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La Locanda di San Francesco
Ranked #2 of 44 Montepulciano B&B and Inns
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“Stunning views, sumptuous room”
Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here on our first night in Tuscany. We were two couples, and we booked two rooms-- one suite and one king size. The quality of the room and furnishing was so tasteful and full of character, the hotel building was originally part of a church. Solid wood floors, spacious simple. Modern, luxurious bathroom. Glorious views.

The welcome couldn't have been warmer. The hosts greeted us , offered us Prosecco and snacks, and helped us settle into the small,very private hotel at the top of this dramatically gorgeous town. Lovely breakfast in the public lovely living room on the ground floor.

Bed quality was heavenly, luxurious linens, Luxurious toiletries: Acqua di parmi shampoos, shower gel, lotion,
Many drawers, easy to stay put here. Sorry we did't stay a second night

The town is incredibly charming.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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LocandaSanFrancesco, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, June 25, 2014
Dear Bat54,

Thank you for choosing our Locanda San Francesco for your stay in Montepulciano!
We are glad your enjoyed your stay with us, and we appreciate your kind words about us and our property.
Hoping we will have the pleasure to host you and your friends in a future occasion,
Kindest regards

Cinzia Caporali and Luca De Nicolò
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

The warmth and hospitality of the owner, Cynzia, is reflected in every detail of the hotel. There are only four guestrooms and this really adds to the charm. Cynzia uses the wine bar as her "office" and this is a wonderful space! When we arrived, Cynzia led us into this room, which was gently buzzing with conversation - not the usual noisy bar at all - and settled us down with a glass of wine and a delicious assortment of appetizers.
The spacious guestrooms are decorated with exquisite taste, and look out onto the gorgeous countryside. In the morning a delicious and plentiful breakfast was set out in the equally beautiful library/ sitting room.
It is hard to describe the deep sense of peace I felt in this place, with its warm glow in the soft sunlight. I feel very lucky to have had the experience of staying in this magical hotel.

My only advice to any future visitors is: Make sure you check your email for Cynzia's directions to the hotel. We didn't, and that made it very hard to find in the rather confusing (though utterly charming) town of Montepulciano. In the end we called Cynzia and, of course,she kindly met us outside the town gates and led us to the hotel.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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LocandaSanFrancesco, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
Dear Delna_13,

Thank you for your time in writing a so detailed review about your stay, and for the beautiful words you spent about us!

I'm especially pleased you mentioned our wine bar "E lucevan le stelle".
When we opened the Locanda, we thought that the combination between the privacy and the level of service that we could provide with only of 4 rooms and a trendy and international-style wine bar&bistro (like usually only large hotels have) could be an added value for our Guests.
So, we are really glad you enjoyed not only the hotel stay but also our "E lucevan"wine bar !

Also, thank you for mentioning the directions we send to each Guest just after the reservation (also available on our website)

Montepulciano has an extensive no-traffic/pedestrian area ( ZTL): only residents and Guests of hotels with a private parking space are allowed to drive there.
Each hotel can be reached through a specific itinerary, individuated by the Municipality in order to minimize the lenght of the drive in the ZTL and to avoid the pedestrian area
Of course, GPS cannot "see" that itinerary, and statistically they show the only shortest way (through the pedestrian area).
Even if local police understands the difficulties of tourists, assisting them with directions instead of giving a fine, cars in the pedestrian area annoy people walking and enjoying the peace of Montepulciano.
So we take the occasion of your kind review to remind to our upcoming Guests to print our directions instead of using GPS. In less than 5 minutes by car, starting from any point of Montepulciano, they will reach the Locanda without any problem.

We thank you again for sharing your experience at Locanda San Francesco with the community of Tripadvisor, and we really hope to welcome you back very soon.

Warmest regards

Cinzia
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

We stayed at the Locanda for 4 nights, using it as a base for exploring this part of Tuscany, and had a truly wonderful time. From the moment we arrived in the bar to check in, receiving a glass of red wine, a plate of nibbles and a lot of helpful information on the local restaurants and sights, we felt completely at ease and relaxed. The Locanda is perfectly located at the heart of Montepulciano and with quite stunning views. Our room was also very quiet - aside from a little hustle and bustle in the piazza in the early evenings - and extremely comfortable; we both had the best sleep we'd had in a long time!
Thank you to Cinzia and Luca and the team for all their hospitality and warmth - you made our stay so very special.
Andy & Stacia

