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... and dry. Job done! Then to a tour office as we only have 3 days here before off to the Amalfi Coast. Booked the hop on hop off for tomorrow and the Vatican and colosseum on Monday...can't go to the Vatican on a Sunday as it is closed! Will probably hit the Trevi Fountain tonight and gift a few Euro's to help pay the Italian debt. No photo's yet, so will update some tomorrow, which will include some of Tuscany. ...
... Palio, no we said what is it? Then she explained that it was the horse race where they race horses round the main square and the preliminary races were on that night. We dumped our stuff and jumped on a bus which whizzed us into Sienna. We bought 2 sandwiches and made our way with the crowds to the Piazza Del Campo where we sat on the edge of the square and had a wildly expensive beer before joining the throng in the centre.
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... pecorino (sheep's milk cheese), prosciutto and organic tomatoes from his own garden. Now these tomatoes were different: Mostly flesh and a deep red. I normally don't eat tomatoes raw on their own but these tasted altogether different as they were sweet and full of flavour. Freshly baked bread made that morning with homemade jams and marmalades were also on the menu. Fresh fruit and juice made to order was also provided. It certainly ...
... son which gave us a quick tour of their winery. After the tour we were seated at a long table to taste some wines . Again the portions were much too generous! Luckily we had cheese and bread to eat in between tasting. We tasted Diffrent brunello di montacino wines. At the end of the wine tasting the owners son, tall, dark boisterous fellow announced we would be partaking in his favorite drink, Grapa. He also said we would toast with it. He gave us a shot glass and informed ...
... travellers): it is rare that you meet people that you can take the conversation beyond "who,what,where,how all about you in the next 5min before my train arrives!!!", this is usually as a result of time constraints within a single location and so meeting people is often only a temporary thing. Few travellers are game enough to strike up a conversation with locals, hence only leaving fellow travellers to socialise with. Which don’t get me wrong ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Garden Siena
A fine hotel
We had a double in the lest costly wing in October, 2004. The room was very modern, plenty of room, and comfortable. My only wish was that they used a less strong floor cleaner - smelled like clorox! But, opening the large windows took care of that daily.
The breakfast was an excellent buffet and the cozy bar was welcoming after a day of sightseeing. The views are gorgeous and with a bus stop in front of the hotel path, you are in Siena's center in minutes.
We would stay at the Garden on a return visit.
My friends and I just returned from our trip to Siena, and we all really loved the Hotel Garden.
The staff were amazing - friendly, helpful and had a great sense of humor. The hotel itself was very clean (the review complaining about cleanliness was from four years ago - things are certainly clean now).
Some of the nice features: internet access just off the lobby breakfast (a step above those in other hotels we stayed at in Italy) Atla, the friendly bartender
We stayed at the Hotel Garden 1st to 12th September 2003. The whole experience was excellent. The service is pleasantly attentive, the food is fabulous and the whole hotel is spotless. The hotel grounds and pool area are a delight. We stayed in the Casabianca annexe - quiet, with lots of comfy seating areas and a pleasant terrace. Grey painted wardrobe and vanity units are a bit austere - but certainly did not spoil our stay!!
Great value for money
We stayed here in May 2003 and after reading the reviews I was very concerned about my booking. To my delight I found the hotel very charming and the rates very reasonable. The resturant food was great and the staff friendly. This hotel is quite dated but what do you expect for 200 euros a night. !!!!!We upgraded and stayed in the Belvedere wing of the hotel -the room was very spacious and peaceful.
The hotel is set in an excellent location just outside Siena and the views from the outside bar/resturant are lovely. The pool area was very basic but I didnt go to the hotel to sunbath so this didnt reflect on my stay but if you fancy spending hours round a pool I would suggest staying at a different hotel.
We stayed there in 2000, there were 9 of us total. Unfortunately we were only able to stay 1 nite. We loved it. They were so nice---I had broken my ankle in Rome and was hobbling around and very uncomfortable. I am a travel agent and have sent others there whenever I could. I have had all positive responses.
Never going back
I stayed at Hotel Garden four years ago. My stay was for much too long, and my family luckily found another hotel to move to-- but only after the Palio had ended. The hotel was 2 wings: while both are grimy and extremely mediocre, the wing closer to the pool is much better. We refused the first room we were shown because of a horrible stench of nail-polish-remover-type odors. While our second room was better in appearance, it turned out to have an even more nauseating smell of either fungus or dead animals. The staff was incredibly unhelpful in resolving the odor problem. The stench was so bad that we could not turn on the air conditioner (presumably where the smell originated) which made the warm Italian nights almost unbearable. Perhaps, fortunately, we left the shutters open, but, because there are no latches, our shutters banged all night long. A choice between heat & noise is not much of a choice. The food was fine, nothing memorable. I certainly would not return to Hotel Garden and wish that I had never been-- except that it does make for some very funny stories, retrospectively, of course!