In a word: FANTASTICO!
Pluses: incredible location, brand new construction (had been opened 15 days when we were there!) in a 15th century building. We met Giovanni right inside the city walls, where he transferred our luggage to his car, and had our car parked for us. We had 2 bedrooms with shared a bath in a private hall, which was perfect for my wife & I, traveling with our teenage son; good shower and bathroom; all new furnishings, electric kettle in each room--everything you would expect was provided; by far the best thing, though, was the management: Giovanni and his mother were incredible. We arrived late in the evening, and they called a recommended restaurant (Guido's-wonderful meal!) for dinner, and Giovanni actually walked us over to be sure we got there without an issue.
Our room was the Pope Allesandro room, where the pope would stay when he visited the city/duomo. (ask Giovanni to show you the underground papal passage to the duomo). The space is well-furnished, most notably with original prints/documents (some dating from the 16th century) that are Sienese historical maps and documents. Our son's room had the original 'Coda' that established il Palio, the famous Siena horse race held twice yearly. Fascinating!
Minuses: ear plugs needed in this town of many college students (but to be fair we never asked to or used AC, though the room had it, so we didn't close our windows--it was wonderful fresh air!); no luggage racks (though I mentioned that to Giovanni before we left--he already had them on order). Everything else was terrific.
I can't say enough how much we enjoyed the facilities and location, but even better were the people! It was a first rate experience!
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