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Castello di Meleto
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Pulau Penang, Malaysia
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“Amazing location but can improve”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2011

we stayed 4 nights at the castello in one of the house(la loggia) which was outside the castle perimeter and beautifully located, quiet, amazing views, overlooking olive trees and some of their vineyards. the apartment is appointed properly with min and basic stuff, except the air cond broke down the first night hence v hot and heaps of mosquitoes, as all their net around the windows are not repaired and all opened..some even had band aid sticked on it...?very clean and great job from housekeeping daily, tv could be a bigger one and newer one as the old aquarium style of tv v small...in 2011 will expect in this style of Hotel/resort for that price to have a flat screen at least and all channels to work as some were n/a. So few minor improvements as above, reception check in was v good but afterwards other staff not very polite, unrespectful or not helpful as one day(second night) there was a "vip" small wedding and as a guest(paying) we could not go to the castle, or the grounds or inside at all...i got told off by a very rude event manager lady instead of having some alternative arrangements or small drinks corner for their house guests at the bottle shop or elsewhere....everywhere we went we were told CANNOT GO IT IS CLOSED FOR PRIVATE FUNCTION, and i am a paying guest with kids whom wanted to see the castle, the grounds, etc...so it put me off and the way it was handled was v poor...i made sure she got my italian/french words as well in her face as she was totally out of line...it happened again on the 4th night as another wedding was on, bigger louder...so will suggest to check if they are wedding as it is not fair for paying room customer to be handled that way or have an alternative way or option that we will have accepted ,no problems...room for improvement again.!!..as must happen v often and all staff were focused on the wedding and not us or other guests...we felt abandonned and like "should not be here" after paying 400 euros per night ?!
Another small improvement is the breakfast room too small and extremely basic (food selection, good coffee though lavazza old machine)compared to other resorts/castle/hotels...and v hot no air, no ventilation...otherwise the scenery, grounds, area is just superb so next time may stay elsewhere to avoid "staff confrontations"...plenty of nice restaurants around , and Gaiole is v cute village, lovely people and the castle key thing is the v good location for 4 to 5 nights in tuscany, pool is nice too and v peaceful.
so i am sorry but the Mger or owner should look at the wedding incidents as very annoying and put a bad taste in our mouth and never apologised or checked on us...or any recovery...shame a i am in Hotel Business too and deal with this at time with m team in better manner as part of training...anyway lovely place and so quiet and relaxing but not sure if we will be back as seen other places possibly better for my opinion...so many villas or other castle around Chianti, Tuscany so check it out...

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2011

Castello Di Meleto and Katie,

Thank you for helping Laura and I have the wedding of our dreams! It was truly a fairy tale wedding and with your help it went off without a hitch.

The castle and accommodations were beyond belief. We had the most amazing and unforgettable time. One of our guests said it best, "this is the best thing that's ever happened to me!" Everything was perfect and we couldn't have asked for anything more.

Thanks again and we hope to see you soon,

Michael and Laura

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Harrogate
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2010

We stayed for 3 nights for our friend's wedding. The location / setting is absolutely stunning. Our room was in the building next to reception (not in the castle) overlooking the pretty gardens - it was fairly basic but comfortable and clean - and pretty authentic. The apartments are also pleasant. But I wouldn't say they are 'luxury'. The two swimming pools are lovely. All in all, it's a lovely wedding venue - we were a big group and there was plenty of space for us all. The cons - breakfast not great, and reception hours can be a problem. DON'T forget to pick up your passports from reception if you have to be away early for a flight!!! One big PRO - the restaurant at the end of the drive was amazing - best food I have ever had in Italy (and I'm a fussy vegetarian).

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Denver, CO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2010

We've been to many in Tuscany, but this was a first-class experience beyond anything my family had ever experienced. They welcomed us like the most special of VIP's. The wine was amazingly tasty, they fed us until we were dizzy with food and wine, and they offered an unbelieveable deal on the shipping which made it possible for us to take the entire experience home afterwards. The castello was gorgeous. They had a wedding there the day before, which must have been amazing. Although I wouldn't stay overnight in the rooms inside the castle - a bit rustic for our taste, like a real castle. The apartments on the grounds are lovely. We came to the castello for a wine tasting and tour but did not stay overnight. They had a beautiful new tasting facility. I cannot recommend Castello di Meleto highly enough! Not to be missed.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Euless, TX
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2009

Castello di Meleto is a beautiful, charming, 13th century castle with incredibly picturesque grounds!! Please remember the main castle is almost 900 years old. The room is large, has thick stone floors and walls, and feels like you are staying in a castle (not the Waldorf Astoria)!! If that is the feel you want, you will not be disappointed. There is some dust and a few cobwebs that add to the ambience. The large bathroom is surprisingly modern. The beds are a little hard, but we had no problems sleeping after a full day of sightseeing. The stone walls do transmit some sound, so don't talk about your parents when they are staying in the room next to you.

