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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.
The Crappy Hotel
One of the worst hotels I have been in!
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... choice but to skip out! It's not like we didn't try a few times to pay. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and for the next 3 hours we learned all about the Catterdrale, Libereria Piccolomini, the Pailo - the bareback horse race which was going to be run in a weeks time and the 17 contrada of the city who are vying for the horse race - a kind of state of origin type rivalry. The Palio, at Piazza del Campo only 10 contrade compete in each race and it is not a touristic event, and ...
... no idea where that is but we'll manage if it's written down... She then asks if we need someone to take us back to pronto soccorso or we can find our way back. Andy confidently says we're ok... But we managed to get lost getting from that second elevator to the first one again...
Arriving eventually back at emergency, we were again told by the nurse at reception to wait. After a few moments she called us over, saying we could go. No charge? Apparently Australia and Italy have ...
... we finished the vino, we walked the outer wall of the town and took in all the exquisite views of the Val d'Orcia. Green rolling hills, vineyards and country houses set as a backdrop for our walk. Once we circled the entire city, we then hopped in the Alfa Romeo and ventured on to our next stop....Siena.
On the journey to Siena, we stopped at Mozart Vineyard. There are actually hundreds of Bose speakers throughout the ...
... taken from old printing plates, but were obviously not. The evening was quieter in town after the coach loads had gone, and after pit stops for gelato, coffee, beer, (not all together!), we found somewhere for dinner that was not much more than a plastic chair cafe. Rustic food with unnamed local 'house' red at 9 euros a bottle - cheap but as before, unable to be bad wine here! Today 90. Total miles ...
... superba e fiera...
They made no mention of this, but I'm pretty certain they are asking Saint Catherine to bless their rider with a win in the upcoming race. :)
We also visited the Duomo in Siena. My favorite part of this Duomo was the library housing old Choral Books. These were huge manuscripts that had been done by hand. They made my heart skip a beat - or two... To think of some monk sitting over these ...