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La Locanda del Castello
Kurrajong, New South Wales, Australia
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“THE place to base your tour of Tuscany”
Reviewed 7 November 2011

It's been 12 months since we were at La Locanda del Castello ... I have been meaning to write this review for a LONG time, but LIFE keeps getting in the way. However, at La Locanda del Castello, life NEVER gets in the way!

We flew to Florence (Fienza) and rented a car. Nearly two hours to San Giovanni d'Asso and we found La Locanda del Castello. A WONDERFUL castle dating back to 1500. We settled into our room and then wondered if lunch was available. "No ... it"s too late", said Massimo. Then, what appeared was antipasto, meat, bread ... We asked for some wine,. "No, cannot do that", said Massimo. Then a wonderful bottle of a local red appeared. I'm still not sure that it all appeared on our bill!

Breakfast was wonderful each day. We ate in the restaurant two ore three times in the ten days we were there. The food was wonderful, the wine suggestions absolutely spot-on and the price very reasonable.

San Giovanni d'Asso is a small, unassuming town. It's magic is that it is central to most of Tuscany. We drove to Pienza (twice), Monticchiello, Sienna and Assissi. San Giovanni d'Asso was the PERFECT base for these day trips.

Our host, Massimo, was WONDERFUL (and I'm sure there was Grappa that did not appear on our bill!)

If you have a rental car, this is the PERFECT place to stay ... and thenh to explore Tuscany.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Locanda for a friend's wedding and, between the staff's friendly attentiveness and the picturesque backdrop of Tuscany, our trip was perfect! We didn't have a chance to eat in the restaurant aside from breakfast but the food looked great!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

My wife and I just returned from a week in Tuscany followed by a week on the Amalfi coast. The hotel La Locanda del Castello was our favorite place, and the competition for first place was very keen. We landed in Rome, and took the rental car directly to the hotel. Daniella, the front desk manager simply can't be more helpful. She procured bikes for us, and gave us lots of useful information for the area. Our room # 8 was charming, large, with wood beams in the ceiling. The restaurant was so good that we ate there two of our three nights. Latif, the server, is friendly and helpful. The homemade raviolis were some of the best I've ever had.

The advantages of this hotel are numerous, beyond its obvious charm and good service. It is in a very quiet location, just perfect for recovering from a long flight. It is almost equal distance from Montalcino, Pienza, and Monepulciano making it possible to access these places by bike or car. It would be easy to discount this hotel since it is not in any of the big branded hill towns, but it shouldn't be missed. It is a great base to operate from to see the region.

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Room Tip: Room 8 was excellent. It did not have a bath tub but the shower was just fine. I'm not sure how...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Berkeley, Ca. USA
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Reviewed 4 October 2011

This hotel is in a very small town that you can tour easily on foot in less than an hour. There's not a heck of a lot going on albeit we were there on a Sunday night when everything is shut (no car, no gelato!). Having said that, the hotel itself is very nice - located in part of an ancient castle. Our room was large and clean. The staff was very helpful and quite pleasant. After dinner in the courtyard, a band set up and played some very good R&B. We thought the singer was channeling Louis Armstrong, but he sang that way all night! I would have enjoyed staying there for a couple more nights and doing some exploring in the area.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Shanghai Region, China
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Reviewed 29 September 2011

We selected this location somewhat randomnly and what a find. We were there for 4 days and could have stayed longer. The staff is wonderfully accomodating, the rooms very comfortable and the scenery beautiful. But the best part was dinner. This area is famous for white truffles and they blend it into the meals and create a fantastic dinner. I can still taste the raviolis from 5 months ago....wow! The location is great as you can reach the popular destinations easily. I definately recommend renting a car. The roads are easy and signage fine. Don't be afraid to take a farm road and see the countryside. And to know you are coming home to a 900 year old castle, a gracious host, excellent wine list and tasteful dinner is a great day!!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 24 September 2011

After a long day of driving the back roads of Tuscany we arrived at the Locanda del Castello located in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere... away from the noise, lights and bustle of Rome it was a perfect place to spend a few days visitng several local wineries and olive farms. Daniela gave us wonderful advice on which of the many places to visit. The restaurant was as good as a five star restaurant anywhere. We were quite happy to have both suppers at the Castle as we did not relish the idea of driving those country roads at night! The room was spacious and clean very quiet at night. I highly recommend it.
Pat, Ottawa, Canada

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay here this past June for our honeymoon. The owner/representative (I can't remember her name) was English speaking, extremely nice and polite, and very helpful and accommodating. The room was very elegant, clean, and spacious. There was wireless internet in our room, and there was a computer there as well. The location is very convenient to many cities (Siena, Montepulciano, Pienza, and many more), and there are great views from the hotel. Because of it's location, it would be a great hotel to use as a base. The drive to and from Siena is absolutely beautiful, and we caught the sunset on the way back. We probably took about 100 pictures. The restaurant is also very good, but a little bit pricey in my opinion. We ate there only one night, but we thoroughly enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone. We really liked it here, and I would go back if we needed a place in that area.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: La Locanda del Castello
Address: Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II No. 4, 53020 San Giovanni d'Asso, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Giovanni d'Asso
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in San Giovanni d'Asso
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — La Locanda del Castello 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Looking for a Hotel and a Restaurant in the heart of Tuscany south of Siena, in the middle of the three renowned wine districts of Chianti, Montalcino and Montepulciano, and set inside the unique and unspoiled landscapes of the Crete Senese and Val d' Orica ? LA LOCANDA DEL CASTELLO is the answer. Is a XVI century building which has been recently restored into a small hotel in the ancient and peaceful hamlet of San Giovanni d' Asso, celebrated for its famous white truffles. Just outside the village there is the wonderful garden "Bosco Della Ragnaia" created by the American artist Sheppard Craig. The territory is rich of history, with many hamlets, castles and abbeys to discover; rich for its natural hot springs with the chance of relaxing yourself in spas and spoiling yourself with massages and beauty treatments.Moreover if your Clients likes to do sports while on holiday, there is the chance of going horse riding, trekking, biking or have the wonderful experience of admiring the area from above on a hot air balloon.Not to forget the gastronomy experience this territory is able to offer: the Clients may visit some of the many wineries of the region and taste it's famous wines, in addition to the other main products of the area such as olive oil, cheese and truffle; and if they are willing to know more about the Tuscan food they may choose to take cooking classes in order to be able to remember the flavors of our region once back home.The Hotel LA LOCANDA DEL CASTELLO offers 9 rooms all finely restored and divided in the following room categories (3 standard, 3 Superior and 3 Suites). All the bedrooms are provided with a matrimonial bed and a bathroom with shower and hairdryer, a/c, satellite TV, telephone, mini-bar, safekeeping box and free wi-fi internet connection. The suites have an extra sitting area for relaxing.The restaurant LA LOCANDA DEL CASTELLO is located on the ground floor of the building, which once housed an olive press. It offers its guests the genuine flavors of traditional Tuscan cooking. Amongst its delicious specialties are the local white and black truffle (we also organize special truffle hunting), pecorino cheese, Senese salami, honey and saffron, with a selection of the most well-known Tuscan wines. In the warmer weather, one can eat outside in the small hamlet square enjoying the atmosphere of the old village, or alternately in the comfort and shade of the back terrace.Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information you might need. ... more   less 
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