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Hotel Borgo Di Cortefreda Relais
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Great Northwest
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Hidden gem”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights the first week of September. Easy drive from Rome. The hotel is centrally located in Tuscany. There was a view of San Gimi from our terrace. Absolutely breathtaking! The room was large and clean. Staff was excellent. There were many things that made this property special. I consider their restaurant 5 star. I was hooked on their ravioli with their home made sauces and use of truffles. We had a t-bone for 2 our second night. The flavor was unbelievable! I thought I would collect wine from across Italy on this trip but i ended up buying all my wine here. Best red wine I have ever had! Their wine cellar also sold items made with truffles, balsamic, olive oil, aand other items from the area. The wine we ended up buying was exclusively made for this hotel. The grounds were beautiful. Signs through town made it easy to find. Recommend car rental for this hotel.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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BorgodiCortefreda, Direttore generale at Hotel Borgo Di Cortefreda Relais, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Dear Sir.,

Thank you so much for your fantastic review.

Every day we do our best for costumer satisfaction. We wait you again for a new stay at our hotel where you can try our Sweet Spa for a very relaxing and romantic stay and you can try our restaurant with a new menu and a new wine list.

Kind regards and we hope to welcoming you another time
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We stayed at the hotel for four nights in September. Drive her was relatively easy from Florence. The views from the pool are 360 degrees of hills, sunset was beautiful. We had a standard room which was larger than average. No real view from our window. The restaurant on site was good. Enjoyed the free wine tasting which gave us a baseline understanding of the wines in the region. Only negative was weddings both saturday and sunday. With the pool being closed early, and weddings out by the pool, we really had no where to go to enjoy the sunset. Overall, would recommend this hotel and would definitely come back.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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BorgodiCortefreda, Direttore generale at Hotel Borgo Di Cortefreda Relais, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Dear Sir.,

Thank you so much for your fantastic review.

We hope to welcoming you again during this summer for a new stay at our hotel where we will propose you a new menu with a new wine list.

Kind regards and we hope to welcoming you another time
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Nyon, Switzerland
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

We stayed in this hotel for 2 nights and enjoyed the proximity from Firenze, Montepulciano and Siena. We enjoyed a good stay, staff of the hotel was very helpful.
There is a swimming pool that we couldn't enjoy, because of bad weather unfortunately.
internet wifi connection is not free, 7€/24h... not so expensive, but not really fast, so this could be free honestly nowadays.
Don't wake up for breakfast, it is not worth... nothing really relevant about it.

The hotel globally is clean, welcoming and everything was good; apparently, several weddings come to enjoy the greatest part of that hotel: the restaurant for dinner!
I admit that from the whole 2 weeks' trip in Italy, I ate the best Tagliatelle with truffels I ever tasted! And the fish in the oven... the home-made tiramisu is a MUST. Don't miss it. I would come back there only for that restaurant. :-)
Very happy from our stay with my wife and will visit again, for sure.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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BorgodiCortefreda, Direttore generale at Hotel Borgo Di Cortefreda Relais, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Dear Sir.,

Thank you so much for your positive review.

We hope to welcoming you again for a new stay at our hotel where you can try our Sweet Spa for a relaxing and romantic stay.

Kind regards and we hope to welcoming you another time
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

Setting is lovely but that's where the positives end. I've stayed in a real variety of hotels across the world but this really is poor.

The room is the main negative in my review; whilst some may cling to and rate highly the setting, this is not where you have to sleep. This is a 2/3* hotel. The food, whilst expensive, is decent but not exceptional.

The bed was the most uncomfortable I've (tried to) sleep on, the walls paper thin, the staff of mixed manners and hospitality, the room dingy (I'm not confusing this with traditional) and the bathroom dark and dated.

I would not recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Try somewhere else or wait for complete renovation of rooms.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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BorgodiCortefreda, Direttore generale at Hotel Borgo Di Cortefreda Relais, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Dear Mr. Dan,

First of all we would like to thank you for writing a review.

Every day we do our best for costumer satisfaction. We hope that you come back to our hotel for another stay and you will not be certainly disappointed.

