Based on recommendations on this site, we stayed at Borgo Grondaie over the first weekend in July, 2008 - right after the Palio. We loved it and recommend it highly, as long as you realize that you will not be in the old, walled city of Siena. While it is possible to walk from the hotel into the city, you'd want to have really nice weather and be in pretty good shape - distance and hills. Otherwise, it's a 7 or 8 euro cab ride into the heart of Siena. If you want to be able to pop in and out of your hotel during a day of sightseeing and shopping, you should probably try to find a place in the old city. Having said that, the hotel is not really that far from the middle of town, maybe a 20 or 30 minute walk. And if you rent a car, you are on the right side of town for driving easily into the Chianti region or getting on the highway to go to other areas of Tuscany. The hotel has plenty of free parking.
The hotel staff are delightful - very warm, very helpful. Everyone speaks English. The breakfast buffet was interesting and delicious, including fresh fruit, baked goods, and great cappuccinos. The rooms are clean, with modern bathrooms. The buildings and grounds are beautiful. We spent an afternoon reading by the pool and didn't feel like we were missing anything by not being in Siena. (On re-reading my post I want to emphasize: the staff were truly warm and friendly, and went out of their way to be helpful in every detail of our stay. They made us feel very welcome.)
Other posts have complained that to get to Borgo Grondaie you have to travel behind the large Coop grocery store. True, that is not the most scenic 300 feet of the area. On the other hand, you'll probably be driving past in a cab, and it also is very convenient if you want to walk down the hill from the hotel to get some wine, bread and cheese for an evening snack. So, not a major drawback in our opinions. We would definitely stay here again, and we highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Borgo Grondaie Siena is a country house with rooms and apartments in the heart of Tuscany just 2 km away from Siena center and 1 km away from the train station. Maintaining it's rural and rustic setting, Hotel Borgo Grondaie Siena offers guests the possibility to choose between accomodation in hotel rooms or apartments with self catering solution, both furnished in authentic rustic country Tuscan style and with all modern comforts included free wifi and free parking. Guests of apartment could choose for daily breakfast and cleaning for a small extra. The 4 acres that surround Hotel Borgo Grondaie Siena and the outdoor salt water swimming pool will make your holiday unforgettable. If you decide to travel in winter time, you can relax in front of the lobby fireplace tasting our selection of Italian wines. The strategic location of Hotel Borgo Grondaie Siena allows you to easily explore some of the most famous places in Tuscany as San Gimignano, Volterra, Cortona, Montalcino and Montepulciano and become fond of Siena, the Palio town. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Borgo Grondaie Siena
- Borgo Grondaie Hotel Siena