What We Love
- A room or suite at a five-star resort among vineyards, with breakfast, discounts and morePerusing the carefully crafted menu, by none other than Gordon Ramsay
- Sipping wine under the vaulted ceilings of the wine cellar, lit gently by candlelight
- Receiving treats like a spa discount, a dining discount, a welcome drink and daily breakfast
- Upgrading to a Junior suite, for extra luxury
What To Know
- The resort is housed in a converted monastery and is surrounded by rolling Tuscan countryside
- Other than Gordon Ramsay's Contrada, onsite La Cantina – tucked away in the wine cellar under vaulted ceilings – is a must
- Treatments at the spa are expensive, but first-class
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The historic Castel Monastero is an 11th-century gem, glinting upon the hills of the Chianti region, just 16 miles from Siena and in a restored medieval hamlet. The castle displays lovely views over the Tuscan landscape, revealing centuries of historic architecture and rolling vineyards.Like its setting, it’s traditionally Tuscan, having reclaimed its former splendor after hours of careful restoration.
Built from rustic stone, and with records that date back to 1044, this five-star retreat is a haven of timeless beauty, against the backdrop of a glorious Italian sunset. It’s also received some modern updates to make a stay even more comfortable. After a long day exploring the famous frescoes and art in the area, relax with a massage in the award-winning spa, orindulge in a gourmet dining experience, led by none other than Gordon Ramsay.
Staying in a Deluxe room, you’ll be treated to 377 to 452 sq. ft. of soft furnishings and historically inspired textiles, with a bathroom that includes a shower and tub. With Wi-Fi access, a flat-screen TV and minibar, the rooms are also modern and convenient. Upgrade to a Junior suite for up to 678 sq. ft. and charming views of the country and a historic piazza.
With a restaurant and menu headed up by Gordon Ramsey himself, this getaway will have you wining and dining in style. Food is themed around the concepts of culture, emotion and memory and is authentically Tuscan; wines, oils and cheese from the region are featured here with pride. You may also retreat to the medieval cellar, where you’ll find an extraordinary wine list.
Only 16 miles from sunny Siena and 31 miles from Chianti, the property is surrounded by nature and a rich landscape, dotted with remains from Etruscan civilization. The area is famous for its delicious wines that burst with personality, as well as its gourmet cuisine and artistic history. In Siena, admire unforgettable frescoes by Ambrogio Lorenzetti and, should you wish to venture further afield, Florence is but a mere 56 miles away.
How to Get There
This place is a GEM!!! Loved the feel the minute we stepped out of our car. As we were escorted into the lobby, you see the gorgeous courtyard and immediately know you're someplace special. The staff greets you with the most gracious, warm welcome and the friendliness, warmth and service continues throughout the stay. It is beautiful, magical, wonderful. The rooms are amazing......you almost don't want to leave it because it is cozy, charming, very well appointed, and beautiful. The restaurants are amazing. You have to eat at both.....Contrada is something to remember! The staff was so professional and friendly. The spa is a MUST! The pool is quiet and beautiful. We just loved it all. Would return in a minute!!!
As you just enter the hotel you feel like you enter a fairytale
It’s an old castle but the rooms are in a superior level !! The bed and amenities were amazing. On top of that the pool, spa and breakfast were at the highest level. But what made the difference were the stuff of the hotel. Would go back again for sure.
I went for a week to relax with my partner. A friend recommended it and it has been better than I expected. The room was very confortable, the bed was big and confortable. Breakfast was varied and delicius. Every cor of Castel Monastero is a paradise to discover. Excellent quality/price. Highly recommended.
We did not know what to expect, but Castel Monastero surpassed. Most impressed with the service. The staff of the hotel, as well as the serves and hosts in the two amazing restaurants, could not have been more accommodating. This monastery turned spa/resort can serve as a perfect respite for relaxation, or a jumping off point for all that Tuscany has to offer. We took day trips to wineries and also one to Montepulciano. Sienna and San Gimigano are all within striking distance. There was even an open air opera performance on Friday night in the amazing courtyard. We enjoyed several September evenings, under the stars in the courtyard sipping our wine. Very professional management and staff. Highly recommended.
We arrived to a warm welcome in this beautiful location. The staff on reception were very friendly and efficient as was the door man. We were shown to our rooms which were fairly pleasant. We went down to the pool area for lunch. This was the start of the disappointment. The pool area is stark and scruffy, broken tables and really old sun beds. The gym over looks the pool and people were thumping about on the running machine whilst we were trying to relax, which was irritating. The menu at the bar was basic and very expensive. Sadly the pool staff were reluctant to offer you any regular service. You had to constantly try and attract their attention (so good at avoiding you) The Michelin starred Gordon Ramsey restaurant was extortionate. Seriously jaded overdone presentation of tiny portions of food. Some of which were just not great. The breakfast in the courtyard was a great setting but the service strange. No one told us there was hot food in another room out of site, we worked it out on day two. There is a strange awkward atmosphere with the staff. I am not sure if they are paid poorly or generally overworked but they just did not seem genuinely interested or happy. This feeling seems to prevail over Castel Monastero. I really wanted to love it but sadly I did not and I will not come back.