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Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa
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Sydney, Australia
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“Beautiful Tuscan experience”
Reviewed 2 October 2013

We had three nights here, with two rooms. One was a suite overlooking the valley, the other was a standard room overlooking a courtyard. The rooms were lovely. Spacious, clean and modern and rather luxurious. It is obvious that the hotel has been revamped and luckily we were given new rooms. The outdoor pool and view is magnificent. The gym is large and functional and the indoor pool was welcome, as although it was 27 degrees, the outdoor pool was very chilly. The buffet breakfast was incredible! I think we all gained several kilos during our stay. The staff were friendly and helpful. We had a lovely, if somewhat long, walk through the forest to Barga and back. A good way to burn off some buffet. All in all, this is a great hotel though in parts a little tired.

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

The views from the hotel are incredible. Totally enjoyed the Spa... Laura was such a blessing, extremely pleasant and informative. Restaurant and wait staff... Fantastic!!! It was our first visit to Italy but not our last. Hotel is on a mountain, very quiet and secluded. Often felt like we where there all alone.

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Washington, D.C.
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

My sister and I stayed at this beautiful resort after a few busy days in Florence and it was just the serenity we were looking for. The hotel itself is great--wonderful views and a delightful, humorous staff. The spa was fabulous and the pool was inviting. We ate most of our meals in the hotel and everything we had was delicious. Be sure to ask the hotel to book a tour at the nearby winery. It is only about 10 minutes away. It's family owned and the owner's warm hospitality made us feel like we were houseguests!

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Ipswich
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Reviewed 29 September 2013 via mobile

We are on our second visit to this hotel and were worried that it might not be as good as our first stay but it has exceeded our expectations. The views are just amazing, the staff are just superb and we really can find no fault with it. We ate in the Le Salette restaurant in the hotel, the meal was fantastic and the staff were great.

It is just so comfortable here and we are already planning our next visit.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

We've stayed here for one night only, and during this short stay we've encountered nothing but superb facilities and service.
It's been part of our honeymoon trip and we were welcomed with a lovely fruit plate.
I can't see myself spending weeks here simply because it's in miles distance to the closest civilization, but that's part of it's charm.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 26 September 2013 via mobile

We recently stayed at this resort for a portion of our Italy trip and it was fantastic! The hotel is beautiful as well as the rooms and of course the views and mountain setting are amazing. The staff is so friendly and helped us plan out every outing and event while we were there. We can't wait to go back.

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Reviewed 26 September 2013

After coming from Bordeaux and Florence, it took us a day or so to adjust to life in Tuscany at the Renaissance. The pace is laid back, the views are spectacular (don't worry, even if you have a room without a valley view you can still enjoy the vista from the pool, restaurant or other locations). Indoors, there are lounges and lobbies with large fireplaces and ample comfortable seating.

In the room - The usual excellent Renaissance bedding and overall quality. Generous supply of bath products and nice thick towels. Rooms are spotless and well cared for, dark woodwork, marble floors and quality furnishings. Rooms have small refrigerators with space for your own food. Coffee in room, iron and blow dryer, robes and slippers. Some rooms are smaller yet have a terrace, and excellent for a solo guest (most 900 rooms for instance are better for solo than couples I think). We are now in 316 and this section has exceptional views as well as terraces. Not a lot of wind so you can actually enjoy sitting out even if it's a cool evening. We didn't have a much room to room noise, walls and windows are well insulated.

This location can be hard to find, I highly recommend GPS or contact the hotel for explicit directions rather than relying on maps. It's not hard once you understand the key milestones. The locals know it as il Ciocco (pronounced something like ill chocko) in case you need to ask directions.

The staff has been fantastic, from helping us find a perfect local restaurant in Barga, to advising on day trips, to covering every request we've had. Antonia and Achilles in particular were very guest focused and deserve a special note in making our anniversary trip special.

Breakfast buffet may be included, and is a nice, typical Marriott complete spread. If not included in your rate, it might seem a bit expensive and you can run into Barga for pastries and coffee. The dinners we had on site were good, not spectacular, and somewhere between reasonably and higher priced as you’d expect at a hotel.

The spa, if included in your rate, is a lot of fun - a very warm pool 31 C, sauna and steam, and a 'people car wash' called the wasser paradise where you walk through a series of cool, warm, hot, cold and aromatic sprays - see spectacular photos under DeanHSt Paul post. Indoor and outdoor pools both clean and well attended. My only complaint is that the hours are very limited which doesn't allow you to sight see and still visit the spa early or late in your day.

For the price, this is an exceptional value if you want to slow the pace down a bit. If you are looking for a central location with lots of action and sight seeing by foot or walking distance to restaurants and trains, then this might not be the best pick as you'll need to drive to that stuff. While this is also listed as an event center, that is not the primary focus, and the overall feel is that of a mountain resort for couples relaxing, not an event center, which is important to me when traveling for pleasure and not part of a conference. There was a journalist conference while we were there, but we’d never have guessed it because the entire facility was still quiet and well run.

We'll definitely be back!

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Property: Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa
Address: Via Giovanni Pascoli, 55051 Castelvecchio Pascoli, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Castelvecchio Pascoli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Castelvecchio Pascoli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 180
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover a blend of Italian elegance and refined comfort at the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa. Situated on 1,700 acres in the heart of the Serchio Valley, our luxury hotel offers the perfect destination for your Tuscan getaway. Enjoy ideal access to charming and historic attractions including Barga, Lucca and Pisa. ... more   less 
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Il Ciocco Hotel
Il Ciocco Barga
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