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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!
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... thought about a bus, and quickly vetoed that idea. I considered a taxi, but decided I was too cheap. I walked into a building and saw a couple escalators. I decided I could at least be increasing my altitude while making a decision about how I was going to get to my hotel. As I topped one escalator, there was another, and another. Ten escalators later and I was at the top of the hill! Even better than the stuffy funicular! I stepped outside and ...
... which had amazing frescos painted along the expanses of the nave of the church, as well as some history lessons about St. Sebastian and St. Fina. St. Fina was a girl who was born in San Gimignano who had a terminal illness, and rather than living in comfort her last days, would lay on a wooden board, even as paralyzation began to occur. After that we had some free time, in which I shopped up and down the beautiful streets.
From there we said goodbye to ...
... and grappa the bill came to 75 euro which although expensive by our standards to date on this tour was not excessive for the standard of food and service. We also discovered that the area we are staying in is the area of the dragon....how appropriate.
And so our day has come to an end and our comfy looking bed calls, so that we can visit the Siena Pinocoteca (art gallery) tomorrow.....just not too early....after all...we are on holiday!!
Our bus journey to Siena was too easy and Lana Del Ray made it enjoyable with great scenery on the way. our B&B is a fully renovated convent, very modern and spacious, but traffic noisy and there is a drummer who is practising outside right now. last night that went on for an hour. Time to go out I think. Siena is very beautiful with lots of terracotta and bright colours and not as busy ...
... that I have seen. From there we huffed it over the St. Catherine's of Siena where we viewed St. Catherine's mummified head and touring Thumb! ( I am not kidding!)
From there we drove back to San Gimignano and had a great dinner a what appeared to be a local's restaurant Beppone Ristoranti-Pizzeria. From there back to the Villa for a midnight swim and now to check ...