A friend had stayed here and recommended Al Mercato for its cleanliness and location. We had a bit of trouble finding the bus stop from the train station, though once you know how to get there it is easy (an elevator tucked in a corner to take you down to a lower level). We actually walked further to find the bus stop than we would have to get to our hotel, only to find that the local bus stop was only about 100 feet away from the train station, oh well. Once we got on the local bus, it was quite easy to find the Al Mercato, it is a bit of a walk but not hard. The reception is across the street now which, we were not aware of but quickly figured it out. Anise at reception is delightful and helpful making the check-in smooth while also providing us with a comprehensive list of all the must see places. She was very friendly and helpful and took time to answer our questions and show us around the room.
Our room was a nice size with a private bathroom across the hall (we booked the room knowing this and thought that it was worth a try). The bathroom was very clean, nice, roomy and was “ours” alone. The ceiling in our room was apparently from the 12th century, hard to get your head around something could be that old. The room was very clean and had air conditioning. Our room looked out on a small piazza that had a market on weekends and a couple of restaurants. While we were there they were preparing to host a party in our piazza the following weekend to celebrate the neighborhoods victory in the horse races early in the summer. That was cool but they hammered and sawed up until about midnight, which was very loud in our room.
Breakfast was included in the 80 Euro room cost and was very nice, as were most of the B&B’s we went to in Italy and Austria.
We tried the restaurant that was connected to the Al Mercato, “La Finestra” and we were a little disappointed in the service and small portions. We enjoyed other meals in Siena better, though we ate at one highly rated restaurant, “Zest Ristorante, Winebar and Café” and were unhappy with the food and service. La Finestra had more Tuscan fare and was better than Zest for us.
We definitely recommend Al Mercato and would very happily stay here again though we would not take the same room as we would prefer an attached bathroom. We tried it and it is not our cup of tea, so to speak. Though we were told they are looking at doing a reno to get an attached bathroom for our room as well. We were checking out early and we couldn’t find anyone to pay at reception or the restaurant, so we left a note and headed for the bus to Florence (which is closer and easier to get to than the train). Anise emailed us later in the day and we made our payment via email and everything was completed quickly and easily. Anise was an exceptional hostess.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Al Mercato B&B is located in the historic center of Siena, just a few steps from Piazza del Campo and the Duomo, in an ancient palace of the XIIth century. The couple Fabio and Carla have personally followed the recent restoration of the residence, executed with the total respect of the original structural features of the ancient palace. In our rooms, equipped with private bathroom with shower, you will also find the air conditioning and the free Wi-Fi. The windows open onto the picturesque Piazza del Mercato with a beautiful view of the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia. Buffet breakfast is served every morning in the dedicated room and it is both italian and continental style. At our restaurant "La Finestra" in the Piazza del Mercato, you will find a typical Sienese menu at a special price. Possibility of half or full board. Free parking available 2 km from the B&B (bus ticket offered), or private garage (18 euro) PRIOR RESERVATION 100 meters from the B&B. ... more less
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