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Palazzo al Torrione 2
Ranked #36 of 67 San Gimignano B&B and Inns
Reviewed 26 September 2009

We stayed at the Plazzo al Torrione for 2 nights in Sept '09
The owner (Vana) met us at the outside gate within 5 minutes of us phoning her.
(TIP: an italian cell phone is very handy for this)

After she met us, we followed her to a private parking outside the wall, then she shuttled us in her mini-van to the B&B.

There are 3 flights of stairs to the main floor (no elevator)
There are 3 locks from outside to your room, so the building feels very secure.

There is a central eating area for breakfast and then the rooms.
You pre-arrange your breakfast eating time.

Our room did not have a balcony (we wanted one but it wasn't available). But even so, the decor was really nice. All the rooms and the entire B&B look almost brand new and spotlessly clean. Even though brand new, the resoratiion is excellent,....so you feel like you're in an ancient building. The room had one small CRT tv with mostly Italian sat channels.
There is no WIFI

Our room seemed very sound-proof
Bathroom was nice and roomy
Water temperature and pressure was good

For the breakfast, the room is quite compact (maybe 4 or 5 tables)
Vana told us she has plans to eventually renovate the main floor area into a restaurant.
Vana's son served us breakfast (croisants, yogurts and Coffee wth hot milk). (very basic)

Previous reviewers have referred to a grumpy male owner taxiing them to the B&B. I think they are referring to Vana's son......yes, he can seem surly at times,,,,,however, letting your true emotions show seems to be very Italian, and anyway, Vana's great charm, friendliness and personality more than made up for here son's lack of.

Finally, the location is excellent!

We would stay here again without hesitation

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2009

We had a great stay at the Palazzo al Torrione 2. The rooms were very nice and the bathroom was great. The location was wonderful being inside San Gimignano, just a few steps down an pretty alley from the main street. The proprietor was very nice and she helped get us to the parking lot and with luggage. The breakfast in the morning was also very nice.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 June 2007

The rooms at the Palazzo al Torrione are quite lovely really. The bathroom was one of the most spacious we had during our trip. The water pressure was nice too.
However, as mentioned in the previous review, Francesco freaked us out a bit. We had trouble too finding the right gate, and needless to say, he was a bit impatient/irritable with us the rest of the time. Seems like he has a lot on his plate with working at the Tabacchi as well, so that could be the explanation. The lady who runs the inn though is downright jovial though.
Overall, it is a nice place to stay with good rooms for the price.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 May 2007

The Palazzo al Torrione 2 is a self-catering hotel (meaning there's no reception and you let yourself in and out) in San Gimignano, overlooking the city walls. We were lucky to get a balcony; note, however, that it overlooks a very busy road and so is noisy but is very pleasant otherwise. The room and bath were beautiful and had everything we needed. My only real complain is with our arrival. We were told to call the owners when we arrived which we did; however, we were at the wrong gate. After much confusion, we found the right gate and the owner's son got in our car and directed us into the walls of the city.

From that point, he was very impatient with us while also giving incomprehensible directions. The more confused we got, the more angry and loud he got. After his berating us and making us feel stupid, I kept my cool and then met the owner, who was a very nice and charming woman. Because of her charm, I calmed down and everything was fine after that. I didn't quite understand why he acted that way since it wasn't a language issue (my boyfriend speaks Italian fluently) and I'm not hard of hearing or a bad driver. My advice to the readers is to insist that the owner not send her son to greet guests (and in fact, I'm going to write to her telling her this). It really put a terrible start on our stay there but luckily the charm of the owner and of Tuscany helped to ease things over.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2017
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via Berignano 80, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
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Ranked #36 of 67 B&Bs / Inns in San Gimignano
Price Range: RM392 - RM592 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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