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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.
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One of the worst hotels I have been in!
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... in Tuscany. And it was HUGE – food and clothing and household items. We bought some more hankies for Craig and enjoyed walking around. Certainly there were a LOT of Italians enjoying it also. We then spent a lot of time walking around Siena today. It is such a beautiful city. We had a look inside San Domenico Church because that is where there is a chapel to Saint Catherine of Siena. Not only is she the patron saint of Siena, but ...
... course it was more expensive, but lovely to be in such an historic building! The owner told us she was born 200 metres up the road and had lived in Siena all her life.
Siena is a small city of 60,000 people and is called "the manageable Florence".
It's set on top of a hill and is full of steep and narrow roads that buses and trucks share along with the many mopeds, tourists and locals.
Second day In tuscany- we have booked a tour this afternoon to go horse riding through the Tuscan hills and wineries. I'm really excited but jason is ******** himself!!! He hates horses but I have been conquering some of my fears this trip so he is feeling the pressure to come along and just do it! Leigh and Megan Doyle gave us money for our wedding and we have been saving it in our passport folder for something special- ...
... Tatiana had told us that they were fixing the kitchen sink that afternoon. So off we went, with very little breakfast as the shops weren’t open yesterday. We navigated Siena fairly well. Finding a place to park without entering the ZTL. We made our way up into the town via a series of escalators and found a town map so we could find our way to the information centre. Here we were in beautiful Siena. We weren’t quite able to take it all ...
... sure church attendance would go up now if that was the case ! We also tried a non sweet Sagrantino, their Vino Noble, and a couple of their whites.
It would have been nice to have been able to spend some time in the towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano, both of which look great, but there wasn't enough time,
In the evening I went with some of the group to "Osteria Le Logge", a wonderful restaurant located in an old pharmacy just ...