The end of a long day's drive and nowhere to stay. Driving around Sienna at dusk looking for hotels is frustrating. They are hid better than a hidden thing and so we drove on only to drive pass the Arcobaleno - stroke of luck! There was a free room. An extremely helpful receptionist who when we asked if we could stay a second night phoned other hotels for us as the Arcobaleno not surprisingly was fully booked. It is downhill to the station (hey Man from Calgary if you moan on TA that you have to walk uphill to the hotel from the station don't forget to return to the station you walk downhill; alternatively get a life!!). You walk up to you room (obviously such a boring chore for some folk!!) but then again the beds are comfortable and the room well provided and clean. The breakfast was excellent and the dining area relaxing and comfortable. Walking back downhill to the shopping centre by the station you can get the escalators right up to the top of the hill to within a 5 minute stroll to the old town.
We didn't stay a second night but in the Old Town we bought a large Kilim carpet and an easy to carry carpet bag from 'Mascagni', a 'Tapetti Orientali' shop on Via Montanini. It is closing at the year end according to the very helpful manager so hurry along as there are truly some very real bargains to be had.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The magic and charm of nineteenth-century Tuscany;the irresistible allure of Chianti's colours;the indispensable modern comforts.All of these can be found at Hotel Arcobaleno,which is situated in an enchanting country villa from the 1800s at the gates of Siena.The hotel has 19 rooms, each of the hotel's bedrooms has a private bathroom with shower and hairdryer, color cable television, direct dial digital telephone, WiiFi connection and individual air conditioning and heating. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arcobaleno Hotel Siena
- Siena Arcobaleno Hotel