They say that location is everything and with Hotel Le Renai, it is so true. Set among vineyards and olive groves in a small localita named Pancole, 2km outside San Gimignano, the location is peaceful and beautiful. But finding the hotel can be an issue. Our GPS couldn’t figure out the address and kept sending us to the center of San Gimignano; not fun! The locals knew where it was but we struggled with their directions. After a lot of driving around, the local carabinieri were kind enough to provide an escort to the road that the hotel is on! If you do choose to stay at the Hotel, obtain good directions first! Once you know how to get there, the location is excellent if you are doing day trips in Tuscany.
Upon arrival at Hotel Le Renai, our first impression was mixed. The grounds were beautiful and Paola greeted us very warmly. At first we were disappointed with our room: it seemed stark and somewhat spartan, the king sized bed was two twin mattresses pushed together, and the air conditioning was mediocre at best. However, we also noticed that the room was sparkling clean and the bathroom had obviously been renovated recently. The bed turned out to be very comfortable and we learned to close the shutters during the day and open the windows at night. It was quite pleasant especially with the smell of honeysuckle in the air.
The breakfast was delicious and plentiful. There were scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, cold cereal, cheeses, cold cuts, and lots of fresh fruit. The coffee machine turned out very good espresso, cappuccino, and café’ Americano; a perfect start to each day. We did not eat at the restaurant as we like to venture out in the evening.
The staff at the front desk was very helpful and friendly. The WiFi, while only available in the lobby area, was free. The computer in the lobby was very convenient. We essentially had free reign of the grounds even having an afternoon picnic on the patio at the restaurant tables. Nothing like fresh table linens for a picnic! The gardens are beautiful with potted lemon, lime, and orange trees throughout. What is particularly nice about this hotel is that the owner and his extended family live on the grounds and it felt very much like we were staying at a relative’s villa.
We would definitely consider returning for our next visit to Tuscany.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Le Renaie Hotel" is located in the little village of Pancole, just about 5 kilometres from San Gimignano. The hotel approaches the road named “via Francigena”, the ancient famous way that linked Italy to North Europe, for a long time. Very tranquil position, familial atmosphere in a simple ambience, of the country side.Simple, easy interiors where wooden furnishing stand out and all over Florentine terracotta. Pastel colours, flowered tissues decorate the lodge, the dining room and all the accommodations. All of them are fixed with modern equipment in order to grant the needed comfort during the stay. Superior rooms with a large terrace over the garden or the pool. Our guests can enjoy a splendid flowered garden, an open-air swimming-pool, a playground for kids, a private parking and the renowned “Leonetto restaurant”, the owners themselves manage the kitchen with a century of experience and knowledge of the real Tuscan cuisine. Free internet point and free WI-FI access are available in the lodge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Renaie Hotel
- Le Renaie San Gimignano