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Borgo il Melone
Ranked #8 of 24 Hotels in Cortona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 April 2012

Lovely hotel. We ate in the Taverna and the service was very friendly and the food superb. The hotel is superb, really clean and impressive. Lovely gardens. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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borgoCortona, Responsabile reception at Borgo il Melone, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2012

Dear Paul and Paula,

Thank you very much for your kind comments. We are very pleased to know that you had delighted time in our Hotel and Taverna during your stay in recent days.
We hope to have you as our kind guest again.
Best regards,

Alessandro
Bookings Dpt.

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Reviewed 31 October 2011

while touring southern tuscany booked a flat at the Borgo Il melone. they have small apartments and hotel rooms, tried their cooking school which was a delight. The staff could not have been any kinder if they tired. Got to peek into the owners private chapel. It was super. Minutes from cortona, Lago TRasimeno and wine country.

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  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 October 2011

Couldn't have chosen a better place to stay in Tuscany. Beautiful facility. Great breakfast (extra charge--worth it!). Very clean, nice pool, nice restaurant, beatiful grounds. Extra helpful staff. Laundry facilities available. For some unknown reason, our GPS could not locate the place.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

We had a magical stay at Il Melone at the end of August. The hotel is 5-10 minutes down the hill from the center of Cortona.

The hotel & grounds are beautiful and well-maintained. Rarely saw grounds maintenance people, but the grounds were immaculate and the grass trimmed yet soft and velvety. Was able to relax and unwind, and forget about the world for a while.

The room was very comfortable, and the AC worked very well.

The hotel is in a wonderful location - in the foothills of Cortona with easy access to the main roads. Camucia train station is nearby, but not easy walking-distance.

The daily breakfasts were excellent; a good variety and quantity of food available to guests.

Internet connection was supruisingly slow/weak in my room, wife strong at the pool area.

The hotel restaurant is very good but a little more expensive than other similar-calibre restaurants in Camucia or Cortona.

The pool is a wonderful place to unwind after a day of exploring Tuscany & Umbria.

The staff at the hotel is helpful & friendly and some spoke excellent English.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

We love the hotel! The pool, the restaurant's room! All impeccable!

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Reviewed 17 August 2011

This hotel is more of an agriturismo, with many acres of flowers, a small vineyard, and fruit trees all around, and several renovated buildings on site. As you drive up to the hotel, you are greeted by a driveway lined with flowers and cypress trees. The hotel itself is cozy, immaculately clean, and invitingly decorated with warm Tuscan colors and fabrics. The bedrooms are well-appointed and very comfortable,and the bathrooms are spacious and immaculate. There are two sitting areas in the reception area, for lounging, chatting, reading a book, or using the computer for guests. The staff will provide coffee, tea, wine, light snacks, upon request anytime of day.

The staff is friendly, helpful, and informative. We found Tony to be particularly accommodating and enthusiastic to assist us with directions, recommendations of sights in the area, or just serving us in the sitting area.

The grounds are expansive, very well maintained, and breath-takingly beautiful. There are patches of fragrant lavender and roses. There are potted lemon trees near the entry walk. The outdoor pool is very large, so that you don't feel like you are on top of anyone when you swim or when you find a lounge chair along the side. While swimming or lounging, you are surrounded again by beautiful plantings and a view of the Tuscan hills around the area.

The breakfast offered is substantial and delicious. Upon request, you can order eggs and bacon to have with the pastries, cheeses, and cereals that are offered.

The restuarant on site is an excellent choice for dinner in particular. The decor and ambience is very warm and inviting. The cuisine features Tuscan specialties. Our waiter was very well informed on the selections on the menu, and graciously guided us in our choices. He also chatted with us about our stay in Italy and in Tuscany and offered some ideas for sightseeing in the area. We found the food to be very well prepared and presented and enjoyed every mouthful.

After touring through several regions of Italy, we especially enjoyed our stay at Borgo Il Melone. I would come back to Italy just to stay at this hotel/agriturismo.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

We did not have a good experience at Borgo il Melone. Part of it was due to coincidence and our unfamiliarity with conditions in the region. If it had been just that, I would have rated this property higher despite our experience. However, I also don't think we were treated particularly well and so I think others should know more about this property.

First of all, don't even think about choosing a location outside of Cortona if you do not have your own transportation. Rick Steves give the impression that public transportation is readily available to Cortona from sites in the valley. We also thought that, since Cortona is the main reason to visit, that transportation from the hotel might be available. However that was not the case at all. Our only real option was to take taxis. However, there are only 4 or 5 taxi drivers in the entire Cortona-Tarantola region. Often the taxis were 20-40 minutes late and you had to be available for the return trip pickup on their schedule, not yours. On Sunday, most of the cabs were not available at all. Plus the charge was 20-25 Eros for each round trip (for a 5 min drive). As a result, we spent only 4 hours in Cortona over our 3-day stay.

Another reviewer mentioned some seemingly deceptive advertising concerning activities available at il Melone. We found this to be the case as well. On their website, under the heading of "Wellness & Activiies", they show a picture of a smiling woman receiving a massage or some type of spa treatment. This was the primary reason for my wife's wanting to stay at this hotel. The text reads: "For those who love to visit Tuscany, but also love to relax with massages and yoga or love to dedicate their time to art activities and courses, then Borgo Il Melone is the right choice. " However, the reality was that the "massage service" consisted of a xeroxed paper with the name and number of someone in town who might be contacted to come to your room--or not, no one was really sure.
The prices on the menu for the restaurant that was left in your room was different than the prices listed on the menu at the restaurant (restaurant was higher).

The activities guide in the hotel information sheet implied that Monday night concerts and wine tastings were available for guests. However, upon arrival, we found there was a 10 Euro charge.

Maybe this was not intentional deceit, just sloppiness. But after a while it started to feel like a pattern.

Another insult was the breakfast buffet. There was a standard selection of items, but eggs and orange juice was 3 Euros extra. This was the most expensive hotel we chose during our 2 week Italian trip, but the food was noticeably lower quality than Rome or Florence.

Two of the three primary desk people were friendly, but no one seemed interested in taking a real interest in making our stay more comfortable. When we expressed our frustration at not being able to get anywhere, the only repsonse was a shrug and a suggestion we rent a car next time. We did not make a scene, but it was obvious we were unhappy--yet no one expressed much empathy, nor make any special effort to find a solution. To me the final "moment of truth" came when we checked out. The woman at the desk did not say a word to us, except to say 'thank you" when I returned the signed credit card receipt. No thank you for staying, no "sorry things didn't work out". Just silence.

To be fair, the rooms were very attractive and well-equipped. They offer free wi-fi. However, the overall performance was so substandard, I cannot give a higher rating.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Borgo il Melone

Address: Localita il Sodo Case Sparse 38, 52042, Cortona, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Cortona
#6 Romantic Hotel in Cortona
#7 Luxury Hotel in Cortona
Price Range: £37 - £140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Borgo il Melone 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In close proximity to the most fascinating towns of central Italy, renowned for their artistic beauty, such as Florence, Arezzo, Siena and Perugia, in the valley below Cortona, the oldest Etruscan settlement, surrounded by the most typical Tuscan countryside this is the unique setting of Borgo Il Melone. ... more   less 
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