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“Great choice as a base for touring Tuscany”

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Locanda La Mandragola
Ranked #16 of 67 San Gimignano B&B and Inns
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Coulsdon, Surrey
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225 reviews
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“Great choice as a base for touring Tuscany”
Reviewed 18 October 2009

We thouroughly enjoyed our nine nights at the Locanda, which we used as our base while touring Tuscany. On a quiet alley with a peaceful garden and tiny roof terrace with fabulous views it's hard to beat for location and value for money.
Our room on the ground floor was spacious and spotlessly clean, although with hindsight we would choose an upper floor room as the hedge screening our room from the garden inevitably meant it could be a little gloomy and meant we had no view. Nevertheless it was very comfortable with a nice bathroom.
Breakfast was great. Warm rolls with Tuscan ham and cheese, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit and wonderful apple pastries and coffee freshly made to order.
The cost of parking is annoying if you're staying for several nights. The Locanda have some private parking outside the walls for 5 euros a day, but also showed us a small area of free parking where we were lucky enough to find a space each day of our stay.
You are allowed to bring your car close to the Locanda to load and unload luggage.
We ate at the Mandragola's restaurant at the other end of town twice. They offer a reduced price 18 euro 3-course meal to residents and we found the food and service good, although the restaurant is a bit cavernous and lacks atmosphere. We preferred the Trattoria Chiribiri nearby, which has good, reasonably priced meals in a more lively atmosphere.
San Gimignano is a great place to stay. The day-trippers come and go, but the town is yours early and late in the day. The frescoes in the cathedral are breathtaking, as are the views from the top of the one tower which you can still climb, and the award-winning gelato in the main square is the best in Italy!
One word of warning if you suffer from mosquito bites: - we weren't expecting them in October, but got eaten alive!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 October 2009

Using our Mappy directions, we set out to San Gimignano and the Locanda la Madragola. Finding the San Mateo gate was quite a challenge b/c its name is not posted anywhere and we were not sure we could enter the city with our car. By chance we picked the right gate and drove in despite our apprehensions, ending up at the corner of the street of the Locanda. It was a lovely haven within the busy city bustling with visitors. Our room was quite comfortable and the ladies at the front desk reminded me of my Italian aunts coming over for coffee. Parking is outside the walls but you can drive in to drop off your luggage. Our authentic Tuscan dinner, including wild boar and hare, at Osteria delle Catene just down the corner from the Locanda was superb.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 August 2009

Ill keep it brief, Its located in the heart of the town, the rooms are great, breakfast was lovely and best of all the meal we had at there restaurant that night was the best of our trip. I think we paid €50 which was less than half price. 100% recommended.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 19 August 2009

La Mandragola was the perfect choice for our stay in stunning San Gimignano. This is a small and beautifully decorated hotel in a picturesque tiny lane within the walls of the city. Parking is offered for a small fee at an almost secret location outside the walls, you will definitely need the hotel's instructions to find the parking spaces! Our room on the first floor had a large window which looked towards the centre of the city, a lovely large bathroom, wooden-beamed ceiling, exceptionally clean. As guests you are given a key to the front door to come and go as you please, and the ground floor common area has bottles of wine available (you leave €6) with bottle openers, which we happily helped ourselves to retiring late one night to the wonderful and miniscule rooftop terrace to take in the overwhelmingly beautiful view of the towers of San Gimignano under a starlit sky. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh
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Reviewed 14 August 2009

OK, so San G is a bit of tourist trap, but all the more reason to get a room and enjoy it without the crowds over the course of an evening.

After a hair raising drive through the streets of historic San G we eventually found the la mandragola.

The bathroom was clean and spacious and the room a good size with plenty of storage. The gardens were a lovely bonus.
Breakfast was ok - a selection of yoghurts, kellogs cereals and tuscan ham/cheese etc

We ate at the La Mandragola restaurant, making use of the special deal available to locanda residents - the food was okay, but I wouldn't necessarily go back, however the B&B was very nice and if we were to return to San G we'd be happy to stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Tadworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 July 2009

San Gim is super, and this location in a town with limited central hotel options definitely delivers. First impressions were of a rather dark room with an old fashioned decor, and too many dusty old dried flower arrangements, but this seems to be quite a typical style in Tuscany, and the room, bathroom, bed and linens were clean and fine, once we got used to the somewhat gloomy decor! It was excellent value, the breakfast was good and fresh, the welcome fine, parking convenient, and also very quiet. Their own local restaurant provided good food, with excellent value at 3 courses for a discounted 18 euros per head.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Germany
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Reviewed 16 June 2009

Excellent hotel from which to explore the region. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The hotel is fully renovated and very clean. The room was very large, and even with the baby bed (provided by the hotel) it did not feel crowded. Since only local cars are allowed to park within the city walls, and the hotel is located within these walls, one cannot park at the hotel. It is allowed for one to drive to the hotel at arrival or departure to drop off/pick up the luggage, and the hotel has an arrangement with a private location to park the car not 5 minutes walking distance from the hotel. We were extremely pleased with the choice of hotel and would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Locanda La Mandragola
Address: Via Diacceto 7, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
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Ranked #16 of 67 B&Bs / Inns in San Gimignano
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Hotel Class:3 star — Locanda La Mandragola 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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