Stayed here as part of a tour group. Was concerned having read reviews, but pleasantly surprised. The rooms were large and spacious. The bathrooms actually had a bath. One room had a LCD TV and the other had an old TV so this supports previous feedback that the TV's are being upgraded - but I didn't go to Tuscany to watch TV so didn't care either way. The staff were friendly and helpful so again, don't know where the negative feedback in other reviews came from there either - I guess everyone can have a bad day.
The dinners at the hotel were very good value. The breakfast was included and as I said in the title, check the star rating and set your expectations realistically.
It was nice to kick back in the pool after a day on the road. My only gripe would be that the internet wasn't working in the rooms. It had recently been fixed in the reception area, but wasn't working in the rooms - dodgy IT contractors by the sound of it.
All in all, it was not the Faulty Towers I was expecting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a hilltop in Tuscany's Chianti wine district, Aquaviva Hotel & Spa offers panoramic views of the hills around Siena. It features a wellness centre with heated indoor pool, an outdoor swimming pool, and a traditional restaurant. Each room comes with a balcony or patio. At Aquaviva you have free access to the pools. Children can have fun in the playground and baby pool. You can book the wellness facilities which include massages, a steam bath, sauna and Kneipp hydrotherapy. This relaxing hotel is decorated with antiques and original paintings that belonged to the owner's great-grandmother. Rooms and suites are air conditioned and come with satellite TV and a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. Some rooms have a spa bath. The restaurant, Il Frate Godente, offers an a la carte menu of classic Tuscan and Italian cuisine. A generous sweet breakfast is served daily. Just 3 km away you will find the picturesque village of Casole d'Elsa, while the centre of Siena is 36 km away. San Gimignano and Volterra are within a 30-minute drive from the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aquaviva Hotel Casole d Elsa