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“Great base for Chianti area and Florence exploration”
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Locanda Il Gallo
Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in Greve in Chianti
Reviewed May 26, 2014

Warm, inviting, hospitable and comfortable lodgings with excellent restaurant onsite. Very clean large room and bathroom in small village but with a bus stop on the doorstep to take you to Florence. Plenty of free parking opposite the hotel. Alessio is knowledgeable of the Chianti area and professional as a host. We stayed 6 nights and managed exploration (with our car) of the area as well as many trips into Florence to shop and/or meet bus tours to Pisa/Lucca, etc. Chiocchio is a small, very peaceful and beautiful area on the road to Greve and Panzano. We were pleased to eat in the restaurant every night - it was great food and a good price. Keep in mind that the last bus from Florence (FS SMN station) to Chiocchio leaves at 7pm, so that means you need to either drive or take a taxi after that or in the case of a bus strike! (approx Eur50). Also be aware that there are two small flights of stairs to the rooms which could be a problem if you are mobility-impaired. We found this with most places we stayed in Italy though.

Room Tip: We had a room on the street and the noise was not a problem for us.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

We chosed Locanda Il Gallo for 3 reasons: rather close to Florence, in the middle of Chianti area and based on the review of RichardinOhio. Was a bit afraid about the parking as nothing was mentioned in the description...No fears, there is plenty parking space just in front of the hotel on the other side of the road. We visited from here Florence, San Gimignano, Greve in Chianti and the surroundings. We had all our dinners at the Locanda Il Gallo and this was really a great decision. Thanks to Fabio and Alessio we enjoyed something else every evening: great meals, great wines and delicious desserts! Grazie amici!

Room Tip: Don't bother with the rooms, the food and the wines are great.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

In terms of elegance this would probably not be your first choice. It was charming with a good view of the surrounding hillsides. The rooms were clean and serviceable. A good starting point to rest overnight when traveling in Chianti.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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2  Thank dominicbr1978
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

We picked this hotel on a whim while we were looking for a base to stay for the night while touring the "Chianti Highway". We were a little nervous when we arrived and discovered that our rooms were on the 2nd Floor (that's the 3rd floor in American terms). Not to fear, the owner scooped up each bag one at a time and had all 4 suitcases in the rooms in no time. No easy feat because of the weight of them. We were a little tired from our drive and tantalized by the scents from the kitchen wafting in the hallway, so we decided to eat in the hotel restaurant. We were so very glad that we did! Yes the food was "local fare", is that a bad thing? It was unbelievably fresh and so beautifully prepared that we felt that it was some of the best we had during our 23 days in Italy. I don't know how anyone can be “disappointed” by fresh pasta prepared in a delicate saffron (locally acquired) sauce and the most tender rabbit I have ever eaten. The owner was the most friendly and helpful guy. He recommended to us several local sites and wineries for visiting. He and his brother, who was helping in the restaurant, were just the best. They were so great that we stayed an additional day and ate in the restaurant the second night as well. We were so lucky to find this gem of a place with such wonderful people in the heart of one of the most beautiful locations in the world. All 4 of us agreed that we wished we had more time to spend here at Locanda II Gallo.

Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

The host is very helpful and nice. The atmosphere is warm and calm and the cooking is the best I had during my 16 days stay in Italy. Try the food - it is sublime! The bus stops right in front of the hotel which is nice and easy for a single traveller without a car.

Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
3  Thank Rikke T
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

The hotel was a perfectly pleasant, unpretentious inn and was good value. It was easy to find and the private parking area opposite the hotel was very big, so ideal for a stop-over. However, we had got the impression that the restaurant was extremely good and we therefore booked half-board. This was a disappointment because the cooking was very modest. This may be because the owner is apparently too busy running the hotel to cook for the restaurant. Certainly the home-made meringues and speculaas for breakfast were delicious, but sweet nibbles for breakfast do not make up for a poor dinner.

Room Tip: We had a room at the back, which was very quiet. Those at the front, on the main road MAY be noisie...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

I am curious about some of the negative reviews of this hotel, as that is completely in opposition to our experience just last week. We spent two days in this small hotel, used it as a base to tour the Chianti region (perfect location to do that from) and thoroughly enjoyed the hotel, the owner, and especially his restaurant. The hotel is very easy to find, in a small town just north of Greve on highway 222, about 45 minutes from rental car agencies in Florence. Our GPS took us right to the door. The hotel is exceptionally clean and well maintained, great shower and the air conditioning worked very well. We could also open the windows and enjoy the cool breeze. The owner/operator, Alessio, couldn't have been a more warm and cordial host. He checked us in, helped carry the bags to our 2nd floor room (#24), was the host at dinner, took our orders, recommended wines--the consummate host. His English is superb and he has a wonderful sense of humor, with a twinkle in his eye.

We ate in the restaurant two nights and after two weeks in Italy, including Rome, Venice, Verona, and the Chianti region, my wife and I both felt the food was overall the best we had in Italy. The menu is incredibly ambitious and varied. The pasta was perfectly cooked, not overdone, and the vegetables were superb. Salads were equally well done. When we asked for advice on entrees, Alessio was very honest in his appraisal of several options and the end result was SO rewarding. He is very knowledgeable about the wines he offers (in a wide range of prices) and the Monsanto Chianti we had the second night was truly exceptional. After, he told us it was his favorite.
We stayed in MANY places and this was our sixth time to Italy and we will remember this hotel very fondly, mostly because of Alessio, the service, and friendly atmosphere. Do yourself a favor and look beyond some of the petty concerns of some--this is a great place.

Room Tip: We were on the second floor, room 24 and enjoyed it. A large room, great shower.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via Lando Conti 18 | Chiocchio, 50027, Greve in Chianti, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Greve in Chianti
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Greve in Chianti
#4 Romantic Hotel in Greve in Chianti
#4 Family Hotel in Greve in Chianti
Price Range: $99 - $118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Locanda Il Gallo 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel & Restaurant "Locanda il Gallo" is supplied with all comforts, for a pleasant stay. Easy to reach, is a strategic point to discover the beauty of Tuscany. ... more   less 
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