We would go back to Siena just to stay at the Athena, if for no other reason. We stayed on two occasions in May, once in a Superior room and once in a Deluxe room. Except for size, it was hard to tell the difference. The hotel is well appointed, situated conveniently, and immaculate, but what makes it truly special is the staff. Reception, dining room, room attendants, barmen - everyone charming, helpful, kind, and professional.
Reception suggested moving my room so that I might have a shower that was easy to access. They provided a rubber mat for the shower, instantly upon request. They summoned taxis, made reservations for dinner, and made each day of our stay a joy. If you are lucky enough to get a room with a terrace, the views of the Tuscan countryside are breathtaking and can also be enjoyed from the rooftop terrace. Breakfast was sumptuous and dinner in the dining room made for a lovely evening. They have their own parking facilities and parking is provided at no charge - a great blessing in Siena.
The Athena came highly recommended from friends who also stayed there and we were very happy that we took their advice.More