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Siena: B&B Palazzo Masi

Casata di Sotto, 29, Phone: 0577.378.150

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Reviewed by: Kevin Clark from Italy, review #2032

When: September 2007

A very nice B&B in a great location near the Campo. I wasn't expecting the bathroom-down-the-hall, and it was very noisy. Probably better in cooler weather.

This is a very nice B&B in an nicely restored medieval palazzo just a few meters (maybe 25) from the Campo.

It's extremely well finished with tile floors, old stonework, and comfortable furnishings. Rooms are located on the 2nd floor (deluxe rooms) and 3rd floor (standard rooms). There is no elevator. Deluxe rooms have private