Quaint, older style hotel.
- Free Wifi
- Breakfast included
Quaint, older style hotel.
We liked this hotel - easy to find (we drove). Free parking a few blocks away. Right inside the city walls - very charming at night. The room was a bit small, but comfortable. The bathroom was quite small, especially the shower area but we worked it out. Great central location to do day trips to other parts of Tuscany. Nice and relaxing breakfast downstairs. Friendly staff. The elevator did turn off at night - so you had to take the stairs - but this did not bother us. Had a pleasant 3 night stay - would stay here again.
We booked this hotel for one night, it was cheap in comparison to other hotel accommodation in Siena.
The hotel in general was tired, worn out, depressing and dark. The carpets in the hotel were dreadful and it smelt of stale cigarettes. That said it was as clean as possible.
Our room had its own toilet, sink and shower, however we were unable to get any hot water from the shower!
On a positive note, this hotel was in a good location, close to the centre of Siena and the staff were very helpful.
It was bearable for one night, but I wouldn't want to think I was staying any longer. I can manage basic, but this place looks like something out of the 70's and needs some money spending on it to update it.
A quite simple and a bit worn down. But considering the price and the good location, both me and my wife considered this a bargain.
Breakfast was simple but OK. If you look for something fancy and are anoyed by a worn carpet I suggest you keep looking, but if you only need a place to sleep I'd recommend it.
Note: The elevator is shut down after 20:00. So don't rely on that, which we did, but we got a room on the ground floor instead.
We've been around Tuscany some and Siena is definetly among the favorites. Just sitting at the Piazza Il Campo with a glass of Prosecco watching the scenery is something extra.
We booked the stay via Lastminute.com a few days prior to arrival and when we got to the hotel were pleased with the welcome. The reception seemed a bit shabby but otherwise homely. The lift was a slightly worrying and shaky experience, the stairs and landings were filthy, threadbare and a cleaner's cart were left in the corridor outside our room with dirty linen on for the length of our 20 hour stay. The minibar comprised of a fridge that didn't work with a can of pop and some crisps inside, the bedlinen was clean and fresh at least, the walls were filthy, the balcony was absolutely covered in pigeon muck and therefore unusable and then we got to the bathroom. It was a 70s style wetroom/pod type bathroom with a very old sticker saying that the facility was automatically refreshed with every use. I doubt it was even refreshed every decade. The white moulder plastic on everything was tarnished, discoloured, melted and above all filthy. It stank, the toilet was vile and we couldn't bring ourselves to shower because it looked so germ-ridden (or indeed try breakfast). In addition, we could hear every breath and waterdrop from the bathroom nextdoor, and our bed was little more than a double-sized campbed. How this establishment got 2 stars I'll never know. How it's allowed to call itself a hotel escapes me too. If you can, stay elsewhere.
We (a couple in late 50's) were slightly apprehensive about this Hotel from reading previous reviews, but thoroughly enjoyed our week there. I will attempt to give a flavour of the hotel, and also comment on points mentioned in previous reviews.
The Hotel is small, old-fashioned and very friendly, situated at the terminus of many of the buses from the Railway Station, 3 minutes walk from the Bus Station, 10 minutes walk to the Campo and 15 minutes from the Duomo.
The two ladies on Reception spoke good English and were very friendly. They suggested that we keep our Room key for the week, so that we wouldn't worry about security if we stayed out after 20:30 when the Hotel became unmanned (with a code being provided to open the Entrance door form outside, but then having to get your own key from behind the Desk). The Lift is turned off overnight as there would be nobody to respond to an alarm if it got stuck.
Breakfast was back again in a small area off Reception (as shown in their photos), NOT across the Road in a cafe which some people had deemed unfriendly. There was a good choice (Tea, Coffee, Bottled Juices, Cereal, Buns. Croissants, Butter, Jam, Cheese Spread, Yogurt, Biscuits, etc) with no restriction on how much you ate.
Our room was on the top (3rd) floor directly over the Hotel entrance with a small balcony overlooking the pedestrian square (which includes a bus turning circle) in front of the Hotel. The double bed was actually 2 single beds pushed together but made up with double bedding and was very comfortable.
The bathroom door is about 8 inches (20 centimetres) above floor level and leads into a small glass-fibre pod (floor, walls and ceiling all cast together with shower area (with a ceiling extractor fan), toilet and wash-basin, plus shelves behind the toilet). Everything in the bathroom was very clean, but had been scrubbed rather too vigorously for the glass fibre which was noticeably scratched). Commenting on previous reviews, the shower area drained fine without overflowing onto the floor, and the toilet water tank was behind the wall.
The doors onto our private Balcony had wooden outer doors with Louvres for ventilation and inner doors with glass panels which could be covered by closing wooden panels. There were also curtains, so the room was very dark at night if you closed everything. Noise from outside could still be heard, but wasn't a problem, noise from the room next door was more noticeable as the shower and extractor fan could be heard.
The Room did NOT have Air-Conditioning, so MAY become too hot later in the year, even with the Balcony Doors wide open, but we couldn't comment as it was warm but not hot in Siena in March/April.