Resort Locanda Rossa
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Coastal location between Rome and Florence — a brilliant spot for both beach bums and culture vultures
- Modern rooms in a traditional Tuscan farmhouse
- Even when the hotel is fully booked it rarely feels crowded, as there's so much space
What To Know
- Great for families: There's a large pool area, a playground and even a couple of donkeys
- Free parking and WiFi
- The setting is rural; you really need a car to explore the area
- Excellent facilities, including a spa, fitness room and top-notch restaurant
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Between Florence and Rome, close to the coast in southern Tuscany, Locanda Rossa is a luxe retreat set on a 27-acre olive farm surrounded by gently rolling countryside. The red farmhouse and its outbuildings have been given a warm, contemporary makeover that doesn’t stray too far from the Tuscan vernacular; the public spaces and guestrooms are pleasingly uncluttered, with stylish modern furnishings and natural fabrics. Contemporary art, photography and the odd ethnic design detail break up the bright white walls. Outside, the terraces and gardens blend seamlessly into the surrounding olive groves, and the views stretch to the medieval hill town of Capalbio.
Bed and Bath
All 14 guestrooms have the same clean, modern look: hardwood floors and white walls with beige, black and earthy brown accents. The excellent beds are made up with duvets and crisp white linens, and each room has bathrobes and slippers, plus thoughtful extras like tea and coffee trays with biscotti. The bathrooms are supermodern, with rainfall showers, enlarging mirrors and hip C.O. Bigelow toiletries. Many of the rooms come with a patch of private garden or a terrace overlooking the grounds.
The generous public spaces form the heart of the property. In cooler weather, the open-plan living room/reception area has sofas and a crackling fire, and there’s a bright bistro-style restaurant for breakfast (fresh-squeezed juice, homemade cakes, and jams and honey from the farm). Chef Valerio Russo, fresh from a four-year stint at the Four Seasons Park Lane, puts a mod twist on classic regional cuisine, using locally procured fish, meat and game, produce from the garden, and lashings of the peppery housemade olive oil. On hot days and balmy evenings kick back by the splendid pool and the adjacent indoor-outdoor loggia, or the new conservatory-style restaurant, or head to the long, covered veranda for a pre-dinner prosecco or a nightcap. There’s a small spa, too. The young, smiling and consistently helpful all-female staff is the icing on the cake.
In the Area
The coastal strip of the southern Maremma is characterized by wind-swept sands and a rolling hinterland dotted with ancient towns and villages. Beach bums can choose between trendy clubs such as La Dogana, with its sunbeds, umbrellas and good restaurant, or miles of virgin sand. Sophisticated little Capalbio is a bike ride away; the Etruscan sites at Pitigliano, Sorano and Sovrana are within easy reach; and chic Argentario, popular with the yachting crowd, is just up the road. The local trattorias serve homemade tortelli and wild boar, and the vineyards produce some seriously good Morellino di Scansano.
How to Get There
Loved this place and hope to return next year.
Understated elegance in a rustic setting. Great staff, food and ambience. Close to Etruscan ruins and the sea. Love this wild place!
Clean comfy rooms. Public space relaxing yet vibrant.
Thanks to Barbara for all her help!
We were so pleasantly surprised when we arrived at this boutique hotel having booked online. The decor is sleek. The music soothing. Everyone that works here has a friendly smile. The breakfast is a feast. Wish I could have tried everything. Now the highlight of our stay. We booked a pasta class. Allesandro was the nicest, most patient, informative and eager to please instructor. We made 3 different pastas and he finished them with fabulous sauces.
We only booked for 2 nights here and really regret that we can't stay longer. We love this hotel!
The drive to the Locanda sets a tasteful tone, a long avenue of trees amongst immaculate olive groves up to the russet coloured buildings. We were upgraded to a suite, which was a good start - a lovely light room & impressive bathroom (no bath but huge shower.) Excellent toiletries. The one thing which was irritating were the double sinks; looked great but were far too shallow, the taps too high so consequently major splashing was unavoidable. Everything is immaculately co-ordinated & could grace an interiors magazine. We loved the public areas, grounds & pool (there's a separate one for kids, great idea) Staff were helpful although seemed a little stressed at times. We didn't use the spa, but treatments didn't seem ridiculously over-priced. There is a conservatory style restaurant, where we ate once. Food is a modern take on local produce, portions are small for Italy, & relatively expensive compared to other terrific meals we'd eaten. Somewhat lacking in atmosphere, we chose to go out for successive dinners. Breakfasts were styled as if for an Instagram account, but actually were not that easy to access in the cramped bistro area particularly when really busy. There was plenty of choice; fresh orange juice but other juices weren't - inexcusable at this level. Other things that grated were the fact that they charge for everything they can, there is no generousity of spirit. Cycles, use of saunas & the hammam for example. We spent 3 nights here but unfortunately for us coincided with an American wedding party which was gradually arriving in time to take the whole place over at the weekend. We felt increasingly marginalised, particularly at breakfast when we felt like gatecrashers. It was all staff could do to keep up with their demands, let alone other clients. In future it might be worth management insisting on block booking for weddings, especially as this seems to be quite a large part of the business. There was a lot we enjoyed at Locanda Rossa, but it seemed to lack a dash of Italian hospitality/authenticity; it felt instead like it was auditioning for Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop website.
The location is beautiful amongst olive trees. It is a small hotel and the bedroom and bathroom facilities are great. The pool area is also good - there is a separate pool for kids. It is ideal for a couple of days chilling out by the pool or if you wish to stay longer to be a base for travelling to visit other small towns. Spa treatment and area were really good. Staff were very helpful. The one area that was ok rather than good was the food choices at lunch and dinner. We choose to eat in Capalbio more than eating at the hotel. If you do not wish to drive - this means a cost of between 30 and 40 euros for a return trip.
Very elegant place with beautiful pool and excellent restaurant.
We spent three days and really enjoyed the kindness of service and the elegance of the place.
In the restaurant,the service was perfect,particulary the maître d'hotel,and food and wines were delicious.