Hotel Leon Bianco
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Leon Bianco San Gimignano
Charming hotel in equally charming town
We stayed here for only one night on Oct. 20, but wished we had been able to stay at least one more night. The hotel was located on the Piazza della Cisterna in a picturesque spot and was centrally located for all the shopping and sights of our favorite town in Tuscany. The breakfast was the most complete we had in almost 3 weeks in Italy. Staff were friendly and helpful, and let us store our luggage behind the desk after check out. A hotel shuttle takes you to a parking lot outside the city walls. We hope to stay again in the future.
This is a lovely hotel - perfect location for a historic building, beautifully and tastefully modernised. Our room - actually a suite - was lovely. Good service, good breakfast. All at a fraction of the price you'd pay in the U.K.
Only negative was the cost of the parking in the public car park - 5 Euros for the public but 10 Euros if you stay in the hotel! Why?
Very nice hotel in an unbeatable location. Our large room had a wonderful view over the piazza della cisterna, a bit noisy but very entertaining. Breakfast was OK and the staff were friendly. It's nice to be in San Gimignano at night, after most of the other tourists have left!
Hotel Leon Bianco was fabulous, starting with the location right on the main square. (A word of advice, though - if you plan to take pictures from your window, looking down onto the empty square, do it quickly. We were glad we did this on our first day, as we woke up the next morning to find the square totally covered in street-vendor tents & displays.) Our room was spacious, and the hotel staff was extremely friendly, from the front desk clerks who gave us excellent recommendations for eating to the housekeepers who smiled and greeted us every time we passed. The breakfast terrace is absolutely gorgeous, as is the lobby area. The price is right, too; we found this hotel to be an excellent value in a picturesque setting. Don't miss this one!
Beautiful room overlooking main square
We stayed 6 nights in May 2004 and we loved this hotel; particularly it's location on the main square. Transport to and from the out of town parking was arranged. although it was only an easy stroll for us. Staff helpful and polite - everywhere clean - excellent buffet breakfast served with a smile and chat, on balcony if preferred. Windows were completely soundproofed. We woke up one morning to find a market day set up right under our window but had heard nothing. We had hired a car and were glad to leave the town to see the countryside sometimes in the daytime and return in the evening to enjoy the excellent travernas. The guided tour of the town was worthwhile. Best holiday hotel yet!
I am late in writing my review. we were there in April 2003. The best location, great breakfast included in price. We had a view of the piazza which was so entertaining. The staff was very helpful and friendly. I would stay there again.
Lovely, central hotel
I stayed here for 2 nights in October 2003 - very central, on main square. Very comfortable and clean. Helpful reception staff and good breakfast, which can be taken on the small terrace. Recommended - San Gimignano is very atmospheric at night, when all the day trippers have left.
The hotel had an excellent location in the Piazza della Cisterna right in the center of town. Our double room was spacious, clean, and comfortable. The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful in giving us recommendations on places to eat. Parking was a bit of a hassle but that was expected as San Gimignano, being a hilltop town, had limited parking facilities. We enjoyed our stay at Leon Bianco and would definitely stay there again.
This place looked smart, and had a great location, so we thought it was too good to be true! But the rates were more than reasonable.... And the views, the service and the room were all exquisite. Lovely place to stay, highly recommended
Very nice, warm, clean - and affordable!
This place looked like we couldn't afford it (especially having recently left the Hotel Planet in Rome - no thanks). The prices were great - and a beatiful view served up with breakfast, overlooking the Tuscan hillside. The room was very nicely kept, very clean, modern bathroom, etc. Would recommend this hotel without hesitation. (we paid 88 Euros - may 2002, just walking in off the street)
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... not allowed to take pictures.
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