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
This is a gorgeous place in a great location, very peaceful with lovely sunset views over Siena. Pools and onsite facilities were excellent as was the restaurant which we ate in both nights and well worth it as the food and wine were delicious. Our only complaints are about our ground floor room, 906 - although huge it had no comfortable chairs to sit in yet could have accommodated a couple. It did have a big bath, in the bedroom (?) but this we didn't use it. It just wasn't cosy enough, no rug, nowhere to sit (other than on the bed or at the desk, despite having the space if existing furniture was moved around). We also found the location of our room didn't allow us to have our curtains open as it is close to reception and lots of people, both staff and other guests, walked past the glass doors fairly constantly. The shutters made the room too dark and the existing curtains are not translucent enough to let light through so we found it a bit dark as we had to draw the curtains, especially if coming out of the bathroom which was pretty much in full view of the outside path! Another reason to not use the bath in the bedroom. A few small tweaks could make this a much better room. There was a kettle for tea and coffee but no bottled water provided which you would expect as this price point (other than in the minibar). The plastic wrapped, plastic cups in the bathroom were also a bit tacky and actual glasses would have been nicer and better for the environment.
I would like to start this off with I am very picky with food, cleanliness and overall customer service which is why I gave it a five star. We stayed here for four nights to chill and experience to Tuscany. Loved that it wasn't a huge hotel with many rooms but that being said it didn't skimp on anything. 1st example... I had called to see if there were any other English channels on the TV, I was still holding and then get a knock on our door within a minute they walked me though the programming.
The wait staff was excellent in the restaurant was amazing. Vivianna was one of the staff that we happened to have had the first three meals at the hotel and we just clicked with her. She gave us a couple of great recommendations of what towns to check out to, get out of the crowds. Besides her guidance on that she and the other servers paid attention to details, I brought up some huge allergies she made sure nothing touched my plate, this was repeated in the morning when I saw Kiwi and she followed up with the kitchen to make sure I won't have any issues with cross contamination.
The front desk was always smiling and available for suggestions. We both used the spa for facial and massage, very happy.
Love spot and would love to make it back in the future.
Thank you to all for the experience.
Words can not describe this lovely hotel. Thank you to the most amazing staff! The food and the venue was superb! The most beautiful bedroom and bathroom, it felt like 5 star luxury. I wish I could have stayed longer!!