Relais La Cappuccino Tuscany Hotel Review – Closer to an American Chain Hotel Experience


Just outside the official border of the charming medieval walled town of San Gimignano in Tuscany you’ll find Relais La Cappuccina, a hotel with a spa and a great view of the town up on a higher hill, with rolling hills of olive groves and grape vines below.  More accurately, you will find it if you look a lot and stop and ask many along the way where it is, as the management has curiously chosen to hide the signs showing its name on the entrance gate. 



“Relais” in fact signifies a spa in the historic sense, though there is nothing historic about this relatively modern facility. 



It could easily pass as a Best Western franchise if it were magically transplanted on US soil, save that you won’t get an Internet connection unless you cozy up to the reception desk area, or get an Ethernet connection at the front desk.



(Note: This is a problem in many Tuscany hotels, but just a surprise in one that seems so American-familiar.)   



That said, the very similarity of Relais La Cappuccina to US hotels would likely be a draw to many.  It is easy to imagine this large hotel overflowing with guests in the high season, especially when you consider that they also have conference rooms and other facilities for business functions.



Though we didn’t have a chance to sample it, the spa seems very nice--- with an indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, Turkish steam room, sauna and showers, and massage treatments by appointment.   This is a welcoming spa environment that invites you  to unwind after long days on the tourist trail. 



There is an outside pool too, and a garden overflowing with lavender. 


Walk the halls to the standard breakfast buffet again more typical of American travels than Italy, and you again feel you are doing a pit stop on a long US road trip—except for the details.  For example, the picture frames might be a la US chain hotel vintage, but the tasteful choice of Miro, Chagall and other prints within these frames is perhaps a reminder that you are in stylish Italy after all.


Relais La Cappuccina

Loc. La Cappuccina, 46/A

53037 – San Gimignano (Si)


+39 0577 94 03 81


For more information visit the Relais La Cappuccina website.




Photos: Courtesy of Relais La Cappuccina







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