We absolutely adored Osteria del Borgo. The small orange bus that takes you from the bus station (if you don’t have a car), basically drops you off in front of the hotel. We were initially torn between wanting to stay in an agriturismo, but not wanting to be isolated in the countryside at night, without access to restaurants and wine bars. The bed and breakfast is located about 10 steps off Montepulcian’s main square, and was the perfect choice for us. So many times on our trip we mentioned our thankfulness for choosing this route, where we could both have wine at dinner, or pop back into the room for a little nap in the day.
The outer facade is of the restaurant, which has indoor seating but also a breathtaking view terrace. Having an afternoon snack and bottle of wine on the view terrace became a tradition of ours on our four day stay.
Our “room” was really a two story apartment with sweeping views of the Tuscan country side, a kitchen and dining area, a vaulted two-story living room with a bridge above (that connected the bedroom and bathroom to a seating area in front of a window that overlooked the view - which is where we would take our breakfast tray each morning), and skylights that operate by remotes on the wall. Because Montepulciano is built on a hill, and because the hotel is built on the edge of the cliff, our particular room had breathtaking views from the living room windows. It was nice to just come back to our room with a bottle of wine after wine-tasting all day.
The owners of Osteria del Borgo are warm, friendly, and go out of their way to be helpful. Upon our arrival, they brought out glasses of prosecco for us to sip while we waited - as our room wasn't quite ready yet. Also, I noticed that the owner carried our heavy suitcase to our room. I had read other reviews online and wondered if that might be in response to someone else's complaint that they had not done that for them. Personally, I don't think it should be a hotel proprietor's responsibility to cart my luggage, but I do point it out because I think it's reflective of their conscientious nature and good customer service. While the father and mother don’t speak much English, they were always quick to offer a smile and inquire of our needs. Their son, Fransesco, speaks great English and is at the hotel regularly. In one event where he was not there in the morning, the staff actually called him at home to get a question answered for me.
When we choose hotels, we tend to lean towards more family-run, personal experiences, vs. modern ammenities. Osteria del Borgo was charmingly rustic, and I felt like we got to chat a bit with the staff (who actually sent us a postcard and note along with the wine we ordered, how thoughtful is that!?).
The restaurant and wine-bar has a really vast selection of the local wineries, and the owners made some awesome recommendations for us. Their shipping prices were competitive (it’s just expensive in general to send wine home) - but they were super kind and even let us throw in a couple of bottles we had purchased from other venues and hadn’t had time to drink during our stay.
Overall - we found Osteria del Borgo to be an amazing value, ideally located, warm and friendly staff, and offering of the most vital amenities: view, restaurant with terrace, and breakfast with nice cappuccinos (we were especially excited about the size of their cappuccinos after having acclimated to Italy's quite petite coffees!). We would, and WILL stay there again - as will a good number of our friends as we can't stop raving about it =)
PS they were also steps away from a laundromat, which was super convenient as our stop was 2/3 through the trip and laundering our clothes just made us feel better all around!
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