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Hotel Foresteria Volterra
Ranked #12 of 25 Hotels in Volterra
Reviewed April 10, 2012

My wife and I spent 3 nights at the Foresteria during the end of March. The room was very large, clean and comfortable. We had half board and the food was good and plentiful. The problem arose on the first night when shortly after we started our dinner around 50 middle school aged children filed into the dinning room along with five of their teachers. They proceeded to cheer and yell among themselves giving us the atmosphere of a noisy school cafeteria. Obviously this is not what we came to Tuscany for. Later in the evening the youngsters set up a loud boom box in one of the common areas (It sounded as if it was in our room with us) again giving us a summer camp feeling. At breakfast the next morning we were overtaken by this group one last time. In all fairness the staff tried to handle the situation as well as they could. However, I fault the owner/manager for booking such a large school group at the same time they have individual guests.
For the following two nights of our stay we were pleased with the accommodations.
My advice for anyone deciding to stay here is to be assured that they are not booking large groups at the time of your stay.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

I was going to leave a good review because the girl at the front desk was so nice but the next morning at 7:30 am, the maid banged on the door and told us we must leave within the next 20 minutes so she could clean the room! I have stayed at hundreds of hotels and we usually check out around 9 am, but the posted time is 11 am. I have never had the maid demand we leave by 8 am. Very unprofessional!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

After several hot, busy days in florence our night here in volterra was a fantastic rest, really refreshing, lovely calm atmosphere. Lovely tuscan views from our balcony. Immaculate rooms and communal areas if a little spartan and slightly lacking in character - but dont let this put you off... very spacous room and nice bathroom with organic shower gel etc Very helpful friendly staff (poss owners) told us a bit about the local organic farming and vineyards. Fabulous extensive breakfast of among other things: fresh bread, croisants, lovely fruit, lots of cheese and ham, yoghurts, beautiful homemade cakes (which we didn't really want for breakfast, but wrapped up and pinched for later! thanks guys!!). Also very nice little trattoria don the road with delicious hare ragout, and very generous with the afterdinner fire water! beware crazy italian drivers zooming up behind you and beeping on narrow precarious country roads to get up to volterra - very high up, widing roads!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank brmbrgh
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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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Thank NatalieEM
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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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Thank Alecia86
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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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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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Thank ChrisPoznan
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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
Price Range: $65 - $118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Foresteria Volterra 3*
Number of rooms: 34
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