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Volterra Tuscany: Hotel Laconda or Park Hotel Le Fonti?

Volterra Tuscany: Hotel Laconda or Park Hotel Le Fonti?

Apr 20th, 2007, 05:59 PM
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Volterra Tuscany: Hotel Laconda or Park Hotel Le Fonti?

Hello there:

I am planning a weekend in Tuscany next week. I have booked the Relais il Choisto in Pienza for three nights (Sat, Sun, Mon)(http://www.relaisilchiostrodipienza.com/).
I will be driving from Pisa airport on the Friday evening and am now looking for an hotel in Volterra area for the first night. I found these two:

Hotel Laconda
http://www.hotel-lalocanda.com/

Park Hotel Le Fonti
http://www.parkhotellefonti.com/

Here is my dilemma: Although I slightly prefer the Laconda and the idea of staying IN Volterra, I am concerned about trying to negotiate the narrow streets in the evening after a full day of work, a 2 hour flight and a 2 hour drive (If I am lucky, I will get there by 2130 and it will probably be dark). This February, I ended up driving up a one-way street in Ubeda (Andulusia), was stopped by the traffic cops and given a motorcycle escort to my hotel - guess they were scared about letting me free on the town Actually, it was quite a fun experience having my own motercycle escort!

The Le Fonti is outside the walls and I assume will be easier to locate.

I am interested to know if anyone here has stayed at either hotel and can comment on the accommodation and ease of finding the hotels.

I am also interested in alternative suggestions in the area in the region of 120-150 Euros per night. I an willing to consider country properties, as long as they are easy to find, but donít want to drive any further than Volterra.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Regards Ö Ger


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Apr 21st, 2007, 04:01 AM
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Hi Ger,

We stayed at La Locanda two years ago and while the street in front of the hotel was narrow, we have often dealt with more challenging parking. We off loaded bags and continued to the bottom of the street for parking. We loved being "in city" for the convenience...drove the car in, drove the car out, and walked everywhere.
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Apr 21st, 2007, 04:26 AM
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Ger,

I should probably add that we arrived during the day....signage to the hotel was good and it wasn't hard to find, but, again, we had daylight...driving into any centro at night would be more difficult.
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Apr 21st, 2007, 02:45 PM
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Thanks Traviata, I think I will go for La Laconda if it is still available. I checked Tripadvisor and the reviews for the Hotel le Fonti were not great - it was described as Fawlty Towers

Do you have a reastuarant recommendation for me? I would like good food and prefer formal dining.

Regards Ger
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Apr 21st, 2007, 05:57 PM
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Hi Ger,

We ate outside at Etruria, in the main square. I believe this is owned by the hotel. The setting was pretty, the food was ordinary....don't think we'd return.
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Apr 21st, 2007, 07:11 PM
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Interesting, that is EXACTLY what I read in the reviews about Etruria! Apparently it was once a very good restuarant, but is now serving very ordinary food for the tourist trade. Silly move - they must have decided to cater for the tour buses rather than the foodies. Word gets around though.

Many thanks Traviata.

Regards ... Ger
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