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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Minerva Siena
Ok, but lacking in charm
This place was just ok. Initially, we were disappointed to find that it's not right in the middle of Sienna. The walk into the centre, though, is hardly worth mentioning. It's 5 - 10 minutes, depending on your clip, and picturesque. Rooms are clean and large, though lacking in charm. The price is reasonable. The view out the windows is nice.
Service at front desk is not exactly friendly, nor is it rude. Great parking if you have a car. Overall, it was ok, but wouldn't stay again.
You can do better for the price. I'd rather sacrifice modern convenience, i.e. elevator, for a bit more charm.
Good location, nice enough hotel
The hotel is about a 10 minutes walk to the main square of Siena. It is an up-hill walk, but not at all strenuous. We had a room with a balcony that overlooked the town - nice view. We sat in the sun and had a little picnic and drank some wine. The room was average size and the bath was adequate - good shower pressure. They have a free computer with internet access in the lobby. Parking was about 9 Euro extra, and the inside garage was right next door - very convenient. Not a luxurius place but definitely comfortable.
Not a first choice
This was the worst hotel experience we had during a 5 city Italian vacation. The air-conditioned room we had reserved was not available when we arrived, and the room we were given instead was pretty shoddy. The hotel staff was not at all accomodating or pleasant to deal with. They even tried charging us the air-conditioned rate when we checked out!The only positive thing I can say about this hotel is that it was very convenient from the train station.
Great hotel, but a bit hard to get to
This is a nice hotel with an excellent breakfast. But be aware that it is a difficult uphill walk from the train station. We arrived via bus, which is a much easier walk, and left via train, but if we had done the reverse it would have been very difficult. Also, it is a 10 minute + walk from the old part of the city.
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... of me. If I want to eat by myself in a restaurant while completely wet, then I’m going to do it. The man behind the counter immediately approached me with a handful of paper towels and started patting my head! I’m continually met with such kindness!
I was shown to a table and handed a menu that was completely in Italian. My dad had told me there’s less English the further north you go. I could tell a little about ...
... fillings....I think it was meats, some cheese and olives, of course....back into the oven for another five minutes or so.
Removed the pizza again for the final topping of anchovies, cheese and fresh quartered tomatoes.
Back to the oven for three minutes or so.
The result. The most beautiful textured pizza. Hot but the little tomatoes were not burnt, in fact nothing was burnt and every taste was enjoyed.
I don't know about you, ...
... had another mother lament to me that she wishes her children were as attentive to all the art as mine..;)
Then we went to the torture museum; that was Liam's choice. I know all the guide books warn you that it's a rip off. But Liam wanted to go to something HE chose; and after all the churches and castles I drug him through I said "why not?". Actually, the museum had very good displays in English; and the building itself was beautiful. ...
... this was stopped by a local bylaw. (so the story goes)
Nowadays the Italians just have a Ferrari or two in their backyard - same thing I guess. 12 towers still remain and they do give the town a very cool look. We were fortunate to be there when they had their annual medieval festival so managed to see lots of dancing, singing, drum beating, castle seiges and swordfighting.
I get the feeling that they didn't do as much swordfighting in those days as ...
We are on the second day of cycling around Tuscany. Its mostly very pretty, especially when you get away from the towns. The traffic is slower and drivers are much more polite to bike riders than in Australia.
The farms are small and seem to be about 10 to 20 acres, they all seem to be growing olives and/or broad-beans. Sometimes we see ornate gates to large villas. On the first day we had a chance to see one of these villas as it ...