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Montalcino: B&B Palazzina Cesirawww.montalcinoitaly.com/eng/home_cesira.htm
Reviewed by: JudJer from PA, review #2700
When: September 2009
Lovely home, lovely hosts
We stayed in Palazzino Cesira upon several web recommendations as well as Rick Steves'. The B&B is exactly as suggested. The facility is gorgeous and in the center of everything. Robert was very helpful in orienting us around the region. We didn't stray too far because we wanted to enjoy this territory.
We were just a little stressed with the key entry situation entering and leaving. Breakfast, while excellent, was a little rushed. I would prefer to enjoy my coffee before my eggs are delivered. Everyone prior comments are on the eggs ... But Lucilla's jams are from heaven. All in all, very comfortable.
Very low lighting - I would suggest small sensor nightlights for safety in the bedrooms.
Reviewed by: mac1947 from TX, review #2629
When: October 2007
We can't wait to return to this luscious B&B in the heart of Montalcino!
Palazzina Cesira was a delightful stay for two nights and the pictures on the website are accurate. (We stayed in the "Pink Room" - see photo on website.)
My wife had looked at a place to stay to brake up a long trip from Turin to Sorrento before we left for Italy and just loved the pictures of this B&B. We stayed in their “pink” room with painted roof rafters for 110 euros a night inclusive of tax and breakfast and it was worth it!
Breakfasts were made-to-order by Robert; you could choose from a Continental or American-style breakfast which included a choice of a delicious cheese omelet, scrambled eggs, pastries, and homemade jams. Overnight parking is about 2 blocks away in the public lot but we were able to unload & load at the front door so the short walk was easy.
The location was only steps from the Fortezza, the main piazza, and great restaurants. Robert and his wife were gracious hosts and helpful with suggestions and dinner reservations (both speak perfect English; Robert lived in America for some time and has great stories of his life here.)
The house itself is 14th century and the decor is just what you would do to make your home warm and inviting. Lots of antiques and wonderful paintings, prints and photographs line the walls insuring you no detail has been over looked to make you comfortable.
To give Palazzina Cesira a 5 star rating does not do it justice. Beautiful and clean rooms, excellent food, warm and gracious hosts; all in a “Citta`” that belongs on a post card. What more could you want on your stay in Tuscany?
Reviewed by: Janet Z from NY, review #1987
When: July 2007
Lovely B&B in the center of Montalcino ... a great base for this beautiful area.
We chose Palazzina Cesira because of its great location within the walls of Montalcino, its reasonable price, and not least of all, its accessible parking.
The B&B is in an charming old building on the third floor, decorated nicely with antiques. Our room was spacious and comfortable, with a skylight in the bathroom and an enclosed stall shower. A fan was also provided, and welcome in the July heat. No expansive views, but large windows with good ventilation.
Breakfasts were made-to-order by either Robert or his charming wife; you could choose from a Continental or American-style breakfast which included a choice of a delicious cheese omelet, scrambled eggs, pastries, and homemade jams.
The B&B is situated right on the main driveable street in Montalcino, which allowed us to pull right up to the door to unload and load the car. Parking was a bit further away than we anticipated--about a 10 minute walk, mostly uphill. Still, this was not a big problem and I don't think any other hotel in the center of town could do differently. The location was only steps from the Fortezza, the main piazza, and great restaurants. Robert and his wife were gracious hosts and helful with suggestions and dinner reservations (both speak perfect English; in fact, Robert lived in America for some time.)
We paid 85 Euros a night inclusive of tax and breakfast. An added bonus was that since Robert has an American address and bank, the initial deposit was able to be paid by regular check and mailed to a US address.
Reviewed by: Bob Gold from CA, review #1249
When: October 2005
Beautiful B&B in middle of Montalcino. Wonderful husband and wife hosts offer helpful advice about the area. Great breakfast.
My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights. Robert (an American) and his wife Luchiella (Italian) welcome you to their beautifully restored home in the middle of the town of Montalcino.
The pictures on the website are accurate. The rooms are large, clean, and nicely decorated. The bathrooms are modern and clean. The dining area is warm and inviting. Robert sat down with us each day and helped us plan an itinerary for the following day. This was extremely helpful as this was our first visit to the area. He also made restaurant suggestions.
The breakfast was prepared freshly each morning and included a choice of omlette or pastry with fresh juice, coffee and bread. There were also home made preserves put out each morning. This was by far the best breakfast we had in Italy. The price was resonable at €80 per night. We emailed 6 months in advance for these reservations and always received a fast response. I didn't see a formal star rating but I'd say this was a strong 3* and possibly a 4*. Highly recommeded!
Reviewed by: brucedodge from AZ, review #1045
When: May 2005
Just want to confirm the other reviews. Stayed with Roberto and Lucilla last month and it was a treat.
Nothing new to add other than the breakfasts were terrific -- and the advice even better. Roberto loves using a magic marker on a map to suggest places that fit in with the type of sightseeing you wish to do.
We stayed in Mini-Suite B (top floor). Very quiet. Ceiling fan. Don't remember exactly, but each night was about 90 euros, all inclusive, including breakfast. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by: smile_cc from MA, review #853
When: November 2003
Lovely B & B in the heart of Montalcino with wonderful hosts.
Montalicino is a wonderful town to visit, and the perfect place to stay is at the Palazzina Cesira. This place was recommended by Slow Trav. This B&B is a great base to enjoy the countryside and wine.
Roberto, our host, knows a lot about wine and was very helpful in organizing appointments at the local wineries. He also recommended Il Grappolo Blu which turned out to be our most favorite restaurant of our entire trip. He suggested routes to take so that we could enjoy the countryside at its most. A great place to stay.
Reviewed by: MarthaG from USA, review #570
When: May 2004
A small B&B in Montalcino that offers comfortable accommodations and extremely helpful hosts.
We loved our stay here, despite three days of rain. We chose a standard room (mini-suites are also available) and it was large and comfortable with a well-equipped bathroom.
Breakfasts were simple: juice, excellent coffee and warm milk, excellent eggs/omelets and fresh bread and homemade jams.
The B&B is near several wine bars, trattorie, and osterie as well as wine stores, an internet café, and multiple shops. The town is quaint, charming, and there are incredible views (and photo opportunities) from many locations.
Overnight parking is about 2 blocks away in the public lot. Roberto and Lucilla (he is an expatriate American, she is Italian) gave us great advice regarding restaurants and helped us plan our day trips. We paid €78/double/night.
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