I stayed at Romitoro last year when I visited Italy. When I returned this year, I was going to be traveling alone and wanted to be a little closer to Castellina so I wouldn't have to drive the windy roads late at night by myself. I booked 6 nights at a place that was highly recommended here on Trip Advisor. But upon arriving, I found I was very disappointed. It was nothing near as special as Romitorio -- and I was really bummed that I would have to be there for 6 nights. The apartment was small and dark, there weren't very many places outdoors to relax, no one was on site and it felt deserted during the day, and it was down this long, dark, creepy dirt road. So, on the 2nd day, I contacted Romitorio to see if they had something available and YES - they did. I was willing to lose about $500 in a non-refundable payment to transfer over to Romitorio. While I was in the area, I drove around and checked out several properties recommended here and none of them were as nice as Romitorio. For one thing, many of them sat in a valley or in part of a forest area with views that weren't that special. Also, some of them were really small properties -- so it seemed like it would feel like you were staying at someone's house vs. an estate. Romitoro has several buidings and one of the things I like most about it is that it sits sort of on a plateau with sweeping vineyard views on 3 sides. You can see far across the valley to distant hilltop towns, other villas, etc. Also, Romitorio has MANY outdoor areas where you can sit, read a book, drink a glass of wine, or nap under the Tuscan sun. Finally, they have a restaurant on site that is for guests only --which is really nice. After a day out you don't always feel like getting dressed to go back out for dinner, so it's nice to just mozy over to the restaurant and have a casual dinner -- and the meals there are always good. The apartment I had this time was wonderful with this cute little balcony patio that was very private - I sat out there every moring in my PJs and had my coffee -- looking at the beautiful views.
I have learned my lesson -- when in the Castellina area I will NEVER book anywhere except at Romitorio.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Romitorio di Serelle has been completely restored, preserving the original characteristics and using traditional materials of Chianti rural architecture. The hospitality is offered in apartments of different types, exclusive and comfortable flats, independent from each other, furnished according to the rural tradition, but offering high quality standards. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com so you can book your Romitorio di Serelle reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Romitorio Di Serelle Hotel Barberino Val d`Elsa
- Romitorio Di Serelle Italy/Barberino Val D'Elsa, Tuscany