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Villa Armena Luxury Relais
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Buonconvento
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 January 2014

Great base for getting to know Tuscany. The staff was excellent:Edoardo, Elena and Laura thank you very much for your kindness!
The room was extremely comfortable, warm and very welcoming. The bathroom was simply to die for. It was really nice to be in such a beautiful hotel- super comfy bed, ETRO amenities, floor to cealing marble bathrooms, excellent Wi-Fi. Everything is quality. We are fans and we'll always choose Villa Armena over any other hotel in Tuscany!

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

We stayed for two nights just after the new year and the experience was outstanding. Great staff, Great food and a great property in a perfect location. We will definitely stay there again! The restoration of this Villa was very impressive. The glass in the bathroom was so clean my girlfriend ran into it. Which was hilarious!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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edo7819, Proprietario at Villa Armena Luxury Relais, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2014

Dear Couf214

thank you for your review of Villa Armena.
We are really happy you enjoyed your stay with us and that you have appreciated the good work of our maids. They are priceless and to a sterling job at all times. Because of course hygiene and cleanliness are crucial and of top importance to us.

See you some time soon hopefully

Kind regards

Edoardo

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Reviewed 7 January 2014

This Hotel is one of those places you just wish to stay inside and spend many days. The room we stayed in was a big suite and the bathroom was done in a really modern way, with great taste, the bathtub and the shower were worth spending hours just relaxing. We had a little terrace and they were very kind not to charge us for the roomservice when we ordered breakfast in the bedroom. The restaurant is great, the food is delicious and the somelier was a really lovely lady who helped us choose a great bottle of wine and taught us a lot about Tuscan Wines. We had a short but amazing experience there, and would definetly go back.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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edo7819, Proprietario at Villa Armena Luxury Relais, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2014

Wow Mimi C!
What a great review!

It was a pleasure for us to welcome you guys and we are really happy that you have enjoyed your stay.

See you soon!

Edoardo

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Reviewed 4 January 2014

The location is truly romantic and well placed for those wanting to visit Tuscany. The rooms are more than comfortable and original. The decor keeps with the tuscan tradition yet with very modern bathrooms.The huge renovation is trully succesful. We spent three nights including NYE and had an excellent stay. The NYE meal and wine were refined and of excellent quality. The owners are very welcoming and always available to give advice on things to do and discover.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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edo7819, Proprietario at Villa Armena Luxury Relais, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2014

Thank you very much for your beautiful review of Villa Armena Alienore.
We hope to see you guys again very soon!

Edoardo

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Reviewed 4 January 2014

Villa Armena Relais and Beauty Farm (hotel) - It isn’t possible to convey what a delight it was to stay at Villa Armena. We were treated like family by Edoardo, his wife Elena, and Edward’s mother, the incomparable Laura! We arrived early one afternoon after a drive from Roma. The drive to the villa from the main road is absolutely stunning. You’re surrounded by Tuscany, literally and figuratively. The drive was a joy and one we would do a few times each day as we went about exploring the fabulous countryside. We were met by Edoardo and led to our room, which was spectacular - comfortable, warm, and large with a bathroom fit for a king. It was so lovely I was concerned they had showed us to the wrong room! Our stay there was the high point of our two-week trip to Italia in early June 2013. The villa is on a hilltop that is so peaceful, tranquil, and beautiful that you lose track of time. You can sit at some tables and look out over the hills and valleys. We could see the Abbazzi de Monte Oliveto Maggiore - we had the pleasure of attending Sunday Mass there, during our visit. We spent hours driving around the hills of Buonconvento, getting lost here and there and discovering sights and sounds that will be with us forever! The villa itself is a stunning place with grounds to match. But what was most enjoyable about our stay was the villa’s staff. So warm and friendly, always willing to help. In fact, Edoardo set up a lunch for us in Montalcino that was just spectacular. He gave us driving directions and finished with his usual flourish of “… it couldn’t be easier…” and he was right, as usual! We’ve had the good fortune to stay in some spectacular hotels around the world, but none compares to our experience at Villa Armena Relais, not even a Four Seasons hotel. This is a truly special place run by truly special, warm, inviting, fabulous people. It goes without saying, but let me state if for the record, we highly recommend staying at the Villa Armena Relais. Forgo your thoughts of staying anywhere else in the region. The Villa is the place to go; you will be delighted you did! However, I’ll warn you there is one significant downside to staying at the Villa Armena Relais...leaving. Although our departure was handled as smoothly as our arrival, we left with the same pain one has when leaving family after a wonderful visit. In fact, my husband wanted to forgo our visit to Venice in order to stay at Villa Armena longer! We recovered from our sad goodbye, but only well after Firenze on our drive to Padua. We miss Edoardo, Elena, and Laura. We look forward to returning to Villa Armena Relais again, again, and again.

Villa Armena (dinner & wine tasting) - Since we had just driven from Roma the day we arrived we thought it wise to just eat at the Villa’s restaurant to make things easier on us. We had experienced some spectacular meals during our stay in Roma and at our lunch in Orvieto. We could not imagine how any meal could top those. In fact, we said to ourselves, "Let’s just eat here tonight and then we can explore other restaurants in the region the other nights of our stay." The restaurant, like the rest of the villa is just beautiful and creates a soft, warm, inviting atmosphere for you to enjoy some of the most wonderful meals you will eat while in Italia. At our first meal we were treated to some of the best food we had during our visit to Italia. Nadia, the chef, puts out dishes that bested the two Michelin-starred restaurants we ate in during our trip. Villa Armena offers truly amazing cuisine! We also had the great fortune to meet Federica and Laura. Federica was the most warm and attentive server. It seemed like she knew just when we were ready for the next course. She was extremely knowledgeable about the menu, which allowed her to make some wonderful recommendations. Her English was impeccable and she and Laura were both more than willing to teach me and my husband more Italian, which was a joy. Laura, the sommelier of the villa, was a real treat. We benefited from her incredible knowledge of Italian wines and felt her passion for serving her guests at each and every meal, to include breakfast. Laura provided us a recommendation of a Brunello di Montalcino with our meal and that began our new life-long passion for Italian wines. She took great care to listen to what we wanted in a wine and then explain the various wines she recommended for us. We went to bed that night deliriously happy being at Villa Armena, and that experience was replicated each and every day of our stay.

