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... museum, and panoramic tower walk. The queues were just starting to form because we were so early. We then explored and had a coffee in a little side street coffee shop. Whole Richard stayed to pay Sue had a little look in the shops near by and bought a Christmas decoration to remember Tuscany with. When she came out Richard had tried to go in and pay and was told to wait outside, he then caught the attention of the waiter twice and was ignored - our tour was about to start and we ...
... soup strainers' and I have to admit mine had progressed so far past this stage I was having difficulty getting food into my mouth.' I first thought I'd shed it at The Grand St Bernard Pass, but I had forgotten to buy the shaving materials. I then delayed things until after the rice fields of Piedmont on the grounds that it would offer some protection against the mosquitoes I told you about. I finally decided to do it at Siena, so that I might have a ...
... completely. That made the hills almost insurmountable on a couple of occasions and we actually did walk the bike (gasp!) on a couple of occasions.
After an adventurous and gastronomically amazing journey – one feels less guilty tackling piles of pasta after riding all day – our sadness over departing Tuscany was cushioned by arriving in Venice. We joined the throng of tourists rolling their luggage through the narrow streets ...
... Then into the cathedral itself. The flooring, like St Mark’s is marble but instead of hundreds of patterns there are 56 different mosaic scenes, with the flooring in-between being quite plain. Statues of the heads of the first 174 popes encircle the cathedral about halfway up the walls. We eavesdropped on a family of Americans who had a guide book. Apparently the cathedral was commissioned by an Italian cardinal who ...
... Black Death put the brakes on the project. The existing walls are a steep climb but provide a beautiful view of Siena. (And justify the pasta dinner tonight). We are enjoying our hotel, Hotel Porta Romana. Like most hotels in Europe, the rooms are small but it's very clean and has a tremendous view of the valley below. We enjoyed our cappuccino and lovely breakfast in the Garden Terrace, ...
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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
5 Star hotel - Excelent location & Beautiful ammenities
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.
The lobby and hotel ammenities were very nice but what was definitely breathtaking was the room. A two story room, three times the average size of other hotel rooms, with frescos paintings and a heavenly bed with luxury linens. The marble bathroom was also nicely decorated.
Upon check in a fruit basket was delivered with a Welcoming note from the Hotel director. Definetly a WOW in service. !!
Concierge was wonderful and very knowledgble too. Not only did they made all the arrangements for our parking and sightseeing but gave us wonderful recommendations for dinning in Siena at very affordable prices.
Although the rate at this hotel is a bit over-priced in comparison to other 5 star hotels in Italy we will definetly stay here when we return to Sienna.
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.
We ate dinner one night in the hotel restaurant, it was very good (try the Tuscan bread salad and the lamb chops!). The front desk staff also provided dinner recommendations/reservations to the Taverna de la Guiseppe - another wonderful little gem!
I would highly recommend this hotel, it is worth the splurge.
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.
Exquisite & elegant hotel
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.
A unique experience
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)!
The staff was incredibly helpful, the location within the walled city can't be better; breakfast was the best we've ever had as an included feature in any hotel we've known in Europe; the wine cellar is outstanding and the dining experience was second to none when it comes to hotel dining in Italy. This is, for sure, THE place to stay in Siena, whether or not yours is a one-in-a-lifetime visit to this amazing and historical Italian city.
Perhaps the BEST hotel I've ever stayed at.
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.
My wife and I stayed there on a whim as a day opened up in our schedule. Siena was extremely charming, enhanced/surpased by the splendor of this hotel.
This hotel can be quite pricey but in terms of the value you get for your money is beyond comparison to the rest of the hotels we stayed in during our trip to Italy. Even the 'Grand' hotel in Bellagio felt like a Holiday Inn compred to this GEM.
Our only regret was staying there only one night. We're definitely staying there on our next trip to Siena (whenever that may be).
We had heard from locals that you are going to spend 2/3rd on a basic hotel in Siena so you might as well splurge and treat yourself.
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!