First let me say that if I was going back to Certaldo this is where I would stay, although staying there when we did was something of an experience! They weren't really open for the season at the time, even the restaurant was closed, but they let us stay there anyway. This old building has a lot of character, with the worn tile floors and an authentic rustic Tuscan feel. The view from the terrace is stunning. The building is actually part of a former monastery dating back to the 13th century and the town is the hometown of the medieval Italian poet, Boccaccio. There is a nice sitting area outside the upstairs rooms, with large windows looking out over the terrace below and beyond to the Tuscan countryside. This was an ideal place to sit visit and share some wine.
We were a group of seven friends in Italy on a walking holiday in May of 2011. As I said, they weren't really open for the season when we stayed there, and in fact we were the only ones in the hotel that night, including staff! After exchanging emails with Sara before we left home, we were unable to meet her as she and her husband had business concerns in Rome. Someone showed up to let us in when we arrived, but after an hour or so we were on our own and had the whole place to ourselves. They gave us keys for the front door. Speaking of keys, we discovered that the keys for the rooms were interchangeable.
One thing that should be mentioned is that one of the rooms had a slight sewer smell, either room 2 or 3. Hopefully this will get attended to, because I would hate not to stay there because of it.
When morning came we were wandering around the downstairs wondering if anyone was going to show up to make us breakfast, but just when we were about to give up hope, Sara's husband showed up. He had driven all the way up from Rome overnight and prepared for us the best breakfast of our entire three and half week stay in Italy. We had to tell him to stop, because the courses just kept coming. It was served on the terrace overlooking the Tuscan countryside and was an unforgettable experience and any other shortcomings were forgiven.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our structure get born from an antic monastery from the XIII century and offer a beautiful view on the Chianti hills, offering five romantic rooms (+4 rooms in a near new guest house). Our rich continental breakfast is served in the restaurant. ... more less
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