Room Tip: We would recommend the Superior room which was large, and with incredible views in both directions...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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LocandaSanFrancesco, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
Dear Andy & Stacia,

We really thank you, together with our team, for the kind words you spent about us.
We are really pleased you enjoyed you stay in Montepulciano, and the relaxing atmosphere of the Locanda.
Hoping we will have again the pleasure to host you at Locanda San Francesco,
Warmest regards

Cinzia, Luca and Locanda's Staff
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Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I arrived at the Locanda di Francesco for the third leg out of four on our honeymoon. Our first impressions were as we'd hoped: A clean room with beautiful views across the Tuscan countryside, friendly staff, a fabulous location in the heart of the pleasant town of
Montepulciano. It seemed almost too good to be true.

Except it was.

On the first night we discovered, to our dismay, that our room was positioned almost directly above the Locanda's bustling wine bar. The noise of chatting locals, banging glasses etc went on way past 11pm. This was complimented by a noise that can only be described as a loud pump that disturbed us at regular intervals along with additional noise from heating pipes in the room.

With hindsight we should have complained after the first night but, being British, we soldiered on.

The third night, a Saturday, proved to be the final straw whereupon my distressed wife jumped out of bed at 11.15pm and went downstairs into the bar. An unapologetic barman took a set of keys out of the till and escorted us to a new room.

The new room, whilst still afflicted by the noise of pumps and pipes, boasted a bathroom double the size of the previous one and, crucially, was away from the bar.

Why though, as a honeymooning couple were we given the poorest, loudest room in the first place? We had booked months in advance..

And what can I say about the Locanda's breakfast? A basic offering in all honesty, with scant variety from day to day.

For all its great points - and it does have many - the noise factor means we simply couldn't recommend the Locanda.

  • Stayed April 2014
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LocandaSanFrancesco, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, April 18, 2014
Dear Sir,

We aknowledge your review.

Locanda San Francesco has 4 guestrooms in total: Superior, Standard King, Standard Queen, Suite. They have 3 categories of price, related to the different size of the bedroom/bathroom, size of the bed, number of panoramic windows. All the rooms have the same facilities.
You reserved through your travel agent our Standard King, a large and “clean room with beautiful views across the Tuscan countryside” as you wrote.
We gave you the room choosed, booked and paied for.

You staied with us 4 nights, arriving on Thursday.
Friday was a very quiet night in town: at 10 pm in the wine bar there were 4 persons, including other Guests of the Locanda. I was also there, and we closed few minutes later.
On Saturday your wife came to the wine bar at 11 pm, pretending a change of room: about 15 people were in the wine bar, no party, no live music.
Luca, who already had been introduced to you as the co-owner of the Locanda (“an unapologetic barman” in your review), escorted you to the only room left, our Standard Queen, available only because of a no-show of 2 nights. After that, he went to the Standard King, where he didn’t experience the level of noise you wrote about.

The room were you moved, whose category and price are the same than the previous one, has a larger bathroom, a smaller bedroom, an Italian king-size bed instead of an American king-size. Both rooms have the same panoramic view and the same facilities.

Our wine bar is usually considered by our Guests as an added value, and not a limit. They can have lunch, dinner or an apéritif, enjoying one of the most unforgettable sunsets in Tuscany, temporary art exhibitions and, on season, live jazz.
It’s a service that you also had the possibility to appreciate when, on your last night at Locanda, you choosed to have dinner there.

During your four nights stay, and despite you met me, Luca and our staff regularly, you didn’t report to any of us the "noise of pumps and pipes" you mentioned.
In both rooms where you staied there was no activity that could be related to working pumps.
None of the other Guests experienced that kind of noise, neither in the days you staied with us nor in the following ones.

Our heating sytem has ceiling fan-coil units, like most of the hotels around the world. Guests can set the temperature like also the speedness of the fan. Built in 2006, we do a regular mainteinance of it.
Again, noone of the other Guests, during your stay or in the following days, reported us any noise or complained about the heating system.

We also aknoledge your comments about our breakfast.
Our "basic offering" is a buffet, whose pictures have been posted on TripAdvisor by other Guests in several occasions.
A basket of fresh fruites, a selection of 5/6 fresh peeled fruites, 3 different cakes, fresh baked pastries, a selection of bread, 2 kinds of jam, fresh yoghurt, 6 kinds of cereals/muesli, boiled eggs, a selections of different kinds of cheese and cold cuts, biscuits, 4/5 kinds of juices. All the hot beverages like coffe or cappuccino are expressly made by the staff (no limit on quantity), and we offer a large selection of teas.
Of course we would have been happy to assist you for any other request if you only made us know.

