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Castelletto di Montebenichi
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London, Canada
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“Enjoyable stay...... but a few drawbacks.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

While our stay at the Castelletto di Montebenichi was very enjoyable overall, we'd probably look for a property that was less remote on our next visit to the area.

The deluxe room we stayed in was well equipped with a comfortable bed, desk, tv, small refrigerator and a roomy wardrobe though it could have used a bit of "refreshing". Additional storage space for toiletries in the bathroom would have been appreciated, but otherwise the shower, and amenities were fine. The overall ambiance created is fairly relaxed and welcoming, and Montebenichi, though too small to be even referred to as a village, is picturesque.

The antiques, decor and overall visual impression of the property is quite lovely with a great deal of attention to detail. There are several common rooms to relax in, including the upper patio. Marco was ready to assist if asked, and provided us with advice about a day trip that helped a great deal.

The breakfast offerings were fairly standard, which is not an issue in itself, but the fruit was not always fresh, and the platters not refreshed. If there happen to be families staying when you visit, be sure to enjoy your breakfast early! Feel free to ask for cappuccino as it is not available from the self serve buffet but is happily provided.

We appreciate countryside vistas and quiet, but we found this location a bit too remote. There is only one small restaurant (max.18 seats) nearby and because we failed to mention needing a dinner reservation before we left one morning, we had to drive 20 minutes to Ambra for dinner late at night. Thankfully the wonderful little place we'd been a few nights before could take us-----their last table! Though the restaurant in Montebenichi was alright, we were not particularly impressed with our meals there. We did however, really enjoy the experience at Alla Corte di Bacco in Ambra. There are just not many options in the evening without a bit of a drive down winding, narrow roads in the dark. Not ideal if you like to enjoy a Tuscan red with your dinner.

For the 4 nights we stayed at the Castelletto we had busy days planned with seeing sights in Tuscany, and because it was late September we did not avail ourselves of the pool area. With it being at least a 6-7 minute walk down from the castelletto, the pool (just beyond and below the car park) is quite removed from the actual hotel building. While mobility is not a problem for us, the distance should be mentioned for those who might have difficulty walking up and down the steep and narrow streets to and from the parking and pool areas. During our stay we did notice one senior guest who seemed to be struggling by the time they walked from the car to the hotel, and then up two flights of stairs in the castelletto to the guest rooms. Thankfully you can park in front of the castelletto to unload and load luggage, though it did take us some time to find the actual building on arrival. Marco takes pride in the fact that he does not like signage.

While the Castelletto was a unique experience, we found we'd much prefer something that didn't require quite so much driving in the evening after already full days exploring Tuscany.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

we stayed for 5 nights at the last week of August with all our grown up children all together a party of 7. We arrived at 1 o'clock at night and Marco was still extremely pleasant. We enjoyed the lovely rooms, the quiet, the splendid breakfast on the balcony, the amazing pool overlooking the valley, the gym, the free drinks and the great hospitality of Marco.
Don't think twice: the whole family unanimously decided this was a perfect holiday!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013

My wife and I discovered the Castelletto's website accidentally when searching the web for hotels in Tuscany. We fell in love with the place immediately and booked a junior suite for 5 nights (31 August to 5 September 2013). To say we were not disappointed would be a gross understatement! The hotel is a medieval castle (XII century) in the centre of a small village on the top of a hill, about half an hour's drive from Siena. The surroundings are very quiet, you will never hear a sound except a few pigeons in the morning. The hotel has only nine rooms whoich are beautifully and comfortably furnished. There are several common rooms that can be used in the rare hours you are not out to discover Tuscany.
Marco is the most charming, generous and knowledgeable host you can imagine. He knows all the places to go for sightseeing and eating.
The hotel has private parking, an outdoor swimming pool, a small gym and offers a splendid breakfast buffet. It does not have its own restaurent but the very commendable Osteria L'Orciaia is only a few steps away (reservation is recommended). Other restaurants can be reached by car in 10 to 20 minutes.
We would not recommend the Castelletto to families with children and it is not suited for handicapped persons (no lift). Also you should travel by car.
Would we visit the Castelletto again? Absolutely!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Danville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

