La Cisterna Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Cisterna Hotel San Gimignano
While touring Italy last we stayed at a beautiful hotel in San Gimingnano. It was La Cisterna. Built in an amazing area overlooking the valley, the room we had was nothing short of fabulous. We prefer the smaller feel, more relaxed atmosphere of smaller hotels and this one fit the bill. The room was clean, airy, spacious and all in all, very comfortable. The bathroom was fantastic....large, clean and user friendly. we will recommend this to our friends. Ironically when back in Florence at a restaurant, we ran into some Americans and they were headed with a group of friends to San G the next day....interesting in that when we told them about La Cisterna, the "leader" of the group, who has been to Italy on several occasions, said that it is his favorite hotel in the Tuscan area. Again, we highly recommend it.
Lovely and comfortable hotel
La Cisterna is a charming place, one of the best hotels we stayed at during our trip to Italy. We payed 90 euros for room without a view. For understandable reasons it is impossible to park inside the town, so we parked outside and took a shuttle to the hotel, for 10 euros per day. Comparing to other our experiences concerning Italian hotels, we felt it was a good value for money.
We enjoyed very much in San Gimignano. I recommend to take the town guided tour, which is provided by the hotel for 5 Euro.
This hotel is difficult to get to because there is no much driving in San Gimignano and the hotel is right in the center of town. However, if you park at the CORRECT parking lot (ask the hotel which one when you reserve) you can take a shuttle van right to the hotel. It is worth it. We had 3 rooms with views overlooking the hills below the city and it was the most incredible sight I have ever seen. Every morning I had to remind myself it wasn't a painting. Also, the rooms were clean and very nicely furnished and the hotel serves a good breakfast (and make reservations for dinner if you get a chance). Great location. Highly recommended if you need a few days to relax and enjoy small town life.
After 2 previous stays, I was disapointed and will not return
I feel that all of the past charm has been sucked away. Upon arriving was told that my confirmed reservation could not be honored until the next day. An indifferent staff told me "Problems happen, there is nothing we can do". Was offered a substandard room room that had some kind of intollerable noise from a fan that wouldn't shut off. San Gimignano, in my opinion, has become an unpleasant tourist trap that is over-run and should be avoided at all costs. As a result of the problem on checking in, I was uncomfortable in my dealings with the staff during the whole stay. Parking is also something to be warned about (see other visitor's review).
The room was clean and it had a view of the square. I highly don't recommend that because it was very loud. Get a view of the valley. The room was small, but clean. The staff was friendly, but the parking was a pain. This place was o.k. , just not fantastic.
Wonderful View, But...
When we booked the Hotel La Cisterna we were told that we could drive in to drop off our luggage. That was not the case, the police said it was not possible. So we parked at a lot and walked in. When we checked in the room was wonderful, it was a triple, it was large, and had a wondeful bathroom. The highlight was the balcony and the view! The breakfast buffet was very nice. The problem was related to the parking. We were told that for 12 Euro per day we could have parking (in a public lot) and use of the shuttle. We knew that parking was only 5 Euro a day, but figured we would pay the 12 that day because we needed the shuttle to get our luggage. We were clearly told that we could choose if we wanted to use the service each day. To make a long story short, when we checked out after 3 nights, there were 3 12 Euro charges on the bill. When I questioned it I was rudely told that it was required, and that the hotel had to pay the government for the spaces. That of course made no sense at all, since it was a public lot and there were no spaces marked "Hotel Cisterna." I paid the bill, and upon leaving the lot, had to pay for the parking because I had only been given a pass for the 1 day. When I returned home I emailed them regarding the problem, and they never responded. So, while the hotel was lovely, the parking charges resulted in my hesitation in ever recommending this hotel.
