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“Best of a Bad Bunch”
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Hotel Athena
Ranked #6 of 40 Hotels in Siena
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“Best of a Bad Bunch”
Reviewed 29 August 2010

Overall Italy, Siena especially doesn't have a great choice of hotels to choose from. the standard in central Europe seems to be very far behind Ireland, a 5 star in italy would probbly only be a 2-3 star in Ireland so your expectations need to come down a little for Italy.
But Hotel Athena was a very nice hotel with very helpful and professional staff. Rooms were spacious, clean, comfortable, quite. Free parking belonging to hotel not the street.
Location was a good walk from the Campo but this wasn't a problem for us.
Price was good also, We didn't return to hotel athena when we visited Siena again in August, but now that we saw other hotels in the city I would definitly return to Hotel Athena.
There is a restaurant on site but we didn't eat there. No problem ordering a taxi for us. The only down side was the air conditioning didn't work and we were told that it only works between certain months of the year (pretty lousely excuse).
But overall good hotel.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 August 2010

the desk staff here were excellent, helpful, service-orientated and spoke great english. we were "offered" an upgrade to a deluxe room for a small, additional charge. While i don't particularly like the practice, we decided to go for it and weren't disappointed! breakfast selection was broad enough. only minus point was internet was offered as a paid only service-which i find not appropriate for a 4 star hotel.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2010

Service was great, the quadruple room was very spacious and mi kids slept comfortably on the sofa beds. The bathroom I found to be spacious, maybe the quadruple room has a bigger bathroom. The food is amazing! both breakfast and dinner, we didn't eat at the terrace because had just arrived so we order room service - fabulous. Best value, free parking, internet is not free but not too expensive.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 August 2010

This hotel was perfectly adequate and comfortable. It is a ten-minute walk to the piazza. Check and make sure breakfast is included. We thought that it was and ended up being charged 9 Euros for each meal. The breakfast was just okay, I would have much rather eaten at a local restaurant.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 August 2010

We stayed here during Il Palio. The streets of Siena were busy but the hotel was always calm. The multilingual reception staff were very helpful, friendly and courteous.

Our rooms were beautiful and comfortable. The shower cubicle was tiny, as described elsewhere here, but we have found that same cubicle size in our other accommodations in Tuscany since.

The hotel is a bit outside of town and the walk is uphill to the centre. But it's not long and we got used to it. Everything is in walking distance in Siena.

The terrasse on the roof is a wonderful place to start with drinks overlooking the Tuscany hills. The meal is a bit overpriced but worth it every now and then.

The breakfast buffet was pretty standard fare and quite copious. We learned later that we could have asked for real coffee from the waiters which if you're used to anything other than American-style filtered coffee you're going to want to do. We ended up going out for coffee after breakfast each morning.

Internet was a bit pricey and could only be used on one computer. This is difficult when travelling with a computer, iPads and an iPhone...

Free, 24-hour guarded, parking was one of the reasons we chose this hotel. Extremely practical.

We had a wonderful stay here and enjoyed both the hotel and Siena.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 August 2010

Great service but the shower cubicle and the bedroom was tiny. I don't think any guys can bend down to wash their toes, I had trouble not knocking my elbows during showering and I'm a small person. This was a double room not even single! The phone didn't work in 2 rooms (I stayed in a triple room and moved to a double on the 2nd day), the toilet didn't flush and had to get fixed.The reception was very helpful so that was the only saving grace.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 August 2010

I really enjoyed the modern classical design of the hotel spaces and rooms (with lockers), lucrative breakfast and helpful and multilingual staff. One can account on a quiet stay even in the busy days of Palio. Even though our room was overlooking the parking lot, it was nevertheless extremely silent. The hotel has a wonderful terrace with splendid views on Tuscany countryside (consider a dinner there one evening!). Unfortunately, internet is at extra price. The hotel is a 5min walk from the heart of town, and, importantly, has free parking.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Athena
Address: P Mascagni 55, 53100, Siena, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Siena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Siena
#1 Luxury Hotel in Siena
#4 Business Hotel in Siena
#6 Family Hotel in Siena
#8 Romantic Hotel in Siena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Athena 4*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Athena is located in the historical centre of Siena at five minutes walking from the principal attractive of the city (300metres far from the Cathedral, 500 metres far from Campo square). Easily reachable from San Marco gate by car getting the exit of Siena west from Tangenziale and following every directions for Duomo and San Marco gate. Hotel Athena offer private parking only for its customers. ... more   less 
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