Kind regards and we hope to welcoming you another time!
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Arrived at Borgo di Cortefreda expecting a fairly rustic experience, but were pleasantly surprised to find an attractive and fairly upmarket small hotel. Certainly (as a recent review suggests) the area gets windy in the afternoon and the hotel is more modern and functional than cute and pastoral, but we found the pool to be clean (if a little chilly), the staff to be very accommodating and our two-level famly room to be perfect for our 2-adults 2-kids family. Breakfast is generous, if unchanging, lunch/dinner is good if you keep it simple (try the caprese salad), but less impressive when they try for more complicated dishes. Tavarnelle is close to Florence and to many great winetasting and dining opportunities (don't miss the fabulous Cantinetta di Passignano in Badia a Passignano). One word of warning - there are "tiger" mosquitos buzzing around the property 24/7 - come with lots of bug spray!

Room Tip: If you are traveling as a 4-person family, ask for the duplex family room. Kids get to sleep upstai...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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BorgodiCortefreda, Direttore generale at Hotel Borgo Di Cortefreda Relais, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Dear Sig.,

Thank you so much for your positive review.

Every day we do our best for costumer satisfaction. We wait you again during this summer for a new stay at our hotel where we will propose you a new menu with a new wine list and you can try our romantic cellar for a wonderful dinner

Kind regards and we hope to welcoming you another time
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

Having read the reviews we expected great things from this hotel. However, whilst the staff are indeed fantastic the hotel itself is very average. Don't be fooled by the pictures on the website, these have been cleverly taken and avoid exposing the fact that a) there is a very large water tower visible from the pool area, b) the grassy areas are not particularly well kept, c) the pool area is very exposed...no natural shade available anywhere so you are 100% reliant on the parasols which are screwed into the floor to avoid been blown away by the regular afternoon gusty winds and d) I'm afraid this is one of those hotels where people 'reserve' their sunbeds by leaving their towels whilst they go out for the day.

The hotel building itself is quite new/modern with a conference centre....so it did remind me of a Holiday Inn. They do hold weddings here and there is an interesting mixture of tourists and business travellers.

The town of Tavernelle is best described as "unremarkable" in that it is not at all picturesque, but a reasonably large working town. It has a nice feel and people are very friendly and the whole town comes out on a Thursday evening for the "tourist market"....there's a great atmosphere and tables line the streets outside the various bars and restaurants.

If you do go then make sure you indulge your other half and book for the romantic cellar evening. The wine cellar is beautifully set out and lit only by candles (dozens)...very romantic! You get exclusive use of the cellar and are served the tasting meal....food plus wine came to about €42 per head which I felt was good value for a great experience.

So the food is pretty good and the staff are wonderful....pity about the building itself!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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BorgodiCortefreda, Direttore generale at Hotel Borgo Di Cortefreda Relais, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Dear Mr. Thomas,

Thank you so much for writing a review.

Every day we do our best for costumer satisfaction. We hope that you come back for a new stay in our hotel and you will not be disappointed.

Kind regards and we hope to welcoming you another time
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Derby, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed August 22, 2012

The hotel and surroundings were absolutely beautiful. Such a beautiful view ! The food and staff were fantastic. Special thanks to Piero who could do no more whilst we had an evening meal by the pool watching the sunset. Would highly recommend this place :0)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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BorgodiCortefreda, Direttore generale at Hotel Borgo Di Cortefreda Relais, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Dear Mrs. Jonah,

Thank you so much for your fantastic review.

We wait you again during this summer where you can try our Sweet Spa to have a very romantic and relaxing stay!

Kind regards and we hope to welcoming you another time
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Property: Hotel Borgo Di Cortefreda Relais
Address: Via Roma 191, 50028, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Borgo Di Cortefreda Relais 4*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
55 units (double rooms/Junior suites) with bath, telephone, TV satellite, safe, frigo-bar, conditioned air, Internet, american bar, restaurant, hall for conferences from 10 to 100 persons fitness and sauna, parking, swimming pool, idromassaggio Jacuzzi type. ... more   less 
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