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The driver met the four of us to take us to the train station in Rome. David will go back to Madrid to work and we will miss his company. We are a bit early for the 10:15 train but early is better than late. We got to see the locals work the crowds looking for opportunity. The train is one of the high speed ones from mission impossible we will go …
On a day trip from Florence, ISA brought us to a little Tuscan town called San Gimignano. I suggest not trying to pronounce it unless you hear someone else (preferably Italian) say it first. It is a quaint little town that has amazing view of the outstanding Tuscan countryside. Apparently it is also home to the award winning gelato shop. Of course I had to test this out and see whether it was actually possible if it was that good, it was. ...
... to our new place in Casole d’ Elsa. We were quickly unpacked, with dinner cooked and an email written to explain all that had happened to the previous owner. It was a long shot but we should at least get our money back for heating.
We were all feeling incredibly thankful for how well we’d been looked after, for the provision of such a lovely place to stay to enjoy our time in Tuscany and for the warmth of our new home. All was ...
... us to his modest (by restaurant standards) kitchen. I'm relieved that his English is very good with just enough Italian to keep it interesting. We're in the process of preparing fresh vegetables and cheese for an appetizer, when I realize the ingredient on the next cutting board is a rabbit. Yikes! The cute assistant, picking up on my expression, assures me it is not a wild hare, but a farm raised tame rabbit. Like that makes me feel any better! This ...
... for me today. After lunch we all went our separate ways and I ended up in the museum that has a collection of Etruscan treasures. They had a temporary exhibition of contemporary art work and the best of all was that they had a video showing each jeweller making their piece. I sat there for about an hour watching as it was very interesting. I caught up with a couple of others from my group and we were practically thrown out as ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Hotel Continental Siena
Very beautiful glass elevator canopy bed good coffee
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Continental Siena
During our recent two week trip to Italy we stayed in several cities in 5 star hotels but the GHC was definetly one of our favorities. The hotel is perfectly located within walking distance of every important place in Siena.
My husband and I just returned from three nights at the GHC. It was a wonderful experience. We have stayed in many European hotels (some nice, some not so nice) and the GHC was by far the best. The hotel is very centrally located, making it nice to come and go as we toured Siena (a truly worthwhile town to visit). We were immediately offered three options for parking - as mentioned in an earlier review, the valet service parking is about 50-60 Euros/day. We opted for a small garage within a five minute walk of the hotel that charged 23 Euros/day. The front desk staff was very professional and courteous, and the wine sommelier was also extremely helpful - definitely ask for a tour of their wine cellar. The piano player is entertaining and fun (and, yes, he did play until after midnight one night, but the noise level was low in our room - the restaurant/wine bar/piano player are all located in the center of the hotel, in an open-to-the-top-floor courtyard, hence the piano player being heard throughout). The salon on the second (or third?) floor is definitely worth a peek, and a photo, not to mention, just a nice relaxing beautiful room to relax in after a long day of sight-seeing. Breakfast service was efficient and the buffet provided more variety than any other European hotel we've stayed in. The breakfast room(s) itself is a beautiful area with frescoed ceilings and marble trim around the doors. While our room did not have much of a view - it faced rooftops and construction - it was beautiful. The room was octagon-shaped, with a frescoed ceiling, travertine marble in the bathroom, and all the amenties you could want. Turn down service included Godiva chocolates - always a plus! A nice touch was a personal note from the hotel manager welcoming us to Siena.
Only 5 star in the walled city
Stayed at the hotel October 7 - 10. The hotel is the only 5 star in the walled city, and its location couldn't be beat. The entire property was beautiful, and our superior room had a balcony with a terrific view of the city. The only drawback is that the piano player plays fairly late. Staff was friendly and helpful. Enjoy Siena it's a nice change of pace from the big cities.
We loved the Grand Hotel Continental
Stayed in Siena Oct 11th and 12th, 2004. What a lovely hotel. Staff very friendly and were served the best pasta ever at the restaurant.
Room was lovely. Will come back for sure. Great location to all the shops, sights, etc.
We were just at the GHC in Siena on March 17-21, 2004, and were somewhat disappointed. We were originally booked at it's sister property, the Park Hotel and were moved by the hotel company because of incomplete renovations at the Park. The website and brochure present the GHC as 5-star luxury, but what we experienced was 3-4 stars. Our double rooms were very small, with low ceilings and a limited view. The breakfast buffet was adequate, but poorly staffed requiring one to seek out coffee or bottled water. Wash clothes were available only the first night, after that the used ones were never replaced. This was true in all three of the rooms my family was using. Frankly, had we been paying the normal price of 350 euros per night/per room, I would have been livid. However, our Park Hotel rate of 250 euros was honored. But parking was an extra 50 euros per night! All in all, we were unimpressed.
Stayed at this gorgeous hotel in August - after the Palio, fortunately. Walked in and was shown a beautiful room at a nice off-season rate- the view was superb! It would have cost double during the Palio, so I think we got a very good deal. Their rack rates are outrageously high, but booking last minute might help. Breakfast was expensive, make sure you get a "Breakfast Included" rate, we had "Room Only" and their buffet breakfast is around 30,00 euro/person! Or else, exclude breakfast, walk into the next cafè and have breakfast for 4,00 euro:-) Staff was multilingual, very professional and good-spirited. The piano player in the evening was great fun, although he kept playing after midnight (I had the urge to yell at him "Enough, buddy!" at 1,00 am). All in all, one of the most beautiful hotels I've stayed at.
I'm glad I chose this hotel for our first visit to this magnificent Italian city. We were upgraded to a suite that qualifies for the "Room With a View" feature of travel magazines, although I must confess that sleeping under a vaulted, frescoed ceiling a la Versailles, with a heavy chandelier hanging above was a bit overwhelming, if only for the first night (we spent three nights in this magnificent palace)!
I can't say enough good things about this hotel. It is without question the nicest hotel I've ever stayed in. Considering I travel quite a bit for work and pleasure, this is certainly an accomplishment.
The Best within the City Gates
There are several luxury hotels outside of the city gates of Siena, but if you want to be inside, which you do, this is it! Terrific service and rooms. While the standard room is a bit small, it is still highly comfortable. The bathrooms are simply fabulous and the linen sheets still make me feel good just recalling their splendor. The front desk is also very helpful. The only drawback is finding the place, take a good map, and the very expensive parking.
The Best Hotel Ever
Stayed at the Grand Continental on a whim when visiting in April of 2002. Drove in and parked down the hill in Siena, then walked to the old town, and saw signs for this five-star hotel. It is plush and wonderful. Truly had a "room with a view". Had no reservations, but was greeted with an upgrade and breakfast included. The bar and restaurant were fun into the evening. My room was out of a renaissance dream, with tapestries and comfort. The best hotel ever! Two blocks from the town square, and great shopping everywhere. Beautiful people, beautiful skies, beautiful room!