Perched atop of a hill at the end of a long unpaved climbing road (narrow and with many potholes), this Renaissance Villa offers modern accomodations with fabulous views of the gorgeous countryside. The bed is firm and super comfortable, the pillows good (and you can choose different ones), the bathroom absolutely fantastic with luxury amenities. Where the Villa comes short is in the small details that international travelers might expect in a luxury propert:no turn-down service, no pool-side service, no 24 room service. Small details are also sometimes overlooked (mildew in the caulking in the corner of the shower, caller told there was no guest by such name). Overall, however, the charm of the villa wins one over.
Do not choose this property if you are nervous driving narrow roads or if you mind being far from any restaurant. The drive up the hill at night is harrowing and worst in the rain. Getting out of the parking is scary. In the winter without the beauty of the pool and short daylight hours, this property may not be on my list of ones to try.
The restaurant attempts a modern interpretation of local ingredients--small portions, very fancy, almost no selection of half wine bottles or wines by the glass. Fairly pricy for a family run restaurant. Our taste runs more to classic Tuscan simple fare but we cannot deny that the covenience of not having to drive out the first night was a plus.
Breakfast was good and offered a continental buffet as well as a menu. We observed young children being accomodated (hot water provided for baby formula) and that might be helpful to some visitors. We thought this property would attract couples but there were several of families.
The owner's family is genuinely trying and for that they deserve our praise. We suspect that they are new to the hospitality business and still learning. If you like a family run business without the details of luxury service, you will be satisfied. If you are more used to the Four Seasons kind of attention to detail, you will be disappointed.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Villa Armena Buonconvento, Italy - Tuscany