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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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... square. They then compete in a colosseum-like arena in different games and contests. The crowds stand in the centre of these crazy shena****ns and it draws thousands of critters to Siena each year. We also checked out the Cathedral and Il Duomo. The brown brick of the city alleys, the 6-bulb street lights and the elephant-sporting, purple banners that hang everywhere, really give this town a quirky, cool feel. There were a lot of college graduates out on the town ...
... still used as a private residence and the view was spectacular! As an added bonus we also received a free tasting at the wine shop we had just left...luck seemed on our side. Our Castle stroll was awesome and it really did offer amazing views of the Chianti region and Siena's cathedral and bell tower; what more could you want! Even with the lack of information we left quite pleased with the experience and wondering what to do about our free wine ...
... t drive, but there's always someone else ahead making it seem ok. We ended up creeping right though the crowds on a busy early summer afternoon, like Moses, I could eventually part the sea of people but not with any confidence.
It was mid-afternoon when we arrived at our hotel, unpacked and 10 minutes later we're on the street. In a few short hours we saw the surface ...
... at a church dedicated to her. St. Catherine grew up in a little section of Siena that was represented by a goose. Then we finished walking to the huge cathedral of Seina which was very large and very beautiful. After this we had a lunch break and shopped. Then we got back together at about two and got on the bus to drive to ...
... out the biking shirt from a little shop in Castillina in Chianti). We had a picnic lunch in Radda in Chianti with a fantastic overlook of the valley below (see photos).
Deb wanted to see a castle so we found one; a rather famous one in this area.Castello di Brolio was up in the mountains built more than 1,000 years ago to keep the city states, affiliated with the Empire ...