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Relais Il Falconiere & Spa
Ranked #7 of 24 Hotels in Cortona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 November 2013

Staying here for one night as part of a business trip in Tuscany was a shame only in that it was just one night.

Nestling in the hills a short distance from Cortona Il Falconiere is more than just a restaurant with rooms. The rooms are scattered round the property and whilst some are on the small side I was pleased to stay in Room 1 in the main house. This is a cosy double room with pastel colours a lovely jacuzzi bath and a warm feeling to it. Tea and coffee making facilities in the room would have been nice though.

There is a large external swimming pool (not heated) and a small spa which was very comfortable.

Further up the hill is the winery block where there are other rooms and cooking classes also take place.

The Baracchi family are really charming hosts and the Michelin starred restaurant was of a very high standard with very well presented and tasty food with good service all round.

Although Il Falconiere is not cheap it is a lovely place and one which I would certainly like to return to.

Room Tip: Some rooms bigger than others. Those in the winery block are excellent and ground floor rooms in the...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

If you are looking for hotel in Tuscany that offers the highest level of service in a magnificent setting, look no further. Although our stay there was only two nights, we can't wait to return. The hotel has the flavor of a classic Italian estate with incredible views of the Tuscan landscape and a huge array of fragrant trees, flowers, and herbs. Just walking around the grounds of the hotel is a feast for the senses and you can literally spend a whole day just enjoying the property. Our room was a suite and although housed within an old stone building, it has every modern amenity you could want.The hotel is a 10 minute drive from the lovely town of Cortona. While not inexpensive, a stay this hotel is worth every penny. If you want to treat yourselves for a few days, this is the place.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

We recently stayed at Relais Il Falconiere in a Junior Suite. The hotel has a beautiful location and great views. We chose the hotel as it was a Relais and Chateaux property so expected it to have a high overall standard.
The fine dining restaurant was excellent although service was not overly warm.
The terrace has wonderful views but there is no bar/waiter service so you need to find a passing waiter to take an order for drinks and can wait for some time before getting anyone's attention.
The staff are friendly and obliging and the reception staff were very helpful in finding activities for us.
Our main disappointment was with the quality of the accommodation. We booked a junior suite at a cost of almost 500 euros a night. The quality of the bed linen and towels are what you would expect in a 3 star hotel. We had to ask for better quality towels as on the first night they were thin and scratchy. The shower temperature fluctuated between hot and cold so you had to be careful not to get scalded or frozen (when this was checked we were told there was no issue with the thermostat). There was mould on the bathroom ceiling which was not appealing.
The air cooling was switched off and we were told that there is either a cooling or a heating system.
Whilst the hotel caters for an international audience there are two English language TV stations and when we asked if we could borrow a DVD player we were told that "this is not a modern hotel!"
Whilst the rooms have traditional character it does not mean that they should lack luxury or comfort.
When we expressed our concerns the hotel offered to reduce our rate to that of a deluxe room. However we would really have preferred to have had better quality accommodation instead and to have enjoyed our stay there more. We have stayed in other Relais and Chateaux properties and this certainly doesn't meet the expected standard.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Il_Falconiere, Proprietario at Relais Il Falconiere & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2013

Dear Mr and Mrs NHR2013,
Thank you for your review, every comment helps us a lot to make better our job! Tuscany is a beautiful region rich of art, culture, history and good food; our town Cortona is into the centre of all of this. Guests who decide to stay with us are interested to be part of this world and discovering our beautiful landscape. Unfortunately your reservation didn’t include sunshine! I understand that a vacation in countryside with children is not easy in case of bad whether. It is the first time that a guest require a dvd and after your advice I have already bought! Just in case of next storm that could make difficult to stay at the openair and damage our tv system. About air conditioning it was so cold and wet that nobody required air conditioning. Most of the hotels, especially in historical buildings, have a centralized system of heating, and we do all the best to take care of the wishes of our guests. This time trying to do our best efforts we didn’t find a feeling with your family. I’m so sorry because our goal is make happy our clients. About the bar you are right, no service in the open bar, but just inside, cause bad wheather. About linen and towels we have the laundry inside the property and the softness and the scents are very fresh and smooth, it is not usually to find this high level of quality in most of the hotel of the world. I hope to have you again as our guest and have a second chance, maybe our shining Tuscan sun will help your stay.
Silvia Baracchi

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Reviewed 14 October 2013

The hotel is in the country and strives for a country feel. The rooms are Italian country charm so if you like Modern, this will not be for you. We stayed in the house. The hotel grounds are beautiful and include pool, spa and vineyards. The views of the countryside cannot be beat. The restaraunt is excellent. The spa was okay and seemed a bit pricey. The service was excellent around the hotel and in the restaurant. The breakfast in the morning was exceptional.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

There are so many wonderful things to say about Il Falconiere. Where should I begin.

Before our arrival, the front desk staff were always available to answer questions and organize our 1 week stay.

Upon arrival, we were shown to our incredible room beside the spa. We stayed in suite #11 which was absolutely stunning. Our friends stayed in the suite across from us, which was also incredible and our other friends stayed at the other end of the property in another suite and there's was exceptional too. You really can't go wrong when booking a suite.

Our first breakfast was fabulous. They have a selection of meats and cheeses, fruit and pastries and occasionally eggs and oatmeal. Whatever you want, they will do their best to accommodate you. Every morning they had slightly different selections of home made goodies. There is no shortage of incredible food in Il Falconiere.

