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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany

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MAdS20072...
Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Relaxing base for Tuscan exploring”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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The apartment in the Borgo in Gaiole was lovely. It was well equipped with everything you need for a happy stay.
From the village it was a steep walk uphill and then up steps, but the view more than compensated for the exercise ;) We managed our luggage but be aware, as advertised, there is no lift.
We did experience a delay in checking in, the nominated agents did not answer their mobile phones. Eventually people were located, but this took 1 hour for us, and over 3 for another family checking into a different apt!!! We were given some local wine as as sorry gesture which was a nice touch.
Also note that the allocated car space in the garage is tiny. We had a Fiat 500 and that took a lot if effort to get it into the space! Any larger car would struggle. Street parking was plentiful and more convenient to the location of the apartment so it wasn't a big issue for us.

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3 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The view and the location
Liked least: The delay on check in (local management issue, not the owner)
Traveling group: Young Children
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Bialy56
New York City
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“Beautiful apartment with wonderful views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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My husband and I participated in L'Eroica bicycle ride and the apartment was perfect for us in every way. The entire development is so well designed and constructed and you feel as though you are living in a small Tuscan hill town! For us, the location is perfect - just a short walk to the main walking street of Gaioli with many restaurants, food shops, and L'Eroica bicycle rental shop.

The apartment has all the comforts of home and wonderful views from the balcony of Gaoili and the Tuscan countryside. The complex is nicely landscaped with many common areas that one can use.

The owner was very responsive to all our questions and the local agent and complex staff were welcoming and helpful.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: Can't think of anything
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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T P
Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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8 reviews
“lovely appartment in nice area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012 for a stay in August 2012

The appartement was nice and modern (Tv, ipod player, dvd, airco). we had a nice balcony in the sun although it did get quite hot there. the appartment complex is luxureous and very well looked after (clean). it has a nice swimmingpool, and the village is only a 5 minute walk. we had a great stay.

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4 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: it's a modern and well equiped appartment
Liked least: water in swimming pool was very cold
Traveling group: Young Children
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Jill S
Perth, Australia
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“Fabulous Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012 for a stay in July 2012

Fabulous location, 50 minutes south of Florence, 35 minutes north of Siena in the middle of the Tuscan countryside. You do need a car to reach the apartment and take advantage of the surrounding country villages, restaurants and wineries. The apartment was well equipped, everything you need for a holiday.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Nothing that we can think of
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Jessdewet...
Chicago, IL
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54 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Comfortable New Apt with Spectacular View, Quaint Central Tuscan Location Close to Florence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011 for a stay in June 2011
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We drove 3 hours from Rome to get here. It was an easy (albeit winding) drive through the most beautiful countryside you can imagine. We had trouble finding the specific rental by GPS but the property manager arranged for a local woman to escort us there. The newly built apt complex was wonderfully built in the hillside to blend in well with the surrounding old stone buildings in Gaiole. When we arrived, we found we had to climb 2 outdoor staircases to get to the apartment - this was no problem for me, however the women I travelled with who had back problems had difficulty climbing, especially with suitcases. The lovely local woman helped us get all our bags up to the apartment on her own accord. Any issue we had was handled quickly and the owner went out of his way to make sure our visit was memorable.

The apartment was extremely clean, was quaintly furnished and decorated and had all the necessary amenities, including wi-fi. There was a central room with entrance out to a deck which overlooked the Tuscan Hills and the town of Gaiole in Chianti. All the windows were equipped with large wooden shutters which could easily be opened to let in the usual Tuscan breeze. At night, closing the shutters darkened the room enough to make for a restful sleep.

The owners had left lots of helpful brochures about local attractions and maps of the Tuscany area and furnished us with a list of recommendations and a few good local contact people to get help from.

