We spent a month driving round Italy in May and just turned up at hotels and B&B unannounced. With no advanced bookings we did come unstuck a couple of times, but we also had the good fortune of coming across some really nice places, like this one. Our two requirements were that it had to have free parking, yet be close enough to the centre for us to leave the car and walk. Hotel Gaden ticked both boxes with plenty of parking and a leisurely 30 minute walk into Siena, very pleasant on a warm afternoon. If you decide to take a stroll though you may need to bear in mind that the hotel is on the hilly outskirts, quick to walk down into town, a bit slower on the way back uphill, especially after a nice meal! I understand there is a bus service you can take but after a day in the car and then consuming all that lovely food and wine, we were keen to do a BIT of exersise.
Back at the property, Hotel Garden benfits from gorgeous grounds, a lovely pool area and a great outdoor seating area with splendid views of Siena. The staff were polite and unobtrusive, which we liked. As "walk in" guests we had the benefit of being shown around some of the rooms, prior to making a decision. I must say that the standard rooms were nothing special and were in our view a little disappointing for a 4 star hotel. Nevertheless, they were functional and clean but if your budget affords it, go for the "superior" rooms, we did. The rooms are a descent size, full of character and if you are on the top floor of the main "Villa" building, they afford some lovely vistas through several huge windows. The bathroom was also big and bright. The bed was very comfortable and it was very quiet at night so we slept incredibly well, but I think being on the top floor helped.
Overall, a great place to stay in a good location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Prestigious Villa dated back to the 1700, located in the north part of the city, just 10 minutes form the historical centre. The large rooms are divided between the main building; different in style and colours with classic refined furnishings. The restaurant “ La Limonaia” offers typically Tuscan tastes with panoramic view. Halls will surroundyou with their frescoes in the reading room and bar area. A large ancient oaks park and a roses garden host an open air swimming pool and a tennis court. Large meeting and banqueting area. Private parking for cars and buses. ... more less
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