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Palazzo rivazza vs hotel Athena?

Michigan
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Palazzo rivazza vs hotel Athena?

Spending a couple of days next May with some friends in Siena and am wondering which choice of the two above would you recommend? We are flying in to Florence and heading straight to Siena then on to montepulciano for a day after Siena. Will have a car but we are looking for a hotel within walking distance to most things but also a place with a nice terrace to have a glass of wine and relax as we will have just flown in from the States before embarking on a adventure to Italy, Croatia and Slovenia for 2 weeks.

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Palazzo rivazza vs hotel Athena?

Stayed last year at Palazzo Ravizza (is that the same place you mentioned?) and returning this year.

Very convenient location on the walls of Siena five minute walk to everything just enough away from the bustle, you check in and then put your car in the car park below the garden. You walk up the steps to the garden/hotel. Each day we sat on the beautiful terrace following a hot day of sightseeing with a cold glass of wine.

Hotel used to be a home. Quirky, full of character. Rooms plainish, we had a garden view, not large but adequate. Air conditioning a little weak in the bedroom but we didn't complain. You really get into the character of this hotel. We loved it.

It has quiet rooms on the garden. Breakfast served in the garden.

Its the garden and terrace that is very welcome and quiet after all that sightseeing!

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2. Re: Palazzo rivazza vs hotel Athena?

I have stayed at the PR several times and it never fails to please. The garden is a great place to start you day with breakfast and an even better way to end your night with a Sambuca.

There is nothing wrong with the Athena. Both have free parking within the walls.

The Athena has a more modern feel then the PR if that is what you like. We love the fact that the PR is an old Palace and still retains that charm.

Both are walking distance to everything with the Athena being an extra 2-3 minutes (with an extra hill) further away then the PR.

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3. Re: Palazzo rivazza vs hotel Athena?

I have stayed at both hotels and recommend both. Athena is much cheaper and is more modern. If you get a room on a high floor with a view, the view is spectacular. They have blackout shutters (automatic) and our room had a luxurious tub. The AC is spectacularly good (we were escaping a very hot apartment in Florence during summer. They also have limited parking which we needed.

The Ravizza is fancier, the gardens are lovely and the parking is easier. It is a wonderful hotel and if you have the money is a perfect choice.

Both are near each other and an easy walk to the Campo -- the Ravizza is a bit closer, the Athena is down the hill from there.

Both are good choices.

Michigan
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4. Re: Palazzo rivazza vs hotel Athena?

Thanks to all, plazzo rivizza it is, our rates were almost exact and we would prefer the quirky and the thought if that terrace sound spectacular as this also will be our first stop and look forward to wine and relaxing!

Thanks again!! Now to figure out next two nights, Montepulciano or somewhere else????

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5. Re: Palazzo rivazza vs hotel Athena?

Lots of good hill town choices -- we do love Montepulciano though -- the views from the ramparts are just wonderful -- it splits the val'd'Chiana and the van d'Orcia -- and IT is a great base for traveling to hill towns and abbeys in the area

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I agree with Janettravels44, Montepulciano is a perfect base for exploring the Val D'Orcia and Valdichiana. From here you can easily reach Pienza ( 10 min by car), San Quirico and Bagno Vignoni ( 20 min), Montalcino and Sant'Antimo ( 40 min), Cortona and Arezzoan(30 min).

Also, the town has really a particular charme: spectacular views on Val D'Orcia and on Valdichiana and the lake Trasimeno , lot of restaurants, and it's one of the richest towns of Tuscany in terms of architecture and history.

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7. Re: Palazzo rivazza vs hotel Athena?

Thanks! So excited about this trip, wish it was tomorrow!

We are spending two night at ALBERGO "IL MARZOCCO in Montepulciano due to reviews for soem other folks on trip advisor. I understand a nice place with wonderful terraces to enjoy the beautiful Tuscanny countryside with some fine Italian wine!

Any feedback there would also be appreciated!

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