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Castellina in Chianti: Albergo Palazzo Squarcialupi

Via Ferruccio, 26, Phone: 057.741186

Reviewed by: colleenk from MA, review #3253

When: September 2012

Fabulous 3 star hotel (merits 4 or 5 star in my opinion) with a "dependence apartment" in the heart of Chianti

This is the hotel I dreamed of staying in for my milestone birthday trip. It only has 17 rooms, so though I booked far out from my dates they had some difficulty at first meeting my request for two rooms for my September dates, until I said I would take any combination of rooms including the "dependence apartment," and I was willing to move to another room if needed.

The website is very accurate in depicting the beautiful rooms, grounds, pool (though it was too cool to use) and spa areas. The standard and deluxe rooms are ENORMOUS by European standards with beautiful details.

The best deal and perhaps best kept secret is their "dependence apartment" located two doors down from the hotel. Up one flight of stairs (no elevator) was a big apartment with a good sized living room (with a pull out sofa bed), a fully equipped galley kitchen, a large, nicely furnished bedroom with a private terrace with spectacular views of the Chianti countryside. All for 100 euros a night!! This was a real deal compared to the 145E and 165E standard and deluxe rooms.

The staff was very nice, the breakfasts very good and the location just perfect for exploring Chianti because of its central location. The spa area was very nicely done with a jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.

The only negative was that the wifi connections were spotty because of the thick Palazzo wall but that will be remedied soon with new re-wiring.

Another plus is that this wonderful hotel is only 15 minutes away from the best meal we had of our trip at Osteria Alla Piazza and just down the street from the best gelato of our trip L'Antica Delizia.

I wouldn't stay anywhere else should I find myself returning to Chianti.

Reviewed by: Danny P from NY, review #1947

When: July 2007

A perfect place to base a trip to Chianti. With views, a pool, in town their own Chianti Classico and a fantastic staff the Hotel exceeded our expectations. {3 stars}

A rambling 17 room hotel located in the middle of Castellina. A large room facing the street cost us E137 a night with breakfast. We were looking for a base for my family in Chianti with a pool and easy access to shops and restaurants. Palazzo Squarcialupi suited the bill perfectly.

The hotel staff proved itself immediately when our luggage did not make our connection to Florence. With an immediate need for diapers for my 1 year old son and the COOP closed on Sunday, the staff called their families. In an hour we had a change of clothes and supplies to keep us until the following morning - when the store opened and we (hopefully) received our luggage. During the day and into that night the front desk made calls on our behalf to the airline to track down our luggage.

The place is kept spotless, a garden of jasmine and lavender scented the backyard, pool and parking area. There is a brand new "spa" free of charge in the cellar with a sauna, steam room, and hot tub that was quite nice after climbing up and down the hill towns of Tuscany.

I would not hesitate staying there again.


Reviewed by: Doru from Canada, review #472

When: September 2003

A wonderful place!

€160/night, including breakfast

We selected this hotel because we wanted to be in Castellina, loved the sound of the name (strange reason, but true!) and particularly thanks to the excellent web site presentation. The results were spectacular: Palazzo Squarcialupi is set in the heart of Castellina, perching above the old walls of the city. Because it is in an old, medieval building, the transformation of the Palazzo in a hotel created opportunities for a variety of room configurations.

We chose a room on the second floor, set on two levels, downstairs with the salon, bathroom and a balcony-terrace opening to a spectacular view of the valley, and the spacious and airy bedroom upstairs. All hotel guests have also access to a suite of club-style comfortable rooms for playing, reading, or conversation, and to a cellar with the Pallazo’s own wines.

The service is impeccable, the included breakfast generous and served with the rich feeling of a palazzo, the front desk courteous and helpful. If you have a car, there are two considerations: first, make sure you get and understand well the instructions how to get to the hotel, and second, from the parking in the back of the hotel to the street level there are long flights of stairs, not quite so easy to climb up for anybody, probably even less so if it rains, surely less so with luggage; so, on arrival, the luggage should be left with the hotel before proceeding to the parking area. If one of the travellers has knee or hip problems, then the partners can drop that person off and then drive to the parking area.

Would we stay there again? No doubt, as others who have stayed at Albergo Squarcialupi confirmed. But the issues inherent to Tuscan hill towns should be a consideration for those with knee or hip problems.

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