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Hotel Foresteria Volterra
Ranked #12 of 25 Hotels in Volterra
Griffin, Georgia
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11 reviews
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“Worth the hike”
Reviewed July 11, 2011

We had some trouble getting to the Hotel Foresteria, mostly because the bus from Volterra Saline puts you out on the edge of the old city and we had to walk with our luggage a pretty fair piece on roads really meant for car traffic. However, once we located the hotel, the room was spacious and and clean, with a beautiful view across the hills. The desk staff was friendly and accommodating, ordering us a taxi for our very early departure the next morning. Would definitely recommend to friends, as long as they get directions first!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Macedon Ranges, Australia
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2010

I stayed here with my Dad and Step Mum. We had a triple room and it was lovely and clean, the staff seemed friendly just a little hard to understand but my Step mum needed to send a fax to her wedding planner down in Sorrento and the staff were very helpful, Breakfast we lovely had a bit of everything to choose from! We got free parking and there was one computer for all the guests to share (it was very slow) The only issues we had was the air con was broken and it was 37 degrees celsius! Now this hotel is not within the walls of Volterra but with the car we didn't find that a problem, all it up it was a lovely cheap stay

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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dorset uk
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 8, 2010

We stayed here, as we could find no other rooms available during the Andrea Bocelli concert.
Wanted to stay as close to Lajatico as possible, but the rooms for the concert night had gone ! Read the reviews and as the theme seem to be clean, but... decided to stay.
The reception is not good, and feel that after the company has spent some money doing this place up, maybe they could just have spent a tiny bit more and refurbished the reception and actually fininished the rooms !! Everything seemed new but looked like it would fall to bits if it was touched, the shower was very flimsy, tv did not work. But if I had a couple of children and just wanted a cheap driving holiday, this might do the job. The room was large and could have a family of 4 , as there was bunk beds on the wall and the bathroom was large enough.
The breakfast was ok, but this hotel did bring to mind a school trip with a canteen !
The hotel is a drive away from Volterra - what a lovely town! - and with few small adjustment would be a great , cheap place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Poznan, Poland
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24 reviews
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Reviewed August 7, 2010

We stayed at this hotel in July '2010 for 2 non-consecutive days on our trip to Elba island and back. We were impressed by the spacious and clean rooms. Only the shower cabin could be a little bit larger. But for the price we paid there is no real argument for complaints. On return trip we even got one double room with an extra kitchen for the same price they charged us the first time for the double room itself. The hotel looked to be freshly renewed and all the rooms were equipped with air-conditioning. The first day on our arrival the hotel was half-empty and we found the breakfast buffet was more aboundant (croissants, even prosciutto from Parma). We find, however, the choice of food for breakfast the first and the second day of our stay to be above normal standard in Italy, The parking lot for cars around the hotel is huge, so there is no problem to find a place. There are very poor indicators from the main road in Volterra guiding you to the hotel, beware of a narrow by-side road (path) through the forest - we got there by mistake the first day.
The location outside the old historical center of Volterra is not a problem - everything is within the normal walking distance and it takes you about 10-15 minutes to get to the old town provided you don't walk along the circular road for car traffic but you will step up the stone stairs leading uphill soon after you pass ESSO station. To cover such a short distance it does not make any sense to use car. If you take car, you must park somewhere (very difficult to find a parking place).
To drop a last line I will say that all the hotel staff members we had to talk to spoke pretty good English and it may be essential information for some English speaking travellers. During our stay they charged EUR 2.00 /hr for WiFi internet access.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Vancouver
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43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed May 22, 2010

We stayed her for three nights - on the recommendation of friends who have recently stayed here, so we were aware of it being a bit out of downtown Volterra. Room was spacious, very clean and we had a balcony with an unobstructed view overlooking the valley. Breakfast was standard, but they offered slices of meats and cheese in additon to fruit, cerals, yogurt. And our coffee was absolutely not instant as reported by another reviewer. They have a very decent expresso machine - I looked for it - as well as one in the coffee bar next to the reception desk. We stayed in for dinner for two of our nights - very satisfactory home style maels. it seemed that every other hotel guest stayed for the meals - I learned it is called "half board." Overall, the cost was very affordable.
They have internet, but their PC is not working so you can just plug your laptop to their internet cable. Only one cable so you have to line up. No charge for the internet. They do not offer Wi-Fi.
Really liked the free parking. However, in spite of being there early in the season, the lot was almost full.

Stayed April 2010
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Hong Kong
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2009

I stayed on the hostel side of this hotel, which is...

-very clean
-bathroom are shared in between two rooms
-bathroom is clean
-very quiet (don't expect there can be interactions with other guests)

Be reminded that...
-there is NO KITCHEN and NO MICROWAVE (you can only dine in there....)
-NO WIFI INTERNET
-it is located in the outskirts of the town Volterra
(No problem if you are driving;
But if you are a backpacker like me,
Either (1) you take a bus from Volterra to get there;
OR (2) you walk for 20-30minutes with a walk passed the town, then stairs going down (from Volterra to Hostel) and at last a walk through all the hospital buildings.
(Will be quite enjoyable if weather's fine and you've got no heavy backpack...or else....)
(*anyway, remember to grab a map from the tourist office!)

Overall, it is okay with its rather low price.
In terms of cleanliness and rooms, it worths more than its price.
In terms of location, maybe you cannot blame it for its already-low price.
I believe it is the location that have lowered its price.

Just balance it out to see what you prefer!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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Rome, Italy
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17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2009

Volterra rather full we came out in this hotel, which lies isolated (part of the building was the former meathouse of a madhouse, nice detail :)), positively because no noise from the outside. By car you´re in 5 minutes at one of the parkplaces of volterra. The good thing was the big room. Less was the lack of an airconditioning (they ´re working on it, it seems), and a van was not good enough. The matrasses too stiff for our taste (slept badly).

Buffet breakfast was also average, but continental.
We left a bit later (you should check out at 10.30) and we got twice a sneer for that, maybe right but not very client friendly.

A year ago we stayed at Rioddi in Volterra, much better, but they have small bedrooms.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Foresteria Volterra
Address: Borgo San Lazzaro 5 | Localita San Girolamo, 56048, Volterra, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > Volterra
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #12 of 25 Hotels in Volterra
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Foresteria Volterra 3*
Number of rooms: 34
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