Our first dinner with wine pairing was incredible. The food was presented beautifully, it tasted delicious and the wine paired with the meal was plentiful and wonderful. All of us were over the top impressed with our first meal. The service was first rate as well.

We were invited to attend another wine paired meal with a guest 2 star Michelin chef, the following night. The house was full of friends and family so we felt very special. We even met Edward Mayes, husband of the author Under the Tuscan Sun. The food was absolutely divine and the atmosphere was something we will remember forever. It was an incredibly special evening.

The next day the boys wanted to rent bikes and ride around the countryside. Il Falconiere organized the delivery of the bikes and recommended a route for them to take. Upon riding through the small streets of the area, the boys happened to bump into Riccardo, the owner of Il Falconiere, and he took them on a tour of his winery. He happened to be harvesting at the time so he put the boys to work mashing grapes. Another incredible and memorable experience.

Upon arrival home, we all had a half day of treatments in the incredibly relaxing spa on the property. It's absolutely stunning! The chaises around the pool are as comfortable as beds. The hot tub is big enough for a party and the staff really know what they are doing. Our massages and wraps and scrubs were perfect!

We even took a cooking course given by Sylvia, the owner of Il Falconiere and her Michelin star chef Richard. It was a great experience as well and that night, we ate what we had prepared, which looked and tasted incredible, thanks to the expert touches of these two professionals.

We didn't have one disappointment with our week long stay on the property. Usually I like to move around to try different places. But, if I am fortunate enough to return to Tuscany, I would return to Relais Il Falconiere in a heart beat! It was the best of the best!! No need to look any further.

Room Tip: Our room was fabulous, #11. But our friend's suites were wonderful as well. Can't go wrong...
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

We decided to spend a night at Il Falconiere to dine at their Michelin-starred restaurant at which we had once lunched pleasantly some years ago. We were very disappointed in our experience! Although the estate is very beautiful and the accomodation in converted barns extremely comfortable - think Cotswold Tuscan! - the isolation of the various rooms was disconcerting and the dinner was so unenjoyable - not only because of the rather limited choice of food and its downright poor execution, but also because of the 'dead; atmosphere among the guests who hardly seemed to wish to talk above a whisper to each other: there was no sense of enjoyment or occasion. On this evening's showing, this is not Michelin star standard at all. Although some members of staff were doing their best to jolly up the atmosphere, there was no sense of a family management; or a proper welcome and nobody seemed in overall charge and they appeared to be an unhappy team. We retired a bit dispirited to our cottage to drink red wine and laugh at the let-down! The breakfast was however excellent. We did not try the spa or pool - we wanted to get away to somewhere more cheerful and relaxed. I should add that we are old Italian hands and have stayed in many similar places with more enjoyment. They need to get a grip, we felt. Nobody looked to be having a good time - not even the sporty Americans who were present in quite large numbers for a small place. What a shame! A gorgeous situation - but with no feeling of Italian warmth and welcome!

Room Tip: Perhaps get accommodation in the main villa?
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Il_Falconiere, Proprietario at Relais Il Falconiere & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2013

Dear Mr and Mrs Tappi,
I’m sorry for your feeling, our hotel is owned by our family and we love be present and welcome our guests. Personally I spend most of the time between the guest relation and the kitchen. I’m very proud of my menu with 2 set menu: one dedicate to the Tuscan flavors and one vegetarian, each one with minimum of 6 dishes; A la Carte we have more choice: 7 appetizers (3 sea food and fish, 4 with meat and vegetables), 7 pasta and soups (3 sea food and fish, 4 with meat and vegetables), 7 second courses ( fish coming from the Mediterranean sea and free range meat), at the end we have one special section “not fish neither meat” with cheese, eggs and salads, for my opinion it is a very large menu for a Michelin starred restaurant! Each dish is a special experience of taste! Anyway I’m sorry don’t have the possibility to meet you, maybe you left your table very early because at the end of my job in the kitchen, I’m used to go in the dining room to greeting my guests spending some time with all of them. The staff is very nice and smiling and I don’t know about the atmosphere you prefer, but most of the clients prefer intimacy and soft atmosphere, for these reasons our tables are quiet large, and not close one to each other. I hope to see you again for your third experience that I'm sure can confirm your first opinion!
Greetings
Silvia Baracchi Chef and Owner

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Reviewed 28 September 2013

So Il Falconiere is a bit outside Cortona (10 minutes?), but what you get in return is the opportunity to stay in a really beautiful active Tuscan vineyard. The views back to Cortona on the hill are amazing and always change with the light. We found the reception staff very eager though not the most reliable (must double check taxi times or the time the cooking class starts - we booked it 2 months in advance, were told it always starts at 4:30, but it started that day at 4pm and no one told us! After the second glass of prosecco and working with the excellent chef, all was ok). The staff of waiters was among the best we experienced in Italy. I would stay here again. Our room was located by the second pool (not the one near the spa) and we loved the quiet breakfasts out there. Though there was a short stroll back to the main area, it's so beautiful ...who cares!.We also had dinner one night at a small table on the patio outside the room where they do the cooking class and the food/service was excellent. It was one of our most most memorable and romantic dinners ever (again, lovely views back to Cortona). We had a rental car and found the location to be very central to visit other small towns in Tuscanny. If you get the chance, go to the village market on Saturday am.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Case Sparse San Martino Bocena 370, 52044, Cortona, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
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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:
#4 Spa Hotel in Cortona
#6 Luxury Hotel in Cortona
#7 Romantic Hotel in Cortona
Price Range: £195 - £453 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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