When I booked us into a castle in Tuscany, my wife thought I was nuts. She was expecting a cold, dark, dank, outdated place. Instead, she was blown away by the light, beautifully decorated, warm and inviting, totally unique accommodations we found in Montebenichi, a tiny little village about an hour south of Florence. The castle itself was totally renovated in the late 1990s and features incredible artwork and lovely decor throughout. The modern amenities include a pool and fitness center. The spectacular breakfast room, with floor to ceiling French doors overlooking a beautiful garden, is worth the price of admission alone. The bed could've been a little more comfortable, but otherwise, everything was perfect. Marco, the proprietor, is a charming character who will provide excellent recommendations for restaurants and things to do...one of which, a wine tour of the Brunello region, was one of the highlights of our two weeks in Europe.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brooklyn, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

We visited the Castelletto in June (2013) - our 6th time since 2005. And each time we have had a spectacular time. It is beautiful yet very comfortable and relaxing. The breakfast room is lovely and on a clear day, one can see Siena. And the breakfast is bountiful. Marco, the proprietor, always has wonderful recommendations for restaurants but more importantly for the "out of the way" places to visit - and not just in Tuscany. On his recommendation, we visited Castel Del Monte in Puglia and the Palazzo Valentini in Rome - other places we were visiting. While in Tuscany, we visited Siena (again - it is always wonderful), Casa Vasari in Arezzo and Civita Bagno Regio and the surrounding areas - it is all so great. And we will return!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

First time in Tuscany, but stayed at the Castelletto based on the recommendation of a friend and it was beyond expectation. Nothing like it on earth. Almost a 1,000 years old w charm and warmth from Marco, the proprietor, the viilage of 30 residents and closeness to some of the very best of Tuscany within 30 minutes by car.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Warfield, Berkshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012

The hotel is very beautiful from the outside and almost like staying in a Museum on the inside, filled with Antiques etc. The Hotel was a perfect location for our friends Wedding at Casa Cornacchi. The Hotel was extremely quiet throughout our 3 night stay, the first night we were the only guests staying. The rooms could do with slightly updating especially the Air-conditioning which hardly cooled the room down. We thought the Mini-Bar and free drinks that you could help yourself to in the Lounge was a lovely touch. The pool area is in a lovely position with great views, unfortunately I got bitten all over in the couple of hours I spent there even though I had sprayed myself with the complimentary repellent, which is available in the changing rooms. This of course is not the fault of the owners, but maybe the time of year so we didn't spend anymore time by the pool throughout of our stay which was a real shame. Would I stay again - probably not as it was a bit too remote for us with just one small restaurant within walking distance, but if you like total peace and tranquillity you will probably love it.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Castelletto di Montebenichi
Address: Piazza Gorizia 9, 52021 Montebenichi, Bucine, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Bucine > Montebenichi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Montebenichi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Castelletto di Montebenichi 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Castelletto di Montebenichi, a perfect spot for visiting Tuscany, located in the Chianti, half way between Siena and Arezzo. Staying at the Castelletto is a magic experience offered to a few guests only who will enjoy precious works of art, including period frescoes, archeological finds, sketches and antique paintings, drawings, sculptures, bronzes and ceramics. They will be caught up in a pleasant, unforgettable out-of-this-time atmosphere. In this ancient mansion, dating back to XII century, tradition and modern comfort are combined perfectly. Guests are encouraged to move free like in their own home in a comfortable and familar, yet elegant and exclusive environment. At a few steps in the park guests can enjoy a swimming pool, a small sauna, and a gym with a jacuzzi mini-pool along with a marvellous view over the surrounding hills and the valley. The Castelletto has no restaurant, but around the corner a wonderful "trattoria" called "L'Orciaia" offers tasty traditional Tuscan dishes. ... more   less 
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