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Relais Il Falconiere & Spa
Ranked #5 of 24 Hotels in Cortona
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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3 reviews
“A truly indulgent week!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2012

From the moment we arrived at the foot of the driveway we were in awe of the wonder that is Il Falconiere. The reception staff were hugely knowledgeable about the region and the restaurant staff were equally helpful and able to recommend fantastic combinations of food and wine. The rooms were romantic with a lovely view across the vineyards and olive groves. The food was fantastic, same for the breakfast. Spa treatments outstanding and perfect for a couple. The wine tasting with Benedito, the owner, was amazing!A truly indulgent week!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2012

We have recently stayed at 'Il Falconiere' for the third time. We were hosted in a beautiful junior suite elegantly furnished. Again we found that this family run hotel provides the unique atmosphere of being cared for in an old Tuscan mansion surrounded by nature, olive trees, pines and vineyards. Friendly and attentive service. The restaurant deserves another review.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2012

We spent four nights on our second visit to this wonderful hotel. It has a unique feel to it in that it is a complex of buildings beautifully restored and in its own private walled setting. Our room was a very decent size (we were given a choice of a couple of rooms), everything was clean and well-taken cared of. We did a wine tasting, used the spa, and enjoyed the entire site. The staff was extremely helpful and suggested a great cooking lesson with Chef Titi. Breakfast was absolutely over the top, but we felt that since our last visit in 2006, the food and service is, If possible, much better. We used this hotel as our base to visit many of the hill towns nearby and we love the atmosphere and the facilities. The best in Tuscany.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

We spent two nights at Il Falconiere as part of our time in Tuscany. The hotel is unique and ideally located for exploring all the countryside villages in Tuscany, As a compliment to our honeymoon we had an upgrade on our room and a bottle of champagne made on the estate. The complex was an old villa and now everything is part of the hotel. They have their own vineyard and wine tasting sessions. The food was very tasteful and the afternoons by the swimming pool in the spa were great. The staff is very friendly and helpful. We would like to thank all of them for our wonderful time. We will return to Il Falconiere for sure.

Room Tip: Junior suite was perfect for honeymoon
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lansing, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

Upon our arrival we new we were someplace special. From the most romantic room we have ever stayed in (Rm 11) to the service we were given, our stay was truly magical in every sense of the word. The spa was exceptional and our meals were amazing. We had such a wonderful time we will be returning for our 26th anniversary.

Room Tip: We stayed in a Junior Suite, connected to the Church. Absolutely Beautiful!!
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2011

After travelling for 3 weeks all around Italy, we planned 4 nights at Il Falconiere. This was the most expensive of any hotel we stayed at - even higher than Rome. We specifically travelled in November to avoid the crowds (and air conditioning issues). Overall, the locaion & views are beautiful, the staff was nice, and the room was always clean. However, the pricing is far too high for what you get.

Staying for so many nights, we tried every experience the hotel could offer. The cooking class was the highlight - the chef was wonderful & the food was amazing! The rest of the experience was not so great...the key to the room was an old skelton key & the lock did not work, so we left our room unlocked every day. The hotel does not have wireless unless you are sitting in the restaurant building - this is something that was very frustrating. Also, as a couple, we experienced a spa service - which was horrible. The staff did not speak English and the couples bath was too hot, overpriced, and a mess. We stayed 5 minutes and left. The pool is very nice looking, but is cool. We enjoyed the restuarant for one night, but found it to be far too expensive. Since the location is so remote, you have no choice for other food options onsite. The room service is extremely high ($40+ for a salad) and the menu is small. For the price of this hotel, there should be a more common, basic food option. We also took the wine tour, but felt it was overpriced and short. Also, our room was on the ground floor and we were awoken every night between 2-4AM when the upstairs guests came home from the bar's. When we asked reception about the noise the next day, they simply said sorry and that "The buildings are quite old".??

When we go back to this area on our next trip, I would stay somewhere else. Actually, one of the guests recommended renting a local villa - its about the same price and you have private meals. I would not go back to Il Falconiere.

Overall, this hotel is great for location but keep in mind you are going to be very secluded. Pricing is very high to eat at Il Falconiere and a taxi gets expensive.

