Locanda Rossa

Maremma, Tuscany, Italy Book from Book from £162 per night

Surrounded by rolling national park, close to the west Tuscan coast, a luxurious yet relaxed conversion of a historic farmhouse
As we approach through winding lanes fringed by sun-dappled hedgerows, we know that this is one of those places that just gets it right. Even with the 2018 addition of 20 new rooms and suites, Locanda Rossa preserves an intimate yet luxurious vibe that had us feeling immediately at home. Set among lush greenery, the hotel’s group of deep red buildings offer the perfect blend of beautifully designed rooms, relaxed lounge areas with outdoor armchairs, and well-manicured gardens to enjoy. The sweeping views take in its 3,200 olive trees and a classic Tuscan landscape beyond, while long, sandy beaches are just a short drive away.

Most rooms have a private roof terrace or garden, so guests have a real sense of privacy, tranquility and space. With 2 outdoor pools, an on-site spa, a play area for children, and an indoor pool and gym, this place has appeal for both couples and families. The restaurant cooks up delicious farm-to-table dishes, and has an upmarket, romantic feel, while the stylish wine bar serves refreshments day and night. Service is notably warm and professional, and there’s so much to explore in the surrounding area - that's if you can tear yourself away from lazing by the pool...
Covid-19 update: some services and facilities may be changed as a result of Coronavirus measures.

Highs

  • You're in the beautiful Tuscan Maremma, close to splendid beaches and the medieval village of Capalbio
  • Helpful and welcoming multilingual staff, particularly the vivacious manager, Barbara
  • Great for families: there's a second pool and a play area to keep kids busy
  • Lots of local activities and places to visit, from island-hopping to a park of mosaic sculptures
  • The restaurant’s flame-grilled Florentine steak was incredibly delicious (and huge!)

Lows

  • The Locanda Rooms are small and, although comfortable, don’t have a wow factor - we recommend upgrading if you can
  • A steep entry fee for the spa - although i-escape guests will receive a free 'Spa Path' as a thank you for booking through us
  • Prices for extras, such as drinks, are on the high side
  • You'll need a car to get here, to explore the region, and to reach other restaurants

Best time to go

High summer (July/August) is great for lazing and eating alfresco, and July is peak season for families with kids. Spring brings wild flowers and balmy, warm weather; May, June, September and October are best for lower prices, fewer people and temperatures of around 26 to 28 degrees. The hotel is open from mid-April to November.

Our top tips

Make the 40-minute drive to Monte Argentario, and go beyond popular Porto Santo Stefano to discover secluded coves on the promontory’s western side. Mar Morto particularly stands out, with its beautiful wild beach and natural lagoons created by rocky outcrops. If time allows, don’t rush to leave; visitors who stick around until night falls will be treated to the spectacular show that only a west coast sunset can offer.

Great for...

Eco
Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 34 rooms + 4 villas for 2-6
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: Hotel closed October-April
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Bicycles Available
Room:

Rooms

Serene, chic and comfortable, Locanda Rossa’s rooms are individually decorated in earthy colours, with modern bathrooms and comfy beds wrapped in crisp white linens. The owner’s collection of contemporary art decorates the walls: modern paintings, pencil-line drawings, old maps and quirky photographs. Most ground-floor rooms have private patches of garden shielded by tall hedges; some upstairs rooms have terraces.

Locanda Rooms and Prestige Rooms are a little on the small side, though fine for a night or 2; if you're staying for longer, Deluxe rooms are worth the extra cost for the additional space they offer. For a splurge, opt for a Junior Suite King, some of which come with gardens, others with kitchenettes. The Garden Suites each have a separate sitting room with 2 sofas, which can be made up as single beds. These larger rooms are better suited to extra guests, though the smaller ones can take extra baby cots.

There are also 4 3-bedroom villas, each with a living room, a kitchen-diner and a private garden. Great for families.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Mosquito net
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Some have a private terrace or garden
  • Sunloungers
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Breakfast (not included in the villa rates) is served in the bright and airy restaurant. Choose from a selection of tasty homemade cakes, pastries, fresh fruit and smoothies. There are also cold meats and cheeses on offer, as well as bacon and eggs cooked any which way.

