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“All this, plus the Palio and Gordon Ramsay - una vera delizia!”
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Castel Monastero
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Having read through some earlier Tripadvisor reviews, which were less than complimentary about certain aspects of Castel Monastero, we arrived with some slight trepidations. Things weren't looking brilliant when we were shown to our suite, which was already 'occupied' by a busy stream of ants (well, the Castel is in the countryside, and maybe they had a prior reservation!). The alternative that we were shown didn't do it for us either, but THEN ...... the wonderful Graziella took charge, and found us what must rank as one of the most delightful rooms that we have stayed in. After this little hiccup everything went fantastically well.
Our first day was spent watching the amazing madness, pageantry and passion that is the Palio in Siena. The Castel team hosted a marvellous day, providing all the background info and a brilliant viewing location. Three days later we were treated to a cookery masterclass with Gordon Ramsay, and an alfresco evening Chefs' Table (there were 3 chefs (including GR again), each demonstrating the preparation of one course. Great food, great setting, great company.
The Palio and Gordon Ramsay were 'specials' arranged through the Leading Hotels of the World's Leaders Club, so maybe those 2 events could have somewhat distorted the Castel experience. However, ignoring the special events, what remains is still a fabulous destination. The whole tone of the Castel is set by special people like Graziella and her team, who make guests feel incredibly welcome from the moment they arrive. Roberta, who manages the Spa, is a delight, and the treatments (my good lady informs me) were excellent. She is more than tempted to return for one of the Spa breaks that Castel Monastero offer, and I might even go with her!!
As with every great hotel, there are a few things that could do with some 'fine tuning': some more pasta dishes and salads should be available at La Cantina to give guests far more choice if they want a light lunch or dinner; please get a spare set of cushions for the outside bar chairs and couches. These are currently regularly 'anointed' by the resident swallows (or are they house martins or swifts?), and a spare set of cushions would give guests, lets say, more choice of where to sit. So, two mini-gripes/observations in 5 days isn't bad.
Even if I don't pluck up the courage to go on one of the Spa breaks, I will definitely be back.
PS The best room at the Castel is.......... go find out for yourself!!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

I was fortunate enough to visit Castel Monastero for a second time (having done a short 3 day visit in the past) and from start to finish was treated like royalty. Greeted by one and all by name, I was made to feel special and was lovingly cared for. The staff were charming, polite and efficient - special mention must go to the professional front of house manager - Mr Pilotti and the excellent spa manager Roberta. Mirella's magic hands in the spa, with her stress busting marma massage, allowed me to unwind and relax and I could then walk the few steps down to the pool where I could sunbathe to my heart's content. My bedroom was calmingly furnished, a lovely bathroom, huge walk-in shower with everything I required. A forgotten i-phone charger was swiftly despatched and brought to the room after midnight. The food on the weight loss plan is nourishing and filling and I felt healthy as well as pampered. A luxury spa is what you get - forgot those crazy detox juice fasts - they are not worth it: this is sensible eating in beautiful surroundings. A recipe for success. The general manager Mr Prevosti went out of his way to ensure that I had a wonderful visit and I can't wait to return in the near future.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

We were in awe of this place! We had a wonderful room/suite with all the frills and spills one could want! Bed was absolute luxury which can be hard to find whilst travelling. Breakfast was outstanding, and dinner was a wonderful experience. Views to die for and well worth the visit. Love to get back there

Room Tip: We were on the 2nd floor and the suite was fantasic
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank carol1136458
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

The hotel and service were excellent. This hotel was a dream. A few things that I think may be worth mentioning. Our bathroom had a smell that may have been a drain issue, but even when the room was freshly cleaned there was a bit of a bad smell. The pool area had many bees - perhaps there was a nest there that should be looked into. The A/C did not work very well in common areas (hotel lobby, bar/ lounge) which made it very difficult to go inside and enjoy a drink in the evening if we wanted to. Other than that this hotel is top notch and the staff are excellent - incredibly friendly and helpful. We loved our stay here and hope to return one day soon!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank April T
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

perfectly situated in the tuscan countryside, this hotel is a job well done. the reason i say this is because this is a 11th century monastery that has been converted into a hotel. the rooms are spacious, the spa is world class. and for the food - gordan ramsey has a restaurant, need i say any further. surrounded by spectacular tuscan countryside this is as romantic as it gets. go wine tasting and eat some fabulous meals in siena and florence. highly recommended

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

It provides an unique experience as you can feel out of the routine of a busy life and enjoy each detail of the hotel. There you are envolved with the particular architeture, a great and intriguing energy from the essence a Monastery. The kindness and the attention of everyone working there, specially from Alessandro Pilotti will be always on my mind.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

As you approach you see a medieval Tuscan village complete with vineyards, olives and a fabulous monastery. We looked at two rooms and both choices were superb. Large, airy and comfortable. A bottle or red and white local wines was delivered from Signore Prevosti. Take time to walk the vineyards and grounds and bring a big glass of wine with you. The pools and spa are beautifully hidden and very private. The Gordon Ramsay restaurant was not open, but I am not a big fan anyway. What was open was the Cantina - a great wine cellar restaurant where the steps down are lit by candles. Just sitting and having a glass of wine in this room was enough. The food was great, the service delightful and fun. Anyone who writes they did not enjoy this experience brought it on themselves. Castel Monastero is beyond 5 star. Quiet and private. Beautifully restored and appointed. Just minutes from Sienna and less than an hour to Firenze. Our big disappointment? We only had one night.

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Castel Monastero

Address: Loc. Monastero d'Ombrone, 19, 53019, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Castelnuovo Berardenga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Castelnuovo Berardenga
Price Range: $384 - $1,932 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Castel Monastero 5*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
While painters are born, travellers are made and no land has aroused the curiosity, the enthusiasm and the culture of entire generations more than Tuscany. Certainly, not all of them have had the luck to begin their journey in the enchantment of Castel Monastero. In fact a few kilometres from our village, along roads of pure delight, can be found masterpieces of art and of the highest culinary tradition.Every day, a discovery. Every day a different itinerary passing through unspoiled scenery. Every day, on your return, a massage and a candle-lit dinner. And together, over a romantic meal for two or with your friends, you will recall the frescoes of Piero della Francesca and the perfect walls of Monteriggioni, the Renaissance utopia of Pienza and the gastronomic glory of Castellina in Chianti. And again, to surprise you, there’ll be a sunset over Pitigliano and a stroll around the Etruscan necropolises of Sovana. ... more   less 
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