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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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Day 3: We said our goodbyes to Venice before noon Monday vowing this wouldn't be the last. Our travel to Siena would be approximately a 4 hour round trip with a train exchange in Florence. Traveling by train is a great way to see different parts of the country. Spend the extra 20 euro to sit first class. Comfy seats, air conditioning and snack …
... the 24 hours of the day starting from the sunset of the previous day. Other points of interest were the painting of Dante and his Divine Comedy as well as works of art from Giotto, Brunelleschi and Donatello. There are also many lovely stain glass windows depicting scenes from the old and new testaments. .The most amazing part of the cathedral is the dome which even after a hundred years of constructing the basilica was still missing. It ...
Wow! Time travels fast!
Here it is Saturday 6 th June , and I think we've done 3 sensational places since last reported.
No wifi as I write this, so can't check on......wait a mo...yes I can...Since I wasted so many hours on previous trips by losing stuff that I'd laboured over for hours and then to have the dodgy ...
... oppressive at this stage it was just too hot to tourist any longer so we bought the obligatory souvenirs and headed home to swim with the wasps in our pool under the Tuscan sun.
That evening we enjoyed another excellent meal at our local pizzeria out on the terrace as the very hot sun finally set and gave us all a little bit of evening relief. As we left the restaurant ...
... enjoyed our lunch by a fountain.
After lunch we visited the Basilica San Francesco. It was erected in c. 1228-1255 and later enlarged in the 14th-15th centuries, the original Romanesque edifice being turned into the current large Gothic one.
Finally deciding to go and do a little shopping and Peter bought himself some shirts and we had also bought s few souvenirs. We returned to the accommodation to join the ...