Room Tip: Higher floors have less noise.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Il_Falconiere, Owner at Relais Il Falconiere & Spa, responded to this review, 31 May 2012
Dear JodieT772,
thank you for your review, and I'm sorry for your disappointing.
I'm happy for averythig you find very good like the cooking lesson and really my goal is make happy every client!
About our Villa, yes of course is date back 1650 and we are very proud to preserve the old doors, the original floors and ceiling. Guests who makes a reservaton at Il Falconiere want quiet and relax and for this usually our guests love to go in thier rooms very early and for this reason we colse the restaurant and bar early not later than midnight. I'm sorry for the noising coming from other rooms disturbed your sleep. November is also a very nice and calm month ideal to travel in Tuscany. About the spa it is very nice and the spa manager speaks a very fluent English, the other girls speak English good enough to understand every wish and problem, the most important they are absolutely outstanding for massages and treatments, and usually during the treatmants they have just make their job in absolutely silence to let you enjoy the treatment and relax . The wine tour is one of the best in Tuscany. The tour is usually hold personally by myself or my son Benedetto or my husband Riccardo and it is complete, it takes about 1 hour and half and includes tour of the wineyards, winery and champagnery, followed by a wine tasting in the cellar of the restaurant ( tasting of 3 differnt wines and bruschetta with olive oil tasting, salami and cheese) at € 25.00 . Usually we inform clients about the costs of every service and treatments, so it is very strange you find them expensive. Everybody can decide to take part or not, to order something or not at the end you are guests in a Relais&Chateux with a Michelin star restaurant with a very good service, at disposal of our clients and ready to resolve every problem or desire . I hope to have the possibility to welcome you again in the future to have the possibility to change your opinion. Truly yours. Silvia Baracchi
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Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2011

I spent 3 nights at Il Falconiere in October during my Girls Tuscany Trip. The hotel is just beautiful, We got the suite next to the spa, which was really amazing! the service is impeccable , and breakfast and dinner were amazing. We loved the location and the fact we were so close to Cortona, yet, the property is located between the vineyards and the olive trees , far from the hustle and bustle. I highly recommend this hotel!!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Relais Il Falconiere & Spa
Address: Case Sparse San Martino Bocena 370, 52044, Cortona, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Cortona
#7 Romantic Hotel in Cortona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Relais Il Falconiere & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The typical Tuscan villa which dates back to the 17th century was the home of the famous poet Antonio Guadagnoli. Now completely restored and transformed into a countryside Relais, it is part of the prestigious chain Relais & Châteaux, which exuberates the art of hospitality.In the restaurant, in the kitchen, at the reception, dedicated to taking care of the needs of our guests ,we are proud to offer everyday our availability and our specialties, improving them continuously. The art of refining quality is achieved by caring about details that make a difference.An ideal setting for those who love the beauty of the countryside, the atmosphere of the Relais is quaint with characteristic old-fashioned Tuscan charm. The twenty-two rooms are elegantly furnished-each unique in color and décor and reflecting the classic, refined style of important Tuscan homes. A few rooms are in the antique villa, some attached to the villa’s chapel and others in the cottage. All share the view of the magical landscape of the Cortonese countryside and are fully furbished with every modern comfort.La THESAN ETRUSCAN SPA has the goal of reawakening all of your senses through the harmony of the environment and the flavours and tastes of Tuscany.The Etruscan Thesan Spa guides you to discover the true relaxation, with a unique and unrepeatable involving all five senses. A wellness Trail where the two basic elements - water and heat - are skilfully combined with lights, sounds and colours therapeutic to optimize the relaxation. Exclusive for Officina Profumo Santa Maria Novella of Florence. Behind each of our actions is the desire to spark an unforgettable emotion: a recipe with delicate and persistent aromas, a special and rare decoration, the vistas leaving you breathless and astonished, the warm welcome that makes you feel as though you belong.. all of this will take you to the primordial feelings of pleasure. Staying with us will leave you with everlasting memories.The restaurant is on two floors with a glass and wrought-iron conservatory, overlooking the outside dining terrace with its ancient fishpond and rose-clad pergola. The cooking, which is personally supervised by Silvia, with the help of the head Chef Richard Titi, has succeeded in creating new temptations, using original and traditional recipes to create a marvelous cuisineaccompanied by great wines. “Il Falconiere” is situated in a quiet, elevated, rural location amid vineyards and olive groves. It enjoys enviable views of the Val di Chiana to the west, and Cortona, the ancient Etruscan hill town just three kilometers to the south. The Relais is ideally located for short trips to some of the most famous art cities of central Italy, such as Arezzo, Perugia, Siena, Florence and Assisi, all within in an hour’s drive away. ... more   less 
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