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“Quiet and off the beaten path, literally” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotelito Lupaia
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Medford Lakes, New Jersey
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38 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Quiet and off the beaten path, literally”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Let me start by saying that most of the clientele that visits Lupaia is from Italy, which means that they're probably not as intimidated by the 2.5 kilometer (supposedly) two-lane dirt road, with very limited oncoming traffic visibility, that leads to the resort. We rented a car, as it would be almost impossible to sitesee from this location without one. We were so frazzled when we arrived that we asked for suggestions (as well as a healthy glass of wine) on how to negotiate the road if we encountered an oncoming car. We were told that we should go slow (as if we had a choice) and attempt to move to "the side of the road." People, there is no side of the road for the majority of that stretch of the journey. We are young and both drive manual transmission cars in Metropolitan areas in the states, so we're used to challenging driving, but this was extreme. This drawback became significant for us because we would not drive this road after dark, in the rain, or after having a few drinks. It really became a major deterrent to some of the siteseeing we had planned. Apparently we were not the only ones who felt this way, as a couple from Canada approached us with the same concerns. That said, we would return to Lupaia for the fantastic food, beautiful scenery, very warm staff (especially Claudia, Franco, and Didi), and luxurious spacious accommodations (Basa was beautiful), but only if we were planning on little to no driving. Of our 4-day stay, the most relaxing was the day we spent at the pool with Spugna (Claidia's cute little jack russel terrier). Spugna was also our saving grace during meals, chasing away the many stray cats that have no qualms about laying on your feet while you're dining (a turn off for those who are allergic to or just not that fond of cats). We ate dinner at the resort 3 of the 4 nights of our stay. Please note that it is possible to opt for an abbreviated menu, rather than all 4 courses if you prefer. Franco is a fantastic chef with a wry sense of humor (which we really enjoyed). The included breakfast buffet was plentiful, and the complimentary stocked mini fridge was very much appreciated. All in all, Lupaia is beautiful and relaxing, but, in our opinion, only if you intend to stay put during the majority of your visit.

  • Stayed September 2013
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

What an amazing experience! We stayed for my 30th Birthday and to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. The room was amazing, so comfortable! We arrived and easily followed the signs down the dirt road to the little hotel. We were greeted by the friendly manager and taken to our room even though we arrived a few hours early, it was already ready! We headed out to explore the rural countryside around our room, and then relaxed by the beautiful pool. For dinner we decided to stay at the hotel and dine in their main room. We had the most incredible 4 course meal and wine. Claudia who served us was fabulous and we learned about her home region of Umbria and the Tuscan life. I was so surprised because as the head baker she brought out a heart shaped birthday cake and candle for me to blow out. She said she made it in a heart so that it was for our anniversary celebration too! Which was so thoughtful and special! The breakfast was also incredible and we only wished we had planned stayed more than one night! Someone called it a fairytale and we concur!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Monaco-Ville, Monaco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

If one doesn't know about this place it's literally impossible to just "run into it".
Well hidden amongst the slow Tuscan valleys nearing Montepulciano, tucked away in a wooded patch of the otherwise very open surrounding décor, Hotelito Lupaia is primarily a romantic place. Couples that are in love, in search of it or simply enjoying each other's company and the extraordinary landscape will have a blast.
Everything from the surroundings, the communal room serving for dining room, lounge, kitchen, breakfast nook, bar, coffee shop and manager's office, to the picturesque little fenced yards of every one of the totally differently shaped and decorated rooms (10-12 in total I think) and the very personal and familiar service of local people is suggesting romance and peaceful relaxation. The peace of the night it's only disturbed by crickets.
A perfect hideaway or a pit stop of the detail oriented Tuscan tourist.
The general feel it's one of 18th century Tuscan farmhouse, complete with authentic antique furniture, decorations, bathroom fixtures and even the recipes employed by the chef who cooks in full view right before the food is laid on one's plate.
Despite the authenticity though, one benefits of all the modern facilities: there is gsm access, internet connection in the communal room, a very cozy swimming pool (next to the organic vegetables garden), individual A/C and heating for each room, satellite TV, etc. The staff treat all guests like family, the food is excellent and the position in Tuscany ensures memorable wines. Close-by attractions include the picturesque medieval village of Montepulciano, 5 km away featuring alternative dinner options and a plethora of wine and souvenirs shops, and of course the whole of Tuscany attractions within a half a day or one day trips. A fantastic place where I will gladly return as much as I can.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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West Yorkshire, UK
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Just back from 7 nights at the Lupaia. Where to begin? Well, one of the best holidays we have ever had and certainly never experienced anything like it. Do not be put off by the 2.5km track down to the property, it is more than worth it and not at all difficult driving. Lupaia was indeed a fairytale come true. The rooms are wonderful and the fabulous views beyond belief. More than that however is the real charm, enthusiasm and friendliness of all the staff in particular Claudia who is a ray of sunshine, her mother and Franco who is a fantastic chef Perfectly situated for visiting all the sights of Tuscany and when you need a break a lovely pool with ample sunbeds and umberellas. The food is simply amazing and have never had such a choice at breakfast even at some world-class hotels. If you're going to Tuscany you must stay here. Wonderful, marvellous, enchanting etc.etc. One small negative was the cats. There are lots and they are no bother at all but they do need a good health-check and some radical speying. Thank you all at Lupaia - we WILL be back!.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful location with dramatic views of Tuscan countryside and vineyards. The gorgeous pool is relaxed and peaceful with complimentary water in a fridge and comfy hammocks in the shade for a little nap. Our room was unbelievable with tremendous attention to detail and country chic class. The staff cannot do enough to help and nothing is a problem. We felt relaxed and special and were helped with directions and things to do.
At breakfast I've never seen a table filled with so much colour and delicious food! Perfect. Beautiful xxx

