La Lanterna is a very good hotel located south of Siena. The area is calm but the small town center of Sarteano (less than 2 kms) has all the facilities you would need.
The hotel is run by the family, who is also producing wine (pretty good by the way) and olive oil. The rooms are excellent but size may be very different, the best ones being the ones situated in the tower. We had a first a small room but after request we were changed to a much larger room. The hotel is quiet, but this should be the case in almost all Tuscan hotels since people are away most of the time (and Tuscany visitors are, in average, much more civilized than the ones in other areas).
The hotel pool is quite large compared to its size, it has a nice view on the country. There is a very little playground and it seems it is possible to to some horseback riding.
We found the restaurant to serve good food. We had some sophisticated dishes (e.g. seafood) that we did not get in the previous hotel we stayed in. The drawback is it is fixed menu, so if you don't like one dish... It was not our case but might cause an issue.
About the people, it is hard to say since we do not speak Italian and owners do not speak any French or English or Dutch. Communication was limited to the minimum. One thing to note is since it is family run, the service is not as professional as it would be in a 3 stars. We did not care about it but it might annoy some of you (like nobody is sitting at the reception, so you need to find out somebody in the building... this is what happened when we checked in, it was strange since we had the feeling to have entered a phantom vessel :-); at the end we also received a bottle of wine.
The hotel is ideally situated to visit the south part of Tuscany (as of Siena): Montepulciano, Pienza, Arezzo, Cortone, Montalcino... adn why not Roma which is 175 kms away (we took 1h30 to reach the city). For Firenze area, this might not be the best option (we stayed one week in val d'Elsa area to cover Firenze, San GImignano, Pisa, Volterra etc...).
In conclusion, I would say I would rate the hotel higher than 3 stars, the only point you could argue about is the service but since this is not a criteria for us, we really enjoyed the hotel and recommend it for adults wishing to visit this wonderful region.
- 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