Grand Hotel Continental Siena – Starhotels Collezione
What We Love
- Buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Faultless service: Take a seat at the bar and silver platters of canapés magically appear
- The building itself: a gift from Pope Alexander VII to his niece Olimpia
- This is Siena’s prime location: a hop and a skip from the city’s choicest restaurants and watering holes
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $4 per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout (increasing to $7 from March 1 2013)
- The sound of late night revelry travels a long way on these cobbled medieval streets
- Free WiFi is available throughout.
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Palazzo chic. Original features abound in what is essentially a museum with paying guests. Sweeping gold and plum frescoes, colossal marble doorframes and antique chandeliers set an otherworldly tone. Elegant period furniture is offset here and there with modern flourishes, such as the claret-coloured glass dining tables in the restaurant and the gleaming glass and stainless steel elevator in the central atrium.
Bed and Bath
Most guestrooms offer such Old World touches as frescoes, marble fireplaces and elaborate beam ceilings. Mighty beds dressed in gold and cream silk, burnished silver mirrors and exquisite antique furniture complete the sumptuous scene. Bathrooms are suitably swanky and are decked out in vanilla and caramel marble with powerful rain showers and Penhaligon’s toiletries.
A glass-domed courtyard, dominated by a gleaming clock face salvaged from an English bell tower, houses SaporDivino, an upscale restaurant where well-groomed guests sip shaken-not-stirred martinis and dine on Tuscan haute cuisine. Breakfast is an impeccably eclectic buffet served in a high vaulted room with silk curtains and textured terra-cotta walls. And oenophiles can sip their way through the 3,000 bottles stored in the 13th-century fort–turned–wine bar in the basement.
How to Get There
From the beautiful architecture to the welcoming and professional staff this hotel
in the heart of Siena will be a memorable experience. I have been to Siena 5 times and staying at this hotel for the first time made a wonderful vacation even better. Amazing staff, delicious breakfast and central location all add to the positive experience.
A superb base for exploring Sienna, beautiful hotel, excellent staff, lovely food, The staff were very knowledgeable about Sienna, recommending restaurants and highlights of the city. We attended a wine tasting in the cellars of the hotel, and would recommend this to any wine drinkers stopping at the hotel.
Front desk staff were so, so helpful in arranging restaurant bookings (they had to call one place 10-12 times to get an answer), they printed bus schedules, they gave us good hints and tips, and were so warm and friendly. I really can't say enough.
The bar staff was great too. Such nice gentlemen, swift and warm and friendly. We appreciated their attention to detail and efforts to make us feel welcome. Great guys. Handsome too.
Our room was spacious and had a wonderful view. It was very comfortable and I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.
First and foremost the service was amazing. The bell staff was quick and the front desk had perfect recommendations for everything. You can't miss with the Grand Hotel if you're looking for something close to everything. It's within walking distance of everything. The rooms are lovely and they offer probably one of the best grooming kits I've seen from a hotel. But the best amenity is the travel buddy phone they provide each guest that is yours to use during your stay. phone calls, directions, Google, it was a HUGE perk. There is no iron in the room but you can call for one. Oh and keep in mind if traveling before June there isn't AC but the weather is so great, just open the window.
This is a really nice hotel with some of the best staff I've encountered at any hotel anywhere in the world. They were genuinely friendly, always helpful and always good fun to chat with. The location is perfect, just up from the main square of this beautiful Tuscan city. What more could you ask for?