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“Pretty, well-located, but underwhelming” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Castello di Tornano
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Maputo, Mozambique
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Pretty, well-located, but underwhelming”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2011

Four of us spent two nighs at the Castello di Tornano. The property is well-maintained and website pictures are representative of the location and facilities. The stay was, however, unremarkable.

We elected to have dinner at the castle on our first evening - 40 € for a menu composed of beef carpaccio appetizer, potato soup, gnocchi, filet and a dessert - wine is not included and should be, at least a first and/or second glass. Because of the fixed menu, service is prompt, but relatively careless.

We unanimously found the Chianti Classico bottles that we purchased thin, lacking in bouquet and depth, and overall bland. One should notice that there is no wi-fi in any of the apartments; service is only available on the ground floor of the bastion or adjacent to the reception area. The grounds are very pretty and would make for a romantic setting for couples vacationing: we saw a doe on the dirt-road to the castle when returning from supper on night two; the surroundings are beautifully serene and quiet; and the pool/hot tub combination must be very pleasant in the summer.

Comparable degustations in nearby castles are either free of charge with a stay, free of charge with a purchase of the wine, or 10 €/person. At Tornano, degustations are at 20 € each.

Perhaps because of the off-season timing of our stay, we were underwhelmed with the castle.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2011

Stay at a castle in Tuscany and enjoy! This was a great experience. The castle was beautifully decorated. The rooms were great and the showers were great! The hot tub (lukewarm water) on top of the tower had fantastic views and with a bottle of wine was so enjoyable. The dinner at the castle was very good and romantic. The people at the castle went out of their way to accommodate our needs and were very helpful and nice. The horse back ride through the vineyard and olive tree groves was wonderful. I highly recommend this castle stay.

Room Tip: I loved the tower room, the suites were larger.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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houston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2011

Just stayed at this magnificent charmer! Well marked signs led us to the gorgeous Castello di Tornano...a warm welcome, a lovely junior suite in the castle (though they also have apartments on the property)...speaking of the property - it is set on and around hills and vineyards - totally lovely...we arrived, were greeted warmly and shown to our room on the first floor of the castle - we entered and the curtained 4 poster bed, large room, modern bathroom and sitting room - and windows with views took our breath away! Dinner was either inside or outside - we chose outside and the food was amazing! Having tasted the wine earlier in the day, we chose the Chianti Riserva (delicious!) for dinner, but also loved the Classico and the Tournus (really fine!) and we bought several bottles as well as olive oil upon departure. Service at dinner was attentive, but allowed us to talk, meet other guests and take pictures...it was so nice to totally relax and enjoy ourselves...there's a pool, we took a morning hike in the vineyards (tasted a few grapes too), a view from the top of the castle tower (and a jacuzzi up there too)...just a totally transporting place...explore Tuscany during the day and return in the evening to relax, dine, and sleep well...the grounds have chairs, chaises and other comfortable places to recline...

Room Tip: I loved the suite inside the castle, but was told the apartments are wonderful too!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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dublin
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2011

We spent 2 days in 3 days in Florence before we arrived at Castello di Tornano so we needed a well earned rest. Our room was in the tower and as soon as we checked in, we fell in love with the place. The mood was very relaxed and gentle. We had a hire car (you really do need a car here!!) and took a short drive to Gaiole and to Radda which were both really pretty towns. One evening for dinner, we had the Florentine steak - it was the best steak we had. We did the wine tour and Victor made it both informing and fun. The views from our room were amazing. If we had one criticism it was that the bed was a little hard. When we got home, we drank our bottle of Castello di Tornano Chianti and it brought back great memories. We were only able to stay 2 x nights but would have happily stayed longer. Great place for a quiet romantic break.

Room Tip: The rooms in the tower were amazing but there is no lift so travel light! Use a car - public transp...
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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london
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58 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2011

We stayed here last week while travelling around Tuscany.
The location is fantastic, amazing views, quiet surroundings, the building is great...
The room was very good size and comfortable.
The only disappointment was that they forgot that we wanted to do wine tasting. I had booked it a few weeks before but when we got there they said they didn't have anything in the diary and the person that does the wine tasting wasn't there.
The day after they recognised they have received my mail but forgot to put it in the agenda... I wasn't very impressed by that, specially considering they were not very apologetic.
The service in the restaurant for dinner and breakfast was great, very attentive and friendly.
For dinner, they have a set tasting menu. 5 courses for 40£ pp, i thought this was quite expensive considering we we ate.
I would definitely stay here again, but eat else where.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Castello di Tornano

Property: Castello di Tornano
Address: Localita Tornano SNC | Siena, 53013 Gaiole in Chianti, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Gaiole in Chianti
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 37 Speciality Lodging in Gaiole in Chianti
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,312 - ₹ 15,753
Hotel Class:3 star — Castello di Tornano 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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