Lunch and dinner are served here, too, or alfresco on the large restaurant terrace. Much of the produce is local, with the house olive oil and various fruit and vegetables (courgettes, tomatoes, aubergines, melon and so on) grown on the property. There are also 50 bee hives, so they produce their own honey. Dishes might include wild boar pasta or roasted piglet; the prawn and clam spaghetti was our favourite followed by the mouth-watering trio of sharp citrus desserts – so good that we ordered it twice during our stay! There’s a kids’ menu, too.

Alternatively, if you feel like eating out, there are excellent restaurants in nearby Capalbio. Staff can recommend. There are also grocery shops here; the villas each have a full kitchen with a hob, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and barbecue.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity: Dune del Chiarone

Activities

  • Read in the shady gardens, soak up the sun by the gorgeous pool or learn how to make pasta at one of the hotel's cooking classes
  • Chill out in the spa (which can be booked exclusively on request). There's a hammam, Turkish bath, thermal pool, sensory shower and sauna, all of which can be experienced on a 'Spa Path', which is complimentary to i-escape guests. There's also an enticing range of treatments
  • Visit the medieval villages of Capalbio, Pitigliano and Sorano, or head to local beaches, where you'll find a choice of beach clubs (10km)
  • The nearby nature reserve of Lake Burano offers fantastic birdwatching: herons, wild geese, nightingales, great reed warblers, marsh harriers, ospreys, gannet, lapwings and golden plovers. Bring your binoculars
  • Hire a bike from the Locanda to explore the surrounding countryside, or sign up for a horse-riding trip that ends with a picnic barbecue
  • Visit local vineyards for wine tasting
  • Explore Il Giardino dei Tarocchi ('Garden of Tarots'), filled with lush greenery and Gaudí-esque mosaic sculptures

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Kitesurfing
  • Mountain biking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting

Kids

This is a great choice for families, the kind of place where you can enjoy luxury even though you're travelling with kids. The friendly team give children a warm welcome, plus there’s plenty of space thanks to private gardens and terraces, so you can relax knowing your children aren’t impinging on other people’s fun. The villas are particularly suited to families, but tend to get booked up early. Nearby, there are lots of places to visit to keep all ages entertained.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Some Junior Suite Kings have single sofabeds or space for rollaway beds or baby cots, while the Garden Suites have 2 single sofabeds. Most bathrooms are shower only. For families with older children, the 4 villas are best; suited to groups of 2 to 6, they each have 2 double rooms, 1 twin/double room, 3 bathrooms (1 with a tub) and a lounge, kitchen and dining area.

Babysitting:

Available on request

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

There's a kids’ menu in the restaurant, though if there’s something specific they fancy, the chefs will try their best to oblige.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Children's playground with goal posts amd a trampoline
  • Family pool
  • Books and games
  • Table tennis
  • Bikes to hire

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Beaches (10km away)
  • Horse riding (reception can help organise on request)

Families Should Know:

The pools aren't fenced

Distances:

  • Airport: 118km (Rome)
  • Shops, including a pharmacy: 3.5km
  • Hospital: 25 minutes' drive (Orbetello)
Kid Friendly:

Location

Locanda Rossa is set in the hills of the Tuscan Maremma, a lovely, protected, coastal area. It's just 3.5km from the medieval village of Capalbio.

By Air:
Rome Fiumicino is the closest airport (118km), or you can fly into Rome Ciampino. Pisa is also an easy drive away, and a major hub.

From the Airport
Most guests hire a car. You could take a taxi but one of the joys of being here is exploring the region, for which you'll need transport. The hotel does not offer airport transfers.

By Car:
If you want to hire a car, see our car rental recommendations. You can park for free at the hotel.

By Train:
If you'd prefer to travel overland from the UK, you can reach Tuscany quite easily from London, and from elsewhere in Italy. See the excellent Seat 61 for details. The closest station to the hotel is Capalbio Scalo, and from here you can take a taxi (4km).

