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Aia Mattonata Relais
Ranked #1 of 40 Hotels in Siena
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

There are not enough superlatives in the English language to convey how wonderful our stay was at Aia Mattonata Relais. I knew from the moment I emailed Mario to inquire about available dates that this would easily be our favorite accommodation during our 10 day Italy trip, and I was not disappointed. Mario and his lovely wife, Elisabetta, could not have been more helpful and accommodating during our stay. We were able to get reservations (and the best tables, I might add) at the two best restaurants in Siena in advance, and as we were leaving Florence for Siena, Mario had the perfect suggestion as to where we should stop for lunch on our drive down. Upon our arrival, Mario immediately remembered that we were celebrating our first anniversary and remembered our plans during our stay. He and Elisabetta also helped us with driving directions to Montalcino and arranged a tasting with a friend of theirs who has a small wine production, which was easily one of the highlights of our entire trip. Mario gave us perfect driving instructions at our departure for our drive up to Milan, and just could not have been any nicer. The accommodations at the farm house are absolutely beautiful. Very comfortable beds, soft sheets, a large bathroom and shower (a rarity) and a beautiful view of Siena outside where we enjoyed wine and cheese as we watched the sunset. The breakfast selection was different and incredibly tasty each morning.

I wish that we could have stayed at Aia Mattonata Relais forever and have already recommended it to friends traveling to Italy this fall. I look forward to the day that my husband and I can return to this magical place to thank Mario and Elisabetta again in person for the wonderful memories from our stay in Siena that we will cherish forever. Thanks again to Mario and Elisabetta for such a fantastic stay in Siena.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mario_Olivo, Proprietario at Aia Mattonata Relais, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2014

Dear Laura T,
thank you so much for taking the time to leave your wonderful feedback on the site following your recent stay with us. We are so glad to hear that you had a very special experience, that you enjoyed the room, the views and our breakfast. We are delighted that you appreciated our advices, It was our great pleasure to take care of you.
Thank you once again for kind comments and for recommending Aia Mattonata.
We do hope we will see you very soon.
Warm regards,
Elisabetta & Mario

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Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Have just returned to Siena to show my family this beautiful house that my husband and I visited last year.
It is as stunning as I remembered, Mario and Elizabetta were excellent hosts and always go out of their way to be helpful and very thoughtful.
Hope to return again soon

Stayed: June 2014
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Mario_Olivo, Proprietario at Aia Mattonata Relais, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2014

Dear avidtrave,
thank you for your very kind review. It’s always our great pleasure to welcome you back.
Thanks again!
Warm regards,
Elisabetta & Mario

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Reviewed June 12, 2014

What new can be added to the marvelous reviews already posted? Our stay at Aia Mattonata was just what was needed after the hustle and chaos of time spent in Rome. The grounds are breathtakingly beautiful and the hosts - Mario and Elisabetta - make you feel as welcome as if you were long time friends. They took a genuine interest in us and our travels and did whatever possible to make our time in Tuscany the best it could be.

On a practical basis, it is helpful, but not required, to have a car while staying here. While only a few miles out of town, it's not really walkable. Taxis are very accessible and Mario personally drove us into town one early morning!

I would highly recommend this B&B for someone looking for a peaceful respite and/or base to explore Siena and the hilltowns of Tuscany.

Room Tip: We had the double room/suite along the back of the house that had views of Siena. Perfect!
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Lee L
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Mario_Olivo, Proprietario at Aia Mattonata Relais, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2014

Dear Lee L,
thank you for taking the time to post your lovely feedback on the site, we are really grateful for your time. It was our great pleasure to take care of you, our guests ' comfort is our priority and we would like that every guest goes away with beautiful memories and the feeling that he spent some days with long time friends!
We thank you again for recommending Aia Mattonata and we really hope to welcoming you again in Siena.
Warm regards,
Elisabetta & Mario

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Reviewed June 11, 2014

As a frequent traveler for business, I have learned to adapt to "less than ideal" conditions while traveling. At Aia Mattonata Relais, however, my expectations were surpassed repeatedly.

Beginning with the facility itself, it is clean, comfortable, quiet, and picture perfect - and exactly the setting we were hoping for. I send pictures home to my friends and family - none of them could believe the actual beauty of this setting. Views of vineyards, rolling hills and the City of Siena itself can be seen from the guest rooms or from the lovely terrace in the back of the house. The rooms are clean and comfortable, with amenities such as in room coffee/tea, charging station for electronics, and basic toiletries. The common areas in and around the house are comfortable and relaxing. The property has free WiFi - which is a HUGE plus for those of us who need to stay connected while on vacation.

Breakfast is served daily from 0830 - 1000, and includes a beautiful buffett with juices, coffee, espresso, etc.

