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Albergo Ristorante Portole
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Portole
Blairgowrie
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“Nice country place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

We stayed here for three nights on a DB&B basis and found it a welcome respite after a hard day's tourism. The owner was very helpful and friendly, the room was clean and cool and the food was in the 'family' style (at least on half board - we did not view the menu). Meals were taken on the terrace which afforded pleasant views. We could have stayed for a week!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2011

The owner here helped to make the most of our time in Tuscany and we really enjoyed it. Explanations, maps and directions were all provided with patience to us English speaking tourists! I was also able to plug my phone in to charge through the computer which was very helpful as I didn't have the right plug adapter. Everyone working there is very hospitable and eager to help where they can.

The breakfast bits were fresh and tasty and the dinner we ate on the night we arrived was delicious! They have the best coffee in Italy at this hotel!

The hotel is not in Cortona itself, but up the mountain; so although you aren't in the thick of it, the views are amazing, and the hotel is so peaceful and relaxing. We loved it as a base for our exploration of Tuscany.

The hotel is traditional and old school; so don't expect a modern feel. The beds are big and comfy, and towels changed everyday. The room we got had a wet room type bathroom that I didn't really enjoy but I did ask for a room with a shower so a room with a bath may have been a better choice. Having said that, the room was super clean so it was fine. The TV is tiny but there are English channels if you need something to fall asleep to at night. You aren't there for TV anyway but its nice to have! The radiator in the bathroom was on when we arrived but the one in the room didn't seem to work the first night; but when we asked about it the next day, the owner apologised and said he would take a look. When we got back that evening it was working.

All in all, a good hotel to act as a base to explore this part of Tuscany.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Saint Colomb de Lauzun, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2010

AlbergoPortole is set further up in the hills from Cortona and provides a peaceful alternative to the crowds below.
The hotel itself feels very ‘alpine‘ due to both its décor and its beautiful location with fabulous views on all sides.
We were there in October and although it was chilly and damp outside we were very warm and cosy in our room with plenty of storage, a large comfortable bed and good lighting ( one of my particular bugbears!)
The bathroom was adequate but unfortunately had a traditional shower which drained directly onto the floor therefore making it necessary to mop up after. Guess they are used to sodden bathmats!!
The buffet style breakfast was most acceptable with the usual choice of cold meats and cheese and sweet things.
We had dinner in the restaurant on both evenings and found the menu both varied and of a high standard and sensibly priced. Far better option all round than driving down to Cortona and back.
The proprietor and his wife and staff were very friendly and always on hand to help. Nothing was too much bother.
I would definitely go back.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Longmont, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2010

I stayed at the hotel for three nights. The views are lovely. The hotel is dated but clean. When I arrived it was cold and the owner said the heat wouldn't be turned on until evening. I spent most of the first afternoon and evening in my room in bed trying to stay warm. The owner also seemed to be overwhelmed at times and I felt as if my requests for an internet password etc. were a burden. On the bright side, the dinner's were wonderful and he seemed to be quite cheerful and accommodating during the evening meal.

Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2010

We have just returned from three days in this hotel - whilst visiting Cortona. The rooms are comfortable and clean. We were given the choice of three rooms and picked the one with the best views over the valley below. The food was really good - we brought over everyone we knew from a family wedding for dinner) - try the wild boar tagliatelle and the local wine -made by a friend of the owner. Really great country cookery. The views are superb and if you listen carefully you can hear dogs howling in the middle of the night in the valley below as they hunt wild boar! The owner is a wonderful host and anxious to do anything that will make your stay more comfortable. They really could not have been nicer or more accommodating and the service was wonderful. This hotel is about 20 mins up the hill from Cortona - the views on the way are amazing - so it's well worth the trip. You can eat breakfast at the front of the hotel in the sun in the morning and then lunch and dinner on the terrace at the back - overlooking the forested mountains below. This is really good value for the money.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Suffolk, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2010

Stayed for 3 nights here with Franco and his family. Lovely traditional inn, great views, peace and quiet but easy reach from the lovely town of Cortuna. Room was clean, simple, cool and peaceful and great contrast to some of the bustle and heat of the Tuscan towns. We went for the half board option ... even if your Italian isn't completely up to the mark, just go for it. you won't be dissapointed or go to bed hungry. Franco and co also very welcoming and proud to help you discover this lovely region.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2009

If ever you want to experience true "Italian" life and the people who make Italy the pleasure it is to both visit and live, I recommend you take your party to the Albergo Ristorante Portale. Located about 10 kilomters northeast of Cortona, in the beautiful Appenines mountains, the property provides the perfect tranquil setting for the true holiday experience. It's location will allow those who want the cultural experiences of the many Tuscan/Estruscan surrounding historical sites to take the day trip to their destination and return to one of the most peaceful, beautiful settings in central Italy.

To complement the quality of the hotel, Franco Lunghi and his lovely wife (and staff) made the dining experience "heavenly" with a sumptous mixture of "Italian" cusine that is sure to please the palate of everyone in your party. As we got to talk with Franco, we later learned that Frances Mayes ("Under the Tuscan Sun") used his whole staff to cater the premiere of the film in Los Angeles.

All who read this will wonder what the title has to do with the property. It was quite by accident that my wife and two friends happened on to this property. We were going to Cortona, by way of San Sepolcro, and decided to take the mountain route. We had climbed for quite some time when we came upon a dog (if you're a dog lover you'll understand what we mean), who was standing in the middle of the road looking dazed, confused and was obviously hurt. Our friend, who is even more of an animal lover than all of us put together, practically jumped out of the car to it's rescue. It had a collar and ID, but in Italian, and we knew that it was a hunting dog, since it's around the time of year when hunters use this type of dog for hunting wild boar. So wirh some coaxing, prodding, and finally just picking him up, we put him in the car and by a stroke of luck (some would say karma) we found Franco at the Albergo Portole. He took him and fed him, tracked down the owner and set up to have him returned. The rest as they say is history.

Go see Franco and say hello from the "canne" lovers!

RB & SB
Gavignano, Italy

Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Albergo Ristorante Portole
Address: Via Umbro Cortonese 36 | Loc. Portole di Cortona, 52044 Portole, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Portole
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Portole
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Hotel Class:3 star — Albergo Ristorante Portole 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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