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“This place is paradise”
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Relais Vignale
Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Radda in Chianti
Certificate of Excellence
Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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“This place is paradise”
Reviewed 22 May 2010

I had booked this hotel having read some great reviews then a really bad one and was dreading my stay needn't have worried the place was gorgeous and nothing like a B&B as someone said.

It isn't a chain type hotel nothing like the luxury groups most of which I have stayed in worldwide BUT it more than made up for lack of large screen TV's with the amazing views and location. Who needs a TV when you can look at views that are like a film set and sit on a balcony drinking wine overlooking the vineyard that grows the grapes.

Driving there was pretty even on really winding roads...when you enter Radda do look out for the hotel which we arrived in after dark and realize it is ON the main road in Radda on both sides and you can't see the countryside till you get inside which threw us a little I expected it down a country road.

Breakfast was absolutely fine ...pot of coffee or tea cheese ham bread etc but certainly nothing hot as is the custom in most of Italy ..so if expecting English breakfast forget it ...the whole point though is to do things you don't normally do at home on vacation.

Rooms very clean bedding changed regularly as are towels and shower etc worked well..bathroom was traditional style and OK not luxurious but had everything you needed.

Staff were really lovely great fun you smile at them they smile back some don't speak great English but can usually understand and help.

There are lots of little nooks to sit and admire the view from...both outside and inside...not modern maybe more shabby chic.

The village is gorgeous... a little Cafe across the road does nice traditional meats and carafes of wine very reasonably priced and some lovely restaurants in the village.The hotel menu was a bit limited in choice although they did special daily menus and they didn't seem to do lunches although I'm sure if you asked they would sort something for you.

Our favorite restaurant was La Peguera which had a good choice of both food and wines and the two brothers who waited the tables had a great sense of humor ..you should book in advance in most places.

Most people tour around the area only an hour to San Gimagnano..gorgeous medieval village the roads aren't busy but lots of cyclists and VERY winding roads not good if you get car sick.

Sienna is only 45 mins an hour away and has a fabulous square to sit in. Florence too maybe an hour's drive so this is a perfect base for visiting many towns or like us stay and just chill in a perfect location with some wine for a day or two...or visit some vineyards and sample the Chianti.

Our weather was a bit mixed May is usually sunny but they had a lot of rain this year and when there is no sun it gets pretty chilly day and night...although it heated up a lot the last day or two so last week in May probably fine with mainly summer clothes but take a jacket and cardigans or pashminas for night time just in case.

I haven't posted any photos to be honest they don't do the place justice as it is nicer in real life.

I loved it there so much I am considering trying to book again for September...but it gets very busy that time of year when they harvest the grapes so maybe next year.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2010

I stayed in this hotel on a long weekend in Tuscany at the end of April. I decided to stay in this hotel as the reviews were vastly different and I thought it was worth a try, especially since we were only there for 2 nights.

While the actual hotel is very beautiful, sadly I have to agree with what others have said about the rooms. We booked a superior room and it was very disappointing especially considering what we paid for it. The bed was very soft and squishy, so uncomfortable. We asked them if they could change the mattress and they said they would try, but clearly they didn't bother and didn't even let us know. The shower was a dribble.

I do have to say that I had no problems with the staff and the restaurant was amazing. Yes it is more expensive but it's a michelin star restaurant and the food and staff were incredible.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Cornwall
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Reviewed 3 May 2010

We had decided to stay at this hotel for eight (8) nights. We had booked through the e-bookers. Unfortunately we were allocated one of the rooms facing the road. I realized straight away that I was not going to be able to sleep as there was so much noise from the road. I begged the person who showed us around to please change our room I did not care how much more they wanted me to pay as I needed a proper rest, but we were not given a different room. It would not have been too bad maybe for one night or so but when you are staying for more than a week it was a nightmare.

By the end of our stay we were no longer given the toiletries no soap in the bath etc.

The food was lovely a bit pricey though as the pound was beginning to lose value against the euro. We enjoyed the views from the pool and the restaurant.

The sad thing is that I would like to visit again provided that, I get a different room.