Best regards

Cinzia Caporali
Owner and Manager
La Locanda di San Francesco
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

Staying at Locanda DSF was the highlight of our 2 weeks Italy Honeymoon. We would not hesitate recommending Locanda DSF to be your base in exploring Toscana.

The property was originally part of an old church located at the highest point of Montepulciano. The view from our room was directly to Val D'Orcia - stunning! The property itself is just out-of-this-world elegant and charming. All the small touches in the room exudes class.

Cinzia (the owner) played a key part in making us feel at home. She went out of her way to introduce us to life in Montepulciano and in making sure that every needs we had were met.

Not to mention that the small restaurant at the property itself serves top notch regional cuisine. The best kept secret: Cinzia owns a vineyard that produces superb Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Their 2007 vintage was superb!

(We actually stayed at Locanda DSF in August 2012.. this is a long overdue review)

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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LocandaSanFrancesco, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Dear Anthony A,
First of all thank you for choosing our Locanda San Francesco for a so important occasion as your honeymoon. Also, I found your words "The property itself is just out-of-this-world elegant and charming. All the small touches in the room exudes class" between the most kind we ever received from a Guest, and, believe me, I was absolutely happy in reading them.
I hope we will have the pleasure to have you again as our Guests in a near future,
Warmest regards,

Cinzia
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

We were recommended to stay here on our recent trip to Tuscany and were so glad we did. The Locanda is in a fabulous position in the town, right at the top, with amazing views all round. The rooms are delightful and very comfortable. Breakfast is good and the wine bar and small restaurant are below for lunch and dinner. The owners are very friendly and helpful. There are loads of wonderful restaurants nearby and all the sights easily accessible on foot. Parking is available outside the Locanda which is a major advantage. I would recommend this place to anyone.

Room Tip: Ask for the room that has two windows on opposite sides of the room, so fantastic views.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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LocandaSanFrancesco, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Dear RoselilyN,

Thank you for sharing your experience at Locanda San Francesco with the community of Tripadvisor!
I appreciate you mentioned our location in town, right in the heart of the historic center, with all the restaurants, the monuments, the shops and the event in town within an easy reach on foot., like also the unique and stunning views from our rooms.
Hoping we will have the pleasure to welcome you again at Locanda San Francesco,
Kindest regads

Cinzia Caporali
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

My husband and I stayed there for three nights in October. We met the friendly couple who was celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. The innkeeper was a very warm, friendly person and the greeting we received upon arrival did a lot to relax us after a day's travel. The wine bar - you just walk through a doorway and it's Vino Time! - was great and the food was very, very good. There is a locked door between the wine bar and the rest of the building making the sleeping and breakfast areas closed to the public. Breakfast was something we really looked forward to as we were able to meet the occupants of the other three rooms and share our stories about our travels through Italy. We would definitely stay there again! I cannot say enough about it and the wonderful caring staff. They certainly deserve the compliments they have received and will continue to receive.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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loveantw, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Dear Angela S,

Thank you for your review about our Locanda and its wine bar "E lucevan le stelle"!
We really appreciate the kind words you spent about us and our staff. We are a team, with Denise, Alessia, Kristian, Ljubow and Ilaria, where everybody is focused on giving to our Guests the best service, in orded they can have the best experience in Montepulciano.
I'm especially pleased you had the opportunity to meet the other Guests staying with us in those days, and to share with them your experience in Italy.
Hoping we will have the pleasure to host you again at Locanda San Francesco in a near future,
Warmest regards

Cinzia Caporali and Luca De Nicolò
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Property: La Locanda di San Francesco
Address: Piazza di San Francesco 5, 53045, Montepulciano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Montepulciano
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 44 B&Bs / Inns in Montepulciano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
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The exclusivity of just four luxury bedrooms in a fourteenth century palazzo in the heart of the old part of Montepulciano. All the rooms have a breathtaking view over the Val d'Orcia and/or the Val di Chiana, and each of them is decorated individually and furnished with fine antiques from the family collection.Free wi-fi is provided in all the rooms and common areas, and free parking is available for Guests near the entrance of the property.On the ground floor, the jazzy Locanda's wine bar-bistrot "E lucevan le stelle", a perfect spot for lunch, dinner or an aperitif on its panoramic terrace, admiring the unforgettable sunsets on the Val D'Orcia. ... more   less 
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