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
By chance we discovered happy hour at this amazing five star hotel. Three glasses of wine and unlimited gourmet finger foods (selection of tuscan pecorino cheese, ribollita, artesanal cold cuts and much more) for only € 15! We can't wait to come back!!!
Well in my mind this wasn't a 5 star hotel and the staff wasn't very friendly. The rooms are so small and we were upgraded. The WiFi was horrible in the fact as soon as your phone went to sleep you had to join again.
The location was good for what we wanted to do. We chose to do laundry but the hotel was so expensive that we went to a coin laundry mat just down the road a bit. Cute city and loved our tours, one being one for the historical sights and the other a good tour.
We arrived late in the evening in the pouring rain. We were well looked after by the front reception staff. They arranged for a staff member to help drive our car to the front of the hotel. They found us a wonderful room and arranged for us to extend our stay. The room was so charming with a great view of the square. All in all, we loved this hotel. It made exploring Siena easy. Great restaurants close by as well as many of the sites.