We decided very last-minute to attend the Palio of Siena and were desperately searching for a room in or near the city center for the night of 16 August as most of the affordable hotels and B&Bs were fully booked. Fortunately we saw that there was one room available at the Hotel San Marco, about 1.6 kms from the walls of the city. The price quoted by a popular online booking company was 150 euro for a double room. Before completing the online reservation, I called the hotel to confirm availability and was quoted the price of 90 euro for a double! We grabbed the room! When we got to the hotel ( a short bus ride away from the train station) the concierge told us that we were given a Director's discount, we're guessing because the room was still empty the day before the Palio.
We couldn't have been happier with our choice of hotel ( and luck)! The hotel was very comfortable, with modern furnishings, a nice bathroom and comfortable bed. The breakfast, included in the price of the room, featured choices for most travellers, including cereals, yogurt, bread, cheese, ham and a variety of cakes and croissants. And its location just outside of the center was not a problem at all as local bus service brings you directly to the heart of center, right near the Piazza del Campo, if not a taxi ride is about 10 euro.
We would gladly stay at this location again for next years' Palio!
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- Also Known As:
- San Marco Hotel
- San Marco Siena