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La Bandita
Ranked #11 of 33 Pienza B&B and Inns
NYC
1 review
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“exquisite”
Reviewed 26 August 2007

La Bandita is the most exquisite place in the heart of Tuscany and it is the kind of hotel you cannot believe exists because it is truly a jewel in the midst of the most endless gorgeous land. There is privacy amidst a wonderful social atmosphere, as the hosts make you feel like a special guest, and seem genuinely enthusiastic about sharing their recommendations about everything from wine to restaurants to the quickest way to get from here to there. The rooms and the pool are breathtaking and the sophisticated ambiance is combined with a warmth that is remarkable. A must for any traveler who craves a chic and special small hotel.

  • Liked — location, hosts
  • Disliked — i loved everything about it
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2007

Having read about La Bandita in this month's Vanity Fare magazine (rave review), my husband and I booked ourselves in for 2 nights at La Bandita as part of our wedding anniversary celebration, and without our kids.
While the old barn/farmhouse has been beautifully restored with a modern twist, our experience was far from other reviews we had read both in the media and on Tripadvisor (it is no coincidence that one of the owners is a travel writer with Conde Nast- hence the rave media reviews, I suspect).
The owners are charming and very hospitable and helpful, offering lots of tips for local trips and restaurants etc. The problem lies with the accommodation... this is not a hotel but rather a nice 7 bedroom villa. The first sign of a possible problem was when we were shown to our room - right off the kitchen living-room. We could literally hear every drawer being opened, every step, every slight noise. While the place is minimally done up it doesn't help that there are no soft furnishings so every noise echoed hugely. As the only other guests were two families with very young children - who never moved outside of the kitchen living area the entire 48 hours we were there - we felt incredibly uncomfortable. Forced into our room as they commandeered the only living area, we felt like prisoners in our room . The room was nicely done up - great bathroom- but somewhat impractical - a double bed raised from the ground with a sunken bath behind the bedhead which meant a precarious trip to the bathroom during the night!
La Bandita is in the middle of nowhere - a very rocky drive every time you leave and come back- so we had hoped to dine in one night (as we had reserved), only to be told that the other 2 families with kids had priority. There is only one dining table in the kitchen so you had to eat all meals together. So no chance for a romantic dinner for 2 or even to have breakfast alone.
Awful. expensive. (600 euro for 2 nights - not a cent off even though the owner knew and acknowledged it had been a miserable experience)..don't go here expecting a hotel. He may rent it out next summer to a group which is what would make it work. A hotel? Absolutely not. Huge disappointment.

  • Liked — Bathroom
  • Disliked — Noise levels and lack of privacy
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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25 Thank Aislingt
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Jeffersonville NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2007

La Bandita is a spectacular hotel! We had an amazing stay there and the location is breathtakingly beautiful. The vibe is very relaxed. You feel as if you are staying at the house of a fabulous friend with impeccable taste. The rooms are spacious and light with high ceilings and very tastefully decorated.

The hotel has the most wonderful views of tuscany and the pool is one
of the highlights as well. I highly recommend staying there.

Stayed July 2007
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NYC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2007

What a dream. In our travels we yearn for rustic luxury, refined sensibility and sophisticated yet casual hospitality and we are rarely satisfied on all accounts. But La Bandita delivered absolute bliss in all respects. It's so perfectly curated; so simply beautiful, comfortable and peacefully fun you want to do nothing but stay and experience the place. There are so many delicious impressions--the light strewn rooms where each window frames it's own charming portrait of the landscape; the ideally placed infinity pool, the yummy food served so festively in a dinner-party manner; the lovely, knowledgeable proprietors and so many other details that I could go on forever. We will certainly return and return again...

  • Liked — locale, luxurious accomodations, proprietors
  • Disliked — road up a bit difficult to navigate--but doable!
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank CGgirl
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brooklyn, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2007

Tavelling through Italy for 3 weeks, we spent 2 nights at La Bandita and it was one of the highlights of our whole trip. The hotel is a beautiful combination of rustic beauty and contemporary luxury. And it's in a stunning location (w/ an infinity pool looking out over the Tuscan hills!). The food was great, too--they have family-style meals a few nights a week. And the owner had a lot of great recommendations about sights to see in the area, and restaurants in the nearby towns.
I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Liked — location & informal luxury
  • Disliked — the winding road up to the property is a bit difficult
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank NYmatt
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New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2007

we were told about La Bandita by a friend and fell in love with it through the photos on their website. None of those photos prepared us for the real-life beauty of the views and the hotel itself. The owners, John and Ondine, could not have been more fantastic, offering advice, directions (and a pre-programmed GPS!), and unbelievable hospitality. We also had delicious meals prepared by their on-premises chef, and of course the wine was incredible. The rooms are elegant and comfortable with exquisite linens, as are the bathrooms.
It was a truly memorable stay in a beautiful part of Italy, with access to all of the amenities of the area.
HIGHLY recommended!!!

Stayed June 2007
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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 33 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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