My husband and I stayed in various hotels and villas in San Gimignano over 7 nights. We didn't pre-book our accomodation and were lucky to secure one night at La Cisterna Hotel. This was by far the best accomodation we had during the whole week.
We were offered the choice of three rooms and were given the keys to choose which one we wanted beforehand. Although we initially thought we would want the room with a view to the square, we were blown away when we saw the views across the countryside from a room at the back of the hotel. We stayed in room 81 on the second floor which had dual aspect views across Tuscany (from the bedroom) and another window with a view from the bathroom. There was a man playing a harp on the path below the room and we could smell the amazing Italian cuisine smells from the restaurant below (garlic and basil). It was the most romantic and memorable place (for location) that we have ever stayed.
The room was nice and very clean, and the bathroom the same. I wouldn't say there was anything fancy about the room itself but it has to have had the best views of any hotel room in Tuscany, it was truly unbeatable. The hotel is probably the best 3* I have ever seen, although having seen three different rooms there, I can see that you could have a completely different experience depending on your room.
The location is fantastic as you step out of the door into the main San Gimignano square and are surrounded by cafes and restaurants. We didn't have dinner in the main hotel restaurant but were very happy with the breakfast provided (the best we had). The lady serving the coffee at breakfast was very polite and friendly as were the reception staff (I note that others have had different experiences of friendliness but everyone was nice to us).
Our only disappointment about the stay was that it was not for longer, as unfortunately the room was booked for the rest of the week meaning that we had to vacate after one night. We wished we had have booked this hotel in advance for the entire week but will ensure we do so in the future (although we'll make a special request for room 81).
All in all, great value, a very comfortable room and views to die for!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Cisterna Hotel, located in the earth of San Gimignano, is the right place to be close to the main attractions and to the little shops of the main street. The elegance and simplicity of the furniture is combined with discretion with all modern comforts, a harmonious fusion of past and future. The family's commitment has always been to welcome its guest with hospitality and professionalism. Comfortable rooms with air conditioning, TVsat, mini fridge, hairdryer, safe and Wi-Fi Internet. Buffet breakfast with gluten free products . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel La Cisterna
- La Cisterna San Gimignano