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“Bad Fridge and Air-conditionning”

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Fontebussi Tuscan Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cavriglia
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Bad Fridge and Air-conditionning”
Reviewed 24 August 2010

Nice area. We stayed in the tower, 3rd floor. Nice balcony, grea view. Nice little room on two floors. However, air-conditionning doesn't cool down the upper floor - far too hot to sleep well! Fridge takes well over 12 hours to make drinks cold. (Reception didn't believe us when we told them.) Good service in day-time snack area, terrible service in restaurant, where you have to eat because nothing else around.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 13 August 2010

My friend and I stayed here for a few days - it was a pleasant place to stay in, the food in the restaurant was very good, although the menu is a bit limited if you plan to eat there every night for a longer stay. The breakfast was extensive and good, refreshed constantly.

The rooms were nice, although you can hear the echoes of people talking loudly and banging heavy doors at times when you might still wish to be asleep, which is a bit frustrating as you are in a place way out of the cities and towns that you expect to be quiet (but this is the other guests, not the hotel itself, and this problem can be found in a lot of other places).

The bathrooms are spacious, and complimentary toiletries are provided.

The pool is beautiful, although it was being cleaned the day we arrived so we could not use it, and after that we were off busy sightseeing on other days.

We found this to be a reasonably good base for exploring towns nearby (Gaiole in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, Castellina), and further afield (San Gimignano, Volterra - go to both of these!)...yes the latter were a bit of a drive, but that is good because you see more of the region.

The photos of the hotel on the internet are accurate - although there is a large powerline running through the view from the restaurant which does not seem to show up in any of the photographs!

WiFi/internet access is a bit on the expensive side at EUR 5 for half an hour - this is dictated by the hotel's rural location and access to the internet, and therefore beyond their control, but something that potential guests should be aware of.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2010

We stayed here in the first week of July and enjoyed our visit. The Fontebussi is beautiful-and the property (including the pool) are beautifully maintained and the Tuscan views are outstanding. Our room was quite small and the bath/shower very difficult for my tall husband . The restaurant was outstanding, with excellent service and food. The negatives were that the hotel was extremely far away from the area which we visited during our day trips (Siena, Volterra, San Gimignano) which meant a lot of driving over winding roads and that the hotel itself is difficult to find - more signage would be an asset coming from the A1 highway. We enjoyed our stay nevertheless!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled on business
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Breda, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 25 September 2009

Fontebussi is an old hamlet that has been turned into a hotel with restaurant and apartments. It's beautifully done; great gardens, nice buildings well restored, a fitnessbuilding, a conference hall, and 2 magnificent pools.
Our 1 year old son could play in de childerens pool without us worrying. It was like a shallow bowl with a soft floor. Absolutely perfect.
The staff was allways ready to help and freindly (even at this end of the season period).

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled on business
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York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2009

We couldn't have picked a better place to stay, it was fantastic !

The views are spectacular especially from the restaurant. Our room was in the main block but it was so quiet and peaceful. The room itself was incredibly dark as we only had a small door opening out on to the terrace but that helped given the heat. Do make sure you close your doors and use the air con before dusk hits though as we were bitten to death by mosquitos.

We didn't have any problems with building work or any evidence of land levelling either.

The pool is huge with plenty of sunbeds and there is a small snack bar open during the day.

The restaurant is open every night except Mondays and the food is incredible. The price is really reasonable too when you consider the view, the presentation and quality of food. We wish we'd eaten here again as other "cheaper" places turned out to actually be more expensive in terms of what you got for your money.

The restaurant at breakfast is another matter as you get plagued by wasps so you can't really eat outside and take full advantage of the weather and the beautiful views.

The staff are friendly and very helpful, we needed train times to Florence and the man at reception printed out times for us and told us how to get to the local train station of Montevarchi where we could park for free.

We visited Pisa, Lucca and Florence whilst staying here and although it was a fair trek to all, we couldn't have picked a better place to stay.

I would certainly go back, tomorrow in fact, if I could !

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2009

We stayed here for a much-needed week of relaxation, Tuscan food and sight-seeing. When we arrived we were told that the restaurant would be closed to guests on that night due to another function. This was very disappointing, as the nearest restaurant was a five minute drive away and this meant one of us sticking to the soft drinks.
Our first room was above the restaurant and was very noisy, we were kept awake until 1 am. We complained the next morning and were moved without any fuss to another room, which was much better.
The pool area was lovely. Lots of space and great views of the hills and local village. Unfortunately the peace did not last for long. A noisy truck went up and down the hill behind the pool all day. We were told that they are levelling the land for the construction of a new spa. This is great for the guests of the future, but really any construction work should be happening in the winter or off-season. We got used to the noise eventually, but this again was a disappointment.
We ate in the resturant on 2 occasions and the food was fantastic. The breakfast is buffet-style and the waitress will make you cappuccinos/ espressos etc.
We went to several tourist destinations whilst staying here- Siena, Arezzo, Assisi and Orvieto. It was a good base as it is reasonably close to major roads.
On the final night, we were again told that the restaurant would be closed to hotel guests. This was due to a wedding reception using the hotel. I came to the conclusion that this hotel does not put it's guests first. It would probably shut its restaurant to guests every night if it had a better offer. It really needs to have a separate area of the restaurant that is open to guests EVERY night.
On the plus side, the hotel is beautiful with amazing views and lovely grounds. The rooms are all air conditioned and the staff are helpful.
It needs to sort out certain aspects of it's business for me to start recommending this hotel to friends/ family.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Haifa, Israel
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68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2008

Me and my wife spend our honeymoon at the hotel,
we travell to Tuscany, Italy at May,2007.
The tuscant valley is the romantic place on earth from my opnion of view.
The villa that we've get has two floors.
At the 1'st floor we've get:
* a kitchen (with refrigerator,dishwasher, electrical stove and all the stuff we need in the kitchen)
* a living room with satellite TV.
* a bathroom with a shower and a toilete.
At the 2'nd floor we've get:
2 bedrooms (all room have separate bathroom).

The hotel is so beautiful with swimming pool, restaurant and a beutifull view.

We can't describe the filling, we have the time of our life !

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  • Stayed May 2007, travelled solo
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Property: Fontebussi Tuscan Resort
Address: | Loc. Fontebussi, 52022, Cavriglia, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cavriglia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cavriglia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Fontebussi Tuscan Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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