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La Bandita Townhouse
Ranked #2 of 32 Pienza B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Charleston, South Carolina
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Best place we have ever stayed...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

I hesitate to write this review as La Bandita is truly the perfect little gem that you want to keep just to yourself, and maybe a few of your closest friends. But I would really be remiss in not taking the opportunity to express how fantastic this hotel, its staff and its owner are. We have had the opportunity to stay in many nice hotels all over the world, but La Bandita somehow manages the nearly impossible: they have crafted an environment and an experience that is perfect in every detail. La Bandita is like none other in that it delivers exactly what it claims: the semblance of a stay at your close friend's fantastic Tuscan townhouse. The owner, John, was there every day, checking in with the guests (a wonderful touch) and his staff members Martina and Francesca were two of the loveliest people we met on our trip...so helpful and friendly, and always sending us to the local favorites instead of the tourist hotspots (something we were so grateful for)! This is a place we hope to keep coming back to again and again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

This hotel is really a find, amazing staff Martina & Virginia are so very very helpful. They advised us and booked our dinner reservations, gave us sight seeing tips. Extremely hands on staff very caring and friendly made us feel like family! Meticulously restored property modern baths, comfortable beds, excellent location really great!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

I just read the previous review from TD-Cotswolds and I agree with every bit of it. We stayed at both Bandita properties last week and while nearby, they provide very different and exceptional experiences. The renovation of this historic building on the Main Street in Pienza has been masterfully completed with fantastic attention to detail in even the smallest and simplest rooms. The restaurant "cafe" is wonderful with a lovely outside space and charming walled garden.

As an innkeeper for more than three decades, what is most impressive to me is the enthusiasm of not only the owners who are the perfect hosts, but also their very professional, totally charming staff. From Front Desk to Housekeepers and Wait Staff everyone made a genuine effort to make sure we had the best holiday possible. You could tell that they loved being apart of these lovely hotels and that they appreciated working for bosses who really cared about their guests. Well Done John and Ondine! You are doing a fantastic job. I cannot wait to return with our family next summer.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

We had a fantastic time when we stayed last year at La Bandita Country House........so we decided to try the newly restored Townhouse this time to see how it would compare.

WOW.....AMAZING......FABULOUS.........PERFECTION!!!

John Voightman has done it again with this truly special property. He has thought of everything.....and more! Chic stylish interior......fabulous bedrooms and bathrooms......amazing restaurant.

However, the thing that makes any stay at either of the Bandita properties so very special are the team that john has working there.

Nothing is too much trouble.......they are all so helpful and enthusiastic.......they are truly passionate about making sure you have a wonderful time.

David, the head chef, and his team prepare superb food for you each evening.....make sure you reserve the seats at the bar in advance to sit and watch them cook right in front of you.....very special !!

I have to make a very special mention of Francesca......she was an absolute delight.....thank you for everything Francesca.......we loved being there with you!!

John himself always takes time out of his busy schedule to be around to give advice and help in any way he can.......and makes you feel a valued guest!

So......will we return.....you bet we will!!! Which property will we stay in next time......it has to be BOTH !!!! I suggest everyone should have a couple of nights in the Country House and a couple of nights in the Townhouse.....the best of both worlds!

Thank you La Bandita....

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

We stayed in La Bandita Townhouse in Pienza in September. It was a delightful experience! Our room had a free standing tub and a shower you could dance in. Our bed was comfy and our coffee maker started our mornings out just right. The hosts at the front desk (three different women at different times of our 3 night stay) were exceptional! Their social skills left nothing to be desired - they were warm and welcoming - more so than any other place we have visited. What amazed me was their eye contact and smiles, their desire to please their guests. There was free champagne in the early evening in the library before dinner. The dining room was charming with it's wooden tables and flowers. Outside seating in the courtyard was an option we took advantage of. The food at La Bandita's restaurant was parallel to none - it was superior. The zucchini flower filled with cheese and made tempura style was to die for as were all the other delectable items we tried on the menu. The chef and staff were fun and engaging and provided the best service. The town of Pienza was precious - the wall that surrounds part of the hill-top town was a favorite place for people to congregate and watch the sunset. There were a couple of sweet ladies who would sit in their chairs in the narrow street by our hotel watching the activities of passer buys. We took pictures with them and they started feeling like friends, even though we only speak English and they Italian. Everything was perfect with our stay and I would return to La Bandita Townhouse in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

First class, contemporary accommodations and service, including the restaurant. Very cool and hip staff. I look forward to returning one day and visiting the sister property. Francesca and Virginia, and the staff in the restaurant were terrific. You felt as if they were friends for years.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Aurora, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

Pienza has always been a gem in Tuscany . A special place, a perfect spot to regroup after enjoying the Val D' orcia during the day. A place to enjoy the beautiful vistas of the valley and be still for a bit and just be. La Bandita Townhouse is a GIFT to Pienza. We have travel many times to this area and always loved our time there. This visit was exceptional, the addition of the wonderful La Bandita townhouse just assured us that we will return.
It is amazing. it has an atmosphere of a chic boutique hotel surrounding you in contemporary quiet elegance yet not distracting at all from the fact that you are in a building that existed in the 1400 hundreds. The staff is incredible, John, Martina and Francesca are warm, friendly, helpful and fun. LaBandita does a wonderful job of outlining the Val D' orcia giving ideas of places to tour, eat, shop and taste the wonderful wines of the area. The restaurant where we enjoyed our breakfast was fabulous and dinner was wonderful. It is a special place that lives up to the specialness of it's surroundings. We would recommend La Bandita to any one traveling in Tuscany. For us it has only made us wish we were returning sooner.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: La Bandita Townhouse
Address: Corso Il Rossellino 111, 53026, Pienza, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Pienza
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Pienza
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — La Bandita Townhouse 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 12 room luxury boutique hotel inside the historic center of Pienza, a tiny UNESCO Heritage site village set in the rolling hills of southern Tuscany. ... more   less 
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