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Hotel Badia di Pomaio
Ranked #8 of 29 Hotels in Arezzo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 April 2014

The place is located in a beautiful area the stuff was very professional Valentina the manger wranas very nice and kind ,Josepe the waiter was very kind .we loved the place and service very much. From the liran and schlosse families

Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

The place is big stone old and monastic.

And its situation is fantastic. way up on the hills overlooking Arezzo. Hard to find. The trick is to find Via de Redi and turn left at the sign to Pomaio not afterwards.

And keep going. Up and up and up -and up.

The staff make this place. Joseph Fiori and Valentina (and others) could not have been more helpful.

It has a great wine list good food (loads of it) lovely dining rooms and the rooms are simple but have everything you need.

And its all very quiet.

Recommended

Room Tip: The view is worth having if you can get one .
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

Excellent and friendly service in the resturant and at the desk. Lovely rooms with fabulous views over Arezzo. Easy access into center city, less than 15 minutes. The first time it can be a little challenging to find, but not too bad. Excellent dinner menu, try the wrapped pork and the duck carpaccio salad, if they are available...and if you are adventurous, turn right out the driveway and try the incredibly scenic tertiary road that effectively rings the city, but from quite high in the hills. Takes about 45 minutes and well worth it....check it out on a very detailled map. W enjoyed our stay here....and the windows have screens!!!

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

We stayed at the Badia for several nights during our honeymoon in May 2012. Our travel agent reccomended this as the best place in the area and of all of our stops in Italy, this was the one he gave us no other options for. He insisted it was the best. As a couple that generally stays in large brand-name urban 'tower' hotels, we were a bit skeptical whn we saw the more "rustic" and vintage looking stone rooms and fixtures; but at the time, Badia was ranked the #1 hotel in the area on tripadvisor, so we trusted him.

We were not disappointed! The hotel is at the top of a hill overlooking Arezzo. Our agent gave us a copy of the "directions" page from the hotel's brochure which were invaluable as they reference landmarks rather than steet names as Google maps might: I concur with another commenter that it is best to find the hotel during the day. Once you know where it is, it is easy to find, but the first time can be tricky. If possible, I would reccomend buying/renting a GPS throughout the country especially if you don't speak Italian to read the signs, but especially around Arezzo and to find the turn-offs to the hotel.

Onec you find the road to go uphill, it is a bit of a ride with hairpin turns and narrow roads, but it's pretty much one-way with few intersections to confuse you. I found the hill-side drive enjoyable, rather than stressful; just be watchful for any oncoming vehicles. Once we got up the hill and out of the car, the location was striking. A beautiful old stone building on a lovely grassland. Plants and flowers were still being planted as it was still early in the season. Approaching the building, beauty of the the pool and view over the hill were breathtaking. We really enjoyed the views from the hotel.

The service at the hotel was fantastic with the staff friendly and knowledgable. They went out of their way to cater to us personally (for example, setting up a lunch on a day we did not feel like driving into town). They also arranged an evening wine tasting for us at another nearby hotel and winery where we also sampled the proprietor's own fresh honey.

The food at the in-house restaurant (which was very warm and inviting and appeared to even attract some locals from down the hill) was exceptional. Very rustic and flavourful. I think we ate their every night of our stay except for one just because it was convenient and the food was so amazing. We enjoyed sampling local wines at dinner and we were happier to eat at the hotel and enjoy more wine rather than drink conservatively and have to drive back. At each dinner, we were served some prosecco to begin which was a lovely touch. The "buffet" breakfast offerings were also fresh and tasty. Not significantly different from other hotels we stayed at in Italy, but the quality and selection of the items was better. I believe there was also a discount on the cheque as patrons of the hotel.

We loved the food so much, we decided to ask about cooking lessons partway through our visit, but unfortunately, we asked too late, and they weren't going to have time to arrange it. If you're interested in sampling and learning to make some delicious food, I would reccomend arranging a lesson in advance. Their website seems to have a couple of different "themes" you can choose from. We are very interested in returning to the Badia and having a lesson.

The staff took plenty of time with us to tell us about options of places to visit, give us directions and print off maps, and again, were very pleased to make arrangements for us - a plus given we don't speak Italian. The staff definately made the experience that much more enjoyable.

