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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
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Location great; Hotel below average
Jolly Hotel Siena was below average. Stayed in an unrenovated room June 2004 which was hot, noisy and tired - poor value. No internet access available at hotel. Some staff speak English well and some don't. Location is perfect though just a short walk from Piazza del Campo.
It was okay
We stayed at this hotel in late May 2004 and were generally pleased. Our room was spacious and had recently been renovated. The room decor was very modern - while I prefer a more "old European" ambiance, it was difficult to complain because it was so comfortable. We arrived without reservations at around 9:30 p.m. and it was apparent that the dining room was closing up but they were, nonetheless, extremely gracious in agreeing to serve us dinner.
During our stay the hotel was undergoing extensive room renovations and very noisy construction started early in the morning.
Overall, it was a good stay - very convenient to the old town center. I would not have a problem with staying there again but there are undoubtedly more interesting hotels in Siena.
This is more of a response to the widely varied opinions expressed by other reviewers. I have stayed with my students groups at the Jolly in Siena three times and will again this summer. It's location is excellent --a block from the old city. The rooms are entirely adequate, as is the buffet breakfast, the service, the cleanliness, all we ask in a tour hotel. I wonder if the negative reviews are from people who expect 5-star accomodations at a 3-star price. I have 20 years of experience with students tours all over Europe. The Jolly in Siena ranks well above the run-of-the-mill; we request the Jolly year after year.
Good location in medieval Siena
I am a tour operator and have stayed at the Hotel Jolly Siena with groups many times. The location is excellent (if you don't have a car and don't have to worry about parking.) Walk across the street, through an alley, and you are in the 1300s. The rooms are smallish, as you would expect in a medieval city where space is at a premium, but clean and neat. The showers have plenty of hot water and good water pressure.
The public areas and dining rooms are large. The food is good and reasonably priced. The breakfast buffet is ample. The staff is professional.
We rated this the worst hotel in our two week stay in Italy. The bed was about eight inches from the not very clean floor. But the major problem was the shower that flooded the entire bathroom and took hours to drain. I felt worse after I showered than before. When we checked out we asked if they could call us a taxi but we were told to call ourselves because taxis are Sienas nightmare. We definitely would not recommend or stay here again.
Nice, small hotel. Very well located. Clean and friendly atmosphere.
View of Stadium
We stayed at Jolly in April and the hotel is located adjacent to the stadium, so you could sit on your balcony and watch the game; it was within walking distance of the city centre; the rooms were small but very clean and new; the hotel bar was cheerful and the internet access was not crowded. Overall, we had a very good experience at the Jolly in Sienna.
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One of the worst hotels I have been in!
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... lived while all these magnificent works were being undertaken.
Lunch in the Piazza del Campo was as one expects...over priced, so so food but great to sit and watch the square and world go by. Well worth it. After lunch we practised our bargaining to great surprise of the merchant...not like Istanbul for sure. Some success. Then we retraced our steps to ...
Wow it is hot here - like an oven at times, especially when climbing when we are going too slowly to generate our own breeze. Still, mustn't complain, it could be raining!!
Today we managed to get to Siena - what a place - so many impressive streets, squares and buildings. The accommodation was all full in the town so we are a mile or three to the south.
Today we split up again but deliberately ...
... the first 10 to complete the August field. 10 starters is all that is allowed for safety sake. Apparently they all agree on how the draw evolves over time so that no one group is disadvantaged. It's Race Day,.. Tuesday,... we are making the trek to the Central Piazza around 2.00pm for a touch more sightseeing before making our away to the bleachers at around 4.30pm (check out our seating position on the attached photo),.. the place is utter chaos!! People are here in, ...
... the honor to carry a flag starts at about the age of eight, ( and i am not to call them flag bearers, they are much more important than that) and the young men in the parade were about ten years older, so takes that long to have the honor of being the flag bearer. You cannot let the flag of Contrada drop to the ground, as it is in battle, a great dishonor and defeat to the enemy.
The flag bearers were two young men , they did a display of handling the flag. ...
... s. This church is actually shaped like a cross and was designed with an Egyptian cross plan and square apse. This church (which we saw) also has on display the actual skull of Saint Catherine. Although her body is in Rome, they preserved her head and have a memorial for it in this church in Siena.
We then went to the house of Santa Caterina and her chapel. This was a convent declared by the Pope in 1939 and it is the only convent with an accurate portrait of ...