Without getting long winded, if we had stayed here for the full 7 days we were booked, it would have ruined our 3 week trip. To begin, the hotel shortened our stay by making us arrive one day later, two weeks before we were supposed to arrive and although they offered to help us find another hotel for one night they were of no help, so we arranged to stay at our previous hotel an extra night. It turned out to be a blessing, because when we arrived, the room we wanted was still occupied until 4 1/2 hours after check out time, and when we got into it , it was not clean and the layout was totally unsuitable, i.e, a long staircase up to the second (bedroom) level which also had the bathroom - and some of the large rooms like ours had the bathroom on the first level, a nightmare. The bathroom is laid out so poorly it's literally unusable - your leg is almost in the tub when you sit on the toilet, there aren't even any hooks on the wall to hang up a towel. The grounds are a jumble of horrible statuary and there are two pools, one of which is listed as a family pool, but the water was so green with algae you'd have to be crazy to get in. While we waited to get into our room, we had lunch - a hamburger and a Greek salad (with no tomatoes!) that cost us about $80. I called our usual hotel near Florence, which fortunately had our room available for 6 days and we transferred there first thing in the morning. Our 14 hour stay at Villa Mangiacane cost over $1100, and it would have been overpriced at $500. Shame on Small Luxury Hotels group for including this property in their family!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique villahotel, where every room is different, from cardinal-red opulence of Medici or Borgia times via african art, sculpture and paintings to ladies rooms with pastell yellow, green and rosè. Guest will enjoy the view from the grand loggia or the first floor loggia over our vineyards and olive groves to the cupola of Florence cathedral. Two pools, an indoor restaurant and the herbal garden al fresco dining invite to stop and enjoy florentine and italian as well as international cuisie. The fluidum of long bygone days will be reawakened when you look at the frescoes and remind yourself, that Nicolo Machiavelli lived and worked here over 500 years ago , and it is purported that Michelangelo did some work during the 7 year's stay of Machiavelli stay here. Add to all that the winery, tasting wines at leisure in our barrique cellar or try our olive oil during our cooking classes -you have let yourself in for an unique stay with us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Mangiacane Hotel San Casciano In Val Di Pesa
- Villa Mangiacane Italy/Tuscany