We stayed here for three nights in early November 2013 and were very pleased with the service, room quality, and overall helpfulness of the owners and staff.
Even before we arrived, Gio was a godsend. We had a hard time finding our way around the town. And, literally, it is 'around the town'. Access to this particular hilltown is via a winding road that hugs the hill as it ascends. We made it into the town access road, then continued too far and were descending out of Montepulciano. A phone call to the Mueble il Riccio got us back on track and we were soon in the correct parking lot (as an aside, there are about 8 numbered lots around town for overnight and day visitors).
Next, and this could be my only knock on the inn, we rolled our bags across the plaza and into the inn. Unfortunately, there is no elevator so we lugged them up step by step.
Once situated in our room, we had a chance to take in the fantastic view of the Tuscan countryside as the sun set. It was beautiful, as is the sunrise; the room faces east, so if you like sunrises, you will enjoy watching daybreak over Tuscany. The room itself (one of the suites, possibly #4) was quite large, perfectly clean, featured a modern, beautiful, roomy bathroom, access to a balcony and had a little alcove space, accessible via circular staircase, above the main room.
The room had a nice strong wi-fi signal, which was great, since we needed it to research excursions for our short stay here.
Breakfast was good, but I would not say great. The homemade breakfast cakes and cappuccino were very tasty, but there wasn't any fresh fruit. Cereal and toast were offered, as well as a kind of frozen coffee milkshake/frappe, which I tasted but didn't think was cold enough to have again (it was also sold for an extra charge). I should note regarding breakfasts that I have not developed a taste for European style breakfasts and have never had one to rave about.
Regarding the helpfulness of the innkeepers here, there is no doubt. While we were there, they helped us find the laundromat in Montepulciano, booked us dinner reservations, a winery tour and helped get us on the highway to Florence. Very helpful and friendly at all times.
I would love to return someday and would definitely stay there again, except will pack lighter next time!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Caroti family is delighted to announce the opening of another new place to stay called "Riccio Suite" on the first floor of the family's palace where, on the second floor there is the "Meublè il Riccio" which has been open twenty-eight years ago.The "Riccio Suite" has five beautiful bedrooms with panoramic view and old fashion Tuscan style furniture. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Meuble Il Riccio Hotel Montepulciano
- Meuble Il Riccio Montepulciano
- Hotel Meuble Il Riccio