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Montalcino: Hotel Il Giglio

Via S. Saloni, 5, Phone: 057.7848167

Reviewed by: colleenk from MA, review #1702

When: October 2006

Charming, small hotel in the heart of Montalcino.

Our pretty room at Il Giglio, photo by Jim Kochman

This lovely 12 room B&B located steps away from Piazza del Popolo was the perfect choice for a 3 night stay in the beautiful hill town of Montalcino.

Because we were there for the Sagra del Tordo festa, we booked far in advance and requested room number 1. It has a good sized balcony with a beautiful view of the Southern Tuscan countryside. During this festival, there is a 3 night minimum stay.

Although the room was small (it was hard not to trip over 1 of our bags), the outside terrace gave it a much bigger feel. The bathroom was a good size and had all the modern amenities including a hair dryer. The bed was very comfortable and the room was nicely decorated. There is a fridge stocked with drinks.

Parking was included in the price. We drove up to the hotel to unload and then the car was taken away and parked for us. As we did not leave Montalcino during our stay because of the festa, I am not sure how convenient this may be for day trippers.

The hotel also has a restaurant that looked very nice but we didn't have a chance to dine there. They offer a continental (a nice selection of yogurt, cereal, bread and croissants) or a full breakfast. Our double room with the terrace was 113 euros with breakfast, 90 euros without. Prices range from Ä60 for a single to Ä90 for a double without breakfast. A half board option is also available.

We found the father and son who run the B&B and who speak very good English to be very helpful and friendly. The wife/mother was a little less friendly but certaintly nice enough. They were happy to set up dinner reservations in advance for us.

I would be happy to stay here again and think it is a very good value for its location and views.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Young from VA, review #1202

When: May 2004

Beautiful views, friendly family-run establishment, clean, comfortable rooms.

This small hotel is centrally located in the village. We had some trouble parking on our arrival and circled around and around to find a spot. It was very crowded in town as a result of an ongoing market or festival. Normally however, the staff would park the cars, but the father and son happened to be out and the mother was left to watch the front desk.

The proprietors were friendly but reserved. Many rooms offer wonderful views. I tried to reserve a room with a terrace but they were all booked. However, our room was a decent enough size--big enough for a queen size bed, dresser, and little desk and chair. It was very clean and quiet. The bathroom was modern and done in beautiful tumbled stone tiles, also very clean. The shower was excellent. Great water pressure and larger than many of the other Italian hotel showers.

Our room had a spectacular view overlooking the valley, and each morning and evening we marveled at the sunrise/sunsets over nearby terracotta rooftops and the valley beyond.

We dined in the hotel restaurant on the night of our arrival and the food was adequate, but for the price we would elect to eat elsewhere for dinner during the rest of our stay. Breakfasts were decent also, but there was a wonderful cafe/bakery only doors away from the hotel, so we opted for this most mornings.

If staying in town we would definitely stay at this hotel again. It is an excellent value and the view is unforgettable.

Reviewed by: borgodellastella from CO, review #1061

When: 2005

Charming Tuscan hotel with great value, in the heart of lovely Montalcino. {3 stars}

My husband and I stayed at this wonderful little hotel, spending the first days in the "Anna Annex," as there were no rooms in the main section of the hotel. We referred to our room in the Anna Annex as a rustic "Tuscan suite," with its two separate rooms, and woodbeam ceilings. It was clean and charming with a distinctly Tuscan feel.

Because we loved Montalcino so much, and were so pleased with the room at the Anna Annex, we chose to extend our stay. At this point, rooms in the Anna Annex were now booked, and there was a room available in the main hotel.

This room was nicely decorated, and renovated, though smaller than the room at the Annex.

Throughout our stay, the staff was incredibly kind and helpful, setting aside time to help us with our trip planning.

The location of Il Giglio is excellent for exploring Montalcino and its surroundings. The value is wonderful. I highly recommend this hotel.

Reviewed by: mk from USA, review #612

When: May 2004

Rooms #s 9 and 10: spacious, tasteful, and charming with lovely views of countryside. Free parking attended to by staff who were generally helpful.

Reviewed by: Lorac from NY, review #558

When: March 2004

A perfect location in a perfect medieval Tuscan hill town.

When we first arrived at Il Giglio, our impression was how lovely--now, what do we do with the car? The fellow at the front desk said he would be happy to park it for us after he helped us to our room, both of which he proceeded to do very quickly. The hotel is owned by a family, and the Mom, Dad and Son run it smoothly. They are quiet and reserved folks but very efficient and accommodating. Either the father or the son parked the car every time we returned to the hotel, which was wonderful for us.

Our double room was very small, but comfortable and we did have a spectacular view from our window. The bathroom was brand new, with an enclosed shower, all done in a beautiful natural colored stone. The headboard on our bed looked just like the one used in Under the Tuscan Sun, only ours had flowers instead of the Madonna. We would have liked softer pillows, but it seems that they were not to be found wherever we stayed in Italy.

Breakfast was served in the dining room with cloth tablecloths and napkins and fresh flowers and a magnificent panoramic window framing a view of the beautiful Tuscan hillside. The breakfast menu offered a nice selection of local foods.

Il Giglio is located in the heart of Montalcino on a charming street with many shops, restaurants and wine stores. Within a few steps of the hotel are a wine shop, book store, wine shop, ceramic shop, wine shop, jeweler, wine shop, pharmacy, wine shop and a bancomat. Also a short walk away is a small square, Piazza del Popolo, and directly up the hill is the dominating fortezza.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this hotel for a stay in Southern Tuscany. The price and location just canít be beat. {Note: June 2004, the website is "under construction."}

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