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“Charming place; Great location; Lovely hosts”
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Palazzo alle Mura
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Poggibonsi
Reviewed 27 July 2014

We stayed here for 5 nights in early July with 2 adults and 2 children.

We chose this place based on location, air conditioning and free wifi.

We were able to do day trips to Florence (45 mins), Siena (30 mins), Chianti region (30-60 mins depending on where you go), San Gimignano (15 mins). Overall we were happy with the central location. The village is also nice and boasts a castle (Rocca di Staggia) which is worth visiting. There is a supermarket about a 15 min walk (5 min drive) away which we frequented. Closer than that are a gelateria, cafés, pizzeria, and restaurants.

The air conditioning worked well and the wifi connection was pretty good. There was a bit of a dead zone in the bedroom and the connection was occasionally lost but could be easily reestablished by walking back to the main room.

The building is built into the old city walls which lends some charm as the wall is exposed within the building. Each room is named after a nearby town. We stayed in the Volterra room. Regardless of which room you stay in you have to walk up about 2 flights of stairs.

Our room was charming with an exposed stone wall, solid wood doors, windows with solid wood frames and shutters and little lacy curtains. There is a main room w kitchenette, dining table, and sitting area. There is a separate bedroom and bathroom.

The kitchenette is a little dated and has solid wood cabinetry. There is a mini fridge, a small stove (3 burners), a toaster oven, and a sink. Note that there isn't a microwave. There are cooking pots and utensils including an espresso pot and plenty of dishes and cutlery. We had breakfast and dinner there almost every night. We used the toaster oven extensively to toast bread, bake zucchini, bake veal chops, etc. All of our meals turned out wonderfully.

The dining table is solid wood and has 4 chairs. The sofa converts to a bed which is a reasonable size. Our kids, aged 10 and 8 slept there without complaining. There is also a safe deposit box and TV in the living area. We were able to find an English language music channel (MTV music) and a couple of other channels which could be heard in English if you changed the audio settings.

The bedroom has a large bed, about king size, a solid wood wardrobe w extra pillows and blankets, a solid wood chest of drawers w mirror, a TV, and a closet. The bed is really 2 beds pushed together and it is somewhat noticeable in the middle and there's a slight slope to the bed. However this did not stop either of us from getting a good night's sleep.

The bathroom looked to be newly renovated and was large and bright with a shower, sink, toilet, and bidet. There was a hair dryer in a drawer and shampoo packets and soap provided. The shower was a reasonable size and large compared to the other places we stayed in Italy. The shower head was an adjustable hand shower and had good pressure and good hot water.

The room was made and towels exchanged once during our stay. There was a laundry facility available. We didn't use it but it looked to be complimentary.

Regarding parking, there is lots of free parking adjacent to the building.

The facility is family-run and everyone was lovely and accommodating. We would certainly recommend staying here and wouldn't hesitate staying here again.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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5  Thank TravellerWithTwoKids
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

Thanks Sara for a great stay.
Your property is by far the nicest we stayed on this trip - and the others were also great.
After the first night I double checked my reservation because I couldn't believe that the price was for the whole stay - I was worried I had got something wrong. The pictures on the website don't show the beauty of the place well enough - it is even nicer.
We stayed in the "San Gimignano" apartment with 5 children and we felt it was very spacious.
It is one of several different sized apartments in a picturesque building in the ancient town of Staggia-Senese. The location is great for day trips by car. Very close to Firenze, Pisa and Siena and the town is quiet and lovely. Very good gelateria 2 minutes from the property.
Everything was spotless clean and well equipped. The freezer was a little small but the Sara the owner was kind enough to take our frozen food to her own freezer. There is free parking on the street, but because we had a big car Sara let us use her private parking.

Sara was really welcoming and gave us some good tips as well. Grazie Mille!

We will definitely be back soon.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank Yankie100
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

We - myself, my wife and 11 year old daughter - recently stayed at the Palazzo Alle Mura. We were in Italy for a 2 week long vacation. We had booked "villa" in Lucca area. It turned out to be lot less than what was promised online. I frantically searched for a place to stay near Siena and this Palazzo Alle Mura was one of the places shortlisted. Among the places we contacted, Sara from Palazzo Alle Mura was the fastest to respond. She offered a 1 bed room apt with additional sofa bed in the kitchen at a decent price (below Euro 100 per night - all inclusive). Location seemed OK - we realized that it is better to stay nearer to Siena if we wanted to see the beautiful hill towns of Tuscany and explore the wine growing regions in the Chianti hills. So we moved in to Palazzo Alle Mura. Frankly the expectations were not that high.

When we reached, Sara was there for check-in. She helped us with setting up wifi, showed us how to operate the free washer/dryer in the building, gave us directions to the closest supermarket (200M away), free parking (right in front of the hotel), etc.

