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Palazzo Ravizza
Ranked #4 of 40 Hotels in Siena
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 May 2014 via mobile

Our room was relatively small and dated. The bathroom was modern. Yet no tub. Rooms are fair and are not the highlight of this gem. Location in Siena was perfect for us. We rented a car and explored the countryside by day and ended up in Siena by night. Parking is secure and easy once you figure out how to approach. GPS in rental car is useless. I lost a few years off my life finding this hotel. The GPS wanted to take me through all the old one way streets. Crazy. Yet once you find your way, no problem. Siena west exit. Not north. Porto San Marco is the gate your looking for. Follow signs. Once thru the walls take a left. Get directions from hotel website. Breakfast was good. Not a huge selection but more than enough. The back patio with view is awesome. You can enjoy wine and look out at the view. You would never know Siena was right behind you. Love the city. Great hotel for the money. Again, not a five star for the room but for location, view, service and all the good people staying here. A great experience.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

Lovely hotel on the fringe of Siena but inside the city walls and only a short walk to all major sights and restaurants. Staff very friendly and helpful. Our room was beautiful and looked out over the Tuscan hills. The view as we opened the window each morning was something never to be forgotten. It is important to stipulate a room with this view. The only reason I have not given this hotel an extra star is the frustrating and patchy wi fi.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Not a large room but a BEAUTIFUL view of the countryside...DEFINITELY worth getting a room with a view. Though, I must say, they have a fantastic garden out back with the same view that was great to lounge in, so not critical to get a room with a view. The free parking is HUGELY convenient. A huge plus. A 10-15 minute walk from the Campo...close enough that not an issue but far enough that area not swarming with people.

Room Tip: Worth getting a beautiful view of the countryside.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

we stayed at this hotel in may 2013 and although our room was little small we loved this place, the wonderful old building and in particular the garden area for pre dinner drinks was amazing and one of the highlights of our trip. The view from this garden across the countryside made it hard to leave and go to dinner. The hotel entrance is within the walled are of the city and was a little tricky to find in the car. Great parking if you have a car. Ask for a room with a view of the countryside. Would highly recommend this hotel and it is only a 100-200m walk to restaurants

Room Tip: ask for a room with a view of the countryside
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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Reviewed 7 May 2014

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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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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Address: Piano Dei Mantellini 34, 53100, Siena, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Siena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Siena
#5 Family Hotel in Siena
Price Range: £78 - £204 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Palazzo Ravizza 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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