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Relais Santa Chiara Hotel
Ranked #9 of 31 Hotels in San Gimignano
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Huntsville, Alabama
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1 review
“Loved the balcony”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2009

Everyone was very helpful and friendly. The rooms were very small, but LOVED the balcony! Very short walk to San Gimignano. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2009

Myself, my wife and our 1 year old stayed here for 3 nights. We stayed in a classic double room. This hotel was excellent. It was clean, the staff could not be more helpful and it was situated within a 5-10 minute walk from the centre of the town. Their was a supermarket across the street ( less than 5 minutes walk ). The on street parking was perfect - 1 minute from the hotel. It cost €13 to park inside the hotel gates. It was an ideal location. Approximately 1hr 15 mins from Pisa airport by car and only a 30/40 minute drive to nearby hill top towns like Volterra. I'd defintely recommend a stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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Whitford, Auckland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2008

This Hotel is situated in a lovely area of Tuscany within walking distance of San Gimignano. We enjoyed both the location and found staff professional and helpful. The pool, garden and bar area is lovely with views over the surrounding countryside. On the downside the rooms we had were very very small, the smallest we experienced on our trip. The balcony did help a little but should we return I would be sure to request another room with more space.

  • Liked — Location and views over countryside
  • Disliked — The cramped room
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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Chester-le-Street
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2008

We've stayed at this hotel for a number of years and it continues to be a delight. Just outside the historic walls of mediaeval San Gimignano (a five minute walk) it provides an oasis of tranquility and excellent service from the owners and staff. An added bonus is a hotel car park. Breakfast and lunches are provided on the pool terrace with great views over the Tuscan landscape. Rooms are spacious and nicely decorated and the bathrooms are a decent size. Although dinner isn't available, there are many good restaurants to chose from in San Gimignano. All the staff are friendly and attentive. There is plenty of space to relax and sunbathe in the garden by the pool where staff are only too pleased to serve you with drinks and snacks. On those few occasions when the weather is poor, the public rooms are comfortably furnished and relaxing. Overall this is one of the best hotels we have stayed at in Italy. I'm sure we will be making many return visits in the years to come.

  • Liked — Location and comfort
  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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West Yorkshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2008

Return visit to the hotel after eleven years . Standards still excellent , staff service excellent , pool area excellent and general ambience of the hotel excellent . Only complaint would be the size of our room and lack of storage space .

Brenda and Mick Dawson
England

  • Liked — Everything bar the size of the room
  • Disliked — Room too small and lack of storage space
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Wales
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2008

Our family (2 adults and 2 children of 15 and 11) spent 6 nights at this peaceful and relaxing hotel at the end of August.

We chose the hotel because it is within easy (10 minutes) walking distance of the old walled town and centre of San Gimignano but also offered the amenities of a swimming pool and garden.

The hotel is beautifully situated and the pool and gardens are extremely well maintained. Pool towels are provided and there is a very relaxing hydro-massage pool. The public rooms are very tastefully furnished and we were very pleased with our (front-facing) rooms which offered a beautiful view over the rolling Tuscan countryside and were kept at just the right temperature with the very efficient air conditioning.

We enjoyed the buffet breakfast each morning - this was nicely varied and included a good selection of cereal, yoghurt, fruit, cheese and ham, scrambled eggs, cakes and pastries etc. The hotel offers a light lunch menu but no evening meals. This was certainly not a problem as the hotel provided us with a very helpful list of recommended restaurants and all of those we tried were excellent.

Staff at the hotel were very helpful and obliging.

This hotel does not have the historic atmosphere of some of the hotels in the old medieval town but we found this was more than compensated for by its pretty location and the fact that we all really looked forward to relaxing by the pool after a morning's sightseeing.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this hotel and would definitely return.

  • Disliked — Beautiful gardens and pool
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2008

As part of our recent trip to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary we stayed at the Relais Santa Chiara. It was a new hotel but beautifully decorated in Tuscan style and set over two stories. The hotel was very clean and all the staff were friendly and helpful. It was within 400 meters of the old walled town of San Gimignano ,so easy to walk to, and had the added bonus of a swimming pool where we relaxed after sight seeing. The surrounding area was lovely and the views from our balcony breath taking. Unlike other 4 star hotels the food and drink prices were very reasonable although the did not provide evening meal. This was not a problem as there are many restaurants in San Gimignano, which is tranformed when the daily visitors have gone. Highly recommended, we hope to return there in the future

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  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Relais Santa Chiara Hotel
Address: Via Giacomo Matteotti 15, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in San Gimignano
#4 Family Hotel in San Gimignano
#7 Romantic Hotel in San Gimignano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Relais Santa Chiara Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Relais Santa Chiara is a charming and elegant hotel located in the heart of the rolling hills of Tuscany, between Florence and Sienna. The hotel looks over the splendid, peaceful countryside towards Volterra and is situated just 400 mt. below the city walls of San Gimignano, a town of fairy tales with its 14 medieval towers that testify to a fascinating past. In addition, the strategic location allows one to make day trips to all the major cultural and artistic sites of the surrounding area. The hotel offers 40 rooms, made up of 4 different room types either facing the rear garden or facing the splendid Tuscan countryside. Many rooms have beautiful balconies and our superior rooms have bath with hydromassage. All rooms have air-conditioning, digital TV with international channels, hair dryers and mini-bar. Other services include private parking, a meeting room with a capacity up to 60 persons, Mediterranean garden filled with olive and cypress trees that encompass the swimming pool, which includes a separate, heated mini pool with hydro massage and an inviting and well stocked bar serving an array of beverages and a variety of snacks and light meals. The breakfast is a complete buffet that will certainly satisfy the biggest morning appetite. In the summer breakfast and bar service are available outside on the terrace. Particular attention has been given to the hotel’s furnishings. Some of the most prestige materials make up the guest rooms, such as brier wood and national oak. The public areas breath an atmosphere that’s classic Tuscany. Florentine terracotta covers the lobby which is integrated with a colorful pastel marble mosaic. The famous Serena gray stone is another dominate element found throughout the hotel, like the reception desk and the grand fireplace. Activities available nearby are: walking itineraries departing from the hotel, guided tours of the historic centre, scooter rental, wine tasting (come with light lunch), cooking classes, tennis, horse riding and a 27 hole golf course 18 km away. ... more   less 
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