But - the best part ( as if the information above is not enough) - were our hosts, Elisabetta and Mario. Not only did they provide a lovely atmosphere for our much needed vacation, they made us feel like they were happy to share their home with us. They visited with us each morning and evening and were genuinely interested in hearing about our daily adventures as we toured the Tuscan countryside. They assisted with reservations, directions - and even took time from their day to drive (or let us follow in our rental car) if the location seemed daunting for us to find. Clearly, they recognize the Tuscan experience is far more than a beautiful room in a beautiful villa - because they truly go beyond expectations to make each day special and as stress free as possible. These are genuinely lovely people who make you feel like special friends in their home.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention beautiful Runa, who greeted us warmly every morning as well.

We have been back in the US for less than 24 hours and are already planning our next visit.

Thank you for making our hard earned vacation incredibly special in every way!!

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mario_Olivo, Proprietario at Aia Mattonata Relais, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2014

Dear Gigi629,
thank you so much for your kind comments about Aia Mattonata and how delightful to hear that you felt like friends in our home!
We certainly work hard to achieve this, but we are wrong if we say that it’s only a job for us, it’s not!…It’s a really great pleasure to meet our guests from all the world, to help them to discover Italy and Tuscany without stress, if it is possible!, to share a glass a wine late in the afternoon or after dinner chatting together. It is rewarding and reassuring to receive such comments as yours, especially when we read your kind words about Mario and me. Thank you again. We are small and we have a very dedicated team ( including Runa) who want to make your stay memorable, we are glad when we hear that we did this for you.
We do hope that we will have pleasure of welcoming you back on a future visit .
Warm regards,
Elisabetta & Mario

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Reviewed June 5, 2014

We stayed at Aia Mattonata for a couple of days in May. We really enjoyed it and the hosts were very kind and helpful. The rooms are comfortable and it is very nice to have a common room with all kinds of snacks :). The good thing is that Elisabetta & Mario really know the area and provide you with the best tips. That really enhances your experience of Tuscany.

The view from the estate is gorgeous. We didn't use the swimming pool unfortunately because it was too cold, but it is absolutely something that makes the accomodation even better.

Overall, we would recommend this accomodation without any hesitation!

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mario_Olivo, Proprietario at Aia Mattonata Relais, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2014

Dear Arnon_Chloe,
thank you so much for your positive review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the room, the snack in the kitchen, the view and that our advices are useful to discovery Tuscany.
Thank you for recommending Aia Mattonata!
We do hope to meet you again in Siena and to welcome you at Aia Mattonata.
Warm regards,
Elisabetta e Mario

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Reviewed June 4, 2014

We traveled all over Italy on our honeymoon and Aia Mattonata was our absolute favorite place to stay. The owners, Mario and Elisabetta couldn't be nicer and really made us feel like we had a home while staying in Siena. Their small personal touches and overall high quality services made our stay unforgettable. We have stayed in Bed and Breakfast places all over the USA, but didn't quite know what to expect from this "renewed farm house" in the Tuscan countryside. We couldn't have been more pleased with the quality, cleanliness, and friendliness they provided us. From making personal reservations and giving us directions for wherever we explored in the area, to great conversations and the most wonderful fresh cooked breakfast and snacks in the mornings, our time at Aia Mattonata was amazing! Although this was one of many stops in Italy for us, and we only stayed a few days, when we left we felt like we had stayed with family and were so happy to have found this gem in the Siena countryside. We can't wait to go back to celebrate one of our anniversaries here.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mario_Olivo, Proprietario at Aia Mattonata Relais, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2014

Dear Stephen W,
Thank you so much for wonderful feedback following you stay at Aia Mattonata for a part of your honeymoon. It was our pleasure to be able to share your very special occasion with you.
So nice to hear that you enjoyed our little gem and that you felt a part of our family. Thank you for all your kind words.
And….of course we cannot wait to welcome you again in Siena for one of your anniversaries!
Warm regards
Elisabetta & Mario

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Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

My mom and I are on a trip to Italy to celebrate her 60th birthday. I wanted to make sure we stayed in Tuscany for a couple of nights. We enjoyed our stay so much. The room was comfortable, clean, and lovely. The hosts were so lovely and generous by giving us rides to Siena's centre. The grounds were immaculate and the view so charming. Like paintings! We would recommend renting a car though that way you can tour Tuscany easily and drive to Siena as you please. Our only regret that we didn't stay longer.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Thank reeds_1977
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Mario_Olivo, Proprietario at Aia Mattonata Relais, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2014

Dear Reeds_1977,
Thank you so much for your lovely review following your stay at Aia Mattonata .We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the property and the view!
Thanks again.
We would like to welcome you again in Siena for a longer stay.
Warm regards,
Elisabetta & Mario.

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Address: Strada del Ceraiolo 1, 53100, Siena, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Siena
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Romantic Hotel in Siena
#1 Family Hotel in Siena
Price Range: $166 - $268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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