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“Favorite Tuscan Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Borgo Grondaie

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Borgo Grondaie
Ranked #3 of 119 Siena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Houston, TX
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“Favorite Tuscan Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2007

We stayed at the Borgo Grondaie in October 2006. We spent two nights at the hotel and wish we could have stayed longer. On this trip we stayed in Lucca, Siena and Florence and this was our favorite hotel. It was absolutely charming. The hotel is more like a resort with a beautiful pool and olive trees dotting the grounds. Our room was lovely with a view of Siena in the distance from the window. The breakfast was wonderful and could be taken in the outdoor patio, weather permitting. It's a little difficult to find, but the information provided by the hotel was very accurate. Don't let the drive through the Coop parking area put you off. Once you are through it, you don't even know it's there...and it's a great landmark to find your way back. The hotel provided excellent directions to a good place to park outside of Siena, but be warned - get there early as spots fill quickly. They also provided a variety of wonderful dinner recommendations. We loved this hotel and would recommend it. We plan to stay here again next year and use this as a base for exploring the Chianti countryside.

  • Stayed October 2006, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2007

We stayed at eight different hotels during our trip in April 07. This was the highlight of our trip. We felt incredibly spoiled! This hotel offers apartment rooms with kitchens and a free community washing machine. They were very gracious. This would be a great hotel for honeymooners. The huge property is beautiful and quiet and the rooms are enormous! Our friend stayed in a different room and her bathroom had a jacuzzi tub! There is big grocery store (COOP) at the end of the driveway and we went shopping and ate several meals in our room. We had rented a car, and they provided great directions and parking information to get into the center of town. There is a restaurant and enoteca (wine bar) on the property, we didn't visit these, but they did give us coffee to take to our room one morning. There is a parking lot and they offer bicycles. They were very helpful in booking us a reservation at spa. I can't say enough good things about this hotel experience!

  • Liked — Beautiful and spacious
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank Spiralz
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2007

We were planning to spend 3 days in Siena this april to explore the city and drive around in Chanti area. The hotel is easy to find indeed and we were looking forward to our stay after reading the reviews on this web site. We were very disapointed with what we saw. The hotel overlooks the railroad tracks and high-rise appartment blocks. It's in the distance but still - this is your view. The drive to the hotel goes through a car park of a big supermarket. The room we were shown to was tiny and we were supposed to pay 145 euro per night wihout breakfast! The walled city was definitely 20-30 min walking. You won't want to drive to the walled city as parking is dificult to find and one of you won't be able to enjoy wonderful italian wine. So I won't recommend staying there unless you plan to spend only a day exploring Siena and then just drive around the countryside. We moved to a hotel which is just outside the walls - 5 min walk from the main square.

  • Stayed April 2007, travelled with family
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4 Thank marusha
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caravella, Manager at Borgo Grondaie, responded to this review, 22 April 2007
Reading this review I’m more and more persuaded that my work is a mission: try to make people understand that good reviews doesn’t transform a 3 star hotel in a 5 star hotel.
The person who wrote the comment arrived at our hotel disappointed because we are not located in the centre. As he booked trough a booking online system with many reviews from previous guests it sound to me very strange that he didn’t notice this detail reading the comments. Even stranger if you consider that this online booking system provides map with location of all hotels.
The room that we have reserved for this guests didn’t meet guests’ satisfaction. We showed another one and we also suggested to see an apartment but he refused. After few minutes of discussion with his travel friend they decide to leave. We informed guests about cancellation policy and he threatened us saying that he would have written a bad review if we had charged the first night.
So, dear guest, I thank you for your sincerity but I prefer a bad review than accept your threat ….and just to underline that good manners are always welcome.
P.S.: breakfast is included in the rate of the hotel rooms; it isn't included in the rate of the apartments.

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Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2007

Just returned home from Tuscany & 3 nights in the Borgo Grondaie. This place is a fantastic base from which to explore Siena and the hilltowns of Tuscany. Excellent location near the train station in Siena (perhaps not walkable with luggage, though). Easy to find after a day of driving around Tuscany (follow the signs toward the train station). Clean, attractive rooms with Tuscan charm. Beautiful courtyard and garden. Excellent breakfast with lots of yummy choices. Easy parking. Internet access. Washing machine available (no dryer though which is mildly challenging in chilly springtime weather). Close to the Coop Supermarket. Good hot shower! Friendly staff. Easy road access to get out and explore the countryside This place was great! We will definitely stay here again.

