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Residence Il Casale
Ranked #18 of 24 Hotels in Cortona
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“Great alternative to hotels in Cortona”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2005

I have stayed at several hotels in Cortona and tried Il Casale last time I was there. It was a wonderful alternative to the regular hotels, with a very comfortable setting, great amenities (laundry, kitchen, air conditioning) and an exceedingly friendly staff. All that for less than the price of a regular hotel. If you are planning to stay in Cortona for longer than a few days, you will appreciate it.

Stayed June 2005
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2005

With my family and some friends we spent one week at il Casale near Cortona : it was fantastic!
We begin in the morning going to the swimming-pool and then after our breakfast we went to visit wonderful places because we really were near the best places (Pienza, Montepluciano, Siena, Assisi...) and after our full day we went again to the pool and had an apertif looking at the beautiful view : the hill of Cortona.
The owner Vittorio was friendly : he brought us a bottle of his own wine (he has vineyards) and some cakes his daughter made for the breakfast : both delicious! We really felt at home, sharing our time between culture and relax.... finally a place to have rest! That's why this was the perfect holiday for me, family and friends

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2005

This place is all about getting your money. They quote the price (which seems reasonable) but then add on extra for everything which makes it exorbitant. They charged a substantial daily fee for heat (36 Euro for 3 days) and a "final cleaning" fee (40 Euro). These items should be included in the base price. In 3 days we never had a bed made or clean towels or anything and then they charged a final cleaning fee. How ridiculous! We felt very unwelcome and felt that they only wanted as much money as they could get from you. There was no assistance for anything. Even the one bike had a flat tire that they hadn't replaced in a very long time (as it had been ridden to shreds). To stay there requires a car to get around. It has beautiful grounds and is a nice room(s) but I wouldn't recommend it. You can get a much better place for the value elsewhere.

  • Stayed May 2005
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2005

Tough place to describe. The various photos you find on the internet make it appear to be very large and rural, which isn't exactly the case. There are a number of other properties/roads surrounding it, which are fairly close. The property itself is very picturesque, but some of the area in the immediate vicinity isn't.
The place also isn't quite as close to the actual city of Cortona as I had assumed. It would be a very long and very hilly walk. A car is pretty much a necessity.
I think when you go would also make a difference. It was cold and somewhat rainy when I was there. As a result, when I was back at Il Casale I was stuck inside mostly. I'm sure in the Spring and Summer it's more enjoyable when you can sit outside on the grounds or by the pool. I think if I was going back to Cortona for a week or more in the Summer I'd consider staying there again. But I think for a short visit or at a different time of the year, I'd stay somewhere else.
The apartment itself was a mix. The architecture was very nice, as were many of the furnishings (e.g. beds/wardrobes). But some of the furnishings, like the couches, were sort of shabby (and had in turn been covered by sort of shabby sheet covers).

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2005

We've stayed in quite a few spots like this and we thought this place was pretty bad. First off- it was run down and dirty ( maybe things have changed since 2002) Furniture was in bad shape. Dust was all over- my first stop was to the grocery store to buy cleaning products! The pool was filled with bugs. My kid refused to swim in it, and this is a kid that swims in Minnesota lake water! The owner had accepted an entire wedding party that arrived at 1am the night we checked in- 18 people that stayed up till 3. And they did this every night. We complained but to no avail. We finally forfeited our pre-paid fees and moved into Il Melone which was heaven, and only about 200 dollars more for the week.
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  • Stayed June 2002
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2004

My family and I spent several very memorable days at the Villa Il Casale. I felt like royality as we strolled the beautiful grounds and sat by the lovely pool. It was easy to fantasize that the place was yours. I would definitely stay there again. Good location to visit all of Tuscany. The villa was spacious and user friendly. We could cook if we wanted to or just chill the wine in the fridg. Great experience! Ciao, Ann

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2004

My wife and I enjoyed the great care and cheerful atmosphere of the Villa Casale in May for four nights and five days. Everything was clean and comfy and we started our day of touring after a sumtuous breakfast with a happy outlook.

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Additional Information about Residence Il Casale

Property: Residence Il Casale
Address: Localita San Pietro a Cegliolo, 434, 52044, Cortona, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Luxury Hotel in Cortona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Residence Il Casale 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Residence in The Valley of Etruscan Princes Il Casale, a residence out of a building of the year 500 sits in front of the towers, the domes the green and the sky of Cortona, a city of ancient origins, often visited by the ex French president Mitterand, and today by the University of Georgia (UGA). During august it is the chosen location for the National Antiques Showroom, where for the occasion, in the old rooms of Palazzo Casali and Palazzo Vagnotti, all the most important Italian exhibitors gather. The rural complex is situated nearby the San Pietro a Cegliolo neighbourhood. Today it is a very comfortable and accommodating Residence, hidden in the silence of a spectacular and suggestive creation of the nature. It is laid out around a huge garden and the mother tower which overlooks the main building, which is also the oldest and still maintains the original features, like the double slope roof and the external stairway with a wide landing for the middle floor access. Behind one of the complexes' wings, finds room on over an hectare of green grass, the swimming pool which is for guests use only. Built with the most modern and efficient techniques its size is 16 by 8 meters. Furnished with deck chairs, comfortable pillows, umbrellas, showers and everything to help relax and fun for the kids, while watching Cortona's skyline. The garden is one of the most beautiful features of the complex. Very well grown and cared, shines with plenty of different flowers varieties and plants which give colour to the spectacular green English carpet. Here you'll find the tables and chairs for breakfast and dinner in a relaxing environment. The residence is made of 10 apartments, of which 8 sleep 4, one sleep 3, and one sleep 2. They all provide a stylish and elegant solution, floors and ceilings made with old cotto tiles and antique furniture aging around the year '800. Everything carefully planned and put together in respect of the most modern way of living. The apartments have two bedrooms, some of which with two double beds, some other with one double bed and a room with single beds, bathroom with shower and the living room with a cooking corner (fire spots, electrical oven, fridge, double sink). The general feeling is of a relaxing and "antique" luxurious environment. The bedrooms are especially thought in the way they've been furnished. Antique beds ('700 and '800), carpets who match the period of the furniture, practical closets also from the '800 style. Everything is planned to match with the floors and the ceilings. Apartment sleep 4: two bedrooms with two double beds or one double bed and two single beds, bathroom with shower, living room/kitchen fully equipped. Apartment sleep 3: one big bedroom with a double bed and a single bed, two bathrooms with shower, living room/kitchen fully equipped. Apartment sleep 2: one bedroom with a double bed, one bathroom with shower, living room/kitchen fully equipped. Possibility to have additional beds on request. SERVICES: Every apartment has its own external space furnished with garden chairs and table, and inside provides Satellite TV, air conditioning/heating direct phone line. WI-FI CONNECTION ... more   less 
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