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!
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- Also Known As:
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- Palazzo Ravizza Siena