  • Stayed September 2013
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Thank Sarah S
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London, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is different, really different, which is what makes it so special.

The location can't be beat - perched on a hillside surrounded by rolling Tuscan countryside, with Montepulciano in the distance on one side, and Montefollonico on the other. The setting is quintessentially Tuscan - a main house and various out buildings which have all been converted into rooms - and with nothing very close by, it feels secluded and private. Having said that, it's in close proximity to Florence (90 minutes), Siena (50 minutes), Perugia (60 minutes), so it's a great option for exploring the area, or even a country break between cities. A car is a must if staying here.

As other reviewers have said, each room is individually decorated in a creative and original Italian style. We stayed in the Blu room and it was truly beautiful - dare I say almost magical - and is probably one of my most favourite hotels rooms we've ever stayed in. The Blu room doesn't have it's own terrace, but as it's located on the top floor of the main building, it has stunning views if the surrounding area. The provided olive oil toiletries were lovely.

The food was really nice. The breakfast is a huge selection of freshly made baked goods, cheeses, ham, fruit, and eggs to order. We had delicious salads one afternoon for lunch, pool side, and we ate dinner twice there. Dinner is four courses, or less if you prefer, and they have a very good wine list. We went wine tasting in Chianti one day and bought several bottles of wine, and were pleased that the hotel didn't charge us corkage when we had one of the bottles with dinner. Despite the great food, I'd recommend you venture out to try some of the excellent restaurants in the area, which are worth the drive to get there.

The pool is in a lovely, with several levels (one foot deep, three feet deep, five + feet deep). The shallowest level is great for sitting and reading. Each guest gets their own pool towel, and there are plenty of loungers for everyone. There are several sun umbrellas and even two hammocks - both nice additions.

The staff are all very helpful, friendly and and welcoming - the service feels slightly rustic and totally unpretentious, which fit the setting perfectly.

There are quite a few stray cats about, but they're friendly cats who keep their distance and aren't a nuisance at all. I was very pleased to see that the hotel feeds them daily, so they mostly look quite healthy. But as the colony is quite large, the hotel will need to keep neutering them and at a faster rate than they currently are, otherwise the population will keep growing.

Whist we really loved Hotelito Lupaia, had a terrific time and hope to return one day, I didn't give it five stars for the following reasons:

- The pool was quite dirty. The water was cloudy, it was full of dead bugs and leaves, and it was so cold many guests couldn't go in further than their knees. There were also some broken old loungers and lawn debris in plain site.
- The coffee is terribly weak making it almost undrinkable, which is so surprising considering the excellent food. In all my Italian travels, I have never had a bad cup of coffee until Hotelito Lupaia. Even when I ordered a very, very, very strong cappuccino it still came out like steamed milk with a splash of coffee.
- the complimentary mini-bar isn't a mini-bar in the traditional sense, rather it's a fridge in the room with bottled water, fruit juice and a few child friendly snacks. When booking we didn't know about them so we didn't feel let down, but since they do advertise them on the website, I can see how one could feel disappointed.
- my husband is vegetarian and I don't eat pork, yet our vegetarian mushroom risotto had pancetta in it. :(

There are some improvements which I think should be made, but it's still a gem of a hotel and offers guests a very unique experience.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Normandy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We have just returned from the best weeks holiday we have ever had. This was thanks to the atmosphere at La Lupaia. Our room was delightful and so quiet. The hotel is situated off the beaten track so is in a beautiful tranquil setting. The food was delicious every day (along with the wine). But what really made our time there so special was the staff themselves. We were made to feel at home from the minute we arrived and didn't want to leave at the end of the week. If you are searching for a truly special holiday in Tuscany then this is definately the place to stay. Thank you to you all.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotelito Lupaia
Address: Localita Lupaia N.74, 53049, Torrita di Siena, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Torrita di Siena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Torrita di Siena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking the rolling hills of Tuscany, set between Montepulciano and Pienza, this small Borgo features a unique combination of nature and history, blended in total harmony. Set on a small hilltop, Hotelito Lupaia offers enchanting views over the surrounding hills and medieval villages from all its charming rooms and suites. Each accommodation has an independent entrance and either a private terrace or garden, featuring all modern comfort, while being unique in its style, decoration and details. ... more   less 
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