Hotel Il Castelfalfi
What We Love
- The location in an 800-year-old medieval village and resurrected historic estate once owned by the Medici family
- Ecofriendly architecture that harmonizes the hotel with the Tuscan countryside
- Wonderful spa with knowledgeable practitioners and extensive menu
What To Know
- The resort is about hour away by car from Pisa and Florence
- There are few restaurant options outside of the resort, but its on-site choices are wonderful
Once owned by the Medici family, this 2,700-acre, 800-year-old medieval village in Montaione fell away from the public eye—that is, until lifestyle hotel brand TUI Blue saw its potential. With the help of the surrounding village’s government, the town has been resurrected into a sprawling five-star resort. Il Castelfalfi, the region’s first new-build hotel in years, offers suites with both sunrise and sunset patio views. Across the street, a disused tobacco factory is now an adjacent boutique hotel, ruinous farmhouses have become holiday homes, and acres of surrounding lands now make up Tuscany’s largest golf course. Out of respect for the local land—a watercolor backdrop of rolling Tuscan hills—the low-slung profile of Hotel Il Castelfalfi is deliberately designed to interrupt the landscape as little as possible, agricultural operations on estate grounds produce the bottles of wine and organic olive oil that you’ll find across the resort, and a biomass power plant provides heating and air-conditioning. Dining is a pleasure in any of the restaurants. Enjoy La Via del Sale’s Mediterranean-inspired dishes from the covered veranda overlooking the countryside, where a sumptuous breakfast buffet complete with a glass of Prosecco is a wonderful start to the day. The 11,000-square-foot spa (home to an indoor-outdoor pool, bio sauna, hammam, and salt and ice cave) and plethora of sun chairs all make for tempting spots to relax between meals.
In the Area
The property feels miles away from anywhere thanks to the rolling hills that surround it on all sides, but the village offers a few quaint distractions including a small alimentari (grocery store) as well as a pizzeria, Il Rosmarino. At the entrance of the village is the tower of the ancient castle, La Rocca, now home to La Rocca di Castelfalfi, whose patio is a beautiful place to watch the sunset over Tuscan specialties like Ribollita and ravioli. In addition to the property’s 27-hole golf course, outdoorsy types will also love the nearby nature preserve, where guests can go horseback riding and foraging for rare white truffles. The resort’s Tenuta di Castelfalfi winery and olive press are also just a short cycle or longer stroll away. Public transit is all but non-existent, so if you want to explore further afield, a rental car is a must.
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Beautiful hotel, in an amazing village in Tuscany , all luxury, with fantastic views , and outstanding service.
The room was beautiful, large, with all necessary features , the view to the pool and the surrounding rolling hills was breathtaking , the gym and spa, state of the art.
Very nice breakfast , and nice restaurant for dinner ( better options in the village, steps away from the hotel) and lots of activities around , that the hotels team will be glad to arrange for you, with a big smile.
Great driving around options near by , and a beautiful golf club near by.
All together, a winner.
Absolutely not up to 5star or 250€ a night standard.
Firstly, the spa seems to be designed by a person who has never taken a sauna. It lacks comfort and coziness. The spa-staff is rather lazy and both times we went, we had to go back for towels, even tho we were told we’d find them at the present. The lemon water was not nice. The opening hours were not respected. They stated it would open at 8am, and thusly we decided to have a sauna prior to our departure. Unfortunately we had to wait 40minutes before it actually warming up.
I suggested adjusting this so people who actually plan something, can stick to it.
Secondly, the hotel tags itself as a “nice place to cycle” what they confirmed when I called for a reservation. The website clearly shows people mountainbiking.
Unfortunately they are everything but prepared for people to go cycling.
They had no place to clean the bikes and after heavy negotiating and heated arguing we were allowed to clean our bycicles in a -2 degress celsius garage outdoor.
Some more arguing had to find place for us to obtain a silly rag or piece of cloth to wipe down the bikes.
Thirdly, the hotel felt bunkerish and the room lacked athmosphere. They have a spectacular view, but thats a given anywhere in Tuscany.
This second star goes to the food in La Via del Sale restaurant. It was absolutely fantastic, if you do make the mistake to sleep in this hotel, atleast have dinner here and have the Picio, ita delightful - complimenti allo chef.
The food was so good I did not want to mention the hair I found jn my main course. This happens. As you can tell, I’m bald, so it could not have been mine. I wish.
TL;DR The staff is undertrained and thusly not competent enough for 5star clientele. The view of the hotel is nice but not worth the money.
Would not go again.
Couldn’t be more pleased with this hotel. The rooms are modern yet rustic. The shower is really good. The view from our room was picturesque. The gym was well equipped with nice exercise equipment. The breakfast was plentiful. The staff and the service was first class. I really loved everything about this hotel.
we had a fantastic 2 night stay in one of their suites. the resort has some amazing views of the Tuscan countryside. easy to reach...hardly an hour away from both Siena and Florence.
Our room was modern and walked into a beautiful garden which had some amazing Tuscan views. Rooms are very well appointed with a spacious living area, outdoor area.
The hotel has a lovely golf course and spa. had the pleasure to play their 9 hole mountain course and the hotel concierge did all the arrangements.
wished to have stayed here for a few more nights !!
I have known Castelfalfi resort for over 15 years as have a home in the area. I’ve seen a sleeping beauty of a town come back to life over this time. The restoration of the buildings has been exacting and the new hotel fits beautifully in the surroundings. You will not find better views in Tuscany.
La Rocca offers gourmet meals and La Via Del Sale restaurant has a great menu that my teen children can enjoy.
The new Spa is amazing with its indoor solarium and pool. The services are excellent and special mention to Federica and Illaria who are the estheticians. Last week I had the best facial I’ve ever had.
I would recommend exploring the area by car - the landscape is beautiful and visit nearby hill towns San Gimignano and Volterra.
My family, friends and I always look forward to dining, golfing, and spa at Castelfalfi.
We are grateful that this Borgo has been restored to its former greatness.
I’ve traveled a lot through Italy and I believe this is one of the best resorts in Tuscany.