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
We stayed here between 15 - 20 May 2018 - everything was wow - (including the price of wine and dine) - but hey you only live once - the place is wonderful - the staff were wonderful - from the occasional early morning where the clouds were beneath us - It was truly a very very enjoyable stay - In a word Wow
Wonderful hotel and very nice views. Also the spa was great. The reason why the stay wasn't perfect was the horrible and overpriced restaurant. The restaurant bill for two persons was the same amount as the room price. Because of the restaurant we won't come back
On positive side the setting and views are phenomenal and the valet staff great. However they do not make up for (1) no privacy, we had a "castle balcony suite" which had a small private balcony with table and 2 chairs (in addition to the 9 chairs in the room which served only to clutter the modest sized room itself); however about 10 yards from the balcony were 2 large chaise contraptions on which couples placed their towels in the morning and laid claim for the entire day. If we wanted to smell sun tan oil and listen to other conversations we would have gone to the pool. Had to close shutters (rm 27) as windows were right on stairway and served as large peep holes directly into the room (including the bathroom!) thereby limiting light into room. (2) Shower leaked with rotting wood around baseboard (3) Website described 2 restaurants, 1 formal and 1 informal but for dinner we had only 1 option, the "gastronomic" restaurant which was a joke. No offer of aperitif or cocktail and when we asked for a wine list we were told we could not see it until after we'd ordered our food. Food menu was the most complex we'd ever seen yet the food itself simply bland, tasteless. Price for 2 persons, 2 courses each (total of 4), bottle of water, total of 2 glasses of house Brunello (adequate but hardly impressive) over $250. Never offered desert or coffee. Never cleared our table or brought check. We eventually just went up to front desk where our waiter was sitting amid a pile of papers and pulled out our bill, similar to a coffee shop or diner. Spent over 2 hrs at the place and must admire the ability of the staff to avoid eye contact, a well developed art form in and of itself. Elected to cancel our reservation for the following night and enjoyed a bottle of wine, bread, cheese and cookies in our room instead which was far more satisfying.
Breakfast is an experience in and of itself. Be forewarned that they do not restock the buffet so if you get there late platters are sparse. One cup of coffee seems to be the limit and wait for a second cup minimum of 20 minutes. If you reach a doorway at the same time as a waiter, they will go first and elbow you aside (I kid you not, I was amazed)
Can't decide if they just didn't like us, or our nationality or what but we truly regret having wasted our time and money here.
What a disappointment; the view is breath-taking and the hotel is beautiful but:
- On arrival, we were offered a glass of Prosecco that never came even after 15-20 minutes waiting,
- Room 26 is offered with a "balcony" that is in fact 2 chairs and a table in the middle of the main staircase to the pool with no privacy. A true scandal
- Room Service: we had to ask 2 times to get the proper room service menu that was in fact a sheet of paper with 15 items but no wine list.
- Cocktails were brought to us 30 minutes after ordering and snacks came 15 minutes later,
- Breakfast is a good treat but our coffee came when we were done and leaving,
- A gourmet dinner (230€) was invoiced to us even though we hadn’t even walked in the restaurant.
So over all, the service is much to slow and unprofessional for this luxury hotel.
We were here for only one night as we toured the Tuscan countryside on our honeymoon. The property itself is magnificent, perched atop a hill with the MOST INCREDIBLE panoramic 360 degree views I have ever seen in my life. The thermal pools were equally incredible and relaxing. I would assume most coming here are touring the surrounding Montalcino and vineyards which we did - both of which were amazing. We opted to eat in Montalcino so didn't have a meal at the hotel. Prices at the hotel were a little steep having just left a 5 star Tuscan hotel (our drinks were 20 Eur each) with no complimentary water in the room. We did get a glass of prosecco on our arrival which was lovely. A great stop on our honeymoon, views and pools were unparalleled! Our room was also lovely with a little patio and amazing view of the Val d'Orcia.