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Relais San Pietro in Polvano
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Reviewed 6 May 2015

The best part of this hotel was the beauty of the place and the hospitality. The meal was wonderful, especially the breakfast prepared by a charming old lady in their kitchen. I chose this place because it was owned by very traditional Italian people, and I was right.

This is a great place for people who don't have a car but want to stay in a not touristy vila. You need to ask the hotel to arrange a taxi in advance but otherwise it is manageable. Get off at Castiglion Fiorentino (between Rome and Florence), and probably 10 minutes taxi ride (30 euro). There are not much to do around the hotel without a car, but I think just sitting by the pool in a quite Tuscan village would be enough! And just wait for the wonderful dinner (not included).

Room Tip: Very quite hotel in a small quiet Tuscan village.
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  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 April 2015

A charming hotel with about 10 rooms all differently decorated. The owner Mr Protti was very nice and welcoming and provided helpful tips on where to go and how to get to the nearby historic towns. The home made breakfast with traditional cakes, focacias, local cheese and freshly squeezed juice was a delight. The staff very always very polite and friendly. We will definitely stay there again...!

  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Karen S
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Reviewed 20 January 2015

Wonderful place and incredibly welcoming and charming hosts. The owner Mr Protti is a real gentleman and his family and staff could not do more to make our stay truly unforgettable.
We only regret we spent just the last two nights of our trip but we are planning to go back hopefully next year!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 November 2014

A delightful establishment in a quiet wooded area some 6km east of Castiglion Fiorentino. More suited as a base for exploring the area (or reading a book) than for a quick stopover - we ourselves stayed four nights. Car essential.

Great attention to detail with well-furnished rooms, nice bathrooms and excellent mood lighting (we were in 'Peonia'). Housekeeping standards were extremely high and the waste bin was emptied twice a day. The elderly owner, Snr Priotti, is charming, well spoken and wears a tie at all times. Security is higher than one would expect in such a remote location - even the executive washroom off the entrance lobby is kept locked!

The choice at breakfast was a delight, especially as there were only three couples staying at the time of our visit. Top notch ingredients only are used and the hot chocolate was so thick and authentic that one either had to 'drink' it with a spoon or ask for extra hot milk to dilute. Croissants (when available) were of the French style rather than the sickly-sweet variety that most Italian hotels seem to serve, and cake of some sort was generally on offer. Best of all the orange juice was freshly squeezed.

The relais has its own restaurant but a table has to be reserved before noon if you intend to dine in. Quality of the food was generally good although the menu wasn't really to our taste, and on two nights we decided to drive back into town. Risotto is the house-speciality but it's a minimum two person order, so not only do you have to make a joint decision on that dish in principle but you then have to agree on what type of embellishment you want. We went for porcini on our last night, expecting it to be a real treat, but frankly it was an expensive disappointment and I had much better risottos elsewhere. The Tuscan bean soup however was an excellent example of the genre.

All in all we very much enjoyed our stay at Relais San Pietro.

  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 October 2014

Not so easy to get to, but worth the effort, Relais San Pietro is a restored complex of farm buildings bought in 1994 and restored by the owner, Dr. Luigi Protti, who speaks excellent English.

When you arrive, you find yourself in a beautiful valley in southern Tuscany, just north of Cortona, surrounded by verdant hills all around. With accommodations for only six or seven couples, Dr. Protti does a masterful job of managing his place. Given the somewhat remote location, the fact that one can dine “in” is a big plus. In a unique twist, guests are invited to show up for dinner at 7:30 but find that they are first seated in the living room and offered a nice glass of Prosecco while perusing the extensive menu and wine list. Then, one-by-one and on a staggered basis, when the first course is almost ready, they are shown to table in the dining room. A touch of old-world elegance rarely experienced these days, which also allows the kitchen to function more smoothly. Breakfast is a lavish buffet spread including a real rarity these days: freshly-squeezed orange juice!

Only negative: although advertised as a free service, the WiFi doesn’t work reliably. Not a negative, but just to note: The evening we were there, all the other guests were also foreign visitors to Italy. We left wishing we could have stayed for two/three days instead of just one.

  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Brad14
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Additional Information about Relais San Pietro in Polvano

Address: Localita Polvano 3, 52043, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Castiglion Fiorentino
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Castiglion Fiorentino
Price Range: R2 122 - R2 670 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Relais San Pietro in Polvano 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relais San Pietro in Polvano, a family-run establishment set in an eighteenth-century converted hamlet in the Tuscan hills, is pure paradise for those seeking a quiet retreat. The panoramic pool is located on one of the terraces overlooking the olive groves and valley and is the perfect spot for relaxing or sipping a drink whilst enjoying the spectacular sunsets. An evening turn-down service adds to the luxurious atmosphere and attention to detail. ... more   less 
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