The Palazzo Alle Mura is within the walled city of Staggia. It is actually part of one of those original old buildings that were part of the historic walled city. But when we got in to the apartment - we had the Volterra apt - it was spacious, clean and had updated furnishings and fittings. Not an old stuffy place - very updated setting. Bathrooms are very clean, modern and functional. The kitchenette was good. Everything worked - the wifi, the laundry room washer/dryer, the fridge, oven, hot plates, heating system, shower, the intercom based security/access system, etc. I am highlighting this point because that is not always the case if you go to one of these very old buildings. The sofa bed was large and very comfortable for our daughter - 2 adults cud comfortably sleep on that.
Staggia is a old sleepy town. It is close Poggobonsi - on the way from Florence to Siena, very close to Siena. There is nothing much to do in Staggia. There are some reasonably priced restaurants/bars near bye. But if u are in to nightlife scene, this is not the place for you. You could get to Siena in less than 30 minutes though. But if you want a nice little base to explore the hill towns of Tuscany and the wine growing areas in Chianti - this is the most ideal base. Palazzo Alle Mura is right on SR2. Monteriggioni is 5 minutes away. San Gimignano, Volterra, Greve, Castellina, etc are 20-40 minutes away. The country roads are beautiful. Then if you take the SR2 (kind of 2 lane country road) which passes right in front of Palazzo Alle Mura towards South, you can go to Montepulceano. That is South of Siena. The drive along SR2/SP146 is one of the most picturesque drives in Tuscany - almost all picture post card images of Tuscany are from that Route. So is the drive from Staggia to Volterra.

Sara - the landlord lives in one of the apts at the top floor. She is very helpful. Helped us plan our sight seeing trips.

There is a small Trattoria just 50 yards away from Palazzo Alle Mura. They
speak very little English. But great food and friendly service.

Overall, a very satisfying stay. A pleasant surprise. Anyone who wishes to stay in a small town and explore Southern Tuscany should consider this for a base - especially families with children.

  • Stayed: April 2012
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3  Thank madhavi
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Reviewed 12 December 2011

We were driving through travelling from Siena to Monteriggioni, no reservations booked in advance, and bingo there it was: this totally unexpected accomodation nestling "inside" the medieval town walls!! An elegantly furnished suite all brand new interiors in the most unusual setting.
The owners also run an equally unusual theatre/restaurant adjacent to the lodge. Unfortunately the restaurant only opens in conjunction with a show/cabaret so we couldn't try it but would almost tempted to stay on an extra night to experience it!!
There is a cooking area incorporated in the living area which only had one huge pot and little else which so warming a cup of milk for breakfast was a giggle .... so definitely recommend you eat out!

Room Tip: we slept in the annex because the main building was fully booked.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank Giacomina63
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Reviewed 20 November 2010

Great place to spend a stay in Tuscany run by a lovely young couple and so conveniently located just 10 minutes from Poggibonsi and close to the motorways, trains and buses. We hired a car in Pisa and were able to do day trips to Assisi, Cortona, Pienza and Montepulciano. From Poggibonsi we caught the train into Florence for the day and the bus to Siena another day and drove other short trips, such as Montereggioni, Volterra and San Gimignano. Palazzo Alle Mura is located in part of the old walls of Staggia so our view was across to the remains of the old castle, where we were able to do a guided tour, and also the park. There is plenty of street parking and everyone in town was very friendly. There is a great little supermarket and two restaurants both very good service and the food was great and very reasonably priced. Our apartment was very comfortable with everything supplied with the exception of the groceries, so we were able to eat in some nights testing out our Italian cooking skills. Washing machine, dryer etc all available so we were also able to catch up on the washing. This was the 2nd stay here in 2 years for my travelling companion and she will revisit I am sure very soon. They also operate a Theatre Restaurant which is within the same building, during there winter season, bringing in actors from Florence and Siena - all in Italian of course. Definitely worth a stay if you want your own space.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 May 2007

My wife and I stayed at the Palazzo alle Mura for 8 days in the spring of 2004.

It is ideally situated between Siena and Florence, right in the heart of Tuscany.

We had a rental car, and we used this hotel/apartment as a home base to visit the many, many, beautiful medieval towns in the area.

Now to the accomodation itself: This is not a hotel per se, but more like renting an apartment for the length of your stay. For us it was simply perfect. Free parking, beautiful rooms, a stunning building, a very nice young woman to deal with (who speaks several languages) whose family owns this property.

Overall it was an excellent decision for us, and we recommend the Palazzo alle Mura without hesitation.

  • Stayed: April 2004, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank CaptCanuck
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Reviewed 16 July 2006

Palazzo alle Mura is right on the edge/end of the villiage of Staggia near Poggibonsi. It is actually on the main circular one way road of the villiage. The parking offered is street parking at a couple of spots nearby and easy to get. The villiage has a good supermarket as well and a couple of restaurants.

The rooms are above average, reasonably clean, pretty quiet despite the road running right around the building on two sides. The apartment was reasonably well appointed with good showers. The kitchen comprised a bar fridge and stove. It did not have a kettle or toaster - only a very average toaster oven.

The air conditioning cost 0.80 euros per hour to run so if you are going in peak summer factor it into your budget along with the 35 euros to clean the room and 8 euros each for sheets/towels - it does add up. You think they could do the maths and work up an all inclusive price.

The Palazzo alle Mura is well positioned with both Siena and Florence close via the motorway and San Gimignano and Monteriggioni nearby as well.

  • Stayed: July 2006
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4  Thank aussieabroud
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Additional Information about Palazzo alle Mura

Address: Via Romana 4, 53036, Poggibonsi, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Poggibonsi
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Poggibonsi
#4 Luxury Hotel in Poggibonsi
Price Range: £55 - £110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Palazzo alle Mura 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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