Excellent views and location
We (family of 5 adults) stayed here for 2 nights (Jan 5 & 6) in January. We had a double and a triple, both with balconies, overlooking the Tuscan countryside. The view is breathtaking. The room decor needs some updating, nothing a fresh coat of paint can't fix. The staff were very friendly, the breakfast was OK. We had dinner in the hotel restaurant, but wouldn't give it exceptionally high marks. Overall we would probably stay here again, the town of San Gimignano is beautiful and was a highlight of our trip.
This hotel is out standing
we highly recomend this hotel, especially the rooms with the balconies.
the location is perfect and the staff is very helpful.
As the price for this hotel was far less than many of the other hotels we stayed at in Italy we weren't expecting much upon our arrival. But our experience turned out to be lovely, even though we only stayed 1 night. The room was indeed a bit on the small side, but the bathroom was quite spacious. The key was requesting a room with both balcony and view - we woke up to a beautiful sunrise overlooking the Tuscan countryside. The location was perfect too, right in the Piazza della Cisterna and easy walking distance to all sights. San Gimignano is even more charming after dark when the tour buses are gone and you can get a better feel for the charm of the city. Highly recommend La Mangiatoia restaurant on Via Mainardi - great food and atmosphere. The hotel restaurant also has a nice breakfast and a wonderful view. Staff was helpful and friendly. Ask any one of the parking attendants outside the city walls where to drive into to drop your bags at the hotel - it's a little tricky to find but you'll want to do this so you don't have to lug them from afar.
Loved La Cisterna Hotel
During our 8-day stay in Italy, La Cisterna hotel turned out to be the best one out of 4 hotels we stayed. We enjoyed our one-day stay (on Sept. 14th, 2003) there. La Cisterna Hotel is a well kept clean hotel centrally located in San Gimignano right by Square Cisterna (cisterna means "well" in Enlish). The only drawback was that we had to drag our heavy luggage all the way from the bus station to the hotel up on a small hill. However, it was worth it. We booked an air conditioned room with view facing the valley at 108 Euro per night. The price is very reasonable compare with those located in other major attractions like Rome, Florence, or Venice. The front desk staff speak English very well and were very helpful in giving directions and advise. We arrived there arround noon. When we entered our room, the hotel staff was cleaning the room. Though the cleaning people (2 ladies) did not speak English, we can feel that they welcomed us warmly and did not think we disturbed their work. The adequately spaced room is elegantly decorated in light green and yellow with Tascany country atmosphere. The bathroom is also very nice with shower, toilet, and enough space to use. Both the room and the bathroom are very clean. The air conditioner was left unused becase it was actually very cool when window was open.
Breakfast was served in the restaurant with very nice vally view and medieval building view. The restaurant staff were very attentive. They urge guest to sit wherever they prefer and wherever with better views.
A party of two can sit at a table for four without problem. The coffee and milk was served hot. When there was a bug flying around us and troubling my friend, the restaurant staff came to help immediately without our asking. I cannot remember exactly how the foods were but it was definately satisfactory. I highly recommend this hotel.
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... only. This is also where a walking tour starts from at 3:00 daily except Sunday, in English & Italian, March-October, for €15
If you want to escape the crowds of tourists, there is a footpath that runs around the outside of town that is peaceful and affords some nice views of the countryside. It doesn't seem to go all the way around town, but it's long enough to work up a good thirst. Look for the signs with an icon of a hiker.
... house from there!) Climbing down from heaven, the tower bells reminded us that we would need to eat again before long, so we wandered across the piazza for a little restaurant along the edge of the tourist zone for a light lunch (salad with tuna and capers for A., salad with tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella for me). Despite the clear sunny skies, we both found ourselves getting a little chilled sitting under the shady umbrellas with the breeze coming ...
... Close by, the Arno River crossed the city passing below many bridges but the one that really stood out was the Ponte Vecchio, an amazing medieval stone bridge with arches and shops built along it. Florence’s gigantic Duomo dome could also be seen sticking out from all the other smaller structures and buildings along with its huge bell tower ...