4.0
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What We Love

  • Some of the best views in Tuscany

  • Beautiful terraced gardens
  • Inventive on-site restaurant

  • Original details, like frescoes in the rooms

  • Inside one of the most beautiful towns in Italy
  • Free WiFi in the common areas only

What To Know

  • Certain amenities, like the bathrooms, are in need of a serious upgrade

  • No spa or gym on-site

  • Tends to attract families, particularly in the summer, so be prepared for kids

  • The outdoor pool is closed in the winter
  • Check-out is at 11 a.m.
  • Pets are permitted for no additional cost

Amenities

  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

The Review

There’s Tuscany, and then there’s iconic Tuscany. Rows of cypress trees and winding roads weaving their way up rolling green hillsides? You won’t find that in Chianti. Textbook Tuscany is the Val d’Orcia, a triangle southeast of Siena. Pienza is one of the Renaissance towns that dust the area’s hilltops (it’s not for nothing that both Pienza and the Val d’Orcia as a whole are UNESCO World Heritage Sites); and while it’s crawling with visitors in summer, right now, you’ll practically have it to yourself.

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But this is a place you visit for the location rather than the rooms. Outside is a series of terraced gardens, with views of the rolling Val d’Orcia hills and the dormant volcano Monte Amiata looming behind them. In summer, guests lounge by the swimming pool and meet for a pre-dinner aperitivo in the outdoor restaurant. In winter, pop on a coat and enjoy the spectacular view of hills unfolding below Pienza. Even breakfast — a spread of fresh eggs, cheese, jams, bread and pastries, in a bright room overlooking the gardens — is an unforgettable experience.

Away from the hotel, stop into the shops filled with pecorino cheese (a local speciality) or walk through Pienza’s main square, which was transformed into a model of Renaissance architecture by Pope Pius II in the 15th century — one of Renaissance Italy’s first examples of town planning. For a different view of Pienza’s rolling countryside, wander Via del Casello along the city walls and stop for a drink at a local cafe.

How to Get There

Hotel Relais II Chiostro di Pienza
Corso Rossellino 26
Pienza, 53026 Italy

Reviews

Request a room with a view and don't put anything in the safe
shalleys95

The room we were assigned had two windows.They were so high up you could not even see out of them (apart from to the building above). We understand that staying in a building like this is about character but it was nothing short of depressing.It felt like we were paying to stay in a prison cell. Make sure you ask for a room with windows that you can actually see out of .

There is also an "in room safe" that you can pick up and walk out the door with so don't store your valuables either.

Staff friendly but unable to change room as it was fully booked.

Beautiful
Richard M

The beautiful hotel is as welcoming and restful as it had always been, since first visited 20 years ago. Stupendous views and so convenient for the town and cafes. Breakfast was varied, plentiful and with unlimited delicious coffee. Thank you.

More a mediocre 2star than a 4??
christophepj

Absolutely not 4 stars, more a 1,5 star like some suggested here before. I cannot figure out where these 4 stars are coming from but they surely don't represent the customer experience you can expect??? Besides the magnificent location and interesting history, this hotel dramatically FAILS at absolutely everything - where do I start - the rooms are dreadfully outdated, bathrooms are Spartan (the shower is without thermostatic taps so the water temperature keeps on changing, the tiny soaps are of the 1-star plastic wrapped variety and that's about it what you'll get for your buck, they don't even bother about changing all towels daily...and I almost forgot the 80's style plastic sliding showerdoors), breakfast is indeed pretty limited in choice and boring as hell, tasteless, with dry bread and everything you don't expect in a 4-star, and certainly a slap in the face of the fabulous gastronomy this region stands for (their espresso is ok, though). And yes, staff is rude and inpolite.
Breakfast seating is where you see the management's structural aversion towards any basic hospitality: the view is absolutely phenomenal but first row tables benefitting from this view are reserved for potential restaurant guest who only arrive at...noon (they're obviously too lazy to prepare them for their own hotel breakfast guests). And then they prostitute themselves for other double uses such as the wedding feasts, so we couldn't sleep for one night until the wedding guest decided to leave.
A tourist rip-off!!!!