Castello Banfi - Il Borgo was recently reviewed in the May 2008 Hot List Issue of Condé Nast Traveler and received two out of three flames. (One flame = Hot, two flames = Hotter, three flames = Hottest)
"Set amid 7,100 undulating acres of vineyards and olive groves near Montalcino, Castello Banfi , maker of some of the region's bestknown wines, has opened its doors to overnight guests, having converted its former workers' lodgings into sumptuous accommodations that embody Tuscanstyle good living. The 14 individually styled rooms, housed in conjoined eighteenthcentury stone buildings adjacent to the estate's twelfthcentury castello, have retained some atmospheric elements of the original structures, from woodbeam ceilings to deepset windows to terracotta floors, and are done in a cheerful, elegant Tuscan palette, including softly patterned silk draperies, plump couches, and absurdly comfortable beds with romantic baldachins. Special touches include a gratis bottle of Brunello, an LCD TV hidden in a false bookcase, and free highspeed Internet - a rarity in these parts. The large, welllit bathrooms also come with comfort in mind, equipped with heated towel racks, sizable glasswalled showers with rain showerheads, and toiletries made with Sangiovese grapes grown on the estate. The service throughout is warm and efficient, and the hearty breakfast (included in the room rate) exceeds the typical Continentalstyle offerings, while the two excellent onsite restaurants - the intimate Michelinstarred Ristorante, and the more casual Taverna - offer wellprepared Tuscan dishes and, naturally, a strong house wine list. A small pool overlooks the bucolic landscape of vineyards. When to go: The harvesttime months of September and October, with their fall colors and stillwarm days. Which room to book: No. 16 comes with a large dressing area and both a soaking tub and a shower. The loftstyle No. 17 faces a rose garden, while No. 31 has stone arches."