San Lorenzo a Linari0.0 out of 5.0
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We have visited San Lorenzo a Linari five times over the past 15 years with our family. It is a beautiful old monastery set in well kept grounds with a great swimming pool, table tennis table and tennis court so is perfect for families with children who like being active. Our boys were 5 and 7 when we first came and they spent time chasing lizards around the walls and making friends with the other children of all nationalities. Each time we have come back we have managed to find things to do. There are plenty of interesting little towns within an hour's drive but you definitely need a car to enjoy staying here. There is a self service bar at the pool and a barbecue area but the kitchens in the apartments are rather basic so eating out is best. It is not the most luxurious place in the world - there is no air-con for example - but that is part of its charm - it doesn't feel like a modern soulless hotel.
This is a beautiful rustic retreat. There is no onsite food service and so you need a car. The pool is large and was warm, the grounds beautiful. The rooms are not modern and kitchen is very basic. Beautiful for a wedding.
Stayed there with my family for 10 days. There is not service at all. Our bed sheets was not changed for 10 days ! Towels not washed ! Room not cleaned for 10 days ! We even had to trash our bin by ourselves. Basically this is not an hotel. Just a place you rent. This is really too expensive for the service you get. You need a car ! It's completely isolated and there is nothing around and no restaurant on premises. There are much better choices around.
I wanted a countryside Italian vacation but unfortunately was unable to pick up my car due to unforeseen circumstances of my bag being stolen over a bank holiday weekend before we flew out the Monday. We had to take public transport and was delayed due to weather but the hotel did provide bus timetable and offered to pick us up by taxi from Siena. We declined as transport was unpredictable. After a €25/30 taxi to the hotel we discovered it is literally no where close to anything. Over an hour walk down country lanes to the closest restaurant and over 6km drive to local shop. We were physically unable to stay here and very upset by this. We could swallow unable to stay for a night due to weather but after paying for 4 nights upfront and not spending more than 20 minutes due to the fact that it is very isolated we were offered 0 refund for not staying at all. I understand the description says countryside and gives distances from local towns but be aware that it is terribly isolated. For me even a countryside retreat should have somewhere to provide food or refreshment within a 30 minute walk or should make this more apparent on the site. I was terribly disappointed and left a very sour taste in my mouth.
Fantastic place to chill. Location is a bit of the beat and track, but it’s worth it. Make sure you do google map if you are driving, even with a sat nav it was handy looking for street views on junctions etc. 10mins away is a good size Co-op if you need to buy provisions including wine. Was great to have a day out driving then to come back to some chilled wine whilst sat in the courtyard. Rooms are basic, but very nice basic. WIFI if needed is in the reception area and free. Great pool, too cold for my liking but once you’re in your in. Breakfast is basic but we topped it up with food from the Co-op. We also went on a wine tour that picked us up from site; highly recommend one, plenty to choose from. We drove most days even down to the coast, just be careful of the speed cameras, they are grey boxes on the side of the road but are signposted, you soon work it out what they look like. Fantastic place to chill.
Hotel is located some distance from Siena - one needs a car to get too and from the city. But the hotel is nice, rooms are plain but accommodating. Hotel has several rooms, a court yard, and is located out in the wine country. Beautiful property with a small pool and gardens. Best part about the hotel is the breakfast, which was included. Had made Italian breakfast items, coffee, tea, and pastries, cheese and meat. Very nice way to start each day.
