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
Beautiful and unique Castle setting up on a hill with stunning views.
Our Castle suite was lovely.
So relaxing to sit in the pools overlooking the Tuscan hills, especially after
a great time exploring the nearby towns and wineries. It was a great base to explore Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano.
This was a return trip for us to Castello di Velona, and the property does not disappoint. It is beautiful with amazing views and amenities, and a very helpful staff. My only point of suggestion is that I would like to see better and less expensive dinner options. The food is very pricey (as is their wine) and only okay. The meals we had off-property were delicious and a better value. Bottom line is that we look forward to returning to this hotel, but will focus on dinner at local restaurants and wineries.
After several days at Castello di Casole, we tried this hotel/Resort. What a disappointment. Staff not entirely friendly, somewhat aloof (Elinora at Desk), . We did not feel the castle environment as the rooms are added to the one side of the bldg. The amenities in the room were definitely lacking for a resort at this price point-- no wash cloth, plastic bathroom glasses, no Kleenex, both lights out over the sink--- Really!!!
Could have been so much better than what they did for design. Service overall was bad, overpriced for what they offer-- keep driving by.
We just had our wedding at Castello di Velona and we are still so flashed!!! We knew that the Castello is the best place for our wedding but the fantastic team and our guests made our day the best day in our life!
I really HUGE THANK YOU to Mr. Fabiani and his TEAM!
You really know how to host a wedding, professional with the perfect touch of personality!
And the Castello di Velona Resort Team knows how to Party !!! ;)
Thank you so much!!!!
The Germans ;)
Stayed here with my wife as a relaxation leg to a multi-city Italy tour. Room was a lot more pricey than we were paying elsewhere at €750 per night but the website looked excellent and we assumed the money spent would be well worth it as part of a relaxation leg linked to some local wine touring. The setting did not disappoint and was stunning. Everything else about the hotel leaves much to be desired.
The restaurant is the worst we visited during our two week stay in Italy. The food was frankly disgusting and at €20 for a starter and double this for a main course we expected better. The restaurant is understaffed, food is served cold and a number of plates seemed to make their way to the wrong tables only to be returned to the kitchen to then morph into a new dish for another table. They serve their own house mediocre Brunello at a 400% mark up to their own shop price in the restaurant so be warned. None of the wine from the Castello itself is much better than average so the €650 for the 2004 riserva seems steep. By the end of the meal tables were conferring (almost laughing) at how bad it was. The bill came in at €280 for two.
General service was poor. I lost an entire wardrobe of clothes that were shrunk in the wash at a cost of €120 for the pleasure. We were charged €5 per day for valet service on the car which you would assume would be part of the package for a hotel at this end of the price spectrum and which was frankly insulting. They wanted €70 each way for transport into Montalcino which is a 15 minute drive and claimed there were no taxis operating for us to make independent arrangements. We eventually found a taxi for a fraction of the price.
I don’t usually write reviews and I am happy to pay for quality but I thought it important that others get an early insight into what this hotel is and what it is not. It is a beautiful building in a jaw-dropping picturesque location with nice clean rooms and one cannot fault the setting. Everything else about the hotel is 3-star packaged as 5 with a tendency to rip off international customers with a lack lustre staff and a top down management issue. I would seriously think twice before staying here for this price level as the Rosewood is not far and offers proper international service commensurate with this price-point.