Travel Blogs from Castellina In Chianti
... watch so, thanks to a recommendation from friends in Sonoma, we picked up a (DVD) copy of Downton Abbey, Seasons 1 & 2. Within no time we were addicted, sometimes staying up past 2 AM to watch "just one more" episode. Once finished with Seasons 1 & 2, we were on a quest to find Seasons 3 & 4. Despite considerable efforts, we were not able to locate any new episodes because, ...
... and the whole experience was not that thrilling, so the two of us staying at our hostel headed back. I thought we should just check out the hostel bar. Lo and behold, it was a pumping club, busier than any we'd been to, and full of Florentine locals too!
The next late morning I headed up the Piazzale Michelangelo to check out the view of Florence and anothe fake statue of David. I didn't give myself huge amounts of time so I had to just take a couple of photos, ...
... photos of a lot of famous people from the '50s and '60s on the wall. I had melon and Procuitto, and for my main course, I ordered homemade fusilli with tomatoes and basil. Even though we were all full, we had our last Italian gelato. Monica and Walt ordered the fettuccine Alfredo which was pretty darn good and tossed at the table. Tomorrow is back to reality with a wake up call at 6 am so we can leave at 7 for Fiumincino airport. Bona ...
... 39 panelled paintings on the ceiling which only took Vasari and 5 helpers 2 years to complete working day and night) but I found the tour rather too long at 1.5 hours and lost interest after a while. Katie I think enjoyed it more than I did towards the end.
After our tour we had dinner at a nice little bistro on the Piazza itself (I forgot to take a note of what we ate or what we ranked the food though, but it was good) and David met up ...
... So many beautiful sights. Today was the Boboli Gardens and the Accademia. Tomorrow is the Uffizi. The people here are very nice and lots of beautiful shops. I tried on, but resisted, a gorgeous bracelet today on the Ponte Vecchio shops.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Palazzo Squarcialupi Castellina In Chianti
Bella Bella Palazzo
My wife and I, along with my in laws stayed here in summer 2003, we had three rooms, 1 std, 1 superior, and 1 junior suite (ours). The smallest was very cute, the superior was a nice size fine for two, and the junior suite was huge, cavernous. The room was very comfortable, and all had wonderful views, nice bathrooms, etc. The town was delightful, the host at the hotel was also very pleasant. A word of warning, stay away from the German bar across the street, they are not nice people. We went there for a beer, myself and my father in law. We ordered one but it never came, then the waiter was rude when we inquired about the delay so we stormed out of there. But the cute little terrace bar at the hotel was great, a much better and more intimate choice. The pool at the hotel was a little bit of a hike to get to, and my mother in law got stung by one of the numerous bees that seem to like the pool area. Recommend Greve and Radda also, not very impressed with Pisa (touristy beyond belief), Florence is incredible, we stayed at Hotel Marios, excellent. All in all, Palazzo Squarcialupi was one of the best values we ever encountered, and Castellina and Chianti overall one of our favorite places in Italy.
Our base for touring Tuscany (from October 23-30, 2004) was the small town of Castellina in Chianti, and based on reviews found on TripAdvisor we stayed at the Palazzo Squarcialupi. Our room was huge with a great view of the countryside (ask for a Superior room at the rear, ours was 102). We also had a very large and nicely appointed bath, but it had a tiny shower (and no tub, of course) even though there was room for a larger shower (and/or tub). The only downside to the room was the mattress and the pillows--very lumpy and uncomfortable. In my opinion, they definitely need to be replaced.
The breakfast was OK (adequate was the word used by someone in another review of this hotel on TripAdvisor). Certainly not the best that we had in Italy.
The staff was very helpful and gracious. I really enjoyed meeting all of them.
The town was charming with several nice places to eat. It was a convenient drive to locations like Siena, San Gimigiano, and Florence. One of the nearby towns that we particularly enjoyed was Greve--very picturesque with a lovely piazza and several nice shops and cafes.
All in all this hotel was a good choice for our visit to Tuscany since we wanted to visit several different towns and areas as day trips with a base that we returned to every evening.
We stayed here for two nights (August 10-12). Castellina in Chianti was a great place to stay while exploring Tuscany and the hotel was a great find in the small town. We had a standard room, which was very large and overlooked one of the side streets in the town. The bathroom was also very large and had a terra cotta floor and walls. The breakfast was great given the usual European breakfast of bread, jellies and butter. This breakfast included yogurt, fruit, pastries, and meats. We had an excellent dinner at Ristorante Albergaccio, a quick 10 minute walk from the hotel. The hotel is also over the Via della Volte, the most historic covered walkway in town. Overall, Castellina in Chianti is a very cute town and great place to stay while exploring Tuscany, and the hotel was very nice with romantic rooms and excellent service.
