We were travelling by car from Florence to Volterra, when I realised I had omitted to book a hotel room for that night. Most places seemed to be full at this very late stage and it was, by now, late afternoon. I was beginning to panic! Suddenly at the side of the road we saw the sign for Restaurant and Hotel, and we drove straight in, and were luckily accommodated in a separate annexe to the hotel with private doorway to double bedroom upstairs and twin downstairs, both with en suite - perfect for the two of us with our two teenage daughters.
The rooms were, as indeed was the whole hotel, slightly shabby, but in a charming way - very clean and comfortable and the views across the Tuscany countryside from the upper bedroom were beautiful.
We had only intended to spend the night, but the pool beckoned and we ended up staying the whole day, enjoying the sunshine and the relaxed atmosphere.
I think the important factor for me at Villa Belvedere was the relaxed attitude of the friendly family who run this hotel. Nothing was a problem! Nothing was too much trouble! Although we had to leave our rooms by midday the day of departure, they were perfectly happy for us to stay at the pool for as long as we wanted. In return we took our lunch there.
Because all facilities, including good restaurant, are on site, there was no need for us - for the short stay we spent here - to have to go out and find anywhere to eat or drink.
We enjoyed our day there so much, we returned another day to spend the day at the pool, for which we each paid 5 Euros, and enjoyed the peace and quiet and comfort of their facilities.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Belvedere
- Hotel Villa Belvedere Italy/Colle Di Val D'Elsa, Province Of Siena