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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!
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Travel Blogs from Siena
It was clear this morning over breakfast...clear and sunny in Siena, iffy in Lucca. Full of confidence we drove over the back roads to Siena and then circled it at few times before we gave in and parked in the car park by the railway station. we followed Rick Steves directions and crossed the road, entered the mall, rode up two escalators to the food floor and then started up the long line of escalators (6 or 7) to the top of the ...
... the baptistery, museum and then lined up (it was an hours wait) for the Panorama dal facciatone. This was amazing and we could overlook the city from above the rooftops. We then were faced with the challenge of finding our way back to the Grom - the gelato shop we saw on our tour, and the Italian Grocer we wanted to visit to try pannaforte. This ended up a bit more difficult than anticipated as we found that just one wrong turn can send you way away from where you think you want to ...
... leave the next afternoon to Rome so we did not have much time left. We head back to the bus station with a gelato while waiting for the bus. There must be some nice scenery along the way but it isn't the season for flowers, I would love to see the landscape of Tuscan covered with colourful flowers. I slept all the way on the bus and told Romain to wake me up if there are flowers. He didn't. It's either there isn't any or his eyes are fixed in his candy crush game. Or ...
... out to grab some coffee and lunch. My umbrella has been slowly giving way in Florence and it finally gives up the ghost as we walk. A nearby bag shop (they seem to be all bag shops on this stretch) has umbrellas in the doorway for €8, so I pay, change, and ditch the old one almost without breaking step. After coffee we find our way to a very local-looking place recommended by Elisa which specialises in ...
... they were 16 and at the age of 19 they meet up with 4 Australian women, bought a van and toured Europe for 6 months. They stayed in hostels, where they were assigned chores, slept in a tent and only lost one of the girls once.
- CA took me along with them in their taxi from Siena to Florence. A beautiful drive through Tuscany.
- Last night together there was more wine, pasta and stories.