We stayed in an Executive Room with balcony, which included free Wi Fi and minibar (soft drinks only) as we booked directly with the hotel. Spacious room and bathroom, clean and comfortable.
The hotel staff were exceptionally helpful and very friendly. Good choice at breakfast. At busy times, however, there were queues for the coffee machine and toaster which were next to each other, causing a bit of a bottleneck. The hotel is just outside the city walls by Porta Camolia. The centre of Siena is about a 20-25 minutes walk along a pleasant street with many shops and a good choice of places to eat. There is a series of escalators across from the hotel leading down to the train station and a modern shopping mall.
We obtained a pass from reception enabling us the use the pool at the sister Hotel Garden about another 10 minutes walk out from Siena in a charming setting. A quiet place to relax. We visited the Duomo (very good), Crypt and Baptistry on a joint ticket, the town hall and the botanical gardens - good views of the old city walls from here.
We toured by bus and train to nearby towns - Buonconvento, Monteriggione, Asciano, Colle di Val d'Elsa (nice walk to Poggibonsi along an old railway track from here) and had a great wine tasting trip with My Tours (booked through the hotel) to Abbadia Ardenga vineyard near Montalcino. Our thanks to Franceso our tour guide and Paolo from the vineyard.
Lots of good restaurants to choose from, our favourites were the ones in Piazza Mercato behind the Campo, including one in a little park behind the piazza.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Friendly 3 star Hotel close to the Siena City Centre,completely refreshed, easy access from the train station by the escalator, parking (to be reserved). All comforts: Air Conditioned, Tv Lcd Sat with free Sky Channels, WiFi (free for reservation on our web site),Great Buffet Breakfast with cold and hot delicacies, dainties for the sweet tooth guests, gluten free and vegan food.From May to September enjoy the Garden Hotel’s swimming pool (free admittance, from 4 years old a 5€ drink is required). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Italia Hotel Siena