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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This hotel is amazing. The location. The spa. The views. Delicious food, amazing rare wines. Great service. The only problem we found was that despite all these amazing things, we always felt like something was missing. There is huge opportunity to make this experience one of the greatest in the world. I would suggest a more relaxed pool side menu and cocktail list, including beers and more affordable wines. More options at dinner, the restaurant was nearly empty, despite the food, service, wine and views being incredible. I think if the hotel offered a more relaxed dining option around the pool, people would want to stay and dine there. The wine list is pricey, I would suggest adding a wider range of wines and prices. The hotel offers a huge range of daily activities but they are extortionate. We were on our honeymoon and had money to spend but it didn’t feel like good value for money. We visited a nearby winery (Mastrojanni - highly recommend) and paid €35 compared to €120 at the hotel. You daren't touch any of the in room snacks or drinks, €10 for a packet of crisps/chips!! People would probably spend more money if things were a few euros cheaper. I would definitely recommend staying here (don’t go full board, it’s not worth it) but would love for the hotel to step it’s game up. We will definitely be back...hoping some feedback is taken on board.
My husband and I travel to Tuscany every year and always stay in Chianti. However, this summer we decided to try Montalcino. So we booked Castello di Velona.
The reviews was mixed but its a 5 star hotel and photos looked amazing so we decided to try it out. OMG! We did not expect the unbelievable service and gorgeous setting! Perhaps one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. From the moment we arrived, we received unparalleled service. The entire property is beautiful, but the pool area is like no other. You really must see it to believe it. But what makes this beautiful place even more special are the wonderful people working there! Our arrival was very special thanks to the Operation manager Francesco. The service is top notch. They really cover everything you needed. The General Manager Gianluca Fabiani is delightful and involved with guests.
The dining in Castello is amazing. It starts with breakfast - wide variety of gourmet items. Restaurants Brunello with outdoor seating and Settimo Senso with sunset view just fabulous! The food was so delicious and the Catello di Velona Brunello wine is to die for. We met Master Sommelier Manuela- she is fantastic! She made our dinners absolutely unforgettable. She is so passionate about their wine, so knowledgeable and is great asset to the hotel.
After six days we were sad to leave. We are already planning our next stay for more days.
This is the place when in Tuscany!
An amazing resort property, albeit expensive. Good rooms and excellent views. Helpful staff and very cordial atmosphere. we stayed in the two room suite on the 1st floor. The indoor pool is heated and flows out and joins the outdoor pool through a tunnel and amazing experience. The cons - it has a very patchy phone signal and hence difficult to reach using Google Maps, even if the rooms are expensive which someone expects but then the Bar/Restaurant etc can be much more moderate it would have increased their revenue. Instead they are overpriced that you dont even think of having a beer and even though its a winery the wine is far too too expensive. The management needs to bear in mind that the resort is located in a isolated area with no access to even a village and hence no outdoor eateries. The spa was also very good with rain showers et al but again the treatments were far too expensive, and again a loss of revenue to the management.