Our stay was definitely not the: 'woah I want to come back to this place' experience.
The room was ok (supposedly a deluxe double), but not worth the price of 410 EUR. Even though August is one of the high-season months (but the hotel was not nearly full) and higher rates have to be expected. The bathroom was large. A/C was working fine.
The bathroom tiles were not always thoroughly cleaned, but in general cleanness was acceptable.
Breakfast was average at best. I expect freshly made eggs in a 5-star hotel and not some limp scrambled eggs swimming in liquid, or dried-up on top. You can order separate egg dishes at an additional charge, which is not acceptable considering the price for the room.
Seems that hotel management listened to the people complaining about the fact that there was only the one restaurant (which is very high-priced) and a second Restaurant area was added. The food selection is limited. The 'mixed grill' was inedible (steak-leather, chicken-just bones and grease, pork-just fat, sausage- somewhat edible, although greasy). The Bistecca Fiorentina (large T-Bonesteak) is offered in the min. 1 kg size (35 oz or 2.2 pds). The pasta dishes were ok.
The 30 EUR p.P. buffet is uninspired and not what you expect in an Italian restaurant (unless you like cake). I would at least like to see some Italian specialties, in addition to slices of salami and tomato/mozzarella.
Friends who had dined at the other restaurant warned us that it was too expensive for what is being offered and recommended that we go somewhere else. Which we did and we enjoyed a lovely dinner on a wide open terrace with a great view, a mere 10 minute drive from the hotel.
The lunch menu had some good light dishes.
Service was generally friendly, although some waiters do not understand a word of English and ordering a tomato juice can involve 3 people until they understand what you're asking for.
The lawn area for sunbathing is way too small for a hotel of this size and will be impossibly crowded should the hotel be fully booked. The pool is on the small side. With kids jumping in the pool, splashing around and neither the personnel nor the parents asking them to behave, it is impossible to enjoy a relaxed swim.
The piano music in the patio area is too intrusive, sometimes even nerve-racking and the pianist's repertoire not really suitable for the environment.
There is not really any view from the terrace, there are a lot of trees obstructing the view. If you are looking for a great sunset over the hills of Tuscany while enjoying a quiet drink - go some place else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- San Felice is a medieval hamlet with rural architecture typical for the Chianti, nestling amidst vineyards and olive groves that cover the hills sloping gently towards the picturesque city of Siena. Today San Felice is a five star hotel, part of the prestigious international chain Relais & Chateaux. Situated in the heart of Tuscany in Chianti Classico, San Felice is only ½ hour driving distance to reach the art centres as Siena. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Relais Borgo San Felice Hotel
- Hotel Borgo San Felice Italy/Castelnuovo Berardenga, Province Of Siena