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“Very mediocre hotel in the middle of nowhere”

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Fattoria La Principina Hotel
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Reviewed 4 August 2011

We were invited to speak at a meeting in Tuscany! We had never been to that part of Italy (one of our very favorite countries) and were renovating a room with a Tuscan theme, so we were excited to go. The hotel is near (10 mi) the Grosetto Marina and nearby castle, but the hotel itself is located in the middle of flat, uninteresting farm land. We drove in from the Pisa Airport (GPS required to find the hotel!). On arrival, there was no one at the entrance and we had to wander around inside until we found the front desk. Check in went alright, but there was no bellman to help with the luggage, so we dragged the bags ourselves. My wife never fully unpacked as there was only a small amoire to hang clothes in. The first room we were shown was dismal and poorly furnished, so we asked to see a second room. It was less attractive than the first so we settled in. Air conditioning worked well in our room, but in the meeting space we were sweltering in our professional suits and ties. Temperatures ranged inside over 90 degrees. Food in the hotel was mediocre at best, a new experience for us in Italy where we have always found delicious meals in even the smallest, most unattractive hotels. Architecturally, the hotel was a total disappointment. Tuscany? The hotel was a converted modern factory. It turned out to be a good thing that we both had lots of lectures to give so the time passed quickly. We did have a Saturday afternoon free, but discovered that all the wineries are closed on weekends! Our disappointment in the facility was mirrored by all in attendance and the sponsors of the meeting themselves were embarrassed to have brought us together in such a place. We will have to plan another trip to see the real Tuscany...it certainly was not in Principina Terra!.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 March 2009

We arrived having driven down from Pisa, to find villas out in the middle of no where it was just a dirt track room with little huts in the middle of a field. We went on an offer of 7 nights, dinner in a local restaurant, and 3 spa treatments between us. As we walked to our villa we notice that none of the swimming pools and had not been filled for a very long time and that the place looked very unkempt, which we quite disappointed at. There was supposed tennis court that looked more like a car park. Entering our room it was clean and we got what we paid for, the place was relatively clean. However we spent very little time in the hotel as there was nothing near by or to do at the hotel. This made it difficult for dinner out as my boyfriend was driving and was unable to drink (the point of going to Tuscany is the wine??) as it was 30 mins into the nearest shop or restaurant. In saying that we had a fantastic holiday however wishes we had stayed else where.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2006

We found the hotel while driving. Its big and sits in a field a few kilometers from Grosetto. The loby was warm (not a complement in September). We asked if we can have dinner and were told that there was a wedding and the manager would speak with us. After about 10 minutes of wating we wer told we can head up to the restaurant. Restaurant was also warm, the waiter appeared and proceeded to oreder us to order food in the way he felt it should be done. The experience was not pleasant. There was no price on the menu. It turned out to be a prix fix dinner. None of us wanted to eat 5 courses of food. We ended up paying 25 Euro for a plate of sphagetti. Not fun. The air conditioning in the room did not work. After complaining we were told that it will be reset. 5 minuts later the lights went out along with the AC. Once they came back on nothing changed. Thre was a faint stream of luke warm air coming out ot the unit. A man came to the room, flipped some switches and left. No cahnge. The shower would work for 7 seconds at a time, then had to be reset. The same man returned, pulled on the levers in the bathroom, acknowledged that the shwower did not work and left. We demanded to pay les for the clearly defective room in this 4 star hotel and were told that we already had a good rate.
Don't go to this place.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled with family
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Address: Via dei Girasoli, 1, 58100 Principina Terra, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Grosseto > Principina Terra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Principina Terra
Price Range: £61 - £128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Fattoria La Principina Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 194
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