Strong impression is that this is a hotel looking forward, targeting an upgrade. The facade, the lobby, the rooms and especially the attitude towards guests is of higher class one expects from 3 stars. There are hotels pretending to be more than they are , this one is understated in its price and official rating, but not the service.
The location is perfect. We were bit afraid to stay in 'very touristic town', but Pienza proved to be excellent. First, it is right in the middle of the most beautiful and most interesting area. Both Montalcino and Montepulciano are short (and beautiful) drive away, and the location gives the opportunity for sunrise and sunset drives in the valley (the smaller the road is better). Wine cellars are the best in the region. And staying here, you live for your day trip before the mainstream tourists come and you are back after they are gone! So you see the best of one of the best towns in Tuscany.
The choice of restaurants is immense, you may stay a week and visit a new place every day, and they all are good!
The service is personal and very helpful. All local advise we've got, from restaurants to wine cellars, guided us to the best choices.
The only thin sides are the breakfast and the toiletries in the bathroom which are OK but do not math the quality of the accommodation. The breakfast had less 'Toscanian cuts' one may expect and focusing more on bakery - which is excellent.and local style.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Residence San Gregorio in Pienza is located within walking distance of the historic centre. Built on the ruins of an opera house of the 1930s, it is in perfect harmony with the elegance, grace and charm of the ideal Renaissance city. The choice between rooms, suites and apartments means you can tailor your holiday to best suite your needs: you can choose from spacious, nicely decorated and furnished rooms, romantic suites, or residences with kitchenette for those who want to feel at home without sacrificing the standards of a hotel. The Hotel Residence San Gregorio also offers the finest of Tuscan cuisine and a wide selection of wines at the Ristorante La Piazzetta, where you can try typical food, traditional dishes and local products. From breakfast to lunch, from aperitif to dinner, any time of the day is perfect for enjoying the culinary wealth of Tuscany. ... more less
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