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“Charming hotel on the central piazza”
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La Cisterna Hotel
Ranked #7 of 29 Hotels in San Gimignano
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Any hotel inside the walls of San Gimignano is not easy to get to by car. You have to park outside the city walls and wither walk in, or get a shuttle bus. We opted to walk in with our cases which is fine – it’s not a long walk through the main street but there is a little incline at the end before you get to the central piazza. We parked one of the closer car parks which charges 20 Euros per 24 hours.

The hotel is in a good location on the main square. We had a lovely room with a large shared terrace overlooking the town and the countryside. The furniture was antique and the bathroom was a good standard. As many other reviewers have mentioned – San Gimignano is best in the early morning and evening after the hordes of tourist buses have departed. The town takes on a different vibe and is well worth exploring then.

We were pleasantly surprised to find out that ‘Tea With Mussolini’ was partially filmed in the hotel – including the terrace attached to our room! The building has tons of character and feels very authentic.

Breakfast was good – with a wide selection and good quality. The staff were all pleasant and helpful.

I would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 8, 2014

Similar to previous reviews this place is all about the location in the Piazza Cisterna.
Room was basic and breakfast was good.
Restaurant has great views over the countryside.

We tried Vernaccia wine (white) from the San Gimignano area during our visit to Tuscany and every bottle was good.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank CiaranHughes
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Reviewed May 4, 2014

We were very lucky to have a room right in the center of town. We arrived on our bicycles after 63 miles and we're very tired. The townwas full of people due to the fact that April 25th is a holiday. We didn't have a reservation and we thought we might have to continue riding, but the Cisterns had a room for us! The last one. What a great location with fabulous views of the Valley and depending on what side of the hotel, could be the town Square.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 3, 2014

Thank you to the staff who made our stay an enjoyable one. If you are able it is a must to stay with in the walls of San Gimignano, as when all the bus loads of tourists go home you are left to explore and wonder the old town and soak in the atmosphere! having to park your car outside the walls is not a problem, there is shuttle busses to and from the car park. The walk down and up was more than doable for my 9 and 11 year old on the odd occasion. We had a fantastic dinner one night at the hotels restaurant say outside in the main square. Fully recommend!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

Hotel was suggested by Rick Steves and it did not let us down. Spent a week there, using it as a home base for our exploration of Tuscany. Great location in the town itself, right on the Piazza Della Cisterna. In the evening, the town pretty much clears out of tourists and we had it all to ourselves. Great staff, clean, cozy and had a great usable balcony; what a view of the "Toscana" countryside. I'll reiterate, the staff was great - very accommodating and helpful.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

We spent two nights at La Cisterna Hotel in San Gimignano in October 2013. We were pleasantly surprised by the amazing location right on the main plaza in the center of the walled city. We got a relatively inexpensive rate for our room (compared to other high rates we saw while shopping around) so didn't think the room would be anything special. We just wanted it to be clean and safe. We were very pleased when we saw our room! Very spacious. Huge bathroom with a nice shower. Clean. Nice breakfast in the morning overlooking the Tuscan countryside. I'd recommend this hotel and stay there again if we returned to San Gimignano. The only downside was the spotty internet and the staff. They weren't helpful at all in providing information so don't rely on them if you need any travel related info.

Tip: Don't go to the restaurants located in La Cisterna Plaza near the hotel. They are EXTREMELY overpriced and food is not authentic. I basically had what looked and tasted like a microwaved lasagna. Instead, go to the AMAZING restaurant Le Vecchie Mura. The food and wine are incredible and you can get a seat outside on the balcony with an unbeatable view. This was one of our favorite meals in Italy. Then grab a bottle of wine and head back to La Cisterna Plaza to listen to some live music. A perfect evening in the Tuscan countryside!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

The hotel is simple but very good. Clean, cozy, great breakfast, friendly staff.
The location is absolutely perfect!!!! And sleeping in a medieval castle is a dream!
I do certainly recommend.

But’s a little bit tricky to get in San Gimignano without a car. Although it’s a beautiful city that deserves a visit!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: Piazza Della Cisterna 23, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 29 Hotels in San Gimignano
Price Range: $102 - $202 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — La Cisterna Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Cisterna Hotel, located in the earth of San Gimignano, is the right place to be close to the main attractions and to the little shops of the main street. The elegance and simplicity of the furniture is combined with discretion with all modern comforts, a harmonious fusion of past and future. The family's commitment has always been to welcome its guest with hospitality and professionalism. Comfortable rooms with air conditioning, TVsat, mini fridge, hairdryer, safe and Wi-Fi Internet. Buffet breakfast with gluten free products . ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel La Cisterna
La Cisterna San Gimignano
La Cisterna Hotel San Gimignano, Italy - Tuscany

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