More about Locanda dell'Amorosa
Such a memorable hotel
My family of four spent two nights at this amazingly lovely hotel following two weeks on the road. We fell in love with it, from the historical buildings to the beautifully decorated common areas and rooms and lovely, well-maintained grounds. It was hard to leave each day to go on our sightseeing trips! The rooms are decorated with utmost care and design and were wonderful to relax in--although the grounds are so beautiful, one didn't want to stay inside much! The pool is unbelievably serene and restful with beautiful views, sounds of nature and comfortable chairs. While the resort was full, it never seemed busy or crowded. Very quiet, relaxing and utterly delightful. Money very well spent to pamper ourselves during our last two nights in Europe. I hope to return someday to experience this unforgettable place once more.
Great place to stay in a very good location (rural, but close to the A1 so easy to get to). Rooms are gorgeous and the setting is beautiful. Very good breakfasts. Restaurant also very good (but would recommend that you ask for the light lunch menu - they don't give it to you otherwise and the salads are very tasty). Excellent service overall.
We arrived at Locanda dell'Amorosa for a 4 night stay having just finished a week in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast. We were blown away with our stay in Ravello (The Villa Maria hotel), thinking that it would be awfully tough to suprass that experience. Well, quite honestly, the Amorosa gave it more than a good run, it blew it away! What an absolutely fabulous hotel!! The room was beautifully appointed and had a magnificent bathroom that was enormous! The grounds of the hotel were perfectly Tuscan - magnificently restored buildings with sweeping views of the countryside. The staff was extremely helpful. In addition to some wonderful restaurant suggestions, they also arranged one of our most favorite experiences of our trip, a private cooking class with Chef Walter (and his charming, translator wife). Walter is the owner/chef of La Bandita, a well known restaurant a few miles from the hotel. The restaurant at the hotel was delicious and was definitely one of our favorite dining experiences of our trip. The housekeeping staff also deserves a mention, as they were the most thorough we have ever encountered! It was if little fairies appeared in the room while we were out...any piece of clothing that was left on the floor was neatly folded and properly put away. All in addition to keeping the room and bath immaculatele! They were incredible. We honestly can not wait to book a return trip to Amorosa!
Locanda = Heaven On Earth
Good gracious, this hotel was AMAZING! We were in Italy for 10 days and stayed at 5-star hotels in Venice, Florence and Rome, and Locanda was BY FAR the best and most amazing place we stayed at our whole trip! We would recommend it without hesitation!
Grounds are just awe-inspiring...views are amazing around every nook and cranny. We stayed in 2 different rooms because the "standard rate" was only available the first night we were there, then they had to move us to a "superior room" - both rooms were HUGE with HUGE bathrooms (a rarity in Italy) and both were more than we expected. We left the hotel in the morning, and when we got back they had moved all of our things with care, and had hung up our clothes in the new room - not a single bit of work we had to do on our end. The service is sooo attentive...they spent much time with us as we wanted to map out our driving in Tuscany and find the perfect places to eat in each town.
The best thing about this place, besides beauty and service, is that they don't nickle-and-dime you every step. Free water, beverages, etc in your minibar in your room, free parking, free internet, free breakfast... Again, these things were such a relief to us after being in 3 larger cities and having to pay for every little thing.
We took tons of pictures which I will post soon, but as others have said, these pictures don't do this place justice. It is simply HEAVEN ON EARTH. My husband and I could have disappeared here forever and never returned home! Another benefit is that it never felt crowded at all - you felt like you had the whole place to yourself!
I would correct another review by saying that (if there is any downside to this hotel), it is pretty much off the beaten path and NOT a 20 minute drive to the other hill towns. Siena is 40 minutes, San Gimignano about 50 minutes, Cortona 30 minutes, Montalchino 45 minutes.... I mean these drives are beautiful and are worth the time without a doubt, but don't be overambitious when you're planning thinking that this hotel is close to it all... It is away from it all but that's what makes it AMAZING!
To sum it up, we've stayed at some of the best hotels in the world and this is one of the BEST EXPERIENCES we've ever had. Beautiful? Yes. Amazing? Yes. Quaint? Yes. Spectacular views? Yes. Good value? Yes. Heaven on earth? The closest thing we've found!
Don't hesitate to book at Locanda! You will LOVE it and your friends will not believe your pictures when you get home! Feel free to email if you have questions - we spent lots of time in Tuscany driving around and have some good recommendations if you need them.
A little bit of Eden
We stayed here last year and must say that it is one of the nicest places to stay in Italy. If you are looking for a romantic, tranquil experience then this hotel will not dissapoint.
The restaurant is excellent and you will not get bored of the menu if staying a while here and the prices are also reasonable. The location itself is amazing, set far back from any roads and with miles and miles of vineyards surrounding.
Staff were extremely helpful and even e-mailed us after we had left to give us some information on another hotel we were heading for. I will definitely be going back but will be booking in advance as this place is sure to get booked up very quickly.
Just returned from five nights at Locanda dell'Amorosa and can certainly say this is one of the best hotels we've stayed in worldwide - in fact we were only due to stay for four days and extended for an extra night as it was so perfect.
Location is great - far enough off the main roads to be quiet yet close enough to put you in easy reach of places like Siena (half an hour by new motorway). The service is personal and first-class - any request was sorted out cheerfully from restaurant bookings to directions to vineyards. Food is excellent in the restaurant - though, if we had one major criticism it would be that there is no 'simpler' resturant for lighter snacks at lunch or in the evening or, indeed, anywhere to have a post-dinner drink and chat as the wine bar closes at 9pm. The room we had was lovely in a simple tuscan style with a good, modern bathroom - on the first night we had a suite which we're not sure is worth the extra over the deluxe rooms as you aren't in them much during the day.