You must stay here!
What a find! Castellina is the quintessential tuscan town-exactly what I pictured Tuscany would be! The hotel is wonderful! It is in the center of the small town and the staff is outstanding! We had lost our luggage due to some unfortunate mishaps with American Airlines and the staff was able to track it down for us so we didn't waste anymore time looking for it during our vacation. Literally after 3 days of trying on our own they were able to get us our luggage within 24 hours! Maria serves a wonderful breakfast as well! I cannot say enough about this hotel...the rooms are very large and with a bar that serves their own wine (and some others) overlooking vineyards and the countryside, you cannot go wrong! I wouldn't stay anywhere else while in Tuscany!
Excellant location and clean comfortable rooms. Great staff and nice breakfast.
This is a wonderful hotel in a castle. Had a junior suite, very clean, wonderful views. Nice breakfast in the morning. The hotel staff is very helpful. Had dinner at Gallo Papas. It was the best of all restaurants in Italy. A must.
This is a lovely hotel in an ideal setting. We had the junior suite and at $135E is was a bargain. IT was huge, furnished beautifully with antiques and had a view that was wonderful! The hotel staff are friendly and helpful. The breakfast was abundant and good. The town of Castellina has good restaurants, shops, and gourmet shops all within walking distance which is nice because it makes it possible to park your car at the end of the day and stroll to your evening destination. We found easy picnic fixings and a beautiful pottery shop in town as well. No down side to this location or hotel.
I can't say enough about this hotel. We spent a week there and loved every moment of it. The hotel was a 15th century palace that was recently refurbished in Italian tiles, terre cote and open wood beams 20 ft. high. The rooms are quite bug by European standards & wonderfully appointed. The breakfast buffet is ample. There are many excellent restaurants just a few minutes from the door - La Torre is highly recommended!
It's also the perfect location to explore Tuscany being centrally located - Firenze 30 km, Siena 20 km and San G. 25 km away. The view from some of the rooms is breathtaking.
Lastly, I just want to praise the staff - Monica and Irene in particular. We had the most awful journey from the States to Italy (5 different flights) with our bags lost for days. The staff was extremely helpful in trying to get our luggage and made numerous phone call in our behalf to resolve the situation without ever charging us for the calls. I offer them my gratitude.
If your looking to stay in Tuscany and enjoy every moment without concern - this is the place. I intend to go back many times.
A Wonderful Spot in Tuscany
Just returned from 5 wonderful days spent in and around Castellina in Chianti and used Palazzo Squarcialupi as our home base. It was perfect...from the friendly and helpful staff to the huge room overlooking the Tuscan hills. A beautiful old hotel with stone and tile floors, a lovely Sitting Room with huge fireplace and Game Room for guests to enjoy. Our rooms were immaculate as were the public areas.
Terrific breakfast included in the very reasonable rate. Free parking at the rear of the hotel. Quaint little town with several excellent restaurants within walking distance. One of the best hotels we've stayed at anywhere we've travelled! Our thanks to Monica and her staff for making our stay so enjoyable!
Great place in Chianti
We just spent 3 nights in this charming hotel. Our room was very comfortable, extremly quaint (and I mean that in a good way), good size, great bathroom (the best we saw in Italy), small view of Tuscany and very very quiet (a must for us). The staff was very friendly and helpful. The location is fantastic. My only complaint was that the air conditioning in our room was not very powerful and we were there in the middle of a heat wave. Our first night the air conditioning in several rooms went out entirely. Hoepfully they will be able to rectify the cooling problems as it is a great place to stay and we would definitely return.
One word of caution that has nothing to do with the hotel - there are tons of mosquitoes (that are seemingly invisible but take huge bites) in the region (Tuscany and Umbria) - I was nearly eaten alive. Bring bug spray!
Perfect location to visit Chianti hilltowns
Our two-night stay at this hotel was perfect. We had an enormous room with a magnificent view overlooking the Chianti hillside. You really know that you are staying in a Palazzo. The small staff were a delight, and so helpful. The location couldn't have been better for our few days in the area. The only drawback is the hotel carpark which is below the hotel. You need to be fit and not carrying much luggage to climb up and down the narrow stairs to reach the hotel. On arrival, we parked a block away and wheeled our luggage to the hotel before parking. Excellent value for 135 Euros for bed and breakfast for two.