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
- 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
There are some truly special properties that say they are in Siena (like the amazing Rosewood) but they are not IN Siena. This is a very good and very well staffed fun old property that is right in the middle of this wonderful city.
This a very nice property that makes the most of its building without having the real makeover that it could benefit from. If I owned the property I would not spend the money as I don’t think the clientele exists to justify the expense. Our fellow guests appeared to be small groups of retirees and the like.
The service was very good and the staff does its best to accommodate.
Siena is a great place and, in my view, much nicer than Florence and a much more civilized place to be.
What a beautiful stay in a beautiful town! We loved the accommodations and the location of the Grand Hotel. Make Siena part of your Italy travel plans as long as you stay at the Grand Hotel. Laura and the rest of the staff will take amazing care of you.
This is a great property in the center of town. Located walking distance to everything. If available book with breakfast included option as it is $26 euros per person and they provide a great selection (including scrambled eggs).
The staff is very attentive and helpful. The rooms are spacious and very nice.
If you are diving in using google maps it will get you there, however it will take you through center of town which is pedestrian only. Cameras located at entrance of city will take picture of license plate and they will mail you a $100 euro fine
There’s a lack of signage to prevent you from driving in.
I would stay there again
What a beautiful place this is!
The hotel is located in an old palazzo, with beautiful deco.
The staff is very friendly and helpful. We didn’t have breakfast included, so can’t judge that. But plenty of coffee shops around to have a quick coffee & pastry.
The rooms are somewhat dated, to be expected - which has its charm also I guess. View is beautiful - over the city walls.
A very nice stay - will surely go back there if in Siena!
The hotels location is ideal for exploring Siena on foot. It is an upmarket hotel, the rooms are a little dated but this is in keeping with the historic nature of the property. The salon / lounge on the 1st floor is a definite must see and the views over the rooftops from there are superb. Service very good and being able to drive your car to almost the front door in the old city and have it valet parked was an added bonus.