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Travel Blogs from Siena
Italy is known for many things but probably the most iconic of all images is that of a Ferrari whizzing through the Italian countryside. It was becoming painfully obvious that I should get to the Ferrari factory in Modena. I had not planned this but I guess this is what travel is about - wandering to places that take your fancy. My plan was to get …
... frescos. We walked to the Duomo after, which again is similar to the one in Florence with similar architecture and colors. After doing all the sightseeing we wanted, we took on the next challenge, finding and getting to our hostel. Luckily I was with Steph, who knows how to navigate and stays so calm. We had to take a bus about 4 miles from the center which doesn't seem that daunting, but when you don't speak Italian and don't know which bus and which direction to go ...
... on. It was such a beautiful, sunny day and the views from every vantage point were stunning.
With Saacha navigating, we left Perugia for Montisi. It took us a little while to find our way out of Perugia, but once on track we were fine. It makes all the difference having someone assist!!!
At this stage, I had no idea why we were going to Montisi, other than the kids had organized something for my birthday and we needed to ...
... renaissance buildings. First ruled in 1555AD by 9 families it was in a way the first democracy. Still today they put sand in the main square twice a year and have a horse race, where the winning 'district' gets to party and decorate the streets.
After some lunch and free time in the cathedral square, we headed into Firenze. The group enjoyed our first "meal out" together and a pleasant evening walk back before some more shut-eye after another amazing ...
... ravioli. Oh my goodness....so good, light and very flavorful. I believe there was truffle oil drizzled over the top. Amazing! The owner offered to me a glass of "meditation" wine. It was a vintage 1967 Chianti! I have never had such wine. So light, flavorful and what a treat! Finally, they brought me also a small taste of local grappa. Very strong but a perfect ending to a perfect evening. When I received my ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews NH Excelsior Siena
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.
The Crappy Hotel
One of the worst hotels I have been in!