We stayed for 2 night in Montalcino at the oldest hotel in town (recently renovated thankfully!), Hotel Il Giglio. It is a family run hotel, with comfortable rooms and an excellent restaurant.
Located on a cobbled street in the centre of town, the hotel has stunning views from many of its rooms and also from some tables in the restaurant. I would highly recommend a dinner here, really excellent local cuisine and a great wine list.
The owners were for the most part friendly, but they were a little scowly on our arrival which put us off a bit.
Parking is available - when you arrive, pull up outside the hotel if you can, though it may be difficult as the street is quite narrow, or park just a little down the road. Give your car key to the owner and the car will be parked for you, and then fetched for you whenever you need it.
Our room was on the corner of the building, giving us a view in three directions - one of the cobbled street at the front of the hotel, one of the neighbouring building, and the other of the stunning Orcia valley. The view was particularly spectacular at 7am as the sun was rising and there was a thick mist hanging over the valley.
The bathroom was modern, but the shower wasn't very good - the water just dribbled out, oh well, the view made up for it!
Breakfast was included in our room rate (103 euro per night) and was quite good. We managed to nab the most scenic table both mornings and enjoyed our cereal, yoghurt and pastries whilst gazing out at the valley.
I would definitely stay at Hotel Il Giglio again when I return to Montalcino one day.
** We stayed again, for one night, in Sep 2007. Still really enjoyed it, though one of the owners was still scowly - must just be her standard facial expression! **
The Il Giglio Albergo Ristorante at Via S. Saloni N 5
Montalcino TUSCANY ITALY 53024 is located in the centre of town. There is a quiet ambiance about the place. Many of the rooms have their ceilings beautifully decorated and quite a lot of rooms offer lovely views of a Tuscan Valley below.
On each occasion we stayed there we were well looked after in a quiet unassuming way. The restaurant offers good quality well prepared meals and Mario and Michele's knowledge of wine will steer you carefully through the menu. I especially enjoyed the late afternoons looking over the valley with a glass of Brunello or two.
As with most Italian towns parking is a pain. This is eased by Mario's intimate knowledge of the town.
Position, Views unique atmosphere.
I'm not sure what the rooms are like in the main hotel, but we were given an apartment-ette in a very old building round the corner from the hotel.
This was just delightful: a large bed/sittingroom with a comfortable sofa, a small kitchenette and a beautifully decorated shower room. The door to the room was a history lesson in its own right - heavy, carved oak and probably dating from the 1600s.
I think most of the rooms in the main hotel had views out over the Tuscan countryside, to judge from the spectacular view from the restaurant. Book early if you want the utterly romantic table by the window!
We had a half-board deal, which meant we were able to eat three marvellous courses of typical Tuscan cooking. The wine list, as you'd expect in Montalcino, was superb, and we had a tremendous 1990 Super Tuscan which (for me) was one of the highlights of the trip. Forget the scenery, just gimme the wine :-)
Only downside was breakfast, but then the Italians don't really 'do' breakfast, so the croissant, coffee and jams is all you're likely to get in a place like this. But that's OK because there are lots of cafes round town for a second breakfast.
Rack rate for half board (dinner b&b for 2 people) is 134 euro.
We stayed here during our too-brief visit to Montalcino in April 2007. Fattoria dei Barbi is a top producer of Brunello wine. In addition to the wine, they have a wonderful restaurant, a caseficia (cheese making), salumeria, and the have a Brunello museum.
They have two "guest apartments" on the grounds. The one we stayed in was VERY nice, consisting of a bedroom, kitchen, bath and sitting area. Spacious, clean, and quiet. Just a few minutes outside of the town of Montalcino.
You get this beautiful apartment with a balcony overlooking the vineyard. From the apartment, you can walk to an excellent (on the property) restaurant that features local dishes. Need something lighter, the salumi and pecorino made there (not to mention the wines) are all top-notch. It's a foodie paradise.
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