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Capalbio: Hotel Residence Valle del Buttero

www.valledelbuttero.it

Reviewed by: Carter from OR, review #2881

When: July 2010

Great hotel in charming Maremma town. {3 stars}

Our family (two adults, two kids) stayed at this hotel on our last two days in Italy.

I frequently see Slow Talk forum posters ask for advice on where to stay near Rome for a night or two at the beginning or end of their trips. I never see Capalbio mentioned, but it absolutely should be and this hotel is the perfect place to stay.

Capalbio is a picturesque hill town in the southern Maremma, about an hour and a half north of FCO, and about five miles from the sea. It is very popular with Roman weekenders, but seems relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, and the town is very much unspoiled.

This 3-star hotel is just outside the ancient walls of the town, a five minute walk (uphill) from the towns 6 or 7 restaurants and assorted shops. The hotel has regular rooms and a number two-room suites, which we stayed in.

The grounds are immaculate and spacious. The swimming pool is very nice. It has plenty of lounge chairs and is surrounded by a grass area that is perfect for relaxing. It also has a well-supplied snack bar.

The common area of the hotel is quite attractive and comfortable. It includes a bar and TV room, a dining room where breakfast is served and a game room with ping pong and billiards tables. The buffet breakfast is extensive and of high quality. The staff is friendly and helpful.

Note that some rooms, including ours, do not have A/C. This proved not to be a problem, even though the weather was quite hot; the room was located on the shaded side of the building and a nice breeze blew through the rooms at night.

For four people, we paid 178 euros per night, breakfast included - a very good value. Like many hotels in the Capalbio area, they do not accept bookings through booking portals, so you must book directly with the hotel through its website.

All-in-all, this was a great place to spend our last two days in Italy. Highly recommended.

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