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“Would have been nice if it was open...” 1 of 5 stars
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Porta Romana Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Enea Silvio Piccolomini 35, 53100 Siena, Italy   |  
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Ranked #23 of 40 Hotels in Siena
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“Would have been nice if it was open...”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2006

We made a reservation for the Piccolo Hotel Oliveta back in February. We knew it was a holiday weekend in Italy, so we wanted to plan ahead. This was a special celebration for us. The owners went out of their way making our arrangements, planning a wine tour, dinner reservations, etc. Imagine our shock and disappointment to arrive in Siena and finding the hotel closed! We talked with nearby shop owners who told us of the 'marital difficulties' between the owners. Since it was Liberation Day weekend, there were no hotel rooms available in Siena. We ended up out in the suburbs, with no transportation, having to pay for taxis to take us to/from Siena. I had been in touch with the owners just two weeks prior to our arrival and of course, nothing was mentioned about potentially being closed.

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2006

My husband and I stayed at the Oliveta for several days in October, 2005. I have been meaning to send in this review since our return. My husband has said a few times that he wants to go back. It was perfect for us. We rented a car to drive to other towns in the area and there was always parking available at Piccolo Hotel Oliveta. The walled in old city of Siena was a just a 20 minute walk for us (we are slow walkers) and there is also a bus a few feet away from Piccolo Hotel Oliveta. Bus tickets are easy to purchase from the tobacco shop across the highway. Piccolo Hotel Oliveta has an outdoor patio with a beautiful view, where we had wine and cheese, provided by the hotel for a fee. The view from our room was also lovely. The breakfast was ample (croissants, cheese, cereal, etc.) The hospitality offered by Alexandra, Nicolina, Antonio and Fabio was excellent. We enjoyed getting to know them. The shower was a little akward, however bathroom set ups are just a little different in Italy then we are used to in the United States, and this bathroom was one of the better ones. This was previously an old farm house, so the sleepong rooms are in a seperate building from the main house, where breakfast is served, but this was not a problem for us. One day when it rained, umbrellas were provided if needed. We would look forward to staying here again.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2006

there is really nothing to get excited about in this Hotel. Nothing was practical: moist and cold rooms during the winter, divided bathrooms of which towells were not in the shower side (thus having to walk on cold tiles after the shower, paper thin walls of which you hear neighboring guests waking you up in the middle of the night, Spartiate decoration & room amenities, breakfast did not meet any 3* standards (coffee was poor), and finally, indeed, the owners were cordial, but not helpful in ANY way to rave about it. I beleive that anybody that would read the previous comments will be terribly disappointed after their stay at the Hotel.
I, personally, feel that I overpaid for my stay (in excess of 110 euros for the room, per night. I beleive that it wasn't worth 80 euros per night)

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2005

My wife and I stayed at the Oliveta for several days, and enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and loacation...out in the country and a very short walk to the city center. The hospitality offered by Alexandra, Nicolina, Antonio and Fabio was excellent. We felt more like family than guests.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2004

As other reviewers have said, the staff is very helpful and friendly and being able to check your e-mail was nice. Location and parking are convenient. The view from our room was really picture perfect. However, the room was tiny (this was disclosed in advance and the price was quite reasonable) and water from the shower flowed pretty freely out of the bathroom. Also, the walls must be paper thin.

  • Stayed April 2004
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2003

My husband and I stayed at Piccolo Hotel Oliveta, Siena, on November 10 and 11, 2003.It is the hotel we have loved the most, of the four hotels we stayed at, during our two-week holiday in Italy.The staff is friendly, courteous, and helpful. They explained us how to get to places.As for the hotel location itself: perfect. Outside of town, and at the same time, only a ten/fifteen minute walk to reach town, that is, if you don't get lost.As soon as the taxi entered the hotel's property, we felt like we were in somebody's yard. It didn't feel at all like a hotel; same thing when we were in the main area, we felt like we were in somebody's house. This hotel is different from the others we have stayed at, the reception is separate from the rooms, which is kind of nice.The hotel is surrounded by olive trees, and in the frontyard, you have an overwhelming view of the Tuscan hills and olive trees. What a treat it was every morning, to open our window to that view, and hear the roosters call, the dogs barking.Also, it is the only hotel we have seen that has a separate bathroom and toilet. Some people don't like that idea, we loved it. Our room was simple, spacious, very bright because of the four windows, and very clean.The continental breakfast was good.We have also been lucky to catch a scene of life in Tuscany. Two people were picking olives from the hotel's trees; we watched how it is done.We'd love to go back to Piccolo Hotel Oliveta. We recommend it.

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Address: Via Enea Silvio Piccolomini 35, 53100 Siena, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Siena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #23 of 40 Hotels in Siena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Porta Romana Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The majestic Porta Romana and the green hills of the sienese countryside are the perfect background for our Hotel. A XVIIIth century building recently renewed and equipped with every modern comfort. A perfect blend for the ones who wish to enjoy one of the world's most fascinating cities. The Hotel, overlooking a stunning hillside scenery, is located 15 minutes walking from Piazza del Campo. Large private parking. Telephone, Sat TV, Wake-up call, Laundry service, Bar, Jacuzzi hot tub and private parking free for direct reservations, Free WiFi Internet access, Pets admitted, Panoramic terrace and solarium, gay-friendly, Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Amex and Diners. ... more   less 
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