"Picture perfect... unforgettable!"
11/29/14 BeckyE2549 Boston, Massachusetts
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!
10/23/14 davidO2715JU London, United Kingdom
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.
"Favorite in Italy"
10/20/14 Sue M Seattle, Washington, United States
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!
09/27/14 Aitor V Veracruz, Mexico
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).
"Picture perfect Tuscan experience"
09/02/14 randomgrace Guelph, Canada
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.
09/01/14 Frank E
The Lupaia is strategically well placed (very close to Montepulciano). If you plan to visit the surroundings (Firenze, Siena ... ), everything can be reached within roughly 60 minutes, which makes the Lupaia an excellent "home-base". Rooms are romantic and nicely decorated, very clean and provide a good rest after a day fool of visits. If you come home early, the pool provides a welcome refresh. Should you decide to eat in hose, be prepared for some excellent local meals. There is no real menu to choose from, but you won't need, all we ate was delicious. The "land-lady" (director of the hotel) is a very charming person and has a lot of helpful hints and tips on where to go, what to see and where to eat. All in one, the Lupaia really is a clear recommendation!
"Beautiful and relaxing hideaway"
08/05/14 Sarah S
Beautifully done up boutique hotel that has the feel of kits if mini private accommodations as our room had its own little garden. Beautiful grounds and pool and delicious cakes at breakfast. Explore some wonderful local restaurants as well.
"Heaven on Earth"
08/01/14 skylarJ Michigan
This was the most amazing and beautiful place I have ever been. I am a pretty picky person when it comes to staying at Hotels, Inns, B & B's etc. Driving down the dirt road to get to this Hotelito felt like it would take forever, but it was worth it!!! following the rustic, hand painted signs we pulled in to the Garden filled oasis that would be our home for 3 days. The grounds are GORGEOUS! Flowers, plants and lanterns everywhere with a feel of english gardens on a Tuscan Countryside. Montepulciano is in the distance like a painting and every view is stunning. Tommy, greeted our car and took our bags to our room as we made our way to the reception area. As we walked up the path cascaded with ivy and lavendar we were greeted by a sweet grey kitten. Christina was waiting for us at reception and had a lovely british energy about her. The eating areas are absolutely beautiful and decorated with cozy style. They have a wonderful Chef and the food was 4 star. We are english speaking americans and didn't have a problem communicating, everyone spoke enough to get what was needed. Breakfast every morning, a poolside drink, anything you could want they had. We stayed in the Suite and it was the most romantic place I've ever been. The grounds are Italian country and the pool is modern chic. Christina helped set up wine tastings with several wineries and gave excellent suggestions for food while we were out! We can't wait to go back and stay even longer this time!!!!
"Just an incredible piece of Tuscany"
07/22/14 IlPaluzzo Leesburg, Virginia
I always see big things from the little things, The Lupaia is just an amazing piece of Tuscany. They make sure every little thing is perfect, from the fresh ricotta to changing every day the flowers at the dinner table. The garden, the view, the food, the people really everything is so beautiful. Me and my family really enjoy everything and we will never forget the magical atmosphere.
06/15/14 Mimiviajera Key Biscayne, Florida, United States
In all my travels, I haven't found another hotel like this. Lupaia was exquisite, stunningly beautiful--grounds, rooms and surrounding area--but situated in the countryside for tranquility. We were looking for a "Luxury Agroturismo" and that is exactly what we got. The rooms are up to par--and certainly more beautiful--than any four or five star hotel. Our party of three stayed at the "Tadema" room, which was beautifully decorated (they all are), and had a stunning view of the valley and Montepulciano. All amenities were great: The shower fantastic, two sinks (one actually in the bedroom, one in the bathroom), two levels (our daughter stayed "upstairs" in her own bed), lovely, crisp sheets and a mini-fridge constantly stocked with water and juices, which are free and indispensable in the heat. Breakfast is served every morning in the main common area and is exquisite: Fresh fruits, local cheese and delicious pastries and treats prepared by chef Claudia, who is as charming as she is talented, helped by Cristina who is another charming person. You can order fresh cappuccinos with breakfast. If you choose to have dinner, you will eat some of your best Italian gourmet meals, cooked on the spot by chef Frank. Owner Matteo and manager Christine could not have been nicer or more accommodating during our four-day stay (plus Dory came to the rescue the one day we didn't have a car). We will most certainly be back. I should note that Lupaia is in the middle of the Tuscan farmland, which means close to restaurants and to several towns, but most certainly not in the middle of a city. You need a car to get around. It is the countryside, so some bugs come with the territory. Finally, the 2.5 drive from the main road is very easy, but make sure you get your instructions right or you'll get lost the first time. Yes, your car will get dusty, but who cares? A great room and experience awaits you.
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