Borgo Scopeto Relais
What We Love
- Original features include ceiling frescoes and terra-cotta floors
- Stunning views of Siena from this hilltop retreat
- Spa treatments use products made with wine, oil and honey from the estate
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- The property is in the Chianti wine region, a 30-minute drive from Siena
- Vespas and vintage Alfa Romeos can be rented at reception
- On-site facilities include a gym, a spa, an outdoor pool and two tennis courts
- A city tax of $2 (€2) per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Overlooking the Tuscan city of Siena, Borgo Scopeto Relais is a majestic 14th-century estate surrounded on all sides by oak forest, vineyards and olive groves. This immaculately preserved medieval property features 58 guestrooms and suites, all tastefully and traditionally decorated. Some suites and villas have original 17th-century frescoes; others feature four-poster beds, separate living rooms and private gardens. The marble-clad bathrooms are large and luxe, with bathtubs or walk-in rainfall showers. Indulge in a treatment at the Borgo Scopeto Relax spa, which uses beauty products made from the estate’s own oil, wine and honey. Dine on traditional Sienese fare at La Tinaia, a swanky restaurant in the hotel’s ancient cellar. Active types can limber up at the gym, take a dip in the outdoor pool or play a game of tennis on one of the two hard surface courts.
In the Area
Explore the Tuscan countryside in style by renting a Vespa or a vintage Alfa Romeo (the hotel can arrange both), then cruise into nearby Siena – arguably the most romantic city in the world – and make a beeline for the duomo, a 12th-century cathedral with an intricate green, red and white marble façade. After touring the church’s grand Gothic interior, do your taste buds a favor and head to Tre Cristi, a beautifully frescoed seafood-centric restaurant established in 1830. Fashion-savvy travelers will want to visit the Mall, about an hour’s drive from the estate, where you can stock up on discount threads from top Italian brands, including Gucci and Fendi. And make time to explore the Chianti wine region, which is home to tons of vineyards that offer tastings, including the Fattoria Viticcio and the Montefioralle winery.
How to Get There
The hotel is set on a hillside surrounded by olive vineyards. We were 5 so a good option was the villa which is a stand alone building with its own entry, private courtyard, kitchenette 2 full baths, a king bed, a pullout queen in the living space and a loft queen bedroom upstairs. Perfect setup for families, or two couples sharing the villa. The restaurant was formal, white table clothes head waiter greets you and takes your order as assistant waiter stands by. Service in the restaurant was perfection as was the food. We had a bottle of Borgo reserve Chianti on the lawn before dinner and the bartender was superb and very knowledgeable. The property is a good 20 min outside of Siena which has a plethora of restaurants if Borgo’s dining room is too formal . Staff offered a taxi to get into town but we chose the dining room anyway. The property is set off on its own and as a result is very quiet and calming. Pool overlooks the countryside, two tennis courts on site, and walking paths abound It’s relaxing and great for a day or two stopover while driving to Siena or San Gimignano.
We went to BSR for a wedding. The venue is beautiful and the sunsets are unreal but our stay started off bad and only got worse on the night of the actual wedding. When we arrived the staff asked “Why are you here? Do you have a reservation?”. We replied that we were here for the wedding (you are required to book out the entire venue for a wedding) and gave my partner’s name for the reservation. My partner is Indian. With the most cursory of glances at the reservation book, the woman behind the counter said she did not have our reservation and we were asked to leave and find our “actual” hotel. We argued with them for a bit before we got a look at the reservation book and saw his name as the FIRST ENTRY. They tried to laugh this off and said the bellhop would help take our luggage to the room (we didn’t have much). The bellhop took our luggage to the lift (about 10 feet from the reception) and said “2nd floor” and left us. We were actually on the 3rd floor.
Before I go into details of the wedding, remember that the entire venue for 3 nights (including every room, even if unoccupied) must be booked out for a wedding. The bride and groom had also paid for two dinners and a full open bar (which was certainly a small fortune). A friend had brought two bottles of liquor from from outside which was a small present for the happy couple, and when the staff saw they immediately demanded corkage of €300 each. The way the senior staff handled this was brisque and quite rude (the lower ranking staff had argued in our favour, agreeing that it was small for such a grand wedding but said they would have to bow to the wishes of their overlords).
To top it all off, the bride had asked a member of staff if they could bring some slippers (which she said they could charge to their room) for the female guests as the dance floor had built up dew and had become slippery and particularly dangerous for those wearing heels. We asked if they had towels or a mop but they said there was nothing they could do about it - at least half the wedding party fell (thankfully none were too litigious). As the staff member brought a bag of the slippers, he was cutoff by a senior member of staff who said that if guests wanted slippers they would need to get them from their rooms - when the bride reiterated they would happily pay for the slippers, the BSR woman yelled at the bride (on her wedding day). The woman would not be reasoned with.
Oh and despite hosting several weddings and events each year, they only have one iron.
The wedding was beautiful and so much fun so we didn’t let their horrible attitudes and racist, snooty looks of disdain take away from the happy occasion, but as promised, we would give our honest views on our stay at BSR.
This is a place where dreams are made off!! Postcard views of Tuscany and extreme refinement. I love everything about this place, the outdoor is breathtaking, the rooms gorgeous and the hotel itself impeccable!! Do not hesitate for a second. I highly recommend doing a wedding here!!! Very inspiring if u are a writer looking for a calm haven, the pools and tennis courts gorgeous. Didn’t have enough time to try the spa but the restaurant and wine are great. They produce their own wine, oil, balsamic vinegar cream and have amazing shampoo that we bought back with us. Watch out for the gps maps as they tend to take u through a narrow complicated route. My advice call the hotel and let them guide u before hand
My husband and I had a wonderful time staying at Borgo Scopeto Relais for several nights during our honeymoon. All of the staff were warm, friendly and always eager to help make our stay enjoyable and pleasant. Andrea was a fantastic resource at the front desk giving us tips and recommendations for getting around the area during our stay. Ferdinand was also extremely helpful and always taking initiative, going out of his way to ensure we had reservations made at the restaurant when the front desk was busy with incoming guests. Giovanna at the spa was wonderful, too. It is clear that all staff work well as a team to bring excellent service to guests.
The room we stayed in was quite spacious for two people with plenty of closet space, a mini kitchen and living area separated from the bedroom. But the views and property were spectacularly breathtaking. Seeing cypress trees in the landscape at all times of day, the rolling hills, it was the perfect place for us to unwind and relax.
This traditional tuscan resort has a spa, rolling hills, restaurant and bar. there is a nice drive on the way in, but be aware there is nothing else around for a good 15-20 drive. so the onsite restaurant is all your going to get and the food was average at best. I did love the soap and shampoos they have made with local olive oil