Decent hotels under €100 a night are not easy to find in Siena and this one is a charmer. Just inside the city walls (everything is in fairly easy walking distance in Siena) and not far from the station. Via Garibaldi was punched through the old town walls to make access to the station easier when the trains came in the late 19c. The rooms are a good size and the ceilings are high. The decor is pleasant and unfussy, rooms spotlessly clean, beds comfortable and the shower was a good size. Breakfast was varied and fresh. Most of the rooms have little juliette balconies but some have a full sized patio with views over the valley to San Francesco basilica.
The concierges were the star turns - endlessly patient, calm, helpful and knowledeable and gave superb recommendations for dinner both nights that we stayed there. Free internet access in the lobby and free wifi (although I didn't use the Wifi). The facilities and service are consistent with more than the 3* rating. I am very happy to recommend the hotel and would certainly return myself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Minerva Hotel is a three star hotel in the historic center of Siena, overlooking from its position the city of the Palio. Hotel Minerva is located in the heart of Siena, the medieval city known around the world for the Palio and its age-old traditions, miracles and saints like Catherine and Bernard Tolomei, art, culture, food and wine. Just 10 minutes from Piazza del Campo and very close to the train station, the three-star hotel has 56 rooms, divided into Standard, Superior and Business, a meeting room and a garage. Perfect for business trips as a vacation exploring Siena and the most beautiful cities of Tuscany, Hotel Minerva is characterized by a warm welcome and an extreme attention to the customer. CHECK-IN 3.30 P.M. CHECK-OUT 10.30 A.M. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Minerva Hotel Siena