Forget how charming it looks on their website, this place is dirty, soulless and extremely small yet crammed with furniture.
The bathrooms are a narrow corridor with no natural light. As you sit on the loo your knees are virtually up against the wall. There was limescale and dirt on the taps and shower head. The shower unit was tiny, anyone larger than elf size will have difficulty getting in. The glass shower screen was cracked and mouldy and wouldn't stay on its runners. Water did not drain well, filling up the shower tray to the brim.
The room had a musty smell of mould and stale smoke that no amount of leaving the window open would dispel. Lighting was crude and flickering.
The bedspread was torn, stained and filthy. The bed itself was of the squeaky metal camp-bed variety making for an uncomfortable night (only the one as we could stand the room no more and checked out early the following day).
The owners seem to have refurbished cheaply some time in the early 70's and done nothing since. There's some nice dark wood furniture in the room but it's ridiculously large for the space, leaving nowhere for your suitcase, etc.
I stay in hotels at least once a week for business and have made numerous trips to Italy. I have never stayed anywhere as dirty and unappealling as Antica Torre.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Antica Torre Hotel
- Antica Torre Siena