Hotel Alma Domus
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I'm sitting on the patio after a breakfast of warm chocolate croissants, yogurt, juice, and half a dozen cups of coffee (hey the cups are small and its included with the room). The sun is out and church bells are ringing around the town, the Duomo fills the view on the hill. The kids are finally waking up hopefully in time …
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We found the hotel is sufficient, nothing over the top, clean, small and comfortable. The breakfast was not inspiring but we ended up feed, good cappuccino however.
Amazing views from rooms on top floors make the stay worthwhile. WiFi is not free and the hotel provides a computer for those without their own devices to get on line, again a fee for on-line access.
Not much but does the job, OK stay at Alma Domus
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We booked to stay two nights at Alma Domus for two reasons the bargain price and that it sounded very interesting!
The views are beautiful from the little balcony and it is in a very peaceful spot.
The rooms/bathrooms are clean and quite spacious.
It is very plain, absolutely no frills about it, not even shower walls or curtains in some cases, and the towels are paper thin, but hey, at that price what more can you expect! The view really does make up for the simplicity of the facilities.
We did enjoy our stay but i can't say i would stay again.
One last thing, the restaurant to the right at the top of the steps is very nice and worth dinning at and compared to the cafe/restaurants in the piazza it's a million times better!
The location is great and the price a bargain at 55 euro per night. Everything is clean and very efficiently run, but with few frills - no breakfast and the air conditioners go down at 11pm. We had a group taking four rooms and everyone agreed they'd come back here. If you stay here, have a meal at the Ristorante La Pizzaeria di nonno Mede at the top of the street. The food is excellent and the atmosphere top notch.
Perfect location, clean rooms, friendly staff- we loved it- no luxuries, but great shower! View was awesome! Great price, too!
Very clean and a good price too!
We were here in the beginning of April. The hotel is a little difficult to find, but that was our fault for not getting clear directions. I would return here again in a heart beat! The rooms were very clean with a great view. My only complaint is that there wasn't a shower curtain in our bathroom which got water all over the place. Other than that I would reccommend this hotel to everyone!
A view to die for!
This place was incredible. The view alone was worth a million bucks. When visiting Siena this is the only place I will stay. When booking, ask for a "room con vista"
We're going back
I stayed at Alma Domus in November 1998 with 2 girlfriends. We loved our view, the quiet, and the easy walk to anywhere in Siena we wanted to go. The 11:30 curfew is really no problem. The room was very comfortable for 3 and the shower good -- the one downside for me was that it was one of those "whole-bathroom" showers - no curtain, no floor pan... much of the bathroom got sprayed when we showered. MINOR deal, though, really!
I'm going to Italy this spring with my mom, 2 sisters, cousin, and friend. The 6 of us will take 2 rooms at Alma Domus and pay half what we're paying in other places. I wouldn't miss Siena or Alma Domus!
NEGATIVE POINTS: There aren't really negative ones, actually, just some peculiarities that can be 'disagreable' for some people: 1 Alma Domus Hotel is run by nuns, it's a religious 'shelter', so you can't expect to go bed late in the night (there is no reception during the night and you must be IN within 11:30), nor to have a TV set or a fridge in your room. 2 The furniture is plane, simple, not rich at all 3 The double rooms don't have a double bed, they have just two beds 4 You can't have breakfast (but there are nice bars and cafes around there) 5 I'm not sure the nuns can speak foreign languagesGOOD POINTS: I think the good points are more important than the negative ones: 1 Alma Domus Hotel is in the historical centre of the town, right next to the house of Santa Caterina: you can see the dome an the magnificent bell tower of the 'Duomo' almost from all the rooms windows. 2 The place is far away from the traffic noise 3 The rooms have got their own bathroom with shower 4 Rooms, furniture, linen and towels are clean. 5The price is good: € 60 for a double room.
My husband and I stayed at the Alma Domus for two nights in October 2003. Best bargain in Italy at 55 Euros per night. Our room and bathroom were immaculate. Both were a good size too, not super large, but good for Europe. We were lucky and had a room with a little balcony that over-looked the Siena rooftops to the Duomo. When I made the reservations, I was told that I may not get a balcony room, but we did.
A good value
The room was clean and had a nice view. It was small and the shower was just ok but for $58 it was adequate. Good location. Beds were comfortable.
If you can deal with the curfew (11:30pm---should not be a problem since Siena's nightlife isn't exactly wild), this is an excellent place to stay. The rooms are a bit sterile, but very clean, there was a nice, large armoir in which to keep my clothes. The bathrooms are large and immaculate---not to mention that they have the best hot showers in Italy----no trickling little stream of water here---it's the real deal. Many of the rooms have nice views of the Cathedral, and there is a nice, little patio area where you can read sit and read the newspaper in good weather. There is an elevator for those who have a lot of luggage or who don't do well with stairs. Telephones in each room, and two public telephones near lobby. Reception staff is very cordial, helpful. Location wise, it's great---a 5-minute walk to/from the central bus area (where you can catch the bus to Florence and other cities); a 10-minute or so walk from either the Campo or the Cathedral (the house is located right behind the church of San Domenico). An excellent restaurant is opposite the Alma Domus' entrance, and there are others nearby. Laundermat is about a 10-15 minute walk away on the other side of the Campo. Internet access less than a five minute walk (up by McDonalds); another internet cafe is further away, just a couple of doors down from the laundermat---very convenient if you don't like sitting around waiting for your clothes. This is the third place I've stayed in Siena---considering the price and location I won't stay anywhere else.