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Rome Fiumicino 118.0 km FCO
  • Pisa 220.0 km PSA

Other:

  • Beach 6.5 km
  • Shops 3.5 km
  • Restaurant 3.5 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 8 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
10/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

We had a wonderful stay at Locanda. It’s in a beautiful location and easy to find. Our room (Junior Suite with garden) was fantastic - so much space and everything we could need, including free soft drinks and snacks. The breakfasts were lovely. Great selection of pastries. Some more local fruit would have been nice though. Meals were also lovely, especially the truffle taglieroni. The only criticism (more of a niggle) is that we thought the hotel could do more environmentally - eliminate plastic including the little shampoo etc bottles in the bathroom (provide it in refillable bottles instead) and plastic water bottles (put refillable bottles of tap or filtered water in the rooms instead and offer the same at the pool), offer reusable rather than single use plastic cups at the pool and spa. Also, we hung out towels up as we didn’t need them to be changed but they were still changed every other day which is a nice thought but unnecessary. These are definitely niggles though. We had a wonderful stay and would definitely recommend Locanda.

10/10,

We loved Locanda Rossa. The staff are incredibly friendly and the concierge is amazing - she recommended some of the best restaurants in the region for us and every one was fantastic. The restaurant at the hotel is also excellent, and the swimming pool is great for just chilling. A very relaxing stay indeed.

9/10,

Locanda Rossa was a fantastic experience for our family. The location and landscape is beautiful, the staff were very friendly, attentive & efficient and the food from the restaurant was great (although relatively expensive, except for the amazing breakfast which is included in the room rate). The room was very fresh, nicely furnished and well appointed although the decor was a bit formal and I felt was a little out of character with the rest of the Hotel decor. Having the option of the kids pool is great so there is no guilt about roudy kids or splashing. The only downside is that the shade around the kids pool is limited (there are umbrellas but when it is windy they need to be put down).
Overall I would thoroughly recommend Locanda Rossa for a family holiday.

10/10,

Such kind staff. Kids area. So well set up for our toddler. Language was more of a struggle than expected and the food was quite fancy and expensive. They can be flexible on food if you ask for something simple. Ask reception to book you a lounger at the small kid friendly beach 24 hrs in advance if at the weekend. Superior rooms are just big enough for small cot in the bathroom if you need.

8/10,

Very beautiful place, with very warm and welcoming staff. They make you feel at home and are very willing to help you with anything. We would definitely recommend this place and hope to come back soon.

10/10,

We had bad luck at this place. The weather was awful (but that was obviously out of anyone's control) and we were booked in alongside a group of about 20 people on a business trip who were using the hotel as a conference centre. This was a disappointment for us as it meant the lovely conservatory and dining room were not at our disposal. We had drinks in an empty sitting room and dinner in a lonesome and rather soulless bar area. As it was pouring with rain and cold we obviously were rather in need of the inside areas as the gardens and pool didn't tempt us. The staff were very busy with this business party and we felt rather neglected.

6/10,

We loved our stay. The food was amazing, the facilities divine, the service wonderful. Booking on i-escape was great too as we got a complimentary spa experience.

10/10,

I stayed at Locanda Rossa with my husband and 11 month old son in July 2018. We could not have had a nicer time. We booked it last minute, and had the last available room in the hotel; a standard room with its own garden, and although the room was small, was absolutely fine for the 3 of us to share (they provided a cot for the baby). The bedroom and bathroom both had plenty of storage space, which makes a big difference in a small room. The garden had two deck-chairs, so we could lie and sunbathe outside while our baby was napping during the day, and had a high hedge on either side and a gate, so our baby could crawl around on the grass without escaping, and you didn't feel overlooked by other people. The children's pool was lovely - surrounded by a big grassy area with a football goal, trampoline, ping pong table, table football and a little playground, and also lots of deckchairs and umbrellas, it was a great place to hang out with our son. My only comment would be that it could do with a bit more shade in the form of trees or perhaps a permanent cabana type area like the adults' pool has. The staff were all so friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble for them. In true Italian style, they were adorable and welcoming to our son, who joined us for all our meals in the dining room, where the food was delicious - a great breakfast buffet, and a very good lunch and different dinner menu. All in all, I would highly recommend Locanda Rossa.

10/10,

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