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“Beautiful!”
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La Bandita
Ranked #11 of 32 Pienza B&B and Inns
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful!”
Reviewed 6 November 2011

Blown away by La Bandita. The hotel is beautiful and the food alone is well worth the stay. The owner provides you with an amazing packet of information that you should follow when planning your visit. The suggestions for food and wineries will not let you down - stick to that list! The on location chef will blow you away with an amazing dinner. The hotel also provides laundry, free water and soft drinks and a great wine selection. The only thing that I would change is the length you plan to stay because it won't be long enough. Can't wait to visit again in the future!

  • Stayed June 2011
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

I attended a beautiful "destination wedding" celebration at La Bandita. The wedding party took over La Bandita and the guests (about 90) stayed elsewhere, many of us in Pienza, about 20 minutes away.

The ceremony was in the afternoon at La Foce, an estate with formal gardens. The cocktails, dinner and dancing were at La Bandita with small tents set up on the top of the hill, overlooking 3 valleys. Spectacular views complete with shooting stars! Fabulous food served family style, prepared by La Bandita's chef.
There was a poolside brunch the following day. More fabulous food. Great service. Great staff.

La Bandita is at the end of a 4 km winding "strada bianca", which means that it is one lane wide and not paved. And yes, it is mostly uphill. At least the hills are beautiful!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Chicago
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2011

We stumbled upon La Bandita after a somewhat disappointing few days in the region of Chianti. Wanting the true "Tuscan" experience, with rolling hills, yellows and browns, and sheep (!), we discovered the region of Val D'Orcia not too far away and found La Bandita through terrific user reviews.

What a stroke of luck! The staff - from John (the owner) to Francesca, Paola, Marco, and Simone, immediately felt like family and were always ready to go out of their way to ensure we had the time of our lives. Because of them, we even cancelled other plans to go elsewhere in Italy just to spend more time at La Bandita...

...but you can read more about them and the property in the other amazing reviews here. We wanted to spend some time talking about perhaps our favorite part - DAVID, the chef of the house. We came to the property thinking that David was just the house chef, and we left feeling like he was our brother. First of all, the meals themselves are Michelin-class experiences, chock full of Tuscan flavors with a twist of gourmet tricks while staying grounded in homestyle comfort. Secondly, we spent a day cooking with David and learned more about the art of cooking and the culinary industry than we could've ever learned in any cooking class anywhere else. His stories of his journey to come to La Bandita, working with greats such as Gordon Ramsey, kept us laughing, shocked, and excited throughout the day, and the meal itself continues to make us smile thinking that we made all of that from scratch, with David acting as the shepherd of our experience. Our connection with David took our experience at La Bandita from "great" to "amazing - the trip of a lifetime."

We cannot wait to go back to La Bandita and to see our new friends who make it the gem that it is. We've missed it from the moment that we left.

Grazie John, Francesca, Paola, Simone, Marco, and David! See you soon!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

We had a great 4 days at La Bandita in September....it's a very special place.
The staff were both helpful & enthusiastic, nothing seemed too much trouble.
Our room was fresh and bright, furnished simply with great views.
The evening meals were lovely (pizza night was never ending!) Each evening was very different from the previous.
The wine tasting with John was well worth doing. We tried wines that we would not consider in a restaurant and learnt their fascinating backgrounds (vaguely remembered!)
Breakfast was just right after rich Tuscan evening meals - fresh fruit,yoghurt,muesli & pastries or eggs & toast if you wanted. We had an early start on our day of leaving & the full breakfast was ready, rather than the snack which we asked for!
Trip adviser asks if you'd 'recommend this place  to a friend'
Reluctantly.... yes, as we'd rather keep La Bandita for ourselves...!

Stuart & Christine

  • Stayed September 2011
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

I just returned from a 2 week trip to Tuscany with my husband and 4 year old daughter. The highlight of our trip was our stay at La Bandita! The hotel is very beautiful and peaceful and comfortable. The staff was AMAZING and took GREAT care of us. The food prepared by their chef was incredible. I cannot wait to return to La Bandita!!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Heidi60763
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2011

A truly wonderful experience staying at La Bandita. A fabulous team running the house making everyone incredibly welcome with great recommendations on local food places and things to do. The whole team could not have been more helpful. The house is beautiful as is the location and there is so much to do in the area. The dinner parties are great with a chance to meet other guests - the food was beautiful. A delightful retreat from the tourist trail.

Pauline and Paul

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2011

We stayed here as part of our honeymoon trip to Italy. There is no doubt but La Bandita has allot going for it; beautiful views, relaxing setting, friendly staff however it did not quiet live up to expectations. We stayed in one of the 'deluxe' rooms- it was an OK size, nicely decorated and the bathroom was nice but nothing particularly special. Breakfast was adequate rather than good- fresh fruit, yoghurt and pastries with no hot food option. We ate dinner at La Bandita on a couple of nights- its a set menu and the food was good, however be careful about the wine... we had a bottle of local wine recommended to us to go with our dinner- turned out we were charged €85 for that wine... we were on honeymoon so we weren't that focussed on price but when we saw the bill we did feel a bit taken advantage of! We enjoyed our stay in La Bandita but left with a sense of being overcharged and under awed.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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orners, Owner at La Bandita, responded to this review, 8 September 2011
Dear Former Guest
i was disappointed to hear that your experience at La Bandita did not live up to your expectations, especially since it was your honeymoon. We strive to provide a excellent experience to all of our guests, and feel strongly that we offer good value for the product, from free laundry, free bottled water and soft drinks and coffee, free internet, GPS devices, and well-priced gourmet meals with fine wine without a restaurant's mark up.

In this case, it seems, we failed to communicate properly with you on some of the details of our services. For instance, there is usually a note provided on all the breakfast trays delivered to the rooms that indicates we offer a cooked option at no extra charge upon request. I'm sorry that we did not make that clear.

Similarly, we should have communicated to you the price of the wine before serving it. Fine wine is a big part of the experience at La Bandita, and 85 Euros for a vintage Riserva Brunello is more than a reasonable price. But of course we do offer more affordable wines from area as well, and we should have better matched the wine to your expectations.

Also, as you note in your review, we have an excellent and attentive staff. They are eager to please and trained to handle a special request or, if necessary, a complaint. If you had indicated your surprise at the cost of the wine at the time, we would have taken it off your bill immediately, and if you had requested more at breakfast, they would have been happy to provide it.

In any case, on behalf of the team here at La Bandita we do apologize that you were not left with a good feeling and hope we get a another chance in the future to impress you.

Kind Regards from Tuscany
John Voigtmann
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Property: La Bandita
Address: Localita Podere Lucia 14, 53026, Pienza, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Pienza
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Pienza
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — La Bandita 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stylish 8-room country retreat in the beautiful Tuscany countryside. ... more   less 
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