Il Chiostro del Carmine Residence
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... becomes a little scary. So we found a tourist information center that helped lead us in the right direction and we showed the bus driver the address of the hostel and he yelled out to us when we needed to get off. So we were close, but we still weren't there yet. So started to walk, we walked for about 200 meters and then turned around and walked 400 meters the other way. After about 20 minutes of walking I went into a hotel and asked, we were going the right way the ...
... university town and it is really trendy. It is pretty big, and the community outside the walls is also really large. It feels vibrant, busy and alive. There was the usual narrow, windy streets with the most amazing architecture. The buildings, duomo, museums and fountains were awesome. Many of these being built out of a pink and white stone. Just beautiful. I would love to have had more time to go to the museum as they had some ...
... but some shops sold proper Italian leather gloves so i treated myself to what is hopefully a long lasting souvenir in some brown leather gloves lined with wool. The lady in the final shop was very patient while i tried on about 10 pairs and ummed and ahhed for ages deciding!
So that was today, a lot of dipping in and out of shops walking around Siena. I was planning on getting the bus to Florence tomorrow but after my last bus experience I might try the train!
... are constantly circling around to clean. There are lots of police and rules and signs. "Do this, don't do that"...very different than southern Italy where just about "anything goes." I worked my way back to The Ponte Vecchio to cross for dinner to the wine bar that I so much enjoyed in the afternoon. The Ponte Vecchio was closed for a private party for Ferrari! Wow! What must that cost? There were many ...
... trouble parking the van! What we didn't realise was that the van is more than 2.05 metres high - i.e. the maximum in all carparks! We had no choice but the drive (the wrong way) through the tight streets of Siena to get out again! Finally find some lunch - €1 pizza and sat outside in piazza. We picked up €12 tickets for the Siena city tour and visited baptistery, crypt (graphic paintings of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Il Chiostro del Carmine Residence 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.