Some of the previous reviewers here seem to have been expecting something different from this hotel. I would propose that perhaps they did not do sufficient research!
It is housed in a old tower building in a medieval city, therefore it is not surprising that the rooms are reasonably small, they feature brick and beamed ceilings and the stairs are relatively steep.
Bathrooms have had to be accommodated within these existing rooms, therefore it is reasonable that the trade-off between bedroom and bathroom size has resulted in very compact bathroom and shower facilities.
It is a small guesthouse with only 8 rooms – once more, it is not surprising that there are not armies of highly qualified and experienced hotel staff to carry your bags up the stairs, book tickets for you or give you directions all across Italy!
Accept that this is not a Hilton, do some research, think for yourself and you might come to appreciate what this property DOES have to offer.
It is a charming property, full of quirky, individual touches. The delightful and helpful owner Patrizia clearly has a love of old movies. Check out the photo of Grace Kelly in the small lobby, our bedroom featured photos of Paul Newman and Ava Gardner in their heyday. Furniture and fittings are again older and quirky, fully in keeping with the building.
The rooms are kept clean and are comfortable, the hotel is approximately 5 minutes brisk walk from the city and its many delights.
Breakfast is 7 Euros extra, which we elected to skip. A pastry and a coffee standing at a café counter is the Italian way and suited us just fine.
To conclude, if you want the comforts and service of a modern international style hotel, the Antica Torre would not be ideal for you. If however, you are independently minded and want an interesting experience in a small historic guesthouse, in a fascinating medieval city; perhaps you have found just the place.
I would not hesitate to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you want to have a stay in Siena, reflecting the ancient traditions of Tuscany, the Hotel Antica Torre is the right choice. This hotel is in fact an old "tower house" of the 16th century located inside the walls to the south-east of Siena a few minutes walk from the famous Piazza del Campo. Its excellent position permits not only a complete visit to all places of historic interest but also most of the posts of the Sienese countryside such as the famous Chianti region. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Antica Torre Hotel
- Antica Torre Siena