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“Excellent hotel with beautiful views” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Villa La Malva
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Carmignano
Certificate of Excellence
Sala, Sweden
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent hotel with beautiful views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013

I just stayed at the Hotel Villa La Malva, too short.
A lovely villa with marvelous views.
I had a very tasty dinner in the restaurant, completely decorated with stone walls and chestnut beams. I was served and exquisite pasta with local mushrooms, stewed boar and a bottle of their own house wine.
The room was very clean and cozy, just as shown on the photos. In the morning, one can open the curtains and see the sun rise above the hills in front of the hotel. I had the beautiful swimming pool area just underneath my room. The area is equipped with sun chairs and decorated with palm trees.
Fresh bread and croissant, among many other things, were served at breakfast. One can choose either to sit inside or outside on the panoramic terrace, enjoying the breathtaking view of the Arno valley.
Very professional and welcoming staff.
Will definitely be back as soon as I can.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

If you want to visit the beautiful region of Tuscany by car and return 'home' every night, Villa La Malva is the right choice!
The hotel owners are extremely friendly and helpful. Breakfast, which was elaborate enough for Italian norms, was fresh every morning. We very much liked the fact that it was served outside. We asked for early breakfast twice, which was no problem at all. Kristina prepared it almost an hour early for us, two days in a row. There is also the possibility to have dinner at the villa, we did so twice and we did not regret it! The prices for a three-course meal are very reasonable, and it is home-cooked. Furthermore, it is no problem to ask for seconds (or extras)!
Our room was spatious and had a renovated bathroom. The room did get quite hot during the day, however, as the A/C only started working at 7 p.m. We had to leave it on all night, which was rather noisy. Moreover, we only had a bath (no shower) and it took a long time for the bath to fill up, as the water pressure was quite low. But we didn't let this bother us: we were able to cool off in the amazing pool, which was as clean as it was large, with a wonderful view of the hills. One other tiny point of criticism: it is difficult to park at the villa. But you can easily park in the village and walk five miunutes towards the hotel.
Poggio alla Malva is a very small town, with only one little shop, owned by very friendly people. The hotel, then, has a quiet location. On our first night, a group of teenagers did disturb the peace, but fortunately they were gone afterwards. We agree with one of the previous reviews that this must have been an isolated incident.
Considering the fact that Tuscany is an expensive region to stay, we were very happy with the value of the hotel, i.e. we got what we were looking for when we booked, a quiet and charming place to return to and relax after visiting the area.
We would definitely recommend Villa La Malva, for its excellent location to visit the wonderful cities of Florence, Pisa, Siena, Lucca, San Gimignano and Vinci (don't be afraid to go there by car - all of the important cities have large car parks outside the city walls), and even more so for its wonderful owners! When we return Tuscany, we will defitely stay at Villa La Malva again!

Room Tip: The rooms overlooking the pool, although they have the nicest view, can get quite hot during the day...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

We stayed at Villa la Malva for a week in July. The owners of the hotel are VERY helpful and friendly. You feel right at home there.

The rooms are spatious and clean, the bathroom is completely renovated. Breakfast is served outside, which is very nice. You can have dinner there every evening (if you like): the dinner is great. It's simple, but good and home-made food.

The pool is absolutely amazing: it is very clean and really big (with an amazing view over the hills!). We had the pool to ourselves most of the time.

The location of the hotel is good: you can visit all the important cities by car. Poggio alla Malva is a quiet town. There is a small grocery store near the church: they sell almost anything and you can taste (and buy) great cheese, ham and wine. I would strongly advise you to visit the store, you won’t regret it!

If you want to visit Tuscany by car and rest in a charming hotel, go for Villa la Malva!

Room Tip: The superior rooms with view over the hills can get quite hot during the day, although there is air...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Troy, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013

We stayed at Villa La Malva for two nights. We arrived on a Monday and were pleasantly surprised when they let us check in early. Since most places in the area were closed on Monday, we made reservations for dinner at the hotel. They have a beautiful pool, which we enjoyed until it was invaded by teenagers who took it over and basically forced all the hotel customers out of the pool. We believed them to be guests at the hotel at first, but at dinner, we began to think differently. We ordered a bottle of wine and proceeded to eat our dinner when the raucous group of 18 teenagers in swimsuits and towels descended on the small dining room. There was no longer a nice leisurely dinner because no one could hear the person across the table from them speak. We were paying for this dinner, and it was made highly unpleasant by this group of teens we think were there for a birthday party thrown by perhaps the child or relative of someone from the hotel. We felt the planning was simply poor. They forsook the guests' comfort to cater to these people who were not paying guests (as far as we could tell). After they ate dinner, they took over the pool again until 10 p.m.

