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“Very small and weird staff”
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Hotel Antica Torre
Ranked #32 of 40 Hotels in Siena
Reviewed 12 July 2012

This hotel is relatively close from the Piazza Il Campo (approx 10 mn walking).
Backing some of the negative comments:
- a woman in her thirties who apparently helps the owner does not seem to have all her intelectual capacities and this is a bit disturbing at first, even at second.
- they do not leave the remote control for the AC in the bedrooms so make sure you ask for it to be left in your bedroom if you check-in late
- bedrooms are really small and it is hard to fit a suitcase (but i guess you can stay in either an expensive hotel or standard Hilton if it is what matters to you)
- the bathrooms are oudated and we were not sure whether they were really clean so we refused to ask one another as we feared the answer would be dirty.

However, we did not notice any smoking smell as suggested in some reviews and the noise was not an issue (we were in the room on the first floor at the back, on a dark and dirty courtyard, but did not mind as we stayed only for one night).

Room Tip: Room at the back and low floor as no lift
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2012

Unassuming facade, small public spaces from an American perspective, it fits perfectly with the general feel of the medieval walled town of Siena. The hotel occupies a tall narrow sliver of a large stone building. I enjoyed climbing the stairs to our room, though my elderly father would have preferred an elevator. The views from the top floors are spectacular. Our room was clean, with in-suite bathroom, electrical outlets, and wi-fi. Breakfast is served in a converted cellar by the hard-working proprietress. Nearby are markets, restaurants, gelaterias, banks, laundromats. The Campo (magnificent town square), several plazas, and the bus station are easy walks on cobblestone streets; the train station may require a taxi for non-hikers. Anyone who appreciates Italian history, and Siena in particular, would love this hotel.

Room Tip: The tops floors have breath-taking views. People with heart/lung conditions should opt for rooms on...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 December 2011

I stayed in the very top room - 53 steps up from the reception - for four nights in mid-June. I thought the room, bathroom and a/c were good. So was the refrigerator. The view, directly to the east, was wonderful around sunrise and sunset - but I did have to close the shutters shortly after sunrise, because the sun was so powerful at that time.

The staff were not only cordial but friendly. Breakfast was more than one would expect from a "continental breakfast." There's a supermarket very near, on the main street.

I would love to go back there with my wife, but she has a minor mobility problem, and the steps would be difficult for her.

Room Tip: I had a room on the very top floor, which was okay for one person. The room directly below it is bet...
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

My husband just spent 19 days touring Italy from North to South and our stay here was disappointing. Upon our arrival, a note was affixed to the front door stating they would be back pronto. 10 minutes later a young lady arrived to check us in. She was very strange and didn't seem to have all her faculties.
Our room was on the second floor over the "lobby" and was pleasant enough and clean if not a little claustrophobic, the shower was the smallest I ever encountered.
What made our stay awful was the the persistent odor and stench of cigarette smoke, ever present. The proprietor is a constant smoker and although there was a sign behind the counter indicating no smoking, apparently it only applied to guests.
We had to put a towel in front of the door to keep the stench of the smoke out.
In the morning we tried to go down for a quick coffee but after going down two flights of stairs through the smoke, we couldn't stand sitting in the basement breakfast room, marinating in the smell.
The first thing I did when we arrived at our next hotel, was take a long shower and wash my hair!

Room Tip: If you stay here, stay as far away from the lobby and front door unless you enjoy the smell of cigar...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

The location the best one just 5 min from the Piazza Del Campo ( the centre of Siena).The room was very comfortable just as a medieval one and very clean.Breakfast serving was very good one with fresh nice bread,fresh coffee etj..The staff are very nice and gentle.I think it is a good place where you can feel yourself well after the trip round Siena.I would recommended every one, who wants to visit Siena a medieval city to go to this hotel,because you can feel as you are in middle age.It is the aim of this travel!!!!.That Mr.or Mrs who has written so badly didn't want to enjoy the medieval hotel they had to go to somewhere!!!

Room Tip: It is very quiete place,the location excellent.Don't forget that it is a medieval kind of hotel.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

maybe it was just bad luck, but we had no hot water and noone was around the lobby to ask for help. the hotel was left unattended. unbeknownst to us the owner lives across the street. we should have know to call her there if there was a problem. she was apologetic and did the right thing and discounted our rate. no hard feelings. we loved Siena.

Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 July 2011

I booked this hotel because Arthur Frommer recommended it highly. I just really did not care for it. It was clean, the room was fine but it all felt sort of claustrophobic. Lobby non existent. They provided you with a key to unlock the outer door at night. I did not know if the owner was there, or for that matter anyone else! As I was traveling alone the thought that I might be the only one in the building was unnerving.
The air conditioner was so so with a remote control that was impossible to figure out.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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Address: Via di Fiera Vecchia | 7, 53100, Siena, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Siena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 40 Hotels in Siena
Price Range: £70 - £88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Antica Torre 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you want to have a stay in Siena, reflecting the ancient traditions of Tuscany, the Hotel Antica Torre is the right choice. This hotel is in fact an old "tower house" of the 16th century located inside the walls to the south-east of Siena a few minutes walk from the famous Piazza del Campo. Its excellent position permits not only a complete visit to all places of historic interest but also most of the posts of the Sienese countryside such as the famous Chianti region. ... more   less 
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