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Our 5 days in Tuscany have come to an end. Farewell meal the night before at our restaurant of choice in Radda in Chianti (Le del Chianti) and had one of the best Italian meals I have ever had! We will part company with Neil and Christine for a week before joining up again in Sicily. Early rise and off to Florence to catch a train to Roma. Only 1 hour 20 minutes and we were in Roma. Hurling along at speeds up ...
... in Greve to buy some Wild Boar (cured) sausage and gelato.
In Siena, we parked outside the old town walls and walked to Piazza del Campo. It was still amazing no matter how many times I visit. The restaurant in the Piazza was surprising good value EU45 for a light dinner (3 of us). Then it was a quick stroll to the Duomo before heading home. It was dark when we got back (remember, ...
We finally arrived in Florence after a few wrong turns and missed roads, all the while steering clear of limited traffic zones or ZTLs. After making it to the rental car return agency, we made our way on foot with luggage to our hotel. We found our hotel and rested for about 20 minutes before venturing out into Florence for the evening. We stopped first to get coffee to warm up and energize. Brian ordered Claibourne ...
... be, as is the wine. The weather is hot but not too hot and the views of Siena are to die for. We've been around Siena today, exploring the Cathedral and the Piazza de Campo where preparations are being made for the annual horse race on Saturday, unfortunately we will have left by then. There were a few videos of previous races being shown, and it seems Italian jockeys are as ruthless as Italian drivers! Me and Chris have ...
... at the end of the hardest day; 50 kms, with lots of hills!
So we are on the outskirts of Siena but there is a pool...aah bliss to have a swim and several iced teas...then go for a nap...am awakened by Marc, the tour leader...its 5.30 we are waiting for you in the bus for city tour! Mama Mia! Hurriedly get ready...and we head off to be greeted by Camilla...fiercely proud Sienese woman, who extols the virtue of Siena over ...
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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!