My wife and I and another couple just completed a five-day stay here, and the reviews were absolutely correct. Petroio is a tiny village in the hills of Tuscany with a population of about 350 people. There are just a couple of stores and absolutely no other tourists than those who say at Brandano. If you are looking for a unique experience away from the crowds in an authentic Italian village, this is the place.
The rooms are comfortable, but nothing special. But who cares when you receive service from Ousmane, the manager, the likes of which our group, experienced travelers, have never encountered before. He is able to solve any problem and make your vacation a dream come true. His staff of Aurelia, the chef, Laura, the housekeeper, and Victoria, the waitress and assistant, are wonderful.
I could tell you all of the things that they did to make our vacation fantastic but that would spoil the magic for you if you decide to go here. There are many great choices in Tuscany, but I can say without hesitation this place will offer you a vacation of a lifetime because of Ousmane and his staff. If you are looking for a place with a location right in the heart of town, plush robes and luxurious toiletries, then look elsewhere. If you want an authentic holiday in a small hotel with an intimate dining room with great food, a patio with a great view, and a hotel manager who will attend to your EVERY need and desire, then look no further.
If you do book here, some suggestions:
1-Do not attempt to drive a big car to the hotel door. Petroio has extremely narrow, hilly streets. Park at the base of the hill in a parking lot, and walk up to the hotel door to check in.
2-The Michelangelo suite is the best room with a great view.
3-Tell Ousmane, the manager, exactly what you enjoy eating and doing, and leave the rest up to him.
4-Plan to spend several days to relax and enjoy Tuscany.
We came to Palazzo Brandano because of the reviews on Trip Advisor. It is in a location that is away from the tourist shops and restaurants. If that is a problem for you, please look elsewhere. If you want to be away from the tourist crowd and experience the amazing service of a unique hotel host, plan your vacation in Tuscany here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palazzo Brandano's beautiful suites, spacious rooms and charming apartments are all luxuriously and comfortably furnished with handcrafted frescos by famous Italian Renaissance artists. Each air-conditioned accommodation boasts a flat screen satellite television, DVD player, HIFI stereo equipment, mini bar, safety deposit box and internet access. Bathrooms are equipped with either luxury massage showers or Jacuzzi bath tubs. Il Brandano restaurant with its stunning terrace serves modern Tuscan cuisine and an extensive selection of wines. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Brandano Petroio
- Palazzo Brandano Hotel Petroio