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Castello Banfi - Il Borgo
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Montalcino
Certificate of Excellence
Estero, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
100 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Heaven on Earth”
Reviewed 4 May 2012

I've avoided writing this review because I know there are no words that will accurately describe how amazing this place is. It has made me reconsider every other "excellent" review I've ever given because Castello Banfi Il Borgo is now my new standard of excellence. From the moment the large wrought iron gate opens for your arrival, you feel like royalty. Then you are greeted with incredible personal service at check in as well as a hand written note and complimentary wine & treats in your room. We enjoyed the tour of the winery one day and spent a few hours in Montalcino, but we spent most of our time enjoying the Enoteca, Taverna Banfi (one of the best restaurants I've ever eaten in - Alex is a great server!), the Reading Room and the pool area. My husband & I have never been so relaxed and blissful. We are already making arrangements to come back next year.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rio de Janeiro
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

Charming, fashionable, unforgettable under all aspects!

We have stayed for 2 days and these were the best days of our lives. The staff was perfect! The breakfast and dinner are very good. The restaurant is excellent and we recommend the guided tour for everybody. That is place that definetely we will go back.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Mason, Michigan
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2012

We spent two nights at Castello Banfi in Sept 2011. While the 14 room Castello was virtually full, there were lots of opportunities to relax by ourselves at the pool or on our own pergola atop the hill and just enjoy the incredible vista across southern Tuscany. No request was viewed as a problem or too difficult, the wine tasting experience one of our favorites in our tour of Tuscany. The wine pairing dinner at their restaurant which was part of our package was fantastic. I am sometimes viewed as a wine snob because I enjoy carefully thought out wine dinners and have very high standards, and the pairings and dinner exceeded even my hopes. We chose a room near the bottom of their price points, and even that room was super -- on three levels with entry and bathroom on first level, sitting area up one flight of stairs and bedroom on the top level. A truly beautiful room. Even the glass bottle museum on property was very interesting. The portion of the property for overnight guests is separated by gate from the guests who arrive just for wine tasting or dinner, which adds to the privacy. Sunsets are stunning.
The Castello is well outside of Montalcino and transportation is needed to go anywhere, but hotel can easily arrange if you did not drive here. My only complaint was we had only booked two nights, but we look forward to our certain return. Truly a special place for any special ocassion.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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jerusalem
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31 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2012

As it was the start of season we had all
the castello for ourselves including
the master chef resturant.
This castello is located in one of the most
beautiful corners on earth. Overlooking
the tender landscape of Orcia valley the
castello has a lot of magic between it's walls.
The service is legendary, the rooms are
beautiful and enormous.
The breakfast service by Francesca
and dinner service by Alessandro were
perfect, friendly and inviting.
This place besides being charming has
a lot of little touches like the booarks
they give you every evening upon
turndown , or the Do Not Disturb red
ribbon hanging near the door or the
beautiful Momosa buckets my wife
received.
This place must be included in every
smart traveller itinerary.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2012

Spent a day touring and enjoying this amazing place. This place should be on the not to miss locations in Italy. Amazing room and a fantastic meal,

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Lynn K
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San José, Costa Rica
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2012

My wife and visited Montalcino in Sept 2008. The experience at Castello Banfi Il Borgo was extrordinary in many ways. The room, the gardens, the surrounding vineyards, the castle, and of course the great, great food at the restaurant, make this one of the best places to due wine tourism in Italy.

  • Stayed September 2011
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2 Thank Jose A
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Los Angeles, California
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2012

I was here a few years ago with some friends and a professor. We did the tour of the property which was out of this world! State of the art machines and the a team that will only settle for the best. The meal was fabulous and left me stuffed for days, and I went home with a couple bottles of their best years. Driving around that area is just amazing, and I will be back again!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Castello Banfi - Il Borgo
Address: Poggio Alle Mura | Sant'Angelo Scalo, 53024, Montalcino, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Montalcino
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Montalcino
#1 Romantic Hotel in Montalcino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Castello Banfi - Il Borgo 5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Wine Resort in the famous Brunello di Montalcino Wine Region-Extraordinary Countryside Tuscan Experience-Nestled against a Medieval Castle located in the middle of a privately owned 7100 acres Nice&professional staff very knowledgeable of the best attractions of the area-Extremely large bedrooms and bathrooms, both with great views-Very Exclusive Property consisting of only 2 Deluxe Rooms and 12 Suites. ... more   less 
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