The hotel is located on the main pedestrian street in quiet Castellina. On one side of the hotel there is the street and you feel you are in the centre of the town while on the other you are in the vineyards of the countryside. The hotel is beautifully furnished and the rooms are spacious and airy. We did not need the air conditioning during our stay. The bathrooms are marble and the showers forceful. We had one standard room and one superior room. The real difference between the rooms is the view. The standard is extremely good quality but looked onto the narrow street below, still very quiet though as the street is pedestrianised apart from loading an unloading, restricted to certain times of the day. The superior room, on the other hand, had a beautiful view, overlooking the pool, hills, valley and vineyards.
The breakfasts were of a good standard offering juices, fruit, cereal, bread, eggs, meats and cheeses. There isn't a restaurant but there are plenty in the old town. (See reviews). We tried the spa in the basement and found this to be beautiful - the old bricks and stones of the town made up the walls and ceilings and it was very tastefully decorated. Lovely. The spa seemed under-used during our stay and we were the only ones there when we tried it out. Most visitors to the hotel stayed fewer nights than us but we chose to relax around the pool as well as see the sights. The swiming pool was extremely cold and it was entertaining to watch peoples' faces as they entered for the first time! The owners/members of staff that we met were all helpful and pleasant. We required a trip to the local GP during our stay and this took a total of 25 mins from announcing our need to Irene in the hotel reception, visitng the doctor's surgery, consulting with the doctor (didn't take long as his English was as limited as our Italian and the eye infection was easy to spot), visiting the Pharmacy and collecting the eye drops (6.5 Euros).
All in all a perfect hotel in a perfect location. No other hotel in Castellina offers the same standard of accommodation with a pool. From the alternatives we saw, they were all outside the old town and required a walk to restaurants etc.
The only reason for 4 blobs on value rather than 5 is that we did find just about everything, including all hotel prices, in Tuscany expensive - not helped by the current Euro/Pound exchange rate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of the historical center of Castellina in Chianti, you will find the 15th century Palazzo Squarcialupi. In the past, the Palace was a noble residence with agricultural activity and has recently been restored to become the Hotel Palazzo Squarcialupi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Squarcialupi Hotel Castellina In Chianti
- Palazzo Squarcialupi Castellina In Chianti
- Hotel Palazzo Squarcialupi Castellina In Chianti, Italy - Tuscany