Castello di Velona SPA Resort & Winery
What We Love
- A fairytale castle setting
- A fab spa with sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi, as well as indoor and outdoor pools
- Close to the Brunello vineyards that made Montalcino famous?
- Large rooms that marry comfort with a real sense of place
- Sweeping views from every angle of the estate
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Rooms in the older part of the castle are more atmospheric than the new spa units
- The unprotected position on the hillside means that it is frequently windy
- The restaurant, while creative, is a little fancy, so if you have kids in tow it is better to order room service and then eat dinner adults-only
- It is a bit of a drive to most sites and villages, so it’s best to rent a car
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A former 12th-century watchtower, Castello di Velona Resort & Spa overlooks Montalcino and the surrounding Tuscan hills. Beyond the fairy tale setting, the 46-room luxe castle is particularly notable for its hot spring spa, creative restaurant with a huge terrace and suites that mix contemporary amenities like flat-screens and modern showers with beautiful original details. Best of all is the hotel’s proximity to some of Tuscany’s most famous Brunello vineyards, just south of Siena.
In the Area
There are about 200 producers of Brunello in the area, and you can visit many of them, including Ciacci Piccolomini, with its friendly, English-speaking staff. Sant’ Antimo abbey, one of Tuscany’s most beautiful, is still a working Benedictine monastery. If you arrive at 12:45 p.m. you will hear the monks chanting, which only adds to the mystical atmosphere. Although Montalcino has plenty of restaurants, the small town of San Angelo in Colle is more of an insider’s secret. Local Brunello producers and foodies book tables at Il Leccio, whose encyclopedic wine list is accompanied by great dishes like melt-in-your-mouth ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach.
How to Get There
I don’t know where to begin. I had the most incredible stay at this castle in the heart of Tuscany. To drive up the hill and arrive at the castle and being greeted by the friendly staff was just the beginning. When you go in the stone steps lead to the small lobby where you’re greeted by another smiling staff member and you see bottles of Brunello around the room. It doesn’t get better than that. :). Well, actually it does. Once you see the thermal spa, the thermal pools both inside and outside overlooking the Tuscany hillside during sunset, When you Arrive at your room, you will find as well appointed, with a coffee bar mini bar and gorgeous views out of the windows overlooking the Tuscany Hills. The elegant bathroom has a shower and a tub that you can fill with thermal water. Arrive at your room, you will find its well appointed, with a coffee bar, minibar and gorgeous views out of the windows overlooking the Tuscany Hills. The elegant bathroom has a shower and a tub that you can fill with thermal water . The bed and pillows were extremely comfortable. The restaurant served a lovely menu, and once again the staff were very accommodating. The concierge is happy to arrange many tours in the area, there’s even a helipad for those that want to fly in and out of Castello di Velona. It is amazing for a honeymoon, or quiet getaway , that you can do as little or as much as you like. I can highly recommend it and would definitely go back .
Absolutely beautiful resort with amazing breath taking views and spa amenities.
Unfortunately my fiance and I visited the hotel during the worst day of the hurricane on the last weekend in October 2018.
The hurricane was so extreme that it caused a power outage across all of Montalcino, including at the hotel.
My fiance and I were so disappointed, but was trying to make the most of the situation. We thought: ok, well, the hotel cannot possibly charge us for this day, right?
-we were unable to enjoy the spa
-we were unable to eat at the restaurant - all they had to offer was cold meat and cheese
-we had to use candles in our rooms because we had no electricity
We thought there is no way the hotel would charge us the full 2 days. But guess what? they did!
I brought this up during check out and the manager kept insisting that we should've raised a concern DURING the power outage, rather than on the day of checkout.
Decisions like these is why Italy will never have a thriving economy.
Here are some ideas on what they should have done:
1. provide some comfort to your guests during the power outage- perhaps a complimentary bottle of wine or glasses of champagne. the hotel did NOTHING
2. waive AT LEAST half of the 1 night's stay for the day of the power outage.
if one buys a flight ticket and the plane crashes - you would think the airline would accommodate and provide a way to make up for the inconvenience.
I hope karma works its magic here.
My mother and I stayed at this hotel while on a hiking trip in Tuscany. What an AMAZING place! I can't say enough good things about it. it used to be an 11th century fortress, so it sits up on a mountain top, overlooking the val d'ombrone and the surrounding vineyards. our "basic" room was a two room suite, so we had plenty of room to spread out. the lobby was lavishly appointed with gorgeous furniture suitable for lounging and cocktails, and in the morning, a sumptuous buffet was served. a short walk through a hallway brings you to the outdoor area, with a thermal negative edge pool, elegant beach beds, and a wonderful indoor/outdoor deck. there was even an outdoor gym just in case you want to work out under the blue skies of tuscany. there were so many nooks and crannies to look at the scenery, read, or just relax. be sure and look at the terraced areas below the pool---there are little private chairs if you want some quiet time to marvel at the scenery.
the only thing that was a little odd was that i did choose to get a massage, and the therapist insisted that I wear these weird little paper panties. she didn't speak enough english to explain why, but whatever....it was a good massage regardless.
The entire experience of staying at Castello di Velona was out of this world. As we approached the magnificent castle we were in awe, the driveway up and arrival experience is incredible. As we entered the building we were continually amazed. The views from atop the hill looking out from any angle of this amazing resort are simply breathtaking. The rooms are beautifully appointed and comfortable, and all the public areas are outstanding, The attention to detail is second to none. This ancient castle was restored lovingly and with extreme care. Although it is 5star luxury it does not feel stuffy but rather authentic and the staff are top notch. The GM is Gianluca Fabiani and he is very involved with all the guests and has incredible passion for his amazing piece of paradise perched up atop this hill overlooking stunning Tuscan beauty.
Firstly, We did not check in. We showed up 11/24/18 and immediately heard a dog barking incessantly. We pointed that out to the staff and Massimo said, "I don't hear it." Then he proceeded to show us our room and of course it was right next door to the barking dog. He couldn't ignore this at this point since it was so loud. We told him we cannot stay in this room. He showed us other rooms - then said it would be a 200 Euro upgrade which made us perplexed. He said if we could not pay that we couldn't stay in the room. After Massimo made a phone call, he said "it wasn't his problem, and wouldn't it have made us happy should we want to bring a dog next time," which was completely not the point since we have a dog ourselves but understand that having a dog barking incessantly throughout the night is completely outrageous. We couldn't believe what he was telling us. At this point, we wanted nothing more from them and we were forced to book another hotel. We of course requested a refund since how can we be charged if we didn’t even stay in the hotel. We asked Massimo and explained we would like a refund, he proceeded to say he doesn’t deal with that and to contact hotel.com since we booked with them. We contact Hotels.com only to be given 80-euro voucher as a credit for a 350-euro reservation which to be honest is ridiculous and said the hotel stands by their policy to give no refund.. Hope we can get a refund for the money for the booking since we could not stay there.0 costumer service at Castello Di Velona