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Overall rating:TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: 4.5Based on 154 traveler reviews
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Lupaia is the sort of place you picture in your head when you dream about Tuscany. We stayed here for four nights while we explored Tuscany and could not have asked for better accommodations. Though you feel like you are in the country, it is a mere ten minute drive to Pienza and Montepulciano by a picture perfect Tuscan dirt road.
The staff were warm, friendly and helpful. On the night of our arrival, we got a bit lost trying to find Lupaia. Like an angel, we received a phone call from Lupaia, asking us where we were and then were guided us to their home.
The grounds, rooms and views were simply beautiful. We could not get over how gorgeous the place was and would not stop taking pictures. Our room looked out to a postcard view of a Tuscan valley, with Montepulciano above us. Our room also had the grandest shower I have ever been in.
The breakfasts and the dinners were delicious, it was one of my wife's favorite meal.
Do yourself a favor and spend your Tuscan holiday here!
I just recently returned from a 12 day trip in Italy, staying three nights in the Tuscan region and discovered Hotel Lupaia! The views are spectacular but the staff (Zumi and Gino) are awesome! They go out of their way to make your stay special from the homemade breads, jams and jellies and ricotta to helping navigate around the area! The individual apartments are so quaint and beautifully decorated. The food for both breakfast and dinner (extra fee for dinner but SO worth it) was like dining in a five star restaurant! We always made sure we planned our day to be back for dinner each night! Cooking class (extra fee) was awesome and then we got to have what we made for dinner! Overall great experience to help make my Italy trip very memorable. Grazie Hotelito Lupaia, especially Zumi and Gino. Great job to the owners, the Murzilli family for putting together a fabulous place to stay in Tuscany! Will definitely recommend to others and will be back!
We stayed at this hotel in April for two nights. The hotel was so pretty and the grounds were so beautiful. Our only regret was that it was not warm enough to to swim in the infinity pool while looking out at the scenery. The breakfasts were sumptuous and in a beautiful room.
Lupaia offers a very pretty setting not far from the lovely town of Montepulciano - it’s a B&B type place with several small buildings and scenic views. They have a small staff- their manager Christine was wonderfully helpful before and during our trip with making recommendations and reservations for us. (as I recall, she is native of England which helped us Americans...)The downside of our stay at Lupaia was that the “country” and rustic aspect became an issue for us when some of the “noises in the night” made it impossible for us to sleep. We understand that there is only so much that can be done to manage all of these things in this type of environment- and our friends in the adjoining room were fine- but we had a chirping cricket somewhere in the high ceiling space that made noise all night, and then the scratching of some type of animal on the walls or roof added to our psychological discomfort and total sleeplessness. We decided to depart a few days earlier than planned. Other guests that we met in the dining room were in the midst of their stays and all were enjoying the place- but we had to cut our plans short. We were fortunate to find an alternative that was more of our style closer to Montalcino. I don't like to say "less than perfect" things about a place but our experience was marred by a totally sleepless night.
Some years passed and Hotelito Lupaia still remains the benchmark for us as the nicest spoiling place to stay.
The fantastic location, the scenic views, the calmness of the place, the architecture and decoration and, not the least, the fantastic service and the great kitchen make Hotelito Lupaia a unique experience that most probably one will remember for a ling time.
I stayed here for 1 night (wish we had more time!!) with my mother and aunt in late October. We had 9 nights around Italy and this was our favorite place to stay. Everything about it is magical and just as you would dream about when thinking of the Tuscan hills. Get lost sitting on the patio sipping wine and gazing at the hills. You will never forget it!
My wife and I had a wonderful stay here for 4 days in mid-September. Really away from it all. We stayed in a beautiful and characterful room decorated in pale blue with real and trompe l'oeil draperie (all rooms are individually decorated), and with French windows opening onto a balcony with table & chairs. This gave out onto a panoramic view over the valley to the hill town of Montepulciano in the distance (some 8 km as the crow flies but 15 or so by road). The room itself was well-furnished, with separate toilet and shower rooms, and the bed was unbelievably comfortable (never slept better in my life). Christine (our host) is a marvel - very welcoming, cheerful, friendly, knowledgeable, totally bilingual, and nothing too much trouble - and that goes for all of her staff as well."You'ld like a beer and a glass of wine? I'll bring them straight across to your room." Breakfast in something special, with lots of fresh fruit and a wonderful array of hand-made pastries. Dinner was superb (we ate there all 4 nights) - interesting local food and excellent value at 38 Euros. We couldn't always manage the full 4 courses but the staff were quite happy to omit a course or share a course between the two of us, and even reduce the price accordingly. La Lupaia is remote (that's much of its charm) - some 2.5 km from the nearest real road to Torrito di Siena - but well-illustrated directions are provided and one soon gets used to spotting the two cedar trees marking the lane to La Lupaia. (If coming up from the south, best to head for Montepulciano then take the SS146 toward Pienza. turn right on the road to Torrito di Sienna, then a few hundred metres to the two cedar trees on the right.) Places to visit? Apart from the towns of Montepulciano and Pienza, read about the Val d'Orcia world heritage site, read Iris Origo's book "War in Val d'Orcia", and if you're there on a Wednesday afternoon visit Iris Orogo's beautiful gardens of La Foca, south of Montepulciano. Or drive a few km north and visit the old but magnificent and still-used monastery of Abbazia di Monte Oliveti Magiore and the monastery at San Giovanni d'Asso where the English Patient was filmed.
We can't say enough about this beautiful place to stay. It's not marble and glass, it's instead an invitation to a home that's been decorated by someone who has collected loved treasures! Each room is done in lush color and each filled with just the right combination of pictures and curios that makes you feel as if you are staying in a beautiful home. We were welcomed and attended to by Christine and her staff who made our stay cozy and stress free. She helped us plan where to go and how to get there. William ,Claudia and their staff created a breakfast buffet and four course meals that we are still raving about. The morning goodies were all handmade and the evening meals were the best we had on our trip! If only it were closer we would stay again and again!
Off the highway by a couple of miles, this hotel grants what I can only call a pristine Tuscan experience. It has a rural atmosphere in an incredibly comfortable and beautiful setting at a very good location for day trips.
Arriving at our room, as my wife opened the windows she said: "is this view a painting?". Indeed, the panorama overlooking the rolling hills with Montepulciano on the back was breathtaking. The room was very cozy, comfortable and spacious, with a small terrace with chairs outside. Just perfect.
Service was superb. We always felt very well taken care of and were provided with excellent tips that helped us fine tune our itinerary (yes, Cristina is right when she insists on visiting Pienza).
I arrived in the heart of romance country a single weary traveller and was graciously embraced by the Hotelito Lupaia. My travel partner had cancelled at the last minute and I arrived shaky (hadn't driven a standard in 15 years), fairly sick and alone and the staff accommodated, well more than accommodated, all of my needs and helped me with every detail. The location is stunning. The Rossa suite was the most beautiful country hotel room I have ever had the pleasure of staying in - with it's own private veranda and stunning views. The location is within striking distance of Pienza, Montepulciano and Sienna so is perfectly situated for taking in the Tuscan experience.
The meals were superb. Food so fresh and well prepared I felt I could stay there a year (!). Highlights included a zucchini mousse with a light parmesan sauce (heavenly) and homemade Tuscan sausages in a red wine reduction with prunes and pearl onions. In fact, the sausage dinner was such a hit people were requesting cooking lessons after.
The property is expansive with nooks and crannies for picnics and tete-a-tetes (even with yourself and your imaginary friends).
Simply put, Lupaia was heaven on a plate. Highly recommend to anyone wanting a true peaceful and romantic getaway.
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