CORTONA. Hotel Italia. 2010 review – mid-range – 4 ½ out of 5.
This hotel was both the nicest and the best value for money hotel we encountered on our 2010 trip through Tuscany. Very nice staff.
FLORENCE. Il Guelfo Bianco. 2010 review – expensive – 4 out of 5.
A splurge but well worth it for the location.
LUCCA. Villa Romantica. 2010 review – mid-range – 3 ½ out of 5.
Nice hotel (130 euros/night) on beautiful grounds a 5 min walk away from the walls. Clean room, good mattress, toilet seat was falling off for some reason.
SIENA. Villa Elda. 2010 review – expensive – 3 out of 5.
We both agreed it was overpriced (189 euros/night) and overrated (see Trip Advisor rating) for that price. It’s nice and clean but is not more than a 3 star hotel – the rooms in all the other places we stayed (including the 70 euro/night room in Vernazza) were superior to that in the Villa Elda. It’s the only place on our 2010 trip where I kicked myself repeatedly for having grossly overpaid for a hotel.
VENICE. Casa del Melograno Locanda. 2009 review – mid-range – 3 out of 5.
Pretty hotel right on a canal with a large garden where we were served breakfast in the morning. This hotel could have been a 4 1/2 out of 5 if it wasn’t for a few things; the double bed in our room was very small, the AC was not functional and we had to sleep with the windows open – which meant that we heard all the sounds from the outside (which were substantial). Our room, room 5, was also just above the entrance to the garden which seemed to be a favorite smoking hangout. The first night we had continual cigarette smoke coming into the room. All little things that added up to a few bad nights sleep. If you stay in another room you may have a much better experience.
The owner was a young guy with a beautiful dog that would greet us whenever we walked in. Nice guy, gave us a good restaurant recommendation; Restaurant Poggi, 100 meters up the main road from the Casino. Excellent food.