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“Do not miss this place” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Albergo Il Castello
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Certaldo
Certificate of Excellence
USA
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Do not miss this place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

Went there for one night and ended up staying two nights. Alfredo runs a great place. We were guests at a jazz concert that was held in hotel and at a rehearsal that was held in an enoteca up the street.

Nice place, great view. Very friendly

Only complaint was no screens in bedroom windows (as in 99 % of Italian hotels) and mosquitoes were a nuisance.

I would go there again.

Room Tip: one with view
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank daddiov
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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154 reviews
96 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

The good
* The location of this hotel is unparalleled. The historic town of Certaldo is beautiful.
* The room was big
* The hotel has character because of its history
* Free wifi

The bad
* The rooms are a bit dated. I think this hotel could really be made into a luxurious hotel, but it falls far short of that at the moment.

Overall:
This hotel is in a beautiful building in a beautiful town. The town is very quiet at night, so don't plan on doing anything too big. I thought the rooms could benefit from a bit of an overhaul, and could really be made into something special with the right furnishings.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank garrad
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San Diego, California
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

Lovely hotel which is part of the ancient walls and in an old palace. Renovated and updated. Modern bathrooms. Very comfortable environment with an incredible terrace for breakfast, lunch or dinner. A beautiful view across the Tuscan countryside with San Gimignano in the distance. There is a lovely garden to sit and relax or have your meals. The town is enchanting and very central...easy to take the train to Florence or Siena and other destinations. There are mosquitos in Certaldo...it is lush, but there are mosquitos in Florence too. Alfred is a wonderful host who speaks English, German, Portuguese, French and Italian...and was extremely kind and helpful when I got pretty sick. He is a musician and has concerts downstairs if you are here on the right weekend. Will come again when in Tuscany. Restaurant is great..a separate review.

Room Tip: Rooms have different views...ask if you want countryside or to look into the old town.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank JSpencley
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

Il Castello is a charming hotel in a Tuscan medieval hill town. Alfred pays attention to all the details that go into making this a truly pleasuable experience. There are three settings for dining: the garden, the terrace overlooking Certaldo and surrounding hills, and a beautifully appointed dining room. Breakfast is delightful with warm, just baked bread and other selections as well. Our room was very comfortable with a modern bathroom, antique furnisings, and a view. This is a perfect setting for a wedding, a family reunion, a romantic getaway, or a stop on your trip through Italy.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Panse Room on the west side of the hotel and liked it very much
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Connie F
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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

We were married in Certaldo five years ago and held the reception in the beautiful courtyard of Il Castello, dancing round the fountain with our forty guests. We've just returned from a few days to celebrate our anniversary, staying in the hotel for the second year in a row.

Alfred has been gradually renovating what were very tired and old-fashioned rooms, and the result is first class; lovely accommodation in a beautiful setting, in the most magical village in Tuscany. Breakfast on the terrace is a particular delight. As well as being an extraordinarily informed and helpful host, Alfred is a jazz drummer and organises regular jazz nights and courses, often featuring the renowned tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton, who lives just up the main street.

Certaldo is more or less equidistant from Siena, Florence and Pisa, all of which can be reached readily by train; it's a gorgeous hilltop town without the horrible hordes of San Gimignano; and Il Castello is the place to stay.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view over the countryside, rather than the town
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank GTR276
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Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
78 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

We were in Certaldo for a wedding and stayed at the hotel for two nights.We were warmly welcomed by Alfred and looked after during our stay by Francesca, who couldn't do enough to help everyone with their needs. Alfred put me in contact with a reliable local florist and Francesca served champagne to all the wedding guests after the ceremony. The Hotel is set in the most remarkable and pretty medieval town with loads of character and history. We purchased ceramics from a local artist and had them sent back to Australia. Overall a wonderful Tuscan experience that we will never forget. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Aunnyronna
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2012

Hotel was wonderful and Alfred was so helpful and made the best breakfast in Tuscany! Hope to be back soon! fantastic, can't recommend enough! X

Room Tip: all rooms looked perfect !
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sara2565
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Property: Albergo Il Castello
Address: Via della Rena 6, 50052, Certaldo, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Certaldo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Certaldo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Albergo Il Castello 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This small family run hotel is situated in the historic centre of Certaldo, one of the most beautiful and well preserved old towns in Tuscany. It offers the comforts of a three star hotel and its location in one of the ancient residential palaces makes a stay turn into a relaxed time travel. ... more   less 
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