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Il Chiostro del Carmine
Ranked #29 of 127 Siena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 June 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights during a tour of Tuscany and were very much looking forward to it as had been recommended both Siena and this hotel by friends. However this place more than exceeded our expectations. From the moment you walk through the main entrance - it is very much in keeping with Siena itself and of it's past life as a monastery. We had a great room with the most tremendous view of the Tuscan countryside. The furnishings are olde antique style and maybe not the most comfortable bed ever but the ambience and surroundings made up for this. All of the hotel staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Our request for extra pillows dealt with immediately. We would highly recommend this hotel and hope to be back one day again ourselves.

Room Tip: Room 29 - the best view ever ! Some first floor rooms have a terrace.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Stayed only 1 night, wish we would have had more time. Very quaint hotel within easy walking distance of the center of Siena.
Driving and parking is a bit of a challenge, but the hotel was very helpful getting us parked and unloaded.
Our room was spacious (the bath was a bit small, but very adequate) and beautifully decorated.
Very quiet location a nice gathering area near the breakfast area to sit and relax at night.
Breakfast was great, the food, the service and ambience were more than we expected.
The entire hotel was spotlessly clean and extremely well maintained.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

I have just stayed three nights in this lovely hotel, which for under $150 per night in a quite expensive location, was an excellent value. My room and bath were indeed very spacious, and was told that all of the 29 or so rooms are laid out differently - definitely not a chain motel! My room was adequate enough, except the third night the hard bed did not agree with my back and as another reviewer mentioned, the bedding is not the best, with no mattress pad. Since the AC seemed to be set to only cool down to a certain level, I did not need more blankets, but there was only a top sheet and a rather thin bedspread. Most hotels have more blankets available, but I was comfortable temperature wise during the night. Also, since this hotel is created out of an ancient convent, some of the dimensions and steps are not what might want to expect. There were three steps on a curve leading from the doorway down into my room, and I almost fell twice. Ah, the joys of travel in another country.
The European style breakfast was quite good, but the young man this morning had trouble keeping up with the individual orders for expresso and cappuccino and I had to wait a good 15 minutes for my coffee. I think they need to come up with a more efficient means of serving coffee when several tables of guests show up for breakfast. However, I have been telling myself to be patient and ended up later having some pleasant conversations with the breakfast man and his colleagues. I am a bit unusual in that I am a single man traveler - most of the other were couples or groups and the staff tend to find me interesting, which I guess is partially true!
Visiting Siena turned out to be a fine experience and someday I will return again.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

The good part is that you can reach almost anywhere from the hotel on foot and walking is really the only way to get around the city's tourist spots. The look and feel of the hotel is very much in keeping with its roots as a monastery. Breakfast is tasty and quite different from what an American tourist might be expecting. The staff was friendly and went out of their way to be extra helpful. On the negative side, there is no elevator, so pack light or risk dragging a heavy bag up three flights. The room was adequate and the view from the window was gorgeous, but the bed was a bit stiff. The bathroom took a bit of figuring out and is tiny. All things considered, Sienna is a busy place with lots to see and you will only be in the room to sleep. Il Chiostro is just fine for those who aren't looking for luxury.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

This is a delightful hotel, converted from a Monastry situated out out of the hustle and bustle of Sienna's centre but literally a mile from it! The initial impressions were of a quiet, contained and peaceful place, without a bar (which was no loss) and with very helpful polite staff who awarded my wife and I a free beer (there is a minibar in each room) because we had walked from the bus station on the other side of the city! Our room (11) was a smoker's room so it had a balcony overlooking the valley. We don't smoke so it was a real bonus the balcony and allowed us to sit out in the evening sun and watch the acrobatic swifts and take photographs. Breakfast was served in the old refectory and was excellent. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Go for the smoker's room: there is no smoking allowed inside the room, but you get the balcony.
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

We stayed for 1 night (checked out 2 nights early) in room #29 which was at the end of the corridor on level 2 (no lifts) with a great view of the valley.

We have mixed feelings about this hotel which I will try to explain here in this review. Firstly the positives...

Our room had a really nice feel even though it was minimally furnished, with large windows to make the most of the view and a comfortable bed.

The bathroom had been recently renovated and had ample storage. Unfortunately the bathroom had no air flow and became extremely hot humid after 1 relatively short shower. The bathroom door was a lovely heavy antique door which needed to be wedged with something quite heavy to keep it open to help the bathroom air.

The buffet breakfast was served in a nice airy room but was pretty basic and the quality was average.

The cloisters were lovely but there was no food and drink service provided and there were few shops in the immediate vicinity from which to buy cold drinks.

We made use of the parking (15EUR) which was relatively easy to find and was just at the back of the hotel.

All the staff were really friendly. The maintenance man even insisted on helping me with my bag when he saw me struggling down from level 2 to reception when we were checking out.

The location of the hotel is on the edge of the old town, approximately 15 minutes walk from the main square.

Now for the major negatives...

We found the room quite noisy. We had a connecting door to the next room which lead to a lot of noise from the neighbours (coughing, talking, tv).

We were also unlucky to have some kind of late night festival (see photo - note the beer garden type set up) held in the park across from the hotel which meant we were treated to an impromptu male "choir" rendition of a few Italian numbers at 2am (definitely not appreciated).

Our main problem with the hotel room was it was far too hot and had no air (even with the large lovely windows open). We booked the room on the understanding that it was air conditioned, which is advertised on their website. Apparently the air conditioning only starts (not exactly sure of the reason?) on the 1st June. We were there in warm weather in May and therefore had no air conditioning. After 1 night of bad sleep (too hot and too much noise) we checked out early (we were originally booked for 3 nights). When we explained that we needed to check out early because the room was too hot the receptionist understood and told us that the air conditioning doesn’t get turned on until 1st June.

Also, a couple of much smaller points, is that the room was advertised to have tea & coffee making facilities which it didn’t and we couldn’t get the wi-fi working in the room.

We found more comfortable lodgings in Sienna for our other 2 nights (see other TA review).

We unfortunately would not choose this hotel again.

Room Tip: Be wary of the airconditioning claim, it only gets turned on from 1st June!?
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

Our room had a great view... But the small bed was hard and we kept each other up tossing & turning. Bed linens were ugly and NOT good quality, blanket was stained. Tiny shower and bath. Not enough room to put unpacked items only small, poor quality student desk and little bedside table. Breakfest was boring and you can't get your coffee until after 8. Like most older Italian Hotels, it has atmosphere, no elevators, loud echoing hallways, and early AM wake-up call with the morning doves.... But you must await coffee for 2 more hours! They replaced nothing in BR. We had to ask for TP, soap, towels. This place needs to step up their game. Don't use them until they do.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via della Diana 4, 53100, Siena, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Siena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #29 of 127 B&Bs / Inns in Siena
Price Range: £48 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Il Chiostro del Carmine 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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