Albergo La Terrazza di Montepulciano in the Tuscan region of Italy is a place not to be missed and it is worth staying a few days. Not only does this town offer excellent restaurants and places for wine tasting, it is an excellent spot to visit other towns (i.e. Pienza, Montalcino, Sienna, etc). I have already posted about some of the restaurants in Montepulciano and this article is dedicated to Albergo La Terrazza di Montepulciano, a hotel located in the heart of this very special place.
La Terrazza is an unassuming place and when you go to the website you may be hesitant when you see that is a 2 star hotel…do not let this dissuade you. Besides the excellent location, the proprietors Roberto and his wife Victoria are so hospitable and friendly. You will start your day with a free continental breakfast, usually Roberto has croissants, yogurt, some fruit, bread with butter and jellies and as many espressos and cappuccinos as you like. It is not overdone but it is more than enough to get you through the morning and if the weather is nice there is nothing better than enjoying the breakfast on the outside terrace. Roberto will speak to you in a combination of Italian and English and will go out of his way to assist you in planning your day or accommodating you in any way he can. You will notice as you go to the breakfast room that there is a bar area filled with wines, if you like you can purchase a bottle and enjoy a glass; we spent one evening outside on the patio drinking wine and talking with Roberto and two other guests of the hotel, it was wonderfully relaxing and a great way to end the evening, I felt like I was at home with friends. While the rooms are tasteful, they are not fancy and you have what you need (bed, dresser, etc). However, the nice thing is the rooms are large and you will not feel cramped. They have private bathrooms which are a good size, though like in many hotels the shower stall can be small depending on the room. Some rooms offer more than one area and can accommodate a family which is nice if you are travelling with children. Another thing that I like about La Terrazza is it is quit (Roberto has expanded the hotel and there are some new rooms on the main street, I have not stayed in those so they may be subject to more of the street noise then those in the older part of the hotel).
As I mentioned before La Terraza is located in a convenient part of Montepulciano, within the historic district. All you have to do is go out of the back entrance and you are on one of the main streets with restaurants and shops. If you go out of the front entrance you are around the corner from the Piazza Grande where there are even more restaurants located off the side streets. You have to be careful when booking in Montepulciano as if the hotel is not in the historic district you may be outside of the walls and not within walking distance of the all the historic district has to offer.
Finally, La Terrazza offers free parking, which may not sound like a big deal but in a town where parking is limited this is a huge amenity.
One thing to note is that La Terrazza is not the easiest hotel to find. If you are having problems call Roberto and he will come and show you the way. The website for the hotel is:
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