Would I recommend this hotel to a friend? Yes I would and I would tell them to make sure that they get a room not facing the road.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2010

My family of 5 just stayed at Relais Fattoria Vignale for 3 nights. The rooms were clean, beds comfortable, hotel was very quiet. It has beautiful views from so many windows. We ate dinner there once. Most of it was great, and reasonably priced, except for a pasta entree that was very undercooked. Breakfast had lots of choices, but nothing was top quality. Croissants with no taste, horrible orange juice (powdered, Tang?), canned peaches & pears, lukewarm hot chocolate, etc. After the first day, didn't even want to eat it again.
So overall, we somewhat enjoyed our stay. We had just left the Sofitel in Rome where we had a great experience, the staff being so friendly. The staff here wasn't that friendly and didn't seem to want to help when I asked for suggestions on sightseing. It had no warmth of a country inn like it should. Maybe it would be better during full season. They could do better, missing the mark somewhere.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 12 December 2009

While driving through Chianti region in April 2008, we stumbled across this wonderful hotel. It was low season (I assume), and we were one of only a handful of guests. The rates were affordable (around $100 per night), and it was an incredible experience. We loved all the sitting areas to read and talk, both inside and out.

The rooms were spacious and elegant. The building(s) reminded us of a mini-castle! All the windows overlooked vineyards.

It was a great location from which to explore the Chianti region. Wonderful experience!

Sidenote: The olives served in happy hour were the largest ones I have ever had!

  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with friends
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Manchester, England
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Reviewed 4 December 2009

When we arrived at the hotel, the drop off point was blocked by a tanker (more on this later) so we spent a couple of hours in Radda village which is just gorgeous. If you are even slightly of a romantic nature then you will absolutely fall in love with the views over vineyards and olive groves, rolling hills and forests that surround Radda, topped off by a quaint, peaceful medieval hilltop village with little winding streets and alleys.

Back at the hotel we were able to unload the car across the road from the hotel then park it in their car park which is down a very steep banking next to the hotel restaurant. Service was formal veering towards cool, which is a shame since the room itself and the views across the fields to the south were both lovely. In the room was a small, clearly ancient, TV and decor which was very traditional, but there was a good air con system which was most important as it was hot when we were there.

The tanker we saw was probably filling up the hotel water tank as we were told they were having water supply problems- luckily it didn't run out, but this did curtail a lingering shower and it really isn't so good if a hotel runs out of running water! The bathroom facilities were fiarly basic in the room we had. The room was very quiet at night; it was at the back of the hotel which looks out across the fields- you can completely imagine that you are nowhere near the village even though it is only yards away.

We took our evening meal at their steakhouse in the middle of their vineyard a few miles down the road which was great but expensive. Breakfast was in a sort of cellar below the hotel and was adequate but not amazing.

From our experience, if you get a good price and are not a perfectionist then you will most likely enjoy your stay here in the heart of the Chianti landscape.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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Spruce Head, Maine
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Reviewed 3 December 2009

We arrived at the Vignale after a long day of travel and were delighted with this hotel. There were 6 of us travelling together and we met another couple at the hotel who had arrived before us. Our rooms were all nice and very clean. We had dinner that night at the hotel, and the restaurant was a delightful surprise. The food was very good! Breakfast the next morning was way above average as well.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled on business
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Property: Relais Vignale
Address: Via Pianigiani 9, 53017, Radda in Chianti, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Radda in Chianti
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Radda in Chianti
#3 Family Hotel in Radda in Chianti
#5 Romantic Hotel in Radda in Chianti
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Relais Vignale 4*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relais Vignale is an 18th-century villa located in Radda’s centre. It has a pool and features panoramic views across the Tuscan countryside from its restaurant terrace. Rooms are rustic yet elegant.Relais Vignale includes a collection of period furniture, frescoed ceilings, and grand fireplaces. Each room is individually designed, and comes with air conditioning and satellite TV..The in-house restaurant offers a menu of traditional Tuscan dishes and fine local wines. Attentive staff organise tastings in the property’s wine shop.The outdoor pool is heated and surrounded by a floral garden. There is also a TV room, lounge bar and library, plus free Wi-Fi in communal areas.The property is surrounded by the villages of the Chianti Classico wine region. Siena and Florence are both under an hour’s drive away. ... more   less 
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Relais Fattoria Vignale Hotel Radda In Chianti
Relais Vignale Radda In Chianti, Italy - Tuscany

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