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Hotel Minerva
Ranked #18 of 40 Hotels in Siena
Oakland, California
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“Beautiful Siena housing evening views”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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ROCCO L, Direttore at Hotel Minerva, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Dear guest,

many thanks for your commentary. I'm please that you appreciated our view from the rooms and the hotel services.
I will control the bed and will cfhange it if it so noisy.
Unfortunately the corrdidors are nartrow and it'easy to hear people screaming: I beg your pardon for that.
We hope that you will come back toi admire once again our amazing view of Siena.
Best wishes from Hotel Minerva.
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

don't take room 214 no view cant open shutters of windows unless you like to be looked at constantly , so noisy you cant get to sleep because of the noise from houses across from you and rooms above and next door , plumbing wakes you every time anyone uses toilet near you as the sound of the flush is deafening , feel sorry for the breakfast staff who work their butts off but if you don't go close to 7.30 or so there isn't much left after that yogurt always first to go it seems shame as well as hotel seemed ok but the room was dirty and I was in perpetual darkness as I couldn't open window at all. I arrived awaiting this bell boy id heard of and all I got was a huge heavy key tossed down by a balding receptionist and told room was on first floor after a bit of a wander about I found it would never go back usually go to Hotel il Giardino or Hotel Athena when I am in Siena

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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ROCCO L, Direttore at Hotel Minerva, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Dear guest,
I'm sorry for your bad experience, but I remind you that you reserved an economy room, that is cheaper than the other rooms because it does not have any view. Either in expedia or Booking there are photos of the economy room, so that the guests do not have expectation for the view on the city.
so next time, if you weant the view and a more confortable room I wrmly recommend you to book a standard or a Superior room.
Kind regards from Hotel Minerva
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Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

As this hotel was booked by a company as part of a bike tour, as with the other hotels we stayed at, I think this was taken advantage of and they rightly assumed that we would be too tired from the cycling to complain about the room.
On the good side: The room was large and quite clean, it was only 20mins walk to town, and there was parking for €12 euros a day. On the downside 2 of the 4 receptionists we came into contact with we're pretty grumpy (one probably daren't look us in the eye or smile as he knew what a rubbish room he was giving us), the room looked into a roof with a screaming family in residence opposite, the shower was slimy on the floor, and the bathroom window didnt close and there was paint missing. The two women running the breakfast room were working really hard to keep up with everyone, but clearly needed more help to get out the coffees, restock the buffet, and tidy up.
Overpriced for what you get.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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ROCCO L, Direttore at Hotel Minerva, responded to this review, September 20, 2013
Dear guest,

thank you for the commentary. The majority of our rooms have a view on the olkd town, but not all of course. Some have another building in front.
For the painting which was missing in some points, it was because we just had changed the hairdryer and was not possible to have the paqinter on the same day.
As for the shower the architect decided that was nicer in that way, then it depends on the tastge of everyone: not all the people like the same things.
Kind regards from Hotel Minerva.
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

We were on a mission to find a certain 4star hotel in Siena and got frustrated by our GPS. Deciding to take the next hotel we came to - Minerva was it. We were reluctant since it did not look lavish from the front. It is a little gem within walking distance to Centro, the train station and a whole bunch of fabulous restaurants. The bathrooms are clean and fresh, the rooms spacious and the windows open to fresh air. The breakfast was as good as some 5 stars. It cost the same for 3 nights as 1 night at the one we were searching for.

Room Tip: We were on lower level - beautiful view but the wifi wouldn't work on that level. Who cares. We...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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ROCCO L, Direttore at Hotel Minerva, responded to this review, September 20, 2013
Dear guest,

I must thak your GPS that made you discover our hotel. I'm pleased that you ejoyed your stay and thank you for the nice words you wrote.
We hope you will visit us again if you happen to come back to Siena.
Warm regards from Hotel Minerva.
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Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

Found this hotel though tripadvisor and I must say the place has lived up to my expectations. The location is good, just a 10 minute walk to the beginning of the nice part of Sienna, then a 20 minute stroll to Piazza del Campo. The rooms are small and a bit austere, but clean and have all basic comforts (as for every 3 star hotel in Italy). Breakfast was nice, continental and north-american style. The hotel has a nearby garage where guests can park for an additional 12 euros/day. Overall, I would definitely recommend this hotel, I would gladly come back.

  • Stayed September 2013
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ROCCO L, Direttore at Hotel Minerva, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Dear guest,

many thanks for your commentary. I'm glad to read that you enjoyed your stay in Hotel Minerva, and we hope that you will come back to visit us again in a near future.
Warm regards from Hotel Minerva's staff.
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Pisa
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

The hotel delivers what you'd expect form the price/quality ratio. It's a basic, clean room which is all you need if you're planning to visit Siena during the day and simply relax/sleep in your room. The breakfast was the same way; simple, yet all you'd expect/need for the price. A big plus is the great location, it's a short walk away from the historical city center, yet far away enough to be at peace.

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ROCCO L, Direttore at Hotel Minerva, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
Dear Tim,

many thanks for your commentary. I'm happy that you enjoyed your stay in our hotel and that you appreciated our town.
Best regards from the Hotel's staff and we hope you will come back to visit us again in a next future.
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Overall, a very nice place to stay. I've been to Siena before so was a bit bummed to find that, although inside the city walls, it was about a 15 minute walk to Siena's Campo. (normally this wouldn't bother me, but we visited in August, so those 15 minutes in the sun were long!) That said, the receptionists were friendly, there was a computer for guests to use, the room was clean and very large, air-conditioning throughout the room and hotel (huge plus during scorching weather), and a great buffet breakfast spread (fruits, cereal, pasteries, coffee, juice). I was also surprised to see how many guests were staying at the hotel because I hardly heard any noise while in our room.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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ROCCO L, Direttore at Hotel Minerva, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
Dear guest,
Thank you very nmuch for your commentary. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your stay in our hotel and we are waiting to welcoming you once again in our hotel and our beautiful city in a next future.
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Property: Hotel Minerva
Address: Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 72, 53100, Siena, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Siena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #18 of 40 Hotels in Siena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Minerva 3*
Number of rooms: 56
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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