Stuck between the tourist traps of San Gimignano and Siena, Colle Val d'Elsa is the ugly sister hilltop town of the region. Which is a pity because on the outskirts, in an unpromising residential quarter next to the main road, lies a really good hotel with 5* qualities in a 4* establishment. Set in a residence of the cardinal who went on to be Pope Julius II, this is a really first class original hotel with a number of really nice touches. The staff are very professional and helpful with all manner of queries. You do need a car to make the best of the area because it's a 15 minute drag out of town. But with that caveat, it must be a winner in anyone's list of places to stay in the region. The restaurant is classy, set in an undercroft, albeit with a limited menu - so really good for one night but not several. It does have an extensive and interesting wine list but there were good relatively inexpensive wines as well as stuff for Russian nouveau-riche lookalikes. It is a surprisingly quiet location and the bedrooms and beds are good for a good night's sleep. Walls are not that soundproof though - which is the reason to knock off a rating point. Breakfast is comprehensive if in the Italian continental style. Good scrambled egg is the stand-out.
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- Relais Della Rovere Hotel Colle Di Val d`Elsa
- Relais Della Rovere Italy/Colle Di Val D'Elsa, Province Of Siena