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Hotel La Collegiata
Ranked #12 of 31 Hotels in San Gimignano
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“nice grounds, bad service”
Reviewed 9 July 2006

The hotel has beautiful grounds (garden, pool), attractive architecture and a nice view to San Gimignano. We had a double deluxe corner room (room nr.4) with a small balcony, overlooking the restaurant and with some views over San Gimignano. The room and bathroom was of a good size with large windows. It was one of the best rooms in the hotel.

On the negative side, the hotel lacks of atmosphere and service. Everything is a bit old fashioned, waiters wearing jacket and tie, but let us waiting for 20 minutes for an order at the pool bar. At breakfast table, the waiter took our newspaper from our table away (while we were eating!) to give it to another guest. Service is not professional nor friendly. It is a pity for this hotel, because te hotel itself and the grounds are beautiful. The price ist to high for what you get. I will not return. There are much better hotels in Tuscany/Umbria, f.ex. Locanda dell'Amorosa or Villa di Piazzano.

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Reviewed 10 August 2005

Fantastic hotel in great location. Very laid back approach to luxury and a real haven for relaxation. Rooms and bathrooms were amazing, but spent most of the time by the beautiful pool.

Staff were attentive and discreet, and whilst there may have been fewer than at other hotels they took real pride in their jobs.

Food was magnificent and would certainly recommend both the meat and the fish taster menus - they both had superb dishes with a mixture of amazing tastes you expect of Italian cooking. Breakfasts were also very good with an excellent buffet style spread.

An excellent example of what a relaxing small luxury hotel should be.

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Reviewed 28 February 2005

A very lovely hotel for peace and quiet . Spacious rooms with fabulous bathrooms, good restaurant, comfortable pool side loungers. Only 5 mins drive from San Gimignano centre.
The peace was spoilt by loud upmarket US cycle group tours who tended to arrive at about 4.00pm and shout at each other across the pool. Not the hotels fault - more of a national trait of the cyclists !

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Reviewed 13 September 2004

We have just returned from our honeymoon in Italy staying at the most beautiful hotels Cipriani, Le Sirenuse etc and we decided to stay at La Collegiata as a freind of ours recommended it. We were so glad we did. The highlight of our trip. Just driving into the gates is like entering your own private villa. The room was beautiful with breathtaking views, the pool was exquisite and so peaceful throughout the day with amazing food served at the little pool bar. We spent our days here sipping fabulous wine and enjoying being waited on. The restaurant in the evening was superb, such a romantic time for us. Our stay here was unforgettable and we can't wait to return.

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Reviewed 12 July 2004

This is a wonderful hotel, perhaps a bit more laid back and with a lower staff/guest ratio and therefor less efficient than hotels like the Sirenuse at Positano or the Villa San Michele near Florence. but it is still a lovely place to stay, and a good base for exploring this part of Tuscany. My wife and I stayed here ,with our children, for four nights in June and we had a wonderful time. It is about a mile outside San Gimignano and some rooms have good views of the town and the surrounding Tuscan countryside. You need a car. We were told that the town was 15/20 minutes stroll but it took us more like 40!
All the rooms we saw were very pleasant and the tower room suite is exceptional with panoramic views. The house keeping is absolutely first class. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. The restaurant is good to excellent ,although they were short staffed and dinner took for ever, but for once we really didn't mind.
There is a quite large, beautifully situated, swimming pool with a bar where they serve light meals etc , this is the hub of the hotel during the day, very relaxing. They don't have a gym, but offer massage and beauty treatments.

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Property: Hotel La Collegiata
Address: Localita Strada, 27, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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#3 Luxury Hotel in San Gimignano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel La Collegiata 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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