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Palazzo Bruchi
Ranked #31 of 119 Siena B&B and Inns
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Unique B&B”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2010

We spent four nights at this B&B. We had the superior Fresco room, so didn't have the negative experiences a couple of previous posters had. The Palazzo Bruchi is located in a 17th cetury building. It is identified only by a small brass plaque, and is behind a huge wooden door which enters into a court yard. Unfortunately its not a romantic garden courtyard but rather one where horses were tethered in the past, and where three or four autos are now parked. The B&B is located two floors up. Our room was quite large but the most unique feature was the (approximately) 20 foot fresco ceiling. We had excellent unobstructed views of the Tuscan countryside. The room had a table with chairs and a fridge, which was handy because we ate a couple of meals in.

Breakfast is included, also in a high ceiling room with frescos on the ceiling. We thought the selection at breakfast was above average, except that the coffee was strictly not for North American tastes. The proprieter was most cordial, and helpful In getting us settled into the city and in helping us make arrangements for tours and to get the correct bus information. The downside is she leaves at 4:00pm and there is no one on duty until the next morning, so if you arrive after 4:00pm, or need something after 4:00 pm, you will be in difficulty.

The location of the Palazzo Bruchi is a strength and a weakness. It is located in the old city about 200 metres from the campo. It is close to several take out food places, a self serve laundrymat, ATMs, shops, a couple of restaurants and is only a 15-20 minute walk to the bus depot for the buses to San Gimignano. Its weakness is that it is on a very unpleasant, busy, supposidly pedestrian street, but there are vehicles galore making their way through the crowd of pedestrians. The brochure says it is for service vehicles, but we saw plenty of private cars including one woman delivering, then picking up, her laundry. It was like running a gauntlet every time we had to leave the B&B. Even without the vehicles it is crowded with pedestrians since it is also a main pedestrian access to the central area.

The other weakness is that the bulk of the nearest restaurants are on the campo which our guide book says were over priced and staffed with wait staff who were aloof and didn't feel the need to hustle nor be polite. On our one and only experience at a restaurant on the campo we left before placing our order because of disinterested wait staff. On our second attempt at a restaurant we stuck close to the B&B because it was raining heavily. The male waiter at Il Vicolo Osteria Ristora made it obvious he didn't care for North American tourists. He gruffly motioned to us from the back of the room to take a certain table, even though better ones (later filled by Italians) were empty. He rushed the meal, refused to bring clean cuttlery between courses, even though the female waitress was bringing fresh cuttlery to her customers, and "plopped" the food on the table without a word or pleasantry. We noticed that we weren't being singled out - the other table of tourists was being treated the same way. It got to the point he was beyond rude to being just plain ignorant. We would have left except for the poring rain. The last step was when he flipped the bill onto our table. That must have been too much even for him, because the young woman server took over from there.

So we started out with a very unpleaant opinion of Sienna, and didn't like the place. Then we had dealings with very pleasant and helpful locals in the grocery store, two take outs, a bakery, the bus depot, the shops, and even one other restaurant. I guess it was because of our location on the unpleasant street and the bad experience at two early restaurants that we left generally disliking Sienna. Yet later on a cruise we sat with two women from Chicago who loved Sienna and couldn't wait to return. So, we'll concede it all depends on location and personal experiences.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Mountain View, HAwaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2010

My daughters and I stayed in several hotels/B&B's during our two week trip to Italy and were happy with them all but this was particularly lovely. I loved the 'old world' feel of entering big doors to an inner courtyard and climbing the stone steps (as seen in the web pictures) to our room. We had a triple that was roomy with a bit bigger shower than most but the specialness was having breakfast in original palace rooms that Camilla continues to renovate. The rooms were resplendent with original work and painted ceilings and made us think of earlier gracious times. Besides this we were within walking distance of Il Campo, the market and everything we wished to see in the walled city. Siena at its best!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2010

Camilla and her staff couldn't have been more warm, friendly and helpful. Our triple room was huge (our adult daughter was with us) and very comfortable for the three of us. The location just off Il Campo was perfect and the history and furnishings of the Palazzo added to the charm. This was truly a highlight of our Italian visit and we hope we can go there again. We highly recommend it.!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2010

We were so happy with our one night stay at Palazzo Bruchi and wish we had booked a longer stay here. We stayed in the Antica Room and it was gorgeous. It looks exactly as it does in the pictures. The large window looking out into the Tuscan countryside was my absolute favourite. One really nice feature is that it had a screen (so rare in Italy!) and we were able to keep the window open while enjoying the view. While the bedroom has such a country charm to it, the bathroom is incredibly modern with really high end fixtures and a great shower. In the room, we had a small fridge and a kettle which was really helpful. Camilla was such a charming host and when we first got there talked to us about the sights and showed us everything on the map. Her service is incredible. The location is just perfect as you can walk to everything. (we even walked from the bus station!) I would recommend this B&B to anyone and everyone. I only wish we had stayed in Siena and at Palazzo Bruchi longer!!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2010

Our time in Siena was the best part of our trip to Italy and this B&B was the best we've ever experienced. We stayed in the Fresco room overlooking the Tuscan countryside. We could've spent the whole time staring at our view and been happy. The location is perfect, only a 5 minute walk to Il Campo, but far enough away to be peaceful. Camilla was an exceptional hostess, offering wonderful dinner suggestions and serving the best breakfast we had in Italy. We will definitely plan our next trip to Italy around her availability at Palazzo Bruchi!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2010

We stayed here on our second stop on our Italian honeymoon. We had a mix-up with our train schedule and got in later than expected. Camilla gladly stayed later with her young daughter to register us, give us restaurant recommendations and help us out with activities in the area. I would easily stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Seattle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2010

A number of rooms in an old palazzo, ours, the green room had a wonderful breeze, clean, cheerfully decorated, and quiet overlooking the interior courtyard and big trees. Breakfast was across the courtyard in the old dining room which is very charming. Camilla Masignani, the owner, was friendly and very helpful.

  • Stayed June 2010
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Property: Palazzo Bruchi
Address: Via di Pantaneto 105, 53100, Siena, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Siena
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Ranked #31 of 119 B&Bs / Inns in Siena
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