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“Terrible, very depressing!”
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Hotel la Perla
Ranked #32 of 40 Hotels in Siena
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Terrible, very depressing!”
Reviewed September 21, 2011

Please bear in mind that i stayed in a single room as i was traveling alone. Double rooms may be different but this was my experience. When i asked to change rooms i was told that this was the only single room that they had in the hotel. Trust me, it was a real afterthought that they should have done without.

The website said views over the rooftops of Siena but my window looked directly on to the reception desk and area and if i looked below, a rubbish dump. i could therefore not open the window or curtains during my 2 day (felt like 2 years) stay as then everyone including the receptionist could stare directly in to my room.

I i stared effectively into the wall and the reception area, the room was very dark and i needed to put the lights on at all time, even at lunchtime in Summer!

The room resembled a tiny prison cell. Small cot bed, table chair.
The drain in the shower (which was effectively in the toilet as well stank after i used it
There were 32 steps to the 'hotel' and it was a nightmare lugging my heavy suit case up them.
The walls and door were paper thin and i could hear people sneeze outside never mind talk to each other or on mobile phones or open and close doors.
This is not a 'hotel' in that there is no breakfast and no where to sit or relax. It is a hole in the wall with a reception desk and a rabbit like warren of rooms.

It was a total depressing rip off at E65 for one person

Although it was so hot and hilly in Siena i forced myself to stay out the whole day as i could not bear going back to the 'room'

If you are a single traveler staying in Siena unless you are desperate, do not stay here,

Room Tip: i stayed in room 22 and was told it was the only single room , so good luck!
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Juneau, Alaska
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2011

I wanted something centrally located. This foot the bill for that. But don't expect anymore than that. Nowhere is it mentioned that the hotel is on the 2nd piano (that's the 3rd floor for us western folk). So if you are young and energetic, go for it. If you have luggage, good luck! Also, had to drive through the center of town to drop luggage off and then find & park in one of the 1.60€/hr parking ramps, Add some time and white knuckles if you are driving yourself through Tuscany!!! Well worth the money since you will also get a stair-master workout included with the price of your room.

Room Tip: Don't bring luggage or a wheelchair
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2011

depending on what you want, this could be perfect or a nightmare.

This is a rooming house, not a hotel with any services, nobody on duty at night, etc.

having said that, the location right off the piazza is excellent, it was clean, but again, you are renting a veruy basic room, not a hotel.

if you're looking for a cheap clean place to crash at night as we were, it's great. if you're expecting to be coddled, room service, etc, you will be very unhappy

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 28, 2011

the staff here are honestly the most unfriendly staff I have ever encountered. was afraid to ask them anything!! we avoided them at all costs ... not something you should have to do?? rooms were average, shower was cold with no pressure as well. can get better places for the same price in the same location..

my advice is that if you are looking for a place to stay in Siena then KEEP LOOKING! x

  • Stayed July 2011
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2011

Right in the heart of old Siena, this hotel was easy to find. You climb 2 flights of stairs and are greeted by friendly staff. Our room was in the attic, and I would only recommend this room for young people as you have to climb 2 narrow spiral staircases to get to it. Once there, the room is nice, with a very small balcony overlooking siena. The shower is over the toilet which we found awkward but ok for the short stay. Overall a good hotel but possibly a tad overpriced.

  • Stayed May 2011
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 14, 2011

Small but tidy room with toilet and shower. Even with the 32 stairs to climb, it would have been ok... except for the noise. Our room looked over the piazza and a political rally was set up in the afternoon...3 or 4 people were on the stage with no audience. Yet they insisted on playing music (Queen, etc) at full volume into the night. Other groups came into the piazza during the night with music blaring from their cars.This continued until 3 am. We've stayed at equally noisy places but double glazing kept the noise at bay. There was no double glazing here so we bore the full brunt of it.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed May 17, 2011

The location is perfect for sightseeing! Siena is absolutely amazing - the Piazza del Campo was around the corner from the hotel - and we fell in love with the city as soon as we arrived! It felt safe to walk around and the restaurants were fantastic! It was a little noisy with the windows open, but that is what made it - the sounds of the city - perfect!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel la Perla
Address: Piazza Dell'Indipendenza 25, 53100, Siena, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Siena
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 40 Hotels in Siena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel la Perla 1*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated deep in the historical centre, Hotel La Perla is central to all of the city’s major attractions, from the monuments to the churches, bars, restaraunts, pubs and also the football ground!Housed in a medieval building dating back to the 13th century, it is indeed a historical landmark in itself.All the rooms are suited of a little private bathroom with shower, television and, even if the hotel is housed in a medieval building, all the rooms are fitted of a modern air conditioning under your control to have always fresh air during the hot period.You can also have internet connection using the wi-fi connection or asking to the reception for a little private laptop. ... more   less 
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