The next morning we had our first experience with breakfast at the villa. We were not expecting much, and again we were stunned with the service, the selection, and the food. The villa put out a lovely buffet spread across several tables in the dining room for breakfast. We were led to “our table” and had a slow, relaxing time eating a nice breakfast of fresh cured meat, hard boiled eggs, cheeses, breads, freshly squeezed fruit juice, assorted fruits, and coffee. There was also a breakfast menu of foods made-to-order, but we were more than content with the buffet.

We also had the distinct pleasure of having a wine tasting with Laura; what a treat. She is wonderful, so full of passion for what she does. We learned some lessons about local wines, Montalcino in particular, and of course, the wines of her beloved Piemonte - the Barolo! Laura, we miss you and think of you often as we drink our Brunello di Montalcino, our Super Tuscan, and our Barolo!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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edo7819, Proprietario at Villa Armena Luxury Relais, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2014

Hello kbpc2013!
We should really say WOW reading your fantastic review!!

Thank you SO much for all your kind words and for your kindness.
We are delighted you have enjoyed your visit so much and of the fact that you have great memories of your time at Villa Armena.
Come back soon!!

Edoardo

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Reviewed 27 December 2013

We stayed in this hotel as part of our honeymoon.
We were expecting this to be our highlight moment. Fail!
Despite Tuscany will remain the highlight of our honeymoon, Villa Armena failed to deliver on it's promises. Upon arrival we were impressed by the location and the hotel itself. It is a wonderful old building rebuilt with a modern taste.
The owner greeted us by offering a glass of wine...which we ended up paying 15$ a glass. Talk about a memorable greeting!
The room was outstanding and very modern for such an old building. Nothing to complain there, but at 335 euros a night (breakfast included), it was expected.

However, it turned out not to be a very welcoming, cozy place.
the restaurant served okay food, but was very dark, with no view and no ambiance. It was also very expensive for what was offered.. there are much better options for food (and sorry to say lodging) in the region.

The pool, on a good note is outstanding with a view of the picture perfect Tuscan scenery. It would have been even better if the pool was heated as the temperature was cooler during our stay.

it is a bit out of Buoconvento, and very difficult to access by a dirt road, specially when it is dark at night and you return from visiting the region.

It was nice, but we think for the price you pay, you could find somewhere with more convenience or more charm elsewhere.

Since our visit last June, to our surprise, the hotel became part of the small luxury hotels of the world.

Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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edo7819, Proprietario at Villa Armena Luxury Relais, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2013

Dear martinlessard good morning,

and thank you for your review of Villa Armena.
We are always grateful when a guest takes the time to write about his/her own experience with us.
Having said that we are a little bit puzzled by your score of 3.
You wrote that you were impressed by the locatron when you arrived.
You wrote that the Villa itself is a wonderful building.
You described the room AND the pool AND the view as outstanding.
Your only criticism is for the alleged "darkness" of the restaurant. ("Darkness" that we like to refer to as romantic atmosphere actually.....).
So really I'm not sure I understand where the problem is.

On a different note: you are right, a couple of weeks ago we have become a Small Luxury Hotel of the World and of course we are very proud and excited to be part of such an important brand. I'm sure you will be very pleased to know that this year we have also won the "Stanze Italiane" award, an extremely prestigious award given by the famous "Touring Club italiano". And to top it all off our restaurant, Il Sorbo Allegro, after only a little over 1 year of trading, has been included in the famous Bibenda Guide (the guide to the best wines and restaurants of Italy of the Italian Association of Sommeliers) for 2014. With the highest score of the whole of the Montalcino area. Isn't it fantastic ?

Anyway thanks again for yor review, we hope to be able to welcome you again very soon, I promise we will putmore candles on your table this time :-).

Kind regards

Edoardo Giacone

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Reviewed 3 December 2013

Spent 3 nights with entire family (7). Eduardo, Elena, and Lara could not have been more accommodating. Renewed our vows in lovely setting with family all around. Had magnificent wedding feast. Breakfasts in the restaurant were wonderful. The interior details of the house were tasteful and magnificently detailed. Every room we had was lovely. This is a gem of a hotel hidden away in the countryside. Was perfect for family but would be perfect for couples getaway as well. Everyone loved it. Hope to be back some day.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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edo7819, Proprietario at Villa Armena Luxury Relais, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Ciao Kelly M!!

How are you guys ???
It was such a pleasure to welcome you last year and of course such an honour to be officiating at your vows renewal...I surely have great memories of that day.
A big hug to the entire family and, hopefully, see you soon!

Edoardo

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Address: Localita San Domenico Armena SNC, 53022, Buonconvento, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Buonconvento
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Buonconvento
Price Range: £105 - £266 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the romantic heart of Tuscany, only 20 minutes from Siena, only a stone’s throw from Montalcino and Val d’Orcia, in a fairytale world exuding magic and beauty, Villa Armena is a late Renaissance structure. Built of red brick, with original oak beams and roof, and having terracotta floors and a beautiful Italianate garden, Villa Armena today is an exclusive establishment with just 10 rooms, each one unique, where service, attention to detail and exclusivity are the cornerstones of our offering. ... more   less 
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