$185 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Jul 18, 2014 Check-out: Jul 20, 2014

Hotel Badia di Pomaio

4 stars
Localit Pomaio, 4, Arezzo, 52100
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
2 reviews
An overall disappointment

How can I give four stars to an accomodation that I consider disappointing overall? The Badia, a... See full review

  • drmom
  • Jul 2, 2010
An overall disappointment

How can I give four stars to an accomodation that I consider disappointing overall? The Badia, a... See full review

  • drmom
  • Jul 2, 2010
Combining an elegant family atmosphere with refined, modern service is the strong point of this setting, ensuring a unique and pleasant stay. Comfortable, quiet rooms, equipped with all the amenities, maintain an atmosphere of days gone by. The carefully-chosen, elegant furnishings are in perfect harmony with the warm colors of the terracotta flooring and the wood/brick ceilings.Our guests have the choice of 18 rooms, including: · Suites · Classic queen rooms · Superior queen rooms · Twin rooms · Single rooms

Hotel Badia di Pomaio Rooms

Standard Single Room
All rooms have private bathrooms with showers and hairdryers, satellite TV, air conditioning, direct-line telephones, minibars, in-room safes and wireless Internet.
Standard Double Room
All rooms have private bathrooms with showers and hairdryers, satellite TV, air conditioning, direct-line telephones, minibars, in-room safes and wireless Internet.
Superior Double Room
All rooms have private bathrooms with showers and hairdryers, satellite TV, air conditioning, direct-line telephones, minibars, in-room safes and wireless Internet.
Junior Suite Double Room
All rooms have private bathrooms with showers and hairdryers, satellite TV, air conditioning, direct-line telephones, minibars, in-room safes and wireless Internet.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Pool
General
Concierge
Activities
Pool
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Internet
WiFi

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Hotel Map

43.4801 11.9509
Area served
Florence, Italy
Nearby airports
International Airport: Amerigo Vespucci International Airport

Dining

Buffet/Cafe
Our restaurant’s original cuisine makes prevalent use of local, natural products, organic wherever possible. The refinement of a culinary art that delights the palate, even of the most demanding diners, with healthy and flavorful dishes, is the philosophy of a style that sets us apart.In summertime, guests may enjoy meals on the panoramic terrace. For lovers of fine wine, our ancient stone cavern houses a prestigious selection of local, national and international wines.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (2)

Ratings and reviews for Hotel Badia di Pomaio

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
2 out of 2
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
3
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Review of Hotel Badia di Pomaio

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
drmom
Columbia, Missouri
Jul 2, 2010

An overall disappointment

How can I give four stars to an accomodation that I consider disappointing overall? The Badia, a redone monastery, looks great on the website. We anticipated a real all-around winner, and booked two "superior" rooms. It is difficult to find, and was not in the data base of the rental car GPS. Once we found it, on first look, we were anticipating a great stay. Everything looked perfect. The hillside location, large pool, landscape, views, were magnficent and oozed Tuscan flavor. The patios were inviting and relaxing. Many guests (including us) took ample opportunity to drink wine and enjoy the views over Arezzo both during the day and at night. Our rooms left something to be desired, however. We had booked two "superior" rooms. I am a long-time European traveler and know the compromises that must be made when traveling outside the US - limited AC, no washcloths, etc., but two "superior" rooms? - no way. Rooms were cramped and barely passable. Setup was awkward to say the least - our room was extremely dark and cave-like with a circular staircase to a completely unusable and unlit loft dominating the room. My husband hit his head twice on the stairway header. The manager was stiff-necked about making changes and our request to be moved was never accomodated - even though we had booked two rooms for a seven-night stay! We encountered a few moths and other bugs but they didn't bother us at all, as we have found that window screens are rare in Italy as a whole. The restaurant was a bright spot. The food was fantastic - we had two lovely dinners there. The restaurant was obviously well-known in the area, as it was jammed on Saturday night with visitors, hotel guests, and a private party. The waitstaff was attentive and friendly. Breakfasts, which were included in the room rate, were truly sumptuous by European standards, and the largely-multilingual waiters fell over themselves to accomodate all the guests' individual needs. Overall then, I would recommend the Badia with reservations. Make sure you understand exactly what is meant by the accomodation you book, and stay away from the annex. Refuse the rooms if offered. We ended up contriving reasons to spend as little time in our rooms as possible - which doesn't bode well for a hotel that is supposed to be top-notch. I would have been better pleased if the manager had figured a way to move us, but the best she would do was to bring a table lamp to the upper loft and to change some light bulbs on the main floor. My daughter will be returning to Arezzo every year for at least the next three in her capacity as a professor in a major US university's study abroad program. I am sure we will visit her again - but not at the Badia, thanks. The pool and the views are great but the drive to the place is 2.4 miles up a winding, single lane road. Certainly not doable on foot under any circumstances. Plan on a car or a scooter. Cabs would be a pain. The drive is fun at first but gets old fast, especially if you want to enjoy dinner and late evenings in town, the centro of which is at least 4-5 miles from the Badia. All in all, location was bucolic, rooms (our rooms, at least) were more than disappointing. Waitstaff was great, manager did not really realize she was there to make us comfortable over our week's stay and mostly avoided personal contact. Thus, the Badia gets four stars if you know what you're getting in to and it suits your needs. It missed the mark with us. I'd go for dinner but not to stay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
3
Shopping tip: Short drive from hotel

