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“Perfect fairy tale hotel”
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Lupaia
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Perfect fairy tale hotel”
Reviewed 12 September 2013 via mobile

Beautiful location with dramatic views of Tuscan countryside and vineyards. The gorgeous pool is relaxed and peaceful with complimentary water in a fridge and comfy hammocks in the shade for a little nap. Our room was unbelievable with tremendous attention to detail and country chic class. The staff cannot do enough to help and nothing is a problem. We felt relaxed and special and were helped with directions and things to do.
At breakfast I've never seen a table filled with so much colour and delicious food! Perfect. Beautiful xxx

  • Stayed September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 September 2013 via mobile

This hotel is different, really different, which is what makes it so special.

The location can't be beat - perched on a hillside surrounded by rolling Tuscan countryside, with Montepulciano in the distance on one side, and Montefollonico on the other. The setting is quintessentially Tuscan - a main house and various out buildings which have all been converted into rooms - and with nothing very close by, it feels secluded and private. Having said that, it's in close proximity to Florence (90 minutes), Siena (50 minutes), Perugia (60 minutes), so it's a great option for exploring the area, or even a country break between cities. A car is a must if staying here.

As other reviewers have said, each room is individually decorated in a creative and original Italian style. We stayed in the Blu room and it was truly beautiful - dare I say almost magical - and is probably one of my most favourite hotels rooms we've ever stayed in. The Blu room doesn't have it's own terrace, but as it's located on the top floor of the main building, it has stunning views if the surrounding area. The provided olive oil toiletries were lovely.

The food was really nice. The breakfast is a huge selection of freshly made baked goods, cheeses, ham, fruit, and eggs to order. We had delicious salads one afternoon for lunch, pool side, and we ate dinner twice there. Dinner is four courses, or less if you prefer, and they have a very good wine list. We went wine tasting in Chianti one day and bought several bottles of wine, and were pleased that the hotel didn't charge us corkage when we had one of the bottles with dinner. Despite the great food, I'd recommend you venture out to try some of the excellent restaurants in the area, which are worth the drive to get there.

The pool is in a lovely, with several levels (one foot deep, three feet deep, five + feet deep). The shallowest level is great for sitting and reading. Each guest gets their own pool towel, and there are plenty of loungers for everyone. There are several sun umbrellas and even two hammocks - both nice additions.

The staff are all very helpful, friendly and and welcoming - the service feels slightly rustic and totally unpretentious, which fit the setting perfectly.

There are quite a few stray cats about, but they're friendly cats who keep their distance and aren't a nuisance at all. I was very pleased to see that the hotel feeds them daily, so they mostly look quite healthy. But as the colony is quite large, the hotel will need to keep neutering them and at a faster rate than they currently are, otherwise the population will keep growing.

Whist we really loved Hotelito Lupaia, had a terrific time and hope to return one day, I didn't give it five stars for the following reasons:

- The pool was quite dirty. The water was cloudy, it was full of dead bugs and leaves, and it was so cold many guests couldn't go in further than their knees. There were also some broken old loungers and lawn debris in plain site.
- The coffee is terribly weak making it almost undrinkable, which is so surprising considering the excellent food. In all my Italian travels, I have never had a bad cup of coffee until Hotelito Lupaia. Even when I ordered a very, very, very strong cappuccino it still came out like steamed milk with a splash of coffee.
- the complimentary mini-bar isn't a mini-bar in the traditional sense, rather it's a fridge in the room with bottled water, fruit juice and a few child friendly snacks. When booking we didn't know about them so we didn't feel let down, but since they do advertise them on the website, I can see how one could feel disappointed.
- my husband is vegetarian and I don't eat pork, yet our vegetarian mushroom risotto had pancetta in it. :(

There are some improvements which I think should be made, but it's still a gem of a hotel and offers guests a very unique experience.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Normandy
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

We have just returned from the best weeks holiday we have ever had. This was thanks to the atmosphere at La Lupaia. Our room was delightful and so quiet. The hotel is situated off the beaten track so is in a beautiful tranquil setting. The food was delicious every day (along with the wine). But what really made our time there so special was the staff themselves. We were made to feel at home from the minute we arrived and didn't want to leave at the end of the week. If you are searching for a truly special holiday in Tuscany then this is definately the place to stay. Thank you to you all.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kampala, Uganda
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43 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2013

This is a fantastic little hotel in Tuscany. Even photos can not capture how beautiful the atmosphere is. The food was amazing and fresh made from local produce and we felt very much at home. We would stay here again any day.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lupaia, Manager at Lupaia, responded to this review, 6 October 2013
Dear Anna, thank you for your review and for saying that the photos cannot capture the atmosphere at Lupaia.
To pleasantly "feel" the atmosphere of a place, in a different way from what we saw on photograps, is exactly what we also hope to find when we make our own travels! Thank you again, Matteo and Lupaia staff.
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2013

We loved every minute of our stay, from the home cooked fresh food, peaceful surroundings and attentive staff. You need to drive to get there but plenty of things to visit within a reasonable distance.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Lupaia, Manager at Lupaia, responded to this review, 6 October 2013
Dear BelfastBelle84, thank you for having reviewed our Hotelito and we are happy you spent a nice time with us. We look forward to welcoming you back here soon! Kind regards, Matteo
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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2013

We spent a week at Lupaia with a large group of family and friends -- celebrating life and, for my wife and I, 25 years of marriage. If you check out the website, you will see the pastoral setting and each room that is literally a work of art. If you return (and you will) -- ensure that you stay in a different room -- each one is unique and has something that you will love about it.

We had incredible food on our trip -- but NOTHING better than that prepared by Franco, Claudia, Enza and company -- from the breakfast buffets (and yes, they took requests), to the incredible Tuscan buffets.

Finally, all of the above was not the best part of the trip. After spending a week with our hosts, it felt like we left part of our family behind. We have the pictures, but we know that we will have to return (for a third time :)). Truly, a magical, never to forget experience -- if you are in Tuscany -- ensure that you stay at Lupaia -- you will NOT regret it.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Lupaia, Manager at Lupaia, responded to this review, 6 October 2013
Dear Steve and Melinda, it is always with great pleasure that we think of you and your nice family!
A big hug from all of us :)
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Florence, Italy
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5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

We spent 4 nights here not really knowing what to expect. From the wonderful attentive staff , to the lovely rooms, to the beautiful scenery and the peacefullness...all made it a very memorable time. It is a quaint place that feels like you are with family. We borrowed the bikes and rode to a nearby city and had a cooking lesson with the chefs. They were there for you in whatever you needed! Would love to go back!,

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lupaia, Manager at Lupaia, responded to this review, 28 July 2013
Thank you Sandy for your wonderful review! It is a pleasure to know you appreciated Lupaia, the familiar attitude of the place and its scenery and peacfullness! We really look forward to welcoming you soon to Lupaia during your next visit in Tuscany! With kind regards, Matteo and Lupaia Staff.
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Property: Lupaia
Address: Localita la Lupaia N. 74, 53049, Torrita di Siena, Italy (Formerly Hotelito Lupaia)
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Torrita di Siena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Torrita di Siena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking the rolling hills of Tuscany, set between Montepulciano and Pienza, this small Borgo features a unique combination of nature and history, blended in total harmony. Set on a small hilltop, Hotelito Lupaia offers enchanting views over the surrounding hills and medieval villages from all its charming rooms and suites. Each accommodation has an independent entrance and either a private terrace or garden, featuring all modern comfort, while being unique in its style, decoration and details. ... more   less 
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Hotelito Lupaia Hotel Montepulciano
Lupaia Province Of Siena, Italy - Tuscany

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