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La Grotta di Montecchino
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“It looks nicer than it is”
Reviewed 6 May 2005

Although the location is really nice, the appartments are not. They lack comfort and it certainly feels you're sleeping in a cow barn. The bathroom and sanitairy don't look too clean, and there certainly wasn't made much of an investment in the furniture or bedding in the apartments.

The day we left we wanted to pay with a creditcard, but the owner told us the machine was broke. Since he never mentioned that before, we hadn't had a chance to cash up in the city. Mind, we did make reservations with our creditcard, so there was good reason to assume paying with one would be no problem. After hearing that we didn't have the amount in cash, the owner became quite rude stating that 'this wasn't his problem', although there wasn't any reason to say something like that in such an aggressive tone.

Another drawback was the description of the location, like you could walk easily to nearby villages. We didn't come by car, and the nearest village was certainly not an easy walk, especially since there are no paths for pedestrians in that area.

I would not recomment the apartments for more than a night, if you really need a place to stay. The cooking is nice, so you should definitely reserve for dinner if you can.

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Reviewed 28 February 2005

We stayed at the Grotta for one night and after our experience, were quite anxious to leave (even so it took over one hour to find an employee so that we could check out). The Grotta is in a beautiful spot and the scenery is amazing. The Grotta is up on a hill and is an older building, the pool is a small above ground pool and is clean. BUT, and this is a big but, what the owners don't mention is that at the entrance to their Grotta is their own home plus a shed/old barn (?) that has been converted into 2 additional rooms with private bathrooms. After a long day of driving we were looking forward to a swim and staying up on the hill in romantic Tuscany as advertised. What we were given was totally different and no apologies made (in fact, the owner was quite aggressive and rude) because we were told that we were still 'on their property'. The employees at the Grotta did not speak English but the owner does. When we wanted to talk to him we were told he was busy with his guests at another property. We were given one of the rooms down the hill, 1 km walk from the pool, right along the highway, no windows except the glass door that we very well couldn't leave ajar. Everything (bedding included) was damp and smelly from the moisture of being built right off the soil and having no ventilation. If you are lucky and get into one of the rooms at the top of the hill, you may have a great experience, but buyer beware.

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Property: La Grotta di Montecchino
Address: S. Andrea a Montecchino Strada Grossetana 87, 53100 Costalpino, Siena, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Siena > Costalpino
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Ranked #2 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Costalpino
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Number of rooms: 6
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