  • Liked — Cleanliness & Attractiveness. Wanted to feel like we were in Tuscany!
  • Disliked — Wish they had a clothes dryer.
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Heliers
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Montclair, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2007

I have been meaning to write for some time because I rely so much upon the reviews of theTrip Advisor members and I wanted to be sure to get this in for those planning a summer holiday.
I absuolutely loved the Borgo Grondaie! My family traveled from Venice to Florence and then to Siena in June, 2006. First thing to reiterate is that the Borgo Grondaie is not within Siena's city walls, but rather a short distance away. Our family had a car and that is how we got around from place to place. We parked in a shaded area at the Borgo and that was extremely convenient for us.
Having read previous Trip Advisor reviews, we were able to find our way without too much trouble-- just take your time and it can be quite easy, remember to look for the Coop supermarket,go slowly, and take it from there.
Check -in was a breeze; the front desk staff was friendly, helpful and easy to understand. This provided a sharp contrast to our hotel in Florence (Montebello Splendide) where the front deskstaff (though not the bellman) were uncommonly condescending and unwelcoming.
We booked 2 apartments on Venere.com., as my husband and I were traveling with teenagers and Grandma. I had been a bit concerned about Venere as I hadn't used it before, but needn't have been since it worked perfectly.
Our Apartments were immaculate, spacious, simply and cheerfully decorated, air conditioned and comfortable. We had a bedroom, kitchen, living room, and a new and spacious bathroom. I truly cannot overstate how clean the accomodations were, again in sharp contrast to the Montebello in Florence.
There is a washing machine with soap powder provided and I loved having a quiet moment hanging my laundry on drying racks in such a serene and beautiful setting.
Did I mention that the pool was also clean and lovely? Breakfast was particularly memorable. It was a generous buffet,(meats, cheeses, baked goods... ) replenished often, complete with coffee (fantastic) and tea. We took it outside on the patio each morning and no one rushed my sleepy teenagers even if they lingered too long. I am wistful right now just thinking about it.
We all loved the Borgo Grondaie, I didn't want to leave....

Stayed June 2006
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4 Thank Windwardmom
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ACT. Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2007

While planning my dream holiday, and after many months of indepth research...I happened to come across the Villa "Borgo Grondaie". And what a beautiful shining diamond to have found!

Its a short distance from the walled city of Siena, but not so far as to be inconvenient in any way...less than 5 minutes by car...or by scooter...which is what we had!

The experience started from the moment we drove up the driveway to the stunning view of the Borgo Grondaie....it had the look and feel of a country villa...which instantly made you feel happy...contented...and put a smile on your face!

The staff continued to make the experience by giving you a friendly, warm welcoming. They were professional, and most helpful!

We were shown to our room, which was a little apartment, complete with everything that we needed and more. The rooms were beautifully appointed in an italian rustic kind of way, and immaculately clean. Oh and by the way...the breakfast is fantastic! It wasn't included in our rate, so we added it on when we got there! It was really good and worth having.

The Borgo Grondaie was what I imagined it to be....and more. It really created a wonderful feeling for us, and made our visit to Siena so very special, and one that will stay in our minds and hearts forever.

I look foward to our next visit, and we will definately stay there again...only longer!

  • Liked — the whole atmosphere of the place!
  • Disliked — it was all very very good!
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Indi-Indianna
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San Francisco, California
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2007

I picked all five of the hotels we stayed at in Italy for our first trip by using the reviews on TripAdvisor. This place was exceptional. It is not a hotel per se, and it is outside of town, but it is within walking distance -- if you are a walker -- and yes, you are close to the biggest grocery store I saw in all of Italy. The place is a converted farming estate where they still grow olives and have some vines. It's breath-taking, heart-achingly beautiful on the property. Of course, we were there in the cool of winter, where it rained a little and the sun shone a little, so it was green and lovely and reminded us both a lot of the Sonoma-Napa region in climate and attitude. Up the hill, so you'll want a taxi or a rental car when you first show up with your luggage. We loved the apartment; it was very good sized, with a spacious bathroom (with a jacuzzi tub) all done up in stone, a bedroom with a shuttered window that looked out toward Siena, and a comfortable and well appointed kitchen area. There is a four-burner stove (no oven), plenty of dishes and cookware and tools and the green stone counter and tiles are the Tuscan kitchen of your remodeling fantasies. Even the floor is cool; there is either wood or tile, and it's cool to the feet when it's warm and nicely warmed by subfloor heating in the winter. Lots of light and windows, and even though the furnishings sometimes look more Pottery Barn than antique heirloom, it's clean, comfortable and far nicer than most hotel furnishings. There is internet in the lobby for a nominal fee, and a gorgeous common room with a giant fireplace (and a bar and a breakfast for an extra fee, but we hung out in the room). There is a courtyard with lots of tables, and hillsides to wander; I think there's even a pool but I never really looked for it. Hotel staff super nice, even though we kept inconveniencing them; there was no task too tedious for them, and they had great ideas. The greatest joy we had was cooking for ourselves; you get sick of restaurants and all Italian fare after awhile, and my husband craved hearty American-style breakfasts and Mexican food; I just wanted simple food. Bring one of those portable wheeled carts to shop at the Co-op.

  • Liked — The spaciousness and comfort of the apartment, the beauty of the property
  • Disliked — That we couldn't stay longer
  • Tips/Secrets — Good walking shoes and a low-key attitude
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank ilkajonesing
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Property: Borgo Grondaie
Address: Strada delle Grondaie 15, 53100, Siena, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Siena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 119 B&Bs / Inns in Siena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Borgo Grondaie 3*
Number of rooms: 26
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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