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
Lots of space in very comfortably appointed rooms. Serene setting with a 3 level pool. Outstanding breakfast buffet, and very attentive staff. Great place to relax after daily tours of nearby vineyards and castles.
We were so pleased with our stay. We arrived very tired due to travel from the States. Denise helped us check in and get settled. Our room was very spacious with his and hers closets, a big bathroom and comfortable bed. It was very quiet and everything appeared almost new. WiFi worked very well. Convenient location to many Tuscany villages.
Service is their shining star. From the moment we drove up we were pampered. Valets took care of the car and the luggage appeared in my room by magic. Everyone was most hospitable. My wife struggled with fatigue and Denise took a special interest in making her visit special. (I mention her name as she took an interest in our satisfaction). There were others in the staff too, all helpful and friendly. Everyone spoke good English. Service was fast too. Don’t order coffee from room service before you get your pants (LOL). They were responsive. Food was good but we often ate offsite. The Cantina was exceptional with a good variety and tasty food. The high end restaurant was too much for what we needed. Showers worked well after we learned how to use them but they were sort of complicated.
Pool and spa were beautiful but we spent our time elsewhere. Hard to go wrong here. ????
The property is a renovated 11th century monastery and truly beautiful. We chose this location for the last 2 nights of our honeymoon, mostly for it's great location - not too far from Florence Airport, but also close to Siena, Chianti and other regions. The breakfast buffet is in a beautiful courtyard and we dined twice at La Cantina, the restaurant on site. The food was great! Although we had a small room, it was recently updated for a lovely mix of 11th century charm with a modern spin.
The only reason I give this place 4/5 stars is because we weren't acknowledged in any way for choosing this location as part of our honeymoon. It would have been nice to have been upgraded or at least welcomed, as all the other hotels did. While every staff member was nice to us, there was something off about the service, almost as if there was a sense of nervousness in the air.
Overall, as an LGBTQ Couple we felt safe and welcomed and I would recommend this to other couples of all types. However, if you plan to stay for multiple nights, you'll want to make some dinner plans elsewhere too!