Borgo San Luigi
What We Love
- A historic country hotel in Tuscany, with a wine tasting, breakfast and a restaurant discountStaying at an enchanting estate that dates back to the 17th century
- Soaking up the Mediterranean sunshine and beautiful Tuscan views
- Sampling local flavors at the restaurant or with a wine tasting
What To Know
- There's a large pool with ample sunbeds
- The hotel isn't within walking distance of anything – you'll need to rent a car or hire a driver to explore beyond the property
- Free WiFi
You don’t need to be a native Italian speaker to understand Borgo San Luigi’s charm. With its ancient trees, historic buildings and extensive gardens, this Tuscan four-star hotel needs no explanation. Whether you’re touring around the enchanting countryside or simply getting some R&R on the property, you’re sure to embrace the Tuscan way of life. As you watch the sun set over the rolling hills – perhaps with a glass of local red in hand – it’ll be clear why this is the most raved-about region of Italy.
Natural beauty isn’t the only thing you’ll savor here; staying true to the structure’s original 17th-century character, this lovely country estate is full of traditional features, including terra-cotta floors and antique furniture. Of course, there’s also the world-famous cuisine – you’ll find culinary traditions and produce from the surrounding landscape served up al fresco in the warmer months. To experience more of the region’s treasures, spend a day in Siena or Florence, or stop by a local winery for an authentic tasting.
Rooms and suites
As you’d expect from a 17th-century estate, the rooms and suites offer plenty of local character. You’ll find antique fabrics, terra-cotta floors and handcrafted furnishings. Deluxe rooms provide 170-190 square feet of space, while the Junior suites offer 215-260 square feet for you to stretch out in.
The two restaurants and popular bar at Borgo San Luigi look to the Sienese landscape and culinary traditions to shape their menus. Fresh local produce joins gluten-free and vegetarian dishes to accommodate almost any taste.
Borgo San Luigi offers a stunning base for your Tuscan stay. Just 15 minutes away, you can explore the incredible, charming commune of Monteriggioni, with its medieval walls and 13th-century church. You can also take the 30-minute drive to visit Siena, with its historic city center – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’re in the mood for a day trip, Florence shouldn’t be missed; just an hour’s drive away, this city – the birthplace of the Renaissance – is filled with some of the most impressive art and architecture found anywhere in the world.
How to Get There
We booked Borgo San Luigi on the recommendation of a friend as it was central to a number of locations, including Volterra, Siena, San Gimignano and Panzano in the Chianti region, that we wanted to visit. On arrival we were delighted by the sheer beauty of the hotel and the wonderful welcome that we were given. Our room was beautifully appointed and we instantly felt at home. The restaurant was excellent and very reasonably priced and the bar and sitting area were lovely. Filipo and Gardo were wonderful hosts and we will no doubt be back to enjoy Borgo San Luigi again.
Filipo & Gardo
My husband and I just spent an incredible few days at Borgo San Luigi. It was heavenly!
The grounds are stunning. Cypress trees, lemon trees, olive trees and so many more dot this gorgeous landscape. The main buildings are over 300 years old and just lovely with old fashioned wrought iron gates and doors, exposed beam ceilings and too many incredible details to mention.
If you expect to walk into this place and see an original facade with fully modern renovated interiors than San Luigi is not the place for you. The rooms are decorated to maintain the tradition of the building and the area which adds to the quaint and cozy feeling you get when you're there. This is a place that has history which is definitely part of its charm and appeal.
If you choose to stay at San Luigi I highly recommend the following:
1. Aperitivo - a European version of happy hour that goes from around 4-8pm. Definitely don't miss out on sitting by the fire pit with a glass of wine while the kind staff bring you a trio of yummy treats at no extra charge.
2. Strolling the grounds - get to know your surroundings. Beautiful clay pots filled with lemon trees, rose bushes and so much more!
3. Go for a hike. - Absolutely go for hike in the area surrounding the hotel. Vineyards, classic Tuscan homes and incredible vistas of rolling hills will blow you away.
4. Have dinner at the hotel restaurant - The food is ABSOLUTELY incredible! I had to go back twice for their seasonal dish of Cannelloni di Bacala (Salt Cod Cannelloni). Begged the chef for the recipe to take home which he so kindly obliged me with. Grazie mille Iddris!
5. Go in the off-season! - Not only will you save money at this time of year but, you'll enjoy the bounty of the fall with acres of chianti grapes, freshly roasted chestnuts and so much more. In fact, our first day there were people swimming in the pool and sunbathing! Would definitely return at this same time.
There are only 2 super minor things I would point out to manage the expectations of anyone who reads this review and should consider visiting.
1. The beds are very firm. In our opinion, fairly uncomfortably so. That said, if firm beds are your thing than have a blast!
2. The shower (in our room at least) was a bit challenging. There was a half glass door that only went a few feet up from the tub edge and the shower head went wild when you turned on the water drenching everything in sight. A simple dual sliding shower door would absolutely help. But again, super minor issues.
Borgo San Luigi is a dream location for anyone who wants to enjoy the Tuscan countryside for a few days of peace and tranquility. And the perfect location if you want to visit some of the neighbouring towns. It's a 30 mins drive to Siena and about the same to Volterra and San Gimignano which I highly recommend spending some time at.
Loved everything about this hotel and this area of Tuscany. Would highly recommend it to anyone.
When something is old it can look divine! and this is old and dilapidated and urgently searching for the soul! everything is so dark and sad in the room
Old “kitchen”, bathroom not to speak????! cold floors, the ancient air condition from which it stinks! but the garden and the environment are wonderful
I only recommend when they remodel!!