Shopping in Arezzo is surprisingly good. Many great shops on the Corso - worth hiking up and down the enormous hill to the cathedral to shop and eat locally. Beautiful park at the top with stunning views. Park at the Parcheggio Pietri - there are escalators to the top at this carpark.

Review of Hotel Badia di Pomaio

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
drmom
Columbia, Missouri
Jul 2, 2010

An overall disappointment

How can I give four stars to an accomodation that I consider disappointing overall? The Badia, a redone monastery, looks great on the website. We anticipated a real all-around winner, and booked two "superior" rooms. It is difficult to find, and was not in the data base of the rental car GPS. Once we found it, on first look, we were anticipating a great stay. Everything looked perfect. The hillside location, large pool, landscape, views, were magnficent and oozed Tuscan flavor. The patios were inviting and relaxing. Many guests (including us) took ample opportunity to drink wine and enjoy the views over Arezzo both during the day and at night. Our rooms left something to be desired, however. We had booked two "superior" rooms. I am a long-time European traveler and know the compromises that must be made when traveling outside the US - limited AC, no washcloths, etc., but two "superior" rooms? - no way. Rooms were cramped and barely passable. Setup was awkward to say the least - our room was extremely dark and cave-like with a circular staircase to a completely unusable and unlit loft dominating the room. My husband hit his head twice on the stairway header. The manager was stiff-necked about making changes and our request to be moved was never accomodated - even though we had booked two rooms for a seven-night stay! We encountered a few moths and other bugs but they didn't bother us at all, as we have found that window screens are rare in Italy as a whole. The restaurant was a bright spot. The food was fantastic - we had two lovely dinners there. The restaurant was obviously well-known in the area, as it was jammed on Saturday night with visitors, hotel guests, and a private party. The waitstaff was attentive and friendly. Breakfasts, which were included in the room rate, were truly sumptuous by European standards, and the largely-multilingual waiters fell over themselves to accomodate all the guests' individual needs. Overall then, I would recommend the Badia with reservations. Make sure you understand exactly what is meant by the accomodation you book, and stay away from the annex. Refuse the rooms if offered. We ended up contriving reasons to spend as little time in our rooms as possible - which doesn't bode well for a hotel that is supposed to be top-notch. I would have been better pleased if the manager had figured a way to move us, but the best she would do was to bring a table lamp to the upper loft and to change some light bulbs on the main floor. My daughter will be returning to Arezzo every year for at least the next three in her capacity as a professor in a major US university's study abroad program. I am sure we will visit her again - but not at the Badia, thanks. The pool and the views are great but the drive to the place is 2.4 miles up a winding, single lane road. Certainly not doable on foot under any circumstances. Plan on a car or a scooter. Cabs would be a pain. The drive is fun at first but gets old fast, especially if you want to enjoy dinner and late evenings in town, the centro of which is at least 4-5 miles from the Badia. All in all, location was bucolic, rooms (our rooms, at least) were more than disappointing. Waitstaff was great, manager did not really realize she was there to make us comfortable over our week's stay and mostly avoided personal contact. Thus, the Badia gets four stars if you know what you're getting in to and it suits your needs. It missed the mark with us. I'd go for dinner but not to stay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
3
Shopping tip: Short drive from hotel

Shopping in Arezzo is surprisingly good. Many great shops on the Corso - worth hiking up and down the enormous hill to the cathedral to shop and eat locally. Beautiful park at the top with stunning views. Park at the Parcheggio Pietri - there are escalators to the top at this carpark.

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