We stayed in Sarteano for 8 days in room 108 (half board).
As mentioned by other reviewers this hotel is a gem: beautiful garden, nice pool, spacious, friendly personnel, good location, clean rooms.
When we arrived there was a honeymoon party going on. Quite surprising but very amusing. During the weekend they are organising weddingbuffets. As they have good isolation firedoors you don't have any noise from this feast.
Staf speaks only Italian which is inconvenient but at the same time it is a major charm of this hotel. They are trying to communicate by all means and they are very happy if you try some Italian words. Charming.
As they run this hotel as a family and they are doing everything you will find the reception empty ... just like it has to be in a family hotel.
The family also makes wine (tasty) and olive oil which you can buy.
Food is served at 20:00 sharp. Sometimes we came back from a trip a few minutes earlier and we had to jump into the restaurant. Quite strange ... but charming ... because fresh tasty food is served right out of the cooking pots. The menu is varying and we ate everything (if you don't like the dishes ... you can always eat à la carte but then you have to pay extra ... but I cannot believe you don't like the menu ... hmmmmm). When you buy drinks by the bottle they keep the rest for the next day ... ideal for buying wine or a bottle of Coca Cola for the kids. One of the waitresses (Rita) stole our hearts.
Sometimes in the morning they started a fire in their grill and pizza oven to have enough heat in the evening to prepare delicious food.
Housekeeping was doing a good job, fresh sheets every two days. They're doing laundry in the hotel ... and it dries in the garden.
Rooms were clean and spacious enough. Domotica was installed, surprising. One minor point ... we only had two electrical sockets in our room ... and that is too less when you have to load a camera, cell phones, computer, ... so we had to plan our "loadings".
In the lobby there's internet access available (not free).
Guests can go to the top of the tower where you have a view over the regioin.
There's sufficient safe parking around the hotel.
There's a little playground for the children.
We will go back ... we can surely reccomend this hotel if you like the charmes of a family bussiness.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is situated in the centre of the Tuscany region betwen Valdorcia and Valdichiana within easy reach of places for daily exursions by car,numerous artistic towns small interesting medievale towns like:- Siena - one hour, Orvieto - half an hour, Florence - one hour, Assisi - one hour, Rome less than two hours, Perugia - one hours, San Gimignano - less than two hours. These following places can be reached in less than an hour:- Pienza,Montepulciano,San Casciano Dei Bagni,San Quirico,Citta della Piece,Radicofani,Val D'Orcia,Lago Trasimeno,Castiglion del Lago,Cetona and Monte Amiata. The hotel offers a splendid and witde-ranging view on the beautiful Tuscan landscape. It's surrounded by a charming garden with an elegant swimming pool. It s structure has been recently renovated bringing together both an old Tuscan style with the most up-to-date and modern conveniences. Everi room is furnished with bathroom, TV, telephone, air-conditioning and terrace. The restaurant, run directly by the owners,offers a wide range of typical Tuscan dishes including home-made pastry such as. pici, pappardelle, lasagne, and potato gnocchi. A wood-burning oven makes it possible to enjoy grilled meat and fish specialities as wel as cooked pizzas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel La Lanterna Sarteano, Tuscany, Italy