We were a group of six from Canada. In mid October, we took a ten day Celebrity cruise ship out of Rome but first spent some time in Sorrento and then Siena, where we stayed at the Hotel Italia. After comming from beautiful Sorrento, when we first approach the Hotel and the general area, it looked a bit disappointing. However, those thoughts quickly disappeared. The Hotel is catagorized as three star but it is quite adequate. The general rooms are basic and small and could be confining for some. We booked the upgraded room or suite for a very small additional charge and that was fine. The room was very clean and met our needs. The bathroom was obiviously upgraded and was very modern and impeccably clean. The staff spoke good english and were very friendly and helpful. I remember one woman at the front desk in particular. Her name was Julia. She was exceptionally helpful. Each morning of our stay we had an excellent buffet breakfast, which was included in the rate. A ten minute walk from our hotel took us to the begining of the historical area of Sienna. It was so facinating and interesting. It also had a wide array of shops and restaurants. We spent four nights there and never once was bored. In fact, it was delightful. Some of us took a tour of a local winery arranged by the Hotel staff. The Tuscan countryside is beautiful. The Hotel is less than ten minutes from the Train station and is near all services. There is a large Bank across the street from the Hotel with 24hr. ATM availability. Because we were a group of six, it was good value (and with luggage it was very convienent) to take a tour van from the Hotel door directly to the cruise port check in area, which was readily arranged for us by the Hotel staff. I believe the trip was two to three hours but a side benefit was the great sight seeing. There are hotels in the general area which are more up scale but is hard to surpass the Hotel Italia for hospitality, value, cleanliness - and most of all - location.