Lovely old hotel just inside the Porta al Prato, essentially at the bottom of the hill at one end of the fabulous hill town of Montepulciano. Can't beat the location, and the imposing uphill climb is more than offset by the downhill return to quarters, particularly after a day spent wine tasting. Our room was spacious, with a wonderful view, although there were a lot of steps to navigate. The staff was warm and friendly. This wasn't always the case with the merchants in Montepulciano-- or in Montalcino, for that matter--although politeness was never wanting, a certain reserve is perhaps a result of wine snobbiness? Two additional points: Parking is provided (a real blessing, since driving within the boundaries of the walls can be difficult), and eggs cooked to order were a highlight. In fact, the breakfasts were among the bests we had in Italy, and the option of scrambled eggs was a pleasant and much needed change from all that prosciutto and pecorino!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Behind the Medicean column there is the Hotel Il Marzocco, the oldest in town. It was built in 1500 as a farm of the nearby convent. In 1860 it became a hotel and since the early 1900s it has been run by the same family. The hotel looks like a large house where the atmosphere of the old times is still kept. Its bedrooms open on wide lounges that, like the reading room and the sitting room, are furnished with genuine XIX century pieces. Some bedrooms have balconies or terraces with a view on the valleys, other ones have their windows over the Renaissance houses of the old town. The hotel has had important guests like actors, writers, politicians, all of whom are fond of the great view from its terraces. A free parking area is available, as well as comfortable relaxing spaces and a wide dining room where breakfast is served from a rich buffet with home-made bread and cakes, jams and pies. Among the roses of the garden, the Canada creeper climbs until the terraces and creates a pergola up to the roof, at first green in summer, than all red in September and yellow during the autumn. Red geraniums at the windows, together with the old lace curtains, add to the building a perfectly romantic touch. Wi-Fi Connection. We accept pets. Free Indoor garage for motorbikes and bicycles. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Il Marzocco Montepulciano
- Il Marzocco Hotel Montepulciano