If you're feeling lazy and not going anywhere for the day then the hotel has possiply the most beautifully located pool with an infinity effect giving views over the surrounding hotel vineyards and beyond to the tuscan countryside - its a real hassle to drag yourself away to join the hectic throngs in the rest of Tuscany! (Be aware that the pool isn't heated so can be a touch 'fresh' when you first jump in!)
We will, with 100% certainty, go back to the Amorosa as soon as we can!
PS I was tempted not to give such a great review as it will only encourage even more people to go to the number one TripAdvisor rated hotel in the area but that just wouldn't be fair!
The best hotel in rural Tuscany
The hotel Amarosa is a historic village converted into a restuarant and then hotel of 25 rooms in 1971. The room conversions are excellent with a great mix of luxury and traditional Tuscan charm.
Room costs are from 230 euros a night. We stayed in the 3 floor tower suite for a reduced price of 335 euros a night including breakfast.
As other reviews have said it is hard to fault the hotel for service and friendliness. Therefore I don't need to add to the positive comments but make some objective remarks to assist you.
1) Please hire a car! The hotel is 40km from Sienna (only 30 mins in a car on a good new road) and close to Sinaluna a lovely local small town. However it is on its own and the hotel pushes the wine bar and restaurant on site to you as the best option for dining.
2) No worries on the dining front if you want a drink and walk to your room but the restaurant is good but not great and in our opinion a little overpriced with the selection of local wines which in themselves follow the same pattern as the food. Why not drive out and get some much cheaper wines from the local co-operative or vineyard and drink these on your terrace instead of paying for them at the hotel?
3) The hotel is cosy and if you're spending a week here bear in mind you will get to know your other guests well at the wine bar, pool or restuarant which seem to be the main places guests occupy for most of the day. Get out and see a bit of Chianti yourselves since Italy is no worse to drive in than any other southern European country. The make up when we were there was 70% American, 25% English, 5% Italian.
4) Breakfast is the best meal on the menu! Certainly worth getting up for and we enjoyed it more than the meals we paid for in the restuarant!
5) Florence is worth a couple of day trips and is easily driveable from the hotel as is Sienna and all the other historical towns in the area. Then drive home to this relaxing place and save the hassle of Florence and the bustle of Sienna.
Outstanding and authentic Tuscan retreat for world travelers
My partner and I just returned from a 10 day holiday in Tuscany, the first 3 nights of which we stayed at Amorosa. (For comparison, we spent the next 3 nights at Villa San Michele in Fiesole outside Florence and the final 3 nights at Il Pellicano in Porto Ercole.) We wish we would have stayed at Amorosa for longer, despite how nice the other places were. We certainly know that the only place we will return to visit in Tuscany is Amorosa.
We stayed in the 3 level Tower Suite and loved it. We tried to get the Special Suite but it was unavailable--in the end it didn't matter. The Tower Suite was lovely--authentically Tuscan while still having the creature comforts. I require it to be quite cool to sleep, and the a/c worked pretty well in the 2nd floor bedroom.
The restaurant was quite good for dinner, and we found the service to be impeccable. We dined there for 2 of our 3 nights, and the sommelier had already prepared wine choices for us on our second night based upon our conversations the previous night! Although we did have steaks not to our liking on the second night, we truly did love the restaurant and the food otherwise. The interior of the restaurant we particularly adored. Breakfasts were served elsewhere on the property and were not as much to my liking--typical European breakfast with meats, breads, cheeses, and such--but would in no way preclude us from returning. The hotel was also very happy to recommend another restaurant in nearby Lucignano for dinner for our final night, and we loved it, as well. We never felt any pressure to dine only at Amorosa as had been previously remarked herein.
We spent our days driving ourselves around the nearby hillside towns and villages. For perspective, we much preferred the small hillside towns such as Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano, Cortona, Lucignano, and Sinelunga to the bigger cities like Siena and Florence--and Amorosa was within 30-40 min of almost all of those, including Siena. In our opinion, Amorosa is perfect if you wish to explore the Tuscan countryside and hill towns or if you just want to sit back and relax for the whole day; it's not too wise if you prefer to focus your time in Siena or like an urban experience!
Finally, for the money, Amorosa was much less expensive than either Villa San Michele or Il Pellicano--and we found the restaurant to be quite comparable (definitely better than San Michele but not quite as good as the Michelin-rated Il Pellicano). Service at Amorosa was easily as good if not better, and our Tower Suite was comparable in an obviously more rural/pastoral setting. For the money, therefore, there was no question that Amorosa was the deal. (San Michele was absolutely overpriced and too haughty for our tastes based upon what you received; Il Pellicano was even more overpriced and only a bit haughty for our tastes, but their restaurant was quite good.)
In the end, we never expect to return to Florence or Porto Ercole, but we absolutely plan to return to Amorosa. From our perspective, Amorosa reflects the true heart and passion of rural Tuscany.
We stayed three nights at this lovely retreat and hated to leave. The room was perfect, the grounds are breathtaking, and the service was exceptioanl. Staff was more than willing to offer suggestions about retaurants, tours, etce. We ate one night in the hotel retaurant and had a wonderful meal, and the breakfast buffet was superb. I cannot say enough about how much we appreciated how well we were cared for at Amorosa.
Fabulous Three Days
We spent a magical three days at the Amorosa....Fabulous service, rooms, grounds, pool, and RESTAURANT! If you are in Tuscany this is the place to stay!