La Bandita Townhouse
What We Love
- Daily breakfast and soft drinks from the minibar are included in the Jetsetter rate
- The center-of-it-all setting in a charming Tuscan town where parts of The English Patient were filmed
- Traditional yet up-to-date Tuscan cuisine using seasonal local ingredients
- Private courtyard garden with patio seating
What To Know
- Free parking (subject to availability) and WiFi
- There’s an appointment-only spa
- The closest train station is in Chiusi, about a 45-minute drive away. The hotel can arrange transfers or rental cars
- A city tax of $1 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
Urban loft meets rustic Tuscan retreat. Working with a top designer, who happens to be a cousin and frequent collaborator of starchitect Richard Rogers, La Bandita’s owners have stayed true to the light-filled 500-year-old building’s beautiful bones. There are rough-hewn stone walls, beam ceilings and grand archways everywhere you look. Into this structure they’ve inserted their own industrial-chic downtown aesthetic, employing vintage mirrors, maps, leather club chairs and metal stools and seats from a famed antiques warehouse in Florence, custom-designing mod bookshelves and cabinetry, and staining wood floors and ceilings in light shades of gray to pull it all together.
Bed and Bath
In keeping with the rest of the hotel’s modern-meets-ancient aesthetic, the dozen guestrooms are spread across three floors and all differ in size and shape. The furnishings are largely consistent, however: Large custom-made platform beds covered with crisp white linens, convertible sofabeds and mod orange-and-gray cabinetry stand out against the neutral palette of exposed stone, white walls and gray-washed wooden floors and ceilings. About half of the ample bathrooms, all done in crisply contemporary white and gray and outfitted with subtly fragranced products from Ortiga Sicilia Home, have both a tub and a shower; in some rooms, in fact, the soaking tub is, rather decadently, right in the bedroom.
On the ground floor, down a barrel-vaulted, stone-walled hallway, the Townhouse Café serves breakfast, dinner and drinks daily, and lunch every day except Monday and Tuesday. The restaurant’s maroon subway-tiled kitchen, vintage furnishings and large arched French doors create a convivial atmosphere that nicely matches the seasonal, local, casual food it serves. Beyond the restaurant there’s a patio with table seating and, a few steps up from that, a grassy little walled garden bordered by herbs, shrubs, flowers and small trees. Back inside and on the second floor, a guests-only library and bar stocks a collection of books both academic and amusing, and serves small snacks at cocktail hour. A turntable with vintage vinyl provides the tunes (the American owner was once a record company exec who accompanied the likes of the Strokes on tour).
In the Area
The hotel has a prime location in Pienza. You’re a few short blocks from the piazza, with its grand church and tiny coffee bar, and artisanal and specialty food shops line the streets in every direction. The best store for the region’s pecorino cheese and fennel sausage is Marusco e Maria, while a great wine selection can be found just around the corner at Enoteca di Ghino. Top restaurants include Sette Divino and Latte di Luna. Beyond Pienza, the rolling hills, medieval hilltop towns and exquisite wineries of southern Tuscany’s UNESCO-protected Val d’Orcia await. And it’s not far from Tuscany’s northern reaches, either: Sienna and Cortona are all less than an hour away. San Gimignano and Florence are about 90 minutes.
How to Get There
Friend fell in room that had step up to sleeping area with no markings to show step. Fell 2x ended in hospital with gash in head and stitches.
The owner, John didn’t show any concern for this guest or family.
Didn’t offer to change room, pay for taxi or any recognition of this terrible accident
The rooms lack convenience especially the bathroom no shelves for toiletries , open shower no tub mat very slippery and dangerous
Bedroom has one hanging closet everything else were cubbies behind doors
Would not recommend
La Bandita Townhouse is a joy from start to finish. The moment you book, they send you their personal guide to the area and all the information you need for a perfect holiday. You feel your holiday has already started even before you get there.
Beautifully fashioned from an old convent into an interior design heaven. Very comfortable and beautifully designed bedrooms and bathrooms; Ortigia products, piles of fluffy white towels, high-thread count bed linen, complementary soft drinks in your room as well as Illy coffee (and tea of course).
Spacious well-stocked library lounge music chill area adds a very special dimension to the hotel, underlining the overall atmosphere and ethos of the hotel.
Last but not least, this is a hotel where every member of staff is approachable and will do everything they can to make your stay perfect. Whatever you want to do, shop, eat, drink, wine taste, La Bandita knows exactly where to go and on hand to arrange everything. Owner-manager John is very welcoming and keen to make your stay perfect.
Breakfast also amazing (freshly squeezed orange juice, local cheeses, prosciutto plus eggs, bacon and sausages to order).
Very comfortable and cozy place to stay. The location is amazing, right in the heart of Pienza which is a stunning town. Rooms were modern mixed with original. Very friendly staff and owners. Breakfast was great too. Dinner is the best in town by a long way.
La Bandita Townhouse is an exceptional contemporary 12 room boutique hotel in the Renaissance historic town of Pienza in the heart of Tuscany. From the warm in-person greeting extended by Jon the owner to the incredibly friendly and helpful hotel staff (especially Virginia and Paola) to the excellent restaurant dinner creations and staff (Mikey and David the fabulous culinary masters from Scotland) our 5-night stay in Pienza was a dream come true. We used this hotel for exploring the Brunello and Montepuliciano wine region of Tuscany, a day trip to Florence and our daily road trips to many of the small beautiful towns in the region was easily done from our home away from home at La Bandita. The helpful staff (Virginia!!) were always willing to spend the time to offer suggestions, make reservations, etc. Mikey in the restaurant provide great insight into the food in the area as well as wine pairings. His brother David the chef prepared such tantalizing dishes (don't miss the salmon, pork loin and the beef filet) that we had dinner three of our five nights at the hotel. This is the place to stay in a contemporary boutique hotel built within a converted 500 year old convent in the glorious walled town of Pienza. Gratzi to al of the staff for a vacation experience to remember!!
Loved our stay at La Bandita Townhouse. Paola provided great winery, cooking class and restaurant recommendations and organized our week in Tuscany perfectly. She was a delight to work with. The restaurant is excellent serving up the best pasta we had in Tuscany, exquisite Scottish salmon (yes, in Tuscany fresh from Scotland) and amazing desserts. Everyone who worked there was friendly, warm and welcoming.
John the owner obviously does a lot of things right - everyone who works there could not have been more helpful and motivated to make our experience fantastic. Great vibe.
Having traveled to Europe 50+ times for business and vacation and Italy 20+ times, I've seen a lot - La Bandita Townhouse is a special place.