I recommend taking the bus rather than a taxi when you arrive at the GARE SNCF. It's a close commute and not to mention at a very cheap price! The bus stop is about 3-5 minutes away from Minerva and there are many lines running through.
Hotel Minerva, compared to others, is a larger hotel. It is at the beginning of a slightly inclined road. Upon check in, they will ask you for your passport to take record of all guests staying at the hotel. From my experience, this is done throughout Italy. However, I know some hotels will only ask for the passport of the person who booked the hotel. Minerva, however, asked for both of ours.
When we got to our rooms, it was very clean with what looks to be new furniture. What we loved most about the room was our breathtaking view overlooking the Siena housing (trust me, very beautiful at night!) and our Air Conditioner! Being it was extremely hot to travel in the Summer, we were blessed by a room with the strongest AC we could ever ask for! We LOVED how there was some kind of jazz concert playing at night because we heard the music from our room throughout the evening until about 1am. We turned our lights off (so no bugs can come in), opened our windows and just relaxed with the music playing in the background. VERY relaxing and romantic! Siena at night, AMAZING! The room was very spacious and larger than other European rooms/hotels we have been to. No Carpet! Lots of cabinet space with extra pillows and blankets should you need it. Good bathroom and shower. Your stay comes with free breakfast, so that was a huge plus to get our day started and our Espresso!
The only thing we didn't like about the hotel/rooms was that the bed was VERY squeaky. Whenever we would toss and turn it would squeak and make noise. This part was not relaxing at all, especially after a long day of walking around. At least the Jazz music helped us. Also the bathroom door squeaked as well so you can definitely hear someone going to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Lastly, either they have very thin walls, or people are just very loud coming through the halls. We woke up to talking, could have been house keeping or guests. We also heard what I think was people dropping their luggage. An unexpected loud noise to wake up to was not pleasant. The talking started around 8:45am and I only know this because I couldn't get back to sleep.
- 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