We didn't find any notable issues with our room. It is a vintage monestary, so the rooms are all up stairs, but we didn't mind that. The furnishings and condition of the room were as expected. Everything was in order and clean. It was cozy and quaint. We enjoyed sitting by the pool and getting sun, as well as looking at the stars at night.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

we used this as our base for 6 days of touring around Tuscany and Umbria and couldn't have asked for a more serene and tranquil place to return to each evening. the location is not easy to find as it is about 5 km up the hill side on a very narrow and winding road with hair pin turns. Do not attempt to arrive here for the first time in the evening - there are no lights on the roadway. . However once you do find the place, it is well worth the drive. when we arrived the hotel had already finished lunch service and so we asked if there was someplace to go in town. the young lady, Fiore, said she would check with the kitchen to see what they could make for us. she came back a few minutes later to say that the chef would prepare us some fresh pasta with wild boar sauce. She then took a small table and put in on the lawn under a large tree and added white linens. we had a lovely lunch with a glass of chianti while savouring the view over the valley below. What a wonderful welcome! this was just the first of many other moments we had here. Fiore was exceptional - very professional, friendly , knowledgeable and extremely hard working - she is a tremendous asset to the hotel. We also found Valentina and Guiseppe (Joseph) very warm and accommodating. prior to coming to Arezzo, we spent 5 days in Rome so this was a welcome respite.

it was too cool for swimming although some adventurous guests dove in - this without a heated pool! the pool is quite large and looks over the valley - such a spectacular view.

the food was outstanding although we had a difficult time adjusting to the large portion sizes - we inevitably left food on the plate even though it was extremely delicious. the dinner menu was quite varied and changed weekly from what we could tell. we dined here several times and were always pleased with the quality of the food. breakfasts were also quite varied with a wonderful selection of cheese, meats, rolls and pastries.

so that is all the good things, now to some of the areas where we felt some improvement could be made.

we knew that this building was a former monastery so were not expecting luxurious lodgings however the bedrooms could be improved in a few ways to make the entire experience exceptional. the mattress and pillows in our room were quite firm - it did not feel like a good quality mattress. we did not have a good sleep the entire stay. the two chairs in the room were quite modern, round leather circular things that were very uncomfortable for sitting and there was a large glass coffee table that we kept bumping into. these furnishings seemed entirely out of place since the rest of the hotel had a very traditional décor. these same round leather chairs were in the lounge/bar area and we noticed that a few of them had broken backs which suggests that they were not of high quality.

our room was on the top floor near the back and quite large - it also had 2 bathrooms. both had no windows which is not surprising that the building is very old and difficult to renovate. however the ventilation in the one with the shower was very poor and you could see mildew and mould on the walls and tiles. we know the room was cleaned thoroughly everyday but it did not give a nice visual impression when you see something like this. An improved ventilation and stronger fan would resolve this issue.

the only other thing in our room that could be improved would be the lighting. there were small lamps beside the bed that did not really give sufficient light for reading but then there were very strong lights on the wall opposite the bed. again some thought into the lighting arrangement would make the rooms much more useful .

we really enjoyed our stay here and hope that some simple improvements to the rooms will enhance the overall experience for future guests.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

We stayed at the Badia for 3 nights in early September.
It is a great place to get away from it all. The hotel is 6 kms up the hill and overlooks Arezzo. The grounds are quite large and the pool is huge and is open 24 hours per day, all year.
The price includes a decent breakfast and they provide both lunch and dinner if you wish to eat here.
The room we had was a good size. The only complaint about the room is that the television was very small (my computer screen is larger).
The only other negative for me was the fact that they have a bee hive on the property. As a result, bees buzzed by me while I sat by the pool. Not sure if this happens all year round, but it did bother me when we were there. When I moved to the other side of the pool, there were fewer bees but they still buzzed by now and then.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

We stayed here on two occasions during a visit to Tuscany this summer. We were warmly welcomed the first time but when we returned for another short stay a week later, it felt as though we were visiting friends. The staff were wonderful - friendly and so helpful. My husband left an expensive camera in a taxi which ferried us from Arrezzo to the hotel. The staff, particularly Giuseppo and Flora swiftly sorted out the problem for us and the camera was returned within 30 minutes.
The food was delicious, the Prosecco flowed at lunchtime and dinner. The gardens were a haven for hundreds of butterflies and bees and the views over Arrezzo stunning. The rooms were lovely and we particularly appreciated the mosquito netting at the windows, which meant we could appreciate the views (especially from Room 4) through open windows, without being eaten alive!
For us, it was the perfect hotel and we will definitely return. If you like the slick, ultra modern type of city hotel, then this is not for you. This is a country hotel, somewhere to unwind and drink in the surroundings. Bliss!

Room Tip: Room 4 (Erica) had amazing views over Arrezzo.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Localita Pomaio 4, 52100, Arezzo, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Arezzo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Arezzo
#2 Romantic Hotel in Arezzo
#4 Family Hotel in Arezzo
#4 Luxury Hotel in Arezzo
Price Range: £62 - £101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Badia di Pomaio 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Badia Di Pomaio was founded in 1645 as a religious home and place of spiritual retreat. In the 2000s, a careful restoration has transformed this place into receptive structure with restaurant, respecting what were historic architectural features. Our restaurant is a representation of the typical Casentino Aretine and bringing to light the ancient methods, trying not to upset the old values of Tuscan cuisine, enhancing the authenticity and flavors of local products. Opening hours of the restaurant: Lunch: 1:00 am to 2:30 pm Dinner: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm ... more   less 
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