Penny, at the reception desk, is very friendly with excursion or dinner recs. The reception closes at 8pm, so keep that in mind. There are many places for dinner in Gaiole(5 minutes away) or the surrounding towns of Radda, Greve, Ponzano (all within 30 minutes, if you do not get lost).

The grounds are absolutely breathtaking!!! We stayed in the actual castle (they also have nearby apartments with kitchens) and the views from our room were amazing. Be sure to look at our pics. The Castello is fairly centrally located. We used it as a base to do wine tasting and visit Siena, Monteriggioni, and San Gemignano. There were many other little towns within an hours drive which we did not have time to see. The roads all over Tuscany are hilly and windy, so keep that in mind. During the day, these drives are incredibly scenic. If you imaging Tuscany to be full of vineyards, olive groves, and have an 800 year on castle on every other hilltop, you will love it!!

I would definitely stay here again!! Please just remember why you are drawn to the prospect of staying here. The whole Castello experience is awesome, but is not a luxury hotel. Save that for Florence or Rome.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London
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75 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2009

We have just arrived back from another trip in Meleto. As usual, Penny and GAbriella the hotel / wine shop staff were fabulous. The Castello is not like any normal hotel - it is a very old castle and therefore the rooms are a bit dated but if you look beyond that it is something very special. The atmosphere is unique and the views across the Chianti hills are amazing. If staying in the castello I would advise room number 5 and go when it is hot enough to chill out by the wonderful pool.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank FionaMcC
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Sao Paulo, SP
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276 reviews
74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2008

We had big support in getting the key after 7.00 when the reception closes but then the disappointment starts. The room we stayed is located in an annex - which appears to be recently built. NO window in the room in sunny Tuscany 32C!!! Service is at fixed time, ok, everyone can live with that. The rooms are not well sound isolated, your neighbour sneezes and caughs and you clearly believe there is someone else in the room. Guess they hear every noise too. The rooms upstairs also help you keep awake. For the price they charge, might be much better. They do have better rooms, we just did not have the pleasure to be in one of them although we stayed three nights. Keep away from the room PIO BOSCO! The landscape is amazing but you have no view to it unless you are outside. The landscape will not be forgotten, this Hotel definitly will!

  • Liked — cleanliness
  • Disliked — No window
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Castello di Meleto
Address: Loc. Meleto | 53013, 53013 Gaiole in Chianti, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Gaiole in Chianti
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 37 Speciality Lodging in Gaiole in Chianti
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Castello di Meleto 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Castello di Meleto is in the center of an ideal geographical triangle formed by the cities of Siena, Florence and Arezzo. Surrounded by six beautiful houses, painstakingly restored in 2000, preserving its rustic Tuscan style. Each house has a private garden or terrace that overlooks the countryside surrounded by green vineyards and olive groves.Easily accessible and close to the accommodation we have two infinity pools from which you can enjoy an unforgettable view. In the basement of the castle, a real historical monument, a charming wine shop allows you to taste our wines, our organic extra virgin olive oil and salami of Cinta Senese from our farm. On request we can organize banquets in medieval and Renaissance style in the picturesque setting of the frescoed rooms. In addition, daily guided tours of the ground floor of the castle, the eighteenth-century theater, the dungeons with ancient cellars, prisons and the secret tunnel to escape from the Castle .. will make you to live an unique and unforgettable experience in a real castle in the Chianti area.Daily walks are possible on roads and paths in the area.From the same roads, the "Eroica”, an fascinating extreme racing with vintage bikes, takes place every year.The staff of the Reception of the Castle will be pleased to arrange excursions departing from the Castello di Meleto to major art centers such as Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Arezzo and Val D'Orcia. On the territory of the Castle of Meleto guests can enjoy cycling, horse riding and walking, immersed in pristine nature of the Chianti hills. Our restaurant, “ La Fornace di Meleto” , at the bottom of the hill, offers typical Tuscan menu and innovative dishes.The Castle's history is also a history of Weddings, such as those of Alberto Ridolfi's daughter Lucrezia and, in 1852, Baron Bettino's daughter Elisabetta: it could also become the history of Your wedding, against a background imbued with extraordinary beauty.Meleto Castle can offer Religious ceremonies in its catholic church, the Pieve di Spaltenna.The Celebrations can be organized as you wish: the entire Piano Nobile (a series of furnished and frescoed rooms) can be put at Guests' disposal together with the garden, a splendid terrace overlooking the unspoilt panorama of the Chianti hills for enjoying a touch of sun, and the Stables ( Scuderia in Italian) , where guests can relax or let themself go in dancing.We specialise in providing the perfect atmosphere for a truly unique party, whether a Tuscan Castle wedding. ... more   less 
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