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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Palazzo Ravizza

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Palazzo Ravizza
Ranked #3 of 40 Hotels in Siena
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West Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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“Great service and location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

We stayed two nights here and overall had a great stay. The hotel is located within the city walls and has a secure parking lot on a street that sits beneath the property. Once you find the hotel, it's easy to find again, but if you're driving, be sure to call and get specific directions as you will be entering a ZTL zone and you don't want to spend a lot of time roaming about. Plus, the hotel will need to give you the access code to the secure parking lot and get your license plate number to pass on to the police so you're ok being in the ZTL. Once we found it, we unloaded our luggage, checked in and were out within 5 minutes.

One side of the hotel faces a street, but it's not overly busy or full of tourists. The other side faces the hotel gardens and has expansive views of the countryside. Depending on how you book, you can request a garden view room and may have to pay more but, in my opinion, it would be worth it. I don't know what it's like to sleep in a street-facing room but we lucked out through booking.com and got a garden view room with big windows that you could practically stand in and it was definitely the highlight of our stay. We never heard much noise from people in the gardens (we were on the 2nd floor, room #12), but we did hear a chorus of songbirds each morning.

Things we loved: the location is fantastic. It's within walking distance of Il Campo, the Duomo and pretty much anything else you could want to see in Siena. Great restaurants and shops are a short walk in any direction. For the price, this is a bargain as nothing else within the city walls offers something equal at this price point. The staff was great-very professional but friendly, efficient and helpful. The breakfast was fantastic, offering several types of breads, pastries, jams, granolas, yogurt, fruit, cheese, meat, juices, and coffee and everything is constantly resupplied. There are several cozy reading rooms, a library, even a wine area that may or may not cost-we don't drink wine so never found out.

Things we didn't like: the bathroom was small, though this wasn't unexpected given that it's mostly the norm in Italy. But there was almost no counter/toiletry space, which meant we sort-of lived out of our toiletry bags for our stay. The walls were thin and we could hear our neighbors. This wasn't a big issue as we had earplugs and everyone staying around us was fairly quiet and seemed to keep the same hours, but it's worth noting. And, as far as sleep went, we had the worst two nights of sleep of our entire 3 week trip here. We can't really pinpoint why. The bed was firm and the pillows mostly flat but again, this was mostly the norm in Italy. The air was a bit stifling. We didn't keep the windows open at night so as not to let in bugs and we had the air/fan on, according to the staff who helped us set it, but it never seemed to really kick in. Walls were thin but it's not like we had loud partiers in the adjoining rooms. I don't know what the exact cause was but whatever it was, we didn't get much quality sleep here.

However, overall, we enjoyed our stay and would recommend it. For the amenities and location, this place is a bargain and the staff is great. You truly feel like you're staying in an old palace and the amazing garden views are definitely memorable. For us, the pros outweighed the cons-we didn't come to Siena to sleep anyway!

Room Tip: Request a garden view room, if available. Even if it costs more, the view is absolutely worth it-vie...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014 via mobile

The positives have been well captured by others - a quite central but quiet location and a good garden overlooking a big chunk of Tuscany running away to the south west. But we had some issues. Our standard room was in the attic and was tiny - as small as any budget priced room we have ever had with no room for even a single chair, any table or anywhere really to unpack; but hardly at a budget price. So whatever you do, don't accept a room on the 4th floor or one looking to the east over the road. Pay the premium for a higher graded room of stay elsewhere. The other issue is breakfast - thin choice and constantly running short of items. Fancy paying extra even of an egg. Again, we have had far more substantial breakfasts in allegedly lesser establishments. From our perspective, this felt like a 2* hotel, albeit in a good location, masquerading as something better. Not awful, just poor value.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

This hotel has a lot going for it. The location is ideal: you're within a 10 minute walk to the Campo and city center, but somewhat removed from all the bustle on busy days. There are expansive and beautiful views of the countryside from the garden. The rooms are also beautiful. We had a superior garden room with what must have been an 18 foot, frescoed ceiling. Parking is quite easy and the hotel is ideally placed for trips outside Siena. They also sell cheap glasses of excellent, local wines you can enjoy with the garden view.

There are however a few things that could be improved. For the money you spend (we paid 220 euros a night for our room), you might expect some improved amenities. At breakfast, your coffee is via a cheap push-button machine you'd expect to find in a doctor's waiting room. You can have fresh coffee and espressos made, but it's a great struggle to get the staff to do this without a rolling of their eyes. It seems for that type of money, it Italy of all places, you should expect 'real' coffee. The front desk staff were invariably helpful and cheerful but the breakfast crew would do better in a Holiday Inn, unfortunately.

Overall, this is a good hotel, though they're a bit a the man dressed in a $3000 Valentino suit but with 10 year old tennis shoes.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Secaucus, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

For the price the room was very charming but could have been updated. Everything seemed a little run down. Bathroom was tiny and very old, hard to get into shower. Room had awesome view of garden and countryside. Service in hotel was very good, staff was friendly. Breakfast in the garden was good. I would not stay here again for the price.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

Wow, what a great place! Friendly, helpful staff, free and secure parking, and the most gorgeous garden views. We had the tower room which was fantastic. The bathroom was huge, too. Absolutely the best place to stay in Siena!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014

Very well maintained inside an historical building. It's close enough to downtown but far away enough from the confusion at the same time.
Our room faced the street , but there are room with an amazing view on the countryside.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

We booked only one day before we came and therefor we got a room in the top of the building. The room, no. 54, was so hidden that even the receptionist didn't know where the room is - we had such an experience never before.
Room and bath need a renkvation. Breakfast is like in all italian hotels poor.
The staff is friendly. Garden and view are fantastic!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Palazzo Ravizza
Address: Piano Dei Mantellini 34, 53100, Siena, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Siena
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Siena
#5 Family Hotel in Siena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Palazzo Ravizza 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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