be faulted. Very highly recommended.

Date of visit: October 2013
Helpful?7  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed May 11, 2013

As part of a group of 21 we achieved our objective of getting away from the busy life at home in England. The group were of similar mind, the travel companies representative very well informed and good fun, and the family run hotel took us...all into their home and spoiled us with their welcome and food. The optional trips were sometimes too far away but the trip to Vinci (Leonardo's birthplace) and the wine tasting at the family vineyard were superb.More

Date of visit: April 2013
Helpful?16  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Il Cacciatore
144 reviews
1.87 miles away
Parco Hotel Le Lari
5 reviews
3.47 miles away
Hotel Villa Patrizia
131 reviews
4.32 miles away
Villa Basilewsky
191 reviews
4.88 miles away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Pelliccia Agriturismo
48 reviews
.78 miles away
Pub La Stazione
13 reviews
.21 miles away
Il Mammolo
400 reviews
.98 miles away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Ecomuseo della Montagna Pistoiese
5 reviews
.09 miles away
Museo e Rifugi S.M.I
126 reviews
2.56 miles away
Ponte Di Castruccio
41 reviews
3.65 miles away
Ponte Sospeso di San Marcello Pistoiese
398 reviews
2.60 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
180michael
April 13, 2020|
Answer
Response from Eddylevel | Reviewed this property |
Yes - not the greatest, but free and available in most parts of the hotel.
1
Vote
lyndaporter27
July 17, 2018|
Answer
Response from SandraDocherty | Reviewed this property |
Yes some do have balconies, the price per night is slightly higher but it is well worth it. There did not seen to be any at the hotel but there are definitely outside bars in the nearest town.
1
Vote
maureepowsey1950
May 25, 2018|
Answer
Response from SandraDocherty | Reviewed this property |
I would think there are facilities for ironing, although I did not need them. The hotel staff would probably iron a garment for you if required. There are no tea or coffee facilities in the rooms but the drinks are available... More
0
Votes
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Franceschi

Franceschi is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4