Our 5-day stay (half board) was a very pleasant experience. The hotel and rooms are nice and clean, with an almost newly-built look and a quiet, no-frills interior. Dinner is excellent in its simplicity, based on the traditional Italian cuisine and quite plentiful, even for our ravenous Dutch appetite after many hours of walking the surrounding hills and forests.
The staff is also exemplary: polite and friendly, yet not too formal. These people really make you feel welcome and at home.
The location is wonderful for anyone who enjoys nature. The forests and hills are great for taking long walks (the hotel provides maps with all the marked trails in the area), and you may encounter all sorts of wildlfe, such as fire salamanders and wild boar. Strangely, springtime is the low season here: with nature at its most beautiful and the weather just perfect (not too cold, not too warm), we could walk for hours on end without encountering anyone alse. We had the hills all to ourselves!
In short: our stay was a lovely experience in all respects, and we hope to return here in the foreseeable future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vallombrosa is a town located in the Florentine mountain at 1000 meters high, and 30 miles from Florence. Albergo Ristorante La Forest is nestled in the Woods of Biogenetic Nature Reserve of Vallombrosa, and is located right opposite the famous Abbey. It was originally a hostel for pilgrims coming to visit. In 2002 it was completely renovated and now offers 63 rooms all with private bath, furnished simply yet complete, each of them offers a wonderful view of what surrounds us!. we have a meeting room with 70 seats, a restaurant with a capacity of 200 guests, with the option to dine al fresco! Also in our hotel includes a bar, as well as outside. The latter accommodates many young people for cocktails and hearty delicious Apericena! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Foresta Hotel
- La Foresta Vallombrosa