There were 2 bedrooms, 1 very large one with a Queen bed overlooking Gaiole and 1 nicely sized with 2 twin beds (or they could swap for a Queen on request) with a view out the side and back. The front bedroom had a walkout with a deck that looked out onto the Hills over the village of Gaiole. There was a small area within the front room with a toilet and sink with a glass door that closed it off from the bedroom area, and the shower stall was in the opposite corner of the room. The main bath was near the entrance door in the back of the apartment. One issue we had with both bathrooms (which the builder should have foreseen) was that the placement of the mirrors in both bathrooms was too high. They had been installed so that the bottom edge of the mirrors were flush with the ceramic tile which went more than halfway up the wall. None of us short women could see into any of the mirrors :)

We parked in an underground protected garage which was easily accessible. Unfortunately, the weather was too cool to swim, but the pool and deck were very nice and well maintained with lush foliage all around.

Gaiole is a charming small old-world village. We just had to walk down the hill to get into the town. There were several quaint shops and restaurants, all within walking distance. They even had a hair salon. There were NO tourists that I could find (except us), which made for a great experience of living amongst the locals and truly getting to see the culture.

We made the mistake of trying to do too much in Tuscany during out stay, which meant leaving every morning and returning every evening LATE at night. In hindsight, we should have sliced our itinerary in half and sat out on the deck enjoying the Tuscan breeze relaxing with a glass of wine each evening.

I would HIGHLY recommend this apartment if you are looking for a great escape in Tuscany, yet would like easy accessibility to other Tuscan villages and Florence. We visited San Gimignano, Poggibonsi, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Siena and SEVERAL other beautiful Tuscan villages by car. We rode the train from the neighboring town of Montevarchi into Florence 2 of the days.

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5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Location
Liked least: Limited access to Gaiole by train & bus
Traveling group: With Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Sep 11, 2011
Thank you for this very detailed review. I'm sure its really helpful for people who are committing their money and leisure time for maybe a once a year holiday to have so much information made available to them. Thank you for doing it.

Derrick
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LanKa74
Haifa, Israel
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4 reviews
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“pleasant and peaceful vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011 for a stay in August 2011

The apartment is very clean, quiet, very well equipped and maintened. Good starting point for exploring of Chianti region. We spent there 9 unforgettable days and enjoyed every moment.

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Your age range 35-49
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cindin
San Francisco, California
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“Excellent base to explore the Chianti region”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2011 for a stay in June 2011
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This location is an excellent base to explore the Chianti region! A car is highly recommended. Close to Radda, Volpaia, Castellina in Chianti and so many more. After a day of long countryside driving and exploring the hill towns, this was the absolute perfect place to come home to.

This is a clean, modern, nicely appointed 2 bedroom apartment in the new borgo complex. The spaciousness of the apartment was definitely a nice change from the standard hotel room. The apartment has traditional Tuscan rustic countryside accents such as wooden beam ceilings, French double doors that opens out to a large terrace, wooden double door window shutters and a stone wall exterior of the entire complex with modern amenities such as a flat screen TV, DVD player, wireless internet connection and Bose I-pod dock. The windows and the terrace doors allows for great summer sunlight during different times of the day. The kitchen is well-equipped and the bathroom is clean, modern and spacious. There's garage parking available. It was definitely an added bonus and great to have access to the laundry facilities.

The best are: the large terrace with a magnificent view of the village, the Tuscan hills, ridges during different times of the day (I particularly liked the mornings when the birds are singing and the light morning fog gently blankets the hills), al fresco dining for any meals or sipping a Chianti Classico wine (patio table, chairs & umbrella provided) on the terrace, dip into the pool with a view of the Tuscan hills & vineyards and a short walking distance to Gaiole village. (Side note: If you get a chance, there's a small deli right in Gaiole village called, Le Cose Buone we discovered on our last day. Lorenzo and his wife Magdalena run this family owned deli, their family has been in the food business in Gaiole since the mid-1700's. Magdalena makes the BEST ragu ever! My husband and I have been unsuccessfully trying to cook and find a comparable ragu in restaurants back at home like Magdalena.)

Derrick was easy to work with and responsive to e-mails. Lampo the Borgo caretaker, greeted us and gave us the apartment keys. As other reviews have noted, Lampo doesn't speak English, only Italian. Slight confusion initially as to who was going to give us the keys and where to find this person, but Lampo was expecting us, so things went pretty smoothly.

The location, the spectacular views, the apartment itself and the multitude of amenities it has to offer make this a great deal for a week or two in Chianti!

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3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 4 of 5 stars Service
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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