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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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Travel Blogs from Siena
... caravans and pitch a tent. There is a swimming pool but you have to wear a swimming cap. So weird.
We decided not to head into Siena today and just chill out. Siena isn't that big and can be seen in one day, so we deceided to look up what we can do. I found this cool tip about walking to each of the 17 contrade of Siena. These are districts and were set up in the Middle Ages in order to supply troops to the many military companies that were hired to defend Siena as ...
... has a very impressive medieval bell tower. The next day we hit the road early as we have a full day walk ahead. Fortunately its another gorgeous Tuscan day. We are walking a section of the Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrim & trade route that goes between Canterbury & Rome. Similar to the El Camino route in Spain, it has now been resurrected as a walking trail. The "trail" takes many forms from place to place ---city streets, country roads, farm tracks & ...
... close, we heard drums beating and saw a gathering. There was a “band” of young men in the center of a street. As we were drawn to them they started a drum cadence and started marching and twirling the Sienese flag. It was quite impressive as they marched up the street attracting a small crowd drumming and marching. They were obviously practicing for some pageant that is still a mystery to us. It was a Pied Piper experience.
After hanging out ...
... the words change for each Contrada. And every year they change the words. Steve called it a Gregorian chant, deep baritone voices pulsing out the passion of their beloved Contrada. Really glorious. When a child is baptized they are given their own scarf, so amongst the chanting and singing were the twirling of the colored scarfs. Of course we tourists bought one to wear and you just have to twirl too.
The dinner was so much fun, our ...
... to the hill tops with their castles and towers. Just gorgeous!
So Siena is located in central Tuscany, and is itself a hill town, albeit a bit bigger than most. The city is enclosed by city walls and is pedestrian only. The streets are beautiful – narrow and gently curving. The houses are all built of stone with mostly green wooden shutters. Being a medieval town, it is totally different in character to, say, Rome and different to most European cities we have seen so ...