I stayed here for my honeymoon. My fiance & I don't travel a great deal (about once a year), but when we do we like to stay in 4 to 5 star resorts or hotels. We stayed in Venice, Tuscany, Sorrento, & Rome on our 10 day honeymoon trip. I was the most excited about the Tuscany stop...until we got there.
If you stay at this property YOU MUST HAVE A CAR! If not, you will be bored to tears after the first day. The cab ride to Siena (the closest town) is between 30-40 euro.
My travel agent told me that it was a "midevil village". I thought, "a village will be perfect, little shops, restaurants, etc." It is not a villiage, it is a hotel comprised of many buildings. There is one pricy restaurant and it has a complimentary breakfast, which is decent. The lunch & dinner are the same every day. The menu is limited to about 10 main courses which include pigeon (yes, the bird) raviloi, wild boar, venison, & young rooster. We ordered the 80 euro steak our first night there to share and it looked like it was something that Fred Flinstone would eat. (not to mention that they insisted that we have it "medium" which was actually raw!) They were insistant on a dinner reservation even though we were the only people staying at the hotel at the time. The wait staff was very friendly however.
The second most important thing is to make sure that you stay during the week. They have a winery at the sight which is closed on the weekend. They offer tours and tastings. We did not get to see it, but the Borgo san Felice Chianti Classico Reserve is pretty good.
The buildings are old, so the rooms are ok. They have sort of a stale smell because they let people smoke in the rooms. I think we had two english tv channels: CNN & BBC (woo hoo). Bed was horrible with springs poking you in the back. The bathroom was nice with a deep, large tub and a ceiling-mounted shower head.
I live in a beautiful countryside area in VA, so I was not that impressed with Tuscany. If I had it to do over, I would have stayed on the Amalphi coast the entire trip. I was told that since it was off season no one would be there. NOT TRUE! We loved Sorrento and wish we could have stayed there longer. Rome was great as well.
I would recommend what the other writer had said. Stay in Siena and do a day trip to the wineries in the Chianti region.
- 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