After this first evening, I was prepared to write a terrible review of my stay, but the next morning, I met Kristina, who was not present the previous night. She catered to our every need at breakfast, went above and beyond to make a reservation for us at a winery, and did everything she could to make our stay pleasant. I should also mention that a young girl working reception the day we checked in was also extremely helpful and kind too. She printed train schedules for us and did everything she could to answer our questions.

So while our first night was somewhat unpleasant, the kindness of Kristina and the other young lady made up for the loud and unenjoyable meal. The room was nice and the view was wonderful. I'm sure the teenage crowd is an isolated incident and the rest of our stay was pleasant.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Pontypool, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2012

Good size room, very clean, large balcony with stunning views. I would not recommend staying here without a car as it is quite rural and about 4 miles on narrow twisty roads from the nearest train station at Signa, Kristina and Gabrielle who run the hotel were very helpful. Kristina speaks excellent English and nothing is too much trouble. The restaurant served very acceptable food cooked by Kristina's mother-in-law. The swimming pool, a recent addition, looked very inviting. Would recommend using the train from Signa to visit Florence, Siena and Lucca. Downsides:the plumbing in our room was not ideal, it was impossible to have a shower as the water pressure was low and the bath took ages to run. The hot tap needed a new washer and dripped excessively, although a plumber was promised early on in our stay nothing happened. This is not really a hotel for small children, or anyone with mobility problems as there are flights of steps up to the breakfast room/bar and down to the restaurant, no lift.

Room Tip: Go for a Superior room if you can, more space and fantastic views.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Devon
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2012

The rooms in this hotel are really good, a large size, clean with nice furniture. We had a very enjoyable stay although this is further from Florence than we orginally thought because of the winding roads. Taxis overcharged when they were ordered by the hotel but we managed to get a better deal from Florence when the train was cancelled. The restaurant at the hotel served homecooked food which was nice but the restaurant was very hot and the wine was poor. There is a lovely pool at the hotel but be aware this is not included in the price of your room. The owners charge 10 Euros per person per day. The hotel is currently going through some work which will look really good. However I feel that they are missing out on a few easy things to do. For example drinks/dinner by the pool. Whe we asked for drinks to have in our room on the balcony they looked very surprised and ofetn there was no one at the bar to serve you. When we asked for a recommendation for another restaurant locally they refused to tell us.
Views from the hotel were lovely and the balcony was a real bonus.

Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2012

We have just arrived back from a week long stay at the Villa La Malva - it was wonderful. The owners are so friendly and helpful, waiting up for us to arrive late on our first night and rustling up a delicious pasta dish with wine and dessert. I would say that it is not that hard to find, the village Poggio all Malva is signposted and the hotel easily spotted if you've seen the photos before arriving - the villa sits impressively down a hill over looking the valley. Our first time driving in Italy (and on the "right" side of the road) and we managed fine - the roads are steep and windy but follow the locals (toot your horn when approaching blind corners) and you'll be fine. The room was large with generous balcony (with table and chairs) over looking the hills and valley. Breakfast is served on the roof terrace and there is a delightful restaurant downstairs - our only regret is that we did't eat there more often. The pool is AMAZING and definitely worth the extra charge - even with Florence on our doorstep it was still so difficult to drag ourselves away from the pool and its view. You do need a car to stay at this hotel (and enjoy the breathtaking scenery a short drive further up the hill) but I would thoroughly recommend it as a base to drive to Florence, Lucca, Pisa etc... and don't be afraid to drive into these cities, despite what the guidebooks say. They all have buses/trams/trains to take into the centre of the city if you find spaces on the outskirts for 5-10 euros parking per day. We even found FREE parking in Lucca 10 mins walk from the entrance to the walled city. My only tip is install google translate on your phone (for the signs - that way you won't miss anything!) and read up on where you can/can't park (white bays are free in some places, for residents only in other places. Blue spaces are chargeable but void on road cleaning days.)
Above all - this hotel was great, and a perfect memorable place for me and my boyfriend to stay during a romantic trip to Florence that ended with a proposal in Fiesole at sunset. Don't think twice, just book it! (but remember to book your car too!)

Room Tip: If you get the opportunity, upgrade to a standard double - I didn't see the mini double but our...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Villa La Malva
Address: Via Fratelli Buricchi 35 | Poggio alla Malva, 59015, Carmignano, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Prato > Carmignano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Carmignano
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Hotel Class:3 star — Villa La Malva 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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