Albergo Quattro Gigli is in a category of its own. No other hotel that we know of can compete with it in terms of atmosphere, ambience and Tuscan authenticity. In the historical centre of Montopoli Valdarno, this 15th Century restored town hall will transport you to another world and you will want to stay longer.
You will find yourself in the middle of a the charming medieval village of Montopoli Valdarno, halfway between Florence and Pisa, featuring cosy narrow streets, picturesque piazzas and quaint buildings. Oh and we must mention the well stocked delicatessens where you can taste the delicious local cakes.
The Puccioni family has run this hotel since 1930 since the 14th Century, and are always ready with a big smile to welcome you. Luigi works hard in the reception whilst his wife cooks up the daily menu in the kitchen with her mother.
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Upon arriving at the hotel, you will undoubtedly need a map because the hotel is a fascinating maze of rooms and corridors yet still retaining a cosy feel bursting with character and authenticity. The restaurant serves fine Tuscan food in a warm and romantic setting and the wine list is extensive and most interesting for anyone interested in Tuscan wine. There is a representative from all the best vineyards over many generations.
NB. Please note that the restaurant is closed on Monday and there are some national holiday days per year where it is not possible to have lunch here which include Christmas Day, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday and New Years Eve. Public parking is available 100m from the hotel.
Outside you will find the hotel's pretty ornamental and well-manicured garden spreading out over many levels with various terraces and hiding places. There is a small swimming pool of 7 x 4 metres with hydro massage facilities and sun loungers. There is outdoor furniture strategically placed for dining and relaxing from where you can marvel at the views of the valleys.
Both the common spaces and the rooms are well furnished, with extensive use of antique furniture, and although you will often have the feeling that time has stood still here, so all rooms have en suite bathroom (with hairdryer), air conditioning, a mini-bar and satellite television.. and so are not without modern facilities.
The rooms are divided into three types:
- Gelsomino rooms face the valley. They are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, safe, mini bar (use of water is included in the price, the other drinks payable locally), Wi-Fi internet access and a private bathroom with a toilet and shower and hairdryer. Breakfast is a buffet available in the common hall.
- Giglio rooms have a private balcony facing the valley. There are only 6 rooms of this type and they are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, a safety deposit box, a mini-bar with free consumption and a private bathroom with a toilet and shower, hairdryer and complimentary bath products. Breakfast can be served in your room without a supplement, served in small private salon in the hotel entrance level or taken as a buffet in the common hall. These rooms have Wi-Fi internet access. In two of the six rooms it is possible to add an extra bed.
Stayed 2 nights at this charming place with a balcony towards the valley, in October. Pretty and rural environment. The hotel has a soul and the rooms have a old-fashioned Italian arrangement, which is rustic and simple. Pleasant staff, restaurant in the hotel's basement which is classy. We were very satisfied.
A special place with can be recommended if you like things to be original and the real Italian city atmosphere.
The hotel is placed perfectly. Do you self a favor and book a room with view over the valley.
There is a good atmosphere, authentic with the church bells in the back and the chickens screaming in the morning. The food and the service is fantastic. Nice, friendly and out-going staff. To be recommended for sure! The place is situated in a fine distance if you wanna visit Lucca, Pisa or the great beaches at Livorno.
We have now been around Tuscany 4 times, and we will never forget this hotel - absolutely a must, to experience this old family driven hotel.
We arrived early, but we were quickly given a key anyway - we should've only gotten a view over the valley, but got upgraded to have a balcony with a view. A labyrinth of experiences, where there always showed new things up. It is old with a an incredibly cosiness and charm. We had read about it and everything fit the description.
The restaurant is a chapter for itself - very cosy with a view over the valley, and what a service. The menu is only in Italian, but the waiter (him the tall, thin-haired one with a beard, speaks very good English ;-) ) is very well aware of this, so he returns back and translates it to English... Everything is home made. Wonderful!
Again, again, thank you to Lino from In-Italia who quickly responded to our emails and for his travel tips :-)
I think that, Albergo 4 Gigli was a very good choice. Lovely and relaxed atmosphere and a friendly staff. The view from the room's balcony was wonderful and the country looked idyllic with roosters and cicada, which really strengthened the relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. The cleaning was also good. Water and soft drinks in the mini-bar were free. Extra plus for this!
You do miss a kettle, though, which is getting quite common in hotel rooms nowadays.
I think breakfast was fine, considering all you got.
The restaurant food, which we ate at dinner, was well prepared and taste well, and we were satisfied each time.
The garden is a little overgrown and needs to be trimmed, to avoid too much decay. That would increase my outdoor enjoyment. The pool needs a pump, since the water was still every time we were bathing in it. It can feel fresher, that way.
All in all a very comfortable and successful week in Tuscany, which we drove around in, in a rental car.
/ Kaj R.
Friendly service, fantastic and talented waiters in the restaurant and good food and wine.
Fantastic stay - kind staff and a true Italian mood everywhere. Clean and fine rooms with good food, we did, however, wish there was an English translation of the menu.