We stayed here August 2015 as a family of 9, 5 adults and 4 kids age range 10-17. It was a last minute booking but we felt that it looked really nice from the pictures online and was in a good location. The property itself is really pretty from the outside with various outbuildings and green areas and has an interesting history but that's about it! Really hard to find, especially if you arrive in the dark! The pool area is nice but is mostly grass which wasn't cut at all in the 7 nights we were there which meant that there were loads of bugs etc. (we were bitten to death) and we also found dog excrement which we had to cover over with a sunbed! Needless to say it was a concern to us that the kids were running around on this! It's obviously a dog friendly place as they were around the pool (sometimes not quietly) and there was dog excrement in other areas of the grounds, nice! There is a pool bar which you are able to sit & have breakfast if you wish, rather than in your room and I would suggest doing this if you are aged 6 or under as the breakfast consisted of a mountain of croissants & small bread rolls, accompanied by jam or Nutella and some yoghurt! This was the same every day, no variety and just felt like bread overload! There was a good variety of drinks hot & cold. The rest of the day, the pool bar was manned for the odd 10 minutes here and there, meaning that it was far easier to just buy your own supplies of refreshments and bring down from your room. The pool bar is a waste of time! Also be aware that there are no towels provided at the pool so if you don't take your own, you have to use the towels in your room and if you want fresh ones, you have to pay for them! We had 2 apartments between us, one 1 bed and one 2 bed. Our 1 bed was in the main building which was the oldest and original part. We had a double bed and a sofa bed in the lounge for the kids. The apartments are "rustic" and whilst I understand that they are in keeping with the surroundings, I don't think they need to be in the original era! The furniture was old and smelled of mothballs, there was no way I could hang clothes in the wardrobe or put away in drawers as it was apparent that there was a woodworm problem and frankly, they stank! There is a kitchen area which was well equipped, cooker, fridge etc. and plenty of cups, glasses and crockery. The bathroom had nicer decor and only had a shower, no bath. The shower was almost un-usable as after 30 seconds of water running, it started to overflow onto the bathroom floor! If you need to stay in longer to wash your hair, beware the tsunami that follows! Water sodden bathroom floor that made its way out into the hallway and into the bedroom! Not sure if all apartments have the same problem but our 2 certainly did! Pillows on the beds are like wafers, thin and hard so depends what you like to sleep on. My first nights sleep was disturbed all night with a scratching sound which seemed like it was coming from inside the room. When I mentioned it the next day at reception I was told that it would be the 'woodworm' I could hear. Unless the woodworm carried megaphones, I seriously doubt it was that! I think more likely it was pigeons in the roof as we were on the top floor. There is a pigeon problem here but they do everything possible to keep them off the roof. There didn't seem to be facilities to wash or iron clothes. Most staff were really friendly especially Sylvia on reception, she gave us suggestions & directions when we needed them. Bruno on the other hand didn't seem bothered whether we were there or not, he couldn't even be bothered to ask us if we enjoyed our stay as we checked out! Just took our money for extras and that was that! All in all I would say that there is a huge opportunity for this place to be amazing as it really is a beautiful building set in beautiful grounds but unfortunately we felt that they are lacking in many ways. There is plenty of scope to have a restaurant on site or even some facilities for daytime eating/drinking as it is a remote setting that is at least a 15 minute drive to local shops (when they are open). There is so much space that isn't utilised so there isn't really any 'atmosphere' to the place which is a shame as it was hard to interact with anyone! I wouldn't stay here again unless the facilities were improved!
We booked a last minute trip to Tuscany and found San Lorenzo a Linari exceeded our expectations. Stunning building. Relaxed pool area, great breakfast and a warm & friendly welcome from Bruno, his family and the team. Every request was met, fan, extra pillow etc. Very clean traditional Tuscan accommodation, even a crisp white linen table cloth for dining! Excellent value and a super Spa. Would recommend for families and couples, great for Sienna and the wine tasting areas. Happy Days!
We chose San Lorenzo a Linari because it of location as central part of Tuscany. Before arrival, I emailed the resort and received prompt replies with suggestions. The gentleman, Bruno, always informed me of the things I should know before arriving. We arrived by car from Rome by following the GPS coordinates. It was a good thing that Bruno recommended a car because the residence is a 15 minute drive from Sienna and there is no public transportation. Second, the closest market to buy food(no restaurant at residence) is a 10 minute drive. Without a car, you will most likely starve all day and walk places. So arrive by car. Our room was the superior room on the corner of the residence. We found the room cozy, clean, and in good shape. We had breakfast delivered to our room every morning(stayed 5 nights) and although it was the same every morning, we enjoyed having espresso and cappuccino brought to us. If you are expecting a 5 star resort with a restaurant, this is probably not gonna work. for you. The pool was clean, cared for, and in great location. The grounds are immaculate and well taken care of. It shows that the owner, the staff, and the people that visit take care of it. This is a great destination for families with kids. One item that I would like to suggest for Bruno and the staff is to have a posted quiet hours after 9 pm. Because some of the rooms face the pool area, people come out at 10 and everything can be heard as it echoes into the rooms. Even kids playing ping pong at 11pm were were loud and those needing rest from their day can't sleep. Overall, we recommend San Lorenzo a Linari to those looking to get away from their busy lives and relax in the foothills of Tuscany.
we stayed 3 days in this hotel and we were really good. the place is fantastic, in the middle of the Sienese countryside yet convenient to reach Siena and other towns. The rooms are very large and very clean. The owner cia has received very good and recommended good restaurants to visit. Breakfast was not super but it was fine. rices average!
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