Booked two nights here on our tour of Umbria and Tuscany based on the reviews on trip advisor but did not really like it.
It is hard to find as it is situated several miles up into the hills east of Arezzo. When you eventually find it the setting is absolutely beautiful, with a nice pool and lovely views of the countryside and distant mountains. However the grounds needed some maintenance work eg the decked patio at the front was rotted and dangerous). The bedrooms were quite clean but overall the place seemed a bit dusty. The shower cubicle had black gunge round the bottom and there were lighbulbs out in practically every room - a general sign they did not care enough to ensure they were replaced.
Breakfast was in a dingy room and the food overall not very appetising. Dinner was in the outside courtyard and could have been a nice setting but it was so quiet it lacked atmosphere and the food was variable and not worth the money - we only ate there because it was so isolated and we did not want to drive up the road in the dark. When my husband ordered a beer with dinner - the supercillious waiter remarked 'beer with dinner? - oh OK'. On the second night we ordered the steak for two and it was awful - tough and impossible to eat - we complained and sent it back but were still charged for it. A couple of the staff were nice enough (the young chap and one of the girls).
Overall this place was too rustic and hard to get to for me. Also it lacked good service and attention to detail. If the owners addressed the issues I mentioned then I can see the place may appeal to those wanting to get away from it all in a peaceful, beautiful setting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Badia Di Pomaio was founded in 1645 as a religious home and place of spiritual retreat. In the 2000s, a careful restoration has transformed this place into receptive structure with restaurant, respecting what were historic architectural features. Our restaurant is a representation of the typical Casentino Aretine and bringing to light the ancient methods, trying not to upset the old values of Tuscan cuisine, enhancing the authenticity and flavors of local products. Opening hours of the restaurant: Lunch: 1:00 am to 2:30 pm Dinner: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Badia Di Pomaio Arezzo
- Badia Di Pomaio Hotel Arezzo