Il Chiostro Del Carmine
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... of one way hairpin turns and we were glad to have a GPS for this drive as if we had not we would still be driving around! We finally found a car parking station, not the one we were heading for but another nearby. This turned out well as it was near the spotting stadium and very recognisable on the maps. Also it ended up we were not far from the main attractions as well. We went straight to the information centre and booked a city walking tour then bought our city pass for ...
... Barotrauma' she said and we nodded, yes, barotrauma from scuba. At least we're on the same page. She asks if I can hear, I say yes but my hearing is muffled. She keeps looking in my ear, concerned, worried. Then she starts mentioning surgery. That word I understand. Oh my god. My heart starts racing and I start imagining the worst. Andy senses my panic and tries to decipher through typing and translating messages what the likelihood of surgery is - likely, or worst case scenario? She says ...
... in the car and headed to Montalcino. This is a town that is legendary for its Brunello wine and the city lives up to the expectation. Once we pull into town, we stop to admire the youth of the town playing a game of soccer (or Futbol). With a short walk back into the town center, we stop at a local wine bar named Il Leccio for a glass of the world famous Brunello. The wine was full bodied with strong hints of pepper. As the four of ...
... cathedral domes and towers that fill the skyline. Our first port of call however was beer and lunch, which we had looking out over the Campo, which is the main 'square', and which is the venue for the famous annual Palio horse races. We of course planned our visit to miss this (!) and had to make do with coach loads of American and Japanese tour partys jostling their way to the front of the ...
... accidentally meet someone's gaze or risk being followed around or grabbed. I'm not making this up. We were warned about it by a policeman at the start of the program. The last thing is that the Italians are never barefoot. Even inside. We always wear flip flops or slippers or shoes around the house, which is something else I'm having to get used to. It's only in our own room that Meg and I get to luxuriate in the sensation of having bare feet.
Okay. That's all for now. Buona notte!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Il Chiostro Del Carmine Siena
Me encantó todo
Situado en la parte vieja de Siena. ¡Ambiente maravilloso de un convento del siglo XVI sin reglas ni toque de queda! Había jugo de naranja fresco, pasteles, quesos, etcétera, en el desayuno. Habitaciones excelentes, espaciosas y cómodas. Personal muy servicial. Tiene aparcamiento para coches pequeños. Prueba el restaurante Duo Arches que está cerca para experimentar comida típica toscana a un precio razonable. Visita su página web para ver sus fotos que son totalmente veraces. JM.
Loved it all
set in the old part of Siena. wonderful ambience of old 16 century nunnery without the rules and curfews!! fresh squeesed red orange juice for breakfast and pastry, cheese etc. excellent rooms, spacious and comfy..very helpful staff..has car parking for smaller cars. Try the duo arches restaurant nearby for authentic moderately priced tuscan cuisine.
see their website for photos which are entirely accurate representation.
Nice hotel with a couple of drawbacks
This is a charming hotel, situated within the city walls and just a short walk from the Piazza del Campo (the main square in Siena). The hotel is housed in a former monastery and retains many of the historical features. Despite its city centre location, the hotel is very quiet and there is very little noise from the streets.
Our room was fairly small (my partner described it as a monk's cell) but adequate (and we spent very little time there apart from sleeping).
The major drawback is the lack of facilities - no restaurant and no bar. However, the main town square has an abundance of both so this is no real problem.
I was slightly disappointed that, on arrival, my partner and I had to take two heavy cases up two flights of stairs while the hotel staff simply looked on!!! Another guest was so embarrassed that he offered to carry my case for me!! Given the fact that the hotel seemed pretty empty, I wondered whether the receptionist could have therefore offered us a room on the lower floor.
Beware if you book through lastminute.com as you will have to pay for the so-called "free parking" at a rate of 10 euros a day. Furthermore, the gates into the parking area are small and we were only just able to fit a medium-sized car (similar to a VW golf) through them and even then amassed a few scratches!!
Despite these small gripes, I would recommend the hotel due to its excellent location, historical interest and peaceful atmosphere.
Beautiful Hotel, Great Service
Vincenzo, the manager is the best! We stayed in a beautiful, spacious room with gold decor. We paid much more for a tiny yet expensive room in Rome that we could both barely stand up at the same time in. This room was HUGE in comparison. The bathroom was very modern and comfortable with bright, funky, red tiles. Our room also had a terrazo we could walk out onto. And, it was convenient to have a mini bar when you forget what time the nearby grocery store closes. The hotel is clean, quiet and nice - very updated. The staff was friendly and helpful with good suggestions on places to eat. Breakfast in the morning was great, and fully stocked. Loved having a t.v. with CNN, and internet service in the room, too.
There is a great restaurant nearby the hotel. The hotel is just a short walk into Piazza del campo so it's a great location. Plus, you are inside the city walls, yet you can park your car right behind the hotel for easy access to day-long road trips.
We will definitely return to this hotel.
Abbiamo prenotato quest'hotel all'ultimo momento e siamo rimasti piacevolmente sorpresi. Si tratta di un monastero convertito in hotel che mantiene l'antico fascino e buona parte delle caratteristiche originarie. Le camere sono pulite, spaziose e ben arredate e hanno anche la TV a schermo piatto! Il personale è stato estremamente cordiale e cercherà di soddisfare qualsiasi vostra richiesta. La posizione è perfetta per visitare Siena. Un vantaggio in più è il parcheggio gratuito dentro al centro storico della città.
Un monastero convertito in albergo
All'arrivo ci è stato detto che le nostre camere non erano disponibili a causa di un problema con il bagno, ma quando abbiamo rifiutato di spostarci nella loro pensione, si sono rese disponibili delle camere identiche a quelle che avevamo prenotato. Dopo ciò, non avrebbero potuto essere più ospitali. Hanno dato il permesso a mia figlia di accedere a una sala concerti per esercitarsi con il flauto e le hanno addirittura consentito di prendere in prestito degli spartiti dalla loro biblioteca. Pare che questo posto sia parte di una scuola di musica. Avevamo una doppia spaziosa, collegata tramite una porta interna a una doppia più piccola. È un antico monastero, perciò niente ascensore. La sala per la colazione è piccolina, ma si affaccia su una corte appartata, che presumo venga usata in estate. La posizione è buona e c'è un parcheggio chiuso. A piedi l'hotel dista 5-10 minuti dal centro di Siena. Ci è stato consigliato il bistrot più vicino, ma noi siamo andati all'osteria nella vicina strada di Piano dei Mantellini, che era migliore.
Arrived to be told our rooms were unavailable because of a bathroom problem but when we declined a move to their "pensione" an identical sets of rooms to what we had originally booked became available in the hotel. After that they could not have been more welcoming. My daughter was provided with access to a concert room to practice the flute and even allowed to borrow sheet music from their library. It turns out that it is part of a music school. We had a large double with interconnecting door to a smallish twin. Historic ex-monastery so no lifts. Tiny breakfast room but opening onto cool cloistered courtyard which I assume would be used in summer. Good location as easy parking in locked area but only 5-10 minutes walk to centre of Siena. Recommended closest bistro but we actually went to Osteria in nearby street of Piano dei Mantellini which was better.
We booked this hotel last minute and were most pleasantly surprised. The hotel is a converted monastry maintaining many original features and charms. The rooms are clean, spacious and well equipped, including flat screen TVs! The staff were extremely friendly and will help with any questions you have. The location is perfect for visiting Siena. The additional bonus is the free parking within the walls of the city.
Charming ambiance at il Chiostro del Carmine
Having travelled extensively for both business and pleasure, I have often found it difficult to find a hotel that offers both ambiance and quality amenities such as value, space, comfort, cleanliness, service, including an abundant breakfast, and a location that is both accessible yet quiet. il Chiostro del Carmine offers all of the above and more. There is also wi-fi internet access that can also be enjoyed from the beautiful chiostro courtyard. Breakfast can be had in the Tuscan-colored cantina, access via stone steps, or can be had al fresco in the adjoining courtyard with its charming arches and garden-like setting. Ample wrought iron cafe` tables, ottomans, and comfortable chairs can be found in the courtyard and offer a virtual private and peaceful area at any time during the day or evening. There is a beautiful medieval chapel on the second floor, available for small gatherings such as banquets, meetings, dinners, and special occasions. The staff is both knowledgeable and genuinely interested in the comfort of their guests. If your Italian is less than perfect, they are happy to assist you in English as needed. Location is ideal, minutes away from Porta San Marco, an excellent Restaurant "Due Archi", as well as the Piazza del Campo and il Duomo. Don't let the proximity to these famous sites fool you, the hotel is ideally situated to offer a peaceful night's rest, from where you can begin your day refreshed and amply fed. I stayed here for almost a month in July and August for work and to visit friends and relatives. A rare find and a special value considering most accommodations in the city of Siena with equal amenities would cost double. This was a wonderful retreat and one that can be highly recommended without hesitation at any period throughout the year.