Review: Castello Banfi Il Borgo in Tuscany, Italy

Review: Castello Banfi Il Borgo, Tuscany, Italy

 

This review of Castello Banfi Il Borgo in Tuscany, Italy is part of a trip report featuring the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Florence, Rome, Singapore Suites, Air Berlin Business Class, and luxury hotel stays, dining and activities in Berlin and Italy. 

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Review: Castello Banfi Il Borgo, Tuscany Italy

 

TravelSort Clients enjoy Virtuoso Benefits at Castello Banfi Il Borgo:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • Wine Tasting for two, paired with a tasting plate of Flavours of the Castle, once during stay (retail value 64 Euro)
  • 40 Euro Wine Shop credit once per stay (unused portions are non-refundable and not valid towards room rate)
  • 15% discount on all the wine purchases made at our Enoteca – Wine Shop
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

Castello Banfi Il Borgo Location and Check-In

Castello Banfi Il Borgo is located in Poggio alle Mura in scenic Tuscany, with the closest train station “Chiusi – Chianciano Terme,” where car rentals are available. Count on a drive of about 1.5 hours, although depending on traffic and your driving you could get there in close to 1 hour. 

 

Castello Banfi Il Borgo Double Room Riserva

We arrive early evening to Castello Banfi Il Borgo, which is truly a boutique property with just 9 rooms and 5 suites. After parking our car and walking up towards the castle, we took the path to the left which led to a gate with an intercom button.

Review-Castello Banfi Il Borgo: Path Towards Hotel

 

Since there were guests who were exiting the gate as we went in, we arrived unannounced at reception, which is on the ground floor of the building on the right (in fact it was under our Double Riserva Room).

Review: Castello Banfi Il Borgo, Tuscany, Italy - Boutique Hotel

Review-Castello Banfi Il Borgo - Reception Entrance

 

We were quickly checked in and escorted to our room, which was conveniently just up the stairs. The Double Riserva Room is a spacious 593 square feet, with a large and comfortable King size bed. Our son had his own little bed that was already made up for him.

Review: Castello Banfi Il Borgo-Double Room Riserva

Review-Castello Banfi Il Borgo Double Riserva Room

 

I loved the way the TV was hidden behind a faux bookcase, thereby not marring the look of the room:

TV Hidden Behind Faux Bookcase, Castello Banfi Il Borgo Review

 

A half bottle of Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2010 welcomed us:

Welcome Bottle of Brunello di Montalcino, Castello Banfi Il Borgo Review

 

And I also was happy to see a tea kettle with complimentary biscotti on the other side of the living area:

Tea Kettle and Biscotti, Castello Banfi Il Borgo Review

 

There was ample closet space for us, although where was our son? Naturally he'd scouted out a great hiding spot, within one of the closet cubbies:

Review-Castello Banfi Il Borgo Double Room Riserva Closet

 

Included in the room rate are all soft drinks in the mini bar, including the conveniently chilled Aqua Panna–perfect after coming in from the summer heat.

Complimentary Soft Drinks in Mini Bar, Castello Banfi Il Borgo

 

The Double Room Riserva bathroom is incredibly spacious as well, with double sinks, separate bathtub and large glass enclosed walk-in shower, and plenty of plush white towels.

Review-Castello Banfi Il Borgo-Double Room Riserva Bathroom

 

Even bath products are made by Castello Banfi Il Borgo: its vino-therapy line uses Sangiovese Brunello grapes.

Vino-Therapy Bath Products, Castello Banfi Il Borgo Review

 

Castello Banfi Il Borgo Outdoor Swimming Pool

A highlight for all of us, but especially our son (since he was not allowed to stay at Monastero Santa Rosa due to his age) was Castello Banfi Il Borgo's outdoor swimming pool, with a gorgeous view of the Tuscan countryside.

Review: Castello Banfi Il Borgo, Tuscany, Italy

 

I was happy to see that some of the lounge chairs were on the grass and in the shade, so while the munchkin played in the pool with my husband, I was able to get some work done on my computer. The free WiFi worked well and was sufficiently fast when needing to upload files.

Review: Castello Banfi Il Borgo, Tuscany Italy - Lounge Chairs by Pool


Castello Banfi Il Borgo Breakfast and Dining

I'll discuss Castello Banfi Il Borgo's breakfast and our dinner at La Sala dei Grappoli, as well as our wine tasting at L'Enoteca in a separate post.

 

The Verdict

We enjoyed a fantastic stay at Castello Banfi Il Borgo, which my clients who have stayed here have also enjoyed. We loved our spacious Double Riserva Room, the gorgeous views, the private swimming pool (we were the only ones there when we swam), the delicious Tuscan food, and of course the winery tour and wine tasting, which I'll cover in future posts. As this is a small boutique property, I highly recommend making reservations well in advance to avoid disappointment.

If you've stayed at Castello Banfi Il Borgo, what was your experience?

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