What is(are) your name(s)?
For how long have you been running a B&B?
Since 1989 when we restored the palace and started the activity
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
The building belongs to our family since 1978 thanks to Dante & Amelia who loved this palace named Palazzo Bongi, last residence of the two sisters Bongi who definitely moved to Firenze at the age of 85. At the time Dante & Amelia's family were running a popular restaurant. The palace preserves the original style of the 15th century, although the earliest part dates back to the middle ages and the founding of the town itself: traces remain of the well and the underground ares open to public on 2002. It was donated to a religious order who inhabited it until the end of the 17th century. It acquired international renown as a salon for the high society of the late 18th century. Festive gatherings and parties were held in the ballroom which is now the present Pink Room It is also said that girls who refused to submit to the Droit de seigneur were suspended in the well. The palace has been registered by Fine Arts Heritage in its directories and all restoration was done under thrir supervising.Everything has been preserved or reproduced faithfully in order to maintain the charm of this superb town house intact.The palace was converted in hotel in 1989 becoming immediately a real change of style and new wind for hotellerie offer of that period in San Gimignano.
What are the unique characteristics of your B&B?
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your B&B has made their stay special?
Guest comments and online reviews make L'Antico Pozzo the most charming hotel in San Gimignano run by very friendly people, which fully reflects our goals.
Please describe in short your bed and breakfast and its general services and amenities.
The building is located on the main street of the historic center of San Gimignano within the city walls, ranking 3 stars by Tourist Official. On the ground floor there is a large lobby, a lounge bar and access to underground area. Front-desk is open from 5 am to 1 am in the night and will be available to manage and assist in any request you may need. Daily tours to Chianti region and Montalcino area are available and bookable at our desk; horse riding and babysitting service also available. By an elevator you can reach to first floor where a large breakfast room "Sala rosa" will welcome you with a soft music during morning buffet. Few steps away a lovely outdoor terrace will be the right place to relax and enjoy your breakfast and snacks during the day.The 18 rooms are located on the 3 different floors; some overlook the lively main street, others face on the park and towers on the back of the hotel. The hotel is family run therefore we do our best and put a sincere passion to maintain our property in best shape and assure to all our Guests a pleasant and relaxing stay.
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity?
We have 18 rooms in total on 3 different floors, 1 single room, 17 doubles (4 superior-doubles ,10 standard-doubles, 3 junior-doubles). Superior rooms allow occupancy up to 5 people, standard doubles may allow occupancy up to 3 people.
What kinds of rooms do you offer?
All of our 18 rooms are provided with the same amenities although our property is a medieval building and by law cannot be altered (to protect the historical integrity of the structure). The difference between rooms is referring mostly to size; superiors are the largest ones usually with a canopy bed and small lounge area. Double rooms can be different in shape, size, view and are comfortable too. Double junior are the smaller rooms. The size of the beds is the same in all rooms.
Please describe the in-room facilities for each type of room in your B&B.
All of our rooms have an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, heating, sat TV, ironing facilities on demand, direct phone line, frigobar, safe, wireless internet (available on charge), hairdryer.
Which room is your personal favorite?
Hard to say... Each room has its particular character, however I would say that the superior rooms are particularly original and charming.
What do the room rates include?
Our room rates include all taxes, service and buffet breakfast.
Do you offer any special packages?
We have special offer for low seasons and romantic getaways. Please refer to our website for more details.
What may guests expect from a typical breakfast at your property?
We always try to imagine us on the other side as guests and B&B clients. This is the only way to improve and get our breakfast service always better. We believe we and our Guest would like to find fresh and authentic products, variety and colors, no limits for extra coffee and cappuccino, smiling happy people, very kind but no formal attitude. Actually we have a large selection of meat and cheese, fresh season fruit and salad, crispy croissants, 3 kinds of bread, toast, large selection of home made cakes, cereals, yogurts, fruit juices, fresh little tomatoes and mozzarella, olive oil, juiced fruit, dry fruit and other products left to your imagination.
When and where is breakfast served?
Breakfast is served between 7.30 am to 10.00 am. However we are flexible and we usually serve breakfast in the terrace or at the lounge bar for anybody who has overslept.
Are dietary needs accommodated?
We provide a gluten-free meal for people with celiac disease. We kindly ask you to inform us when making your reservation.
Do you serve other meals?
At the moment we only serve snacks and drinks from the lounge bar during the day.
Are there cooking facilities, which guests may use?
Room service is available from 6 am to 1 am for any need.
Is your bed and breakfast suitable for children?
Our hotel is suitable for children however is more indicated for adults not having recreation areas and games for kids.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets as our policy. However we can talk about it at the moment of reservation and possibly accept.
What is your smoking policy?
Smoking is not permitted in rooms and public areas.
Is there a parking facility on premises or nearby?
The B&B is located in the historic center of San Gimignano on the main street San Matteo. It is possible to access it anytime by car by following same directions for parking lot #3 but pass parking lot, traffic light then follow signs to hotel: access is permitted for loading and unloading. After unloaded your baggage, we will show you how to drive back to parking #3 and #4 to park your car: please take the stairs back to the B&B, which is only 3-400 meters away from the parking lots.
Is your B&B suitable for disabled guests?
Yes, we have rooms suitable for disabled guests.
What safety precautions are provided at your B&B?
We are provided with the most updated security systems according to European policy and rules, smoke and fire detectors, automatic alarms, extinguishers. We also supervise the whole property 24/24 having a night porter.
What is your check-in/check-out policy?
Check-in time is 1 pm, check-out is by 11:30 am. However you can get to the hotel anytime and check-in earlier, if your room is ready.
Are there a minimum number of nights for staying at your B&B?
We require a minimum stay of 2-3 nights only for special occasion like Easter or New Year's Day.
How can guests check availability and make a reservation?
We accept reservation request by phone 0577 942014, by email firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax 0577 942117, on instant booking via http://reservations.anticopozzo.com.
What is you cancellation policy?
Our cancellation policy allows cancellations without any penalty till 72 Hours prior arrival (1pm). First night will be charged from the Hotel after this deadline or in case of no show.
What types of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, Eurocard, Diner's, Cash in EUR, Bancomat.
Please tell us what things guests might enjoy visiting, seeing, doing, etc. in your area.
San Gimignano is perfectly located to explore major city arts of Tuscany: Siena 34 km, Firenze 55 km, Pisa 70 km, Lucca 80 km, Chianti 20 km, Seaside 88 km, Volterra 28 km.
What would you say to people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast?
We look forward to see you and offer a great Tuscan experience.