This is a sophisticated hotel with a superb location inside the city walls. Once your car is parked, you can walk to everything. We stayed in a duplex suite with a large sitting room, spacious bedroom and 1 and half baths. We loved the suite, but it is suited for those in good physical condition as there is a flight of steps to the bedroom and another flight up to the sitting room. The hike is worth it as the views are really outstanding and the sitting room very luxurious. The bedroom is very spacious with enough closet space for an extended stay. Unfortunately, we only had 2 nights.
This hotel is elegant with an outstanding staff. We had a problem with our car, that the hotel garage discovered. The staff at the hotel helped us change our car at the small Hertz office in Sienna. The hotel staff was quite concerned and did everything they could to help us with this difficult situation. They absolutely saved this part of our trip. We only had a couple of days in Sienna and fortunately did not have to spend our time trying to sort out a problem.
Be sure to have exact directions to the hotel as it is not easy to find. We had directions from both the hotel and directions we found on the internet. It took both sets to find the hotel. There is a very expensive charge to park a car so be prepared. When we arrived within the city walls of Sienna, we understood the charge and the problem of having to park a car quite a distance from the hotel. But again, once your car is parked, you do not need to move it to tour this town.
This is an expensive hotel, but worth the splurge. Do not miss the Palazzo Chigi Saracini. I do extensive research before each trip and I did not find this in my books or other information. We just stumbled onto it and what a find! This is a beautiful palazzo that was converted into a music academy. They do have concerts, but none the days we were there. The tour is excellent, wonderful art and furnishings and an interesting history. You can buy wonderful CD's in their shop. We bought a CD of music that was playing while we were there. We listen to it all the time and remember our lovely time in Sienna.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Hotel Continental, a Sienese palace steeped in history, is part of Starhotels Collezione, Starhotels exceptional luxury hotel group. Grand Hotel Continental, the old town's only 5* hotel, has a privileged position a moment's stroll down cobbled medieval lanes to Siena's most important attractions, including the famous Piazza del Campo and the Romanesque-Gothic cathedral. Every one of our rooms and suites is a masterpiece, honed over centuries, designed for the tastes of the 17th century aristocracy and refined to meet the demands of the discerning modern traveller. From our beautiful classic rooms to the magnificence of our Royal Suite, our accommodation is unashamedly opulent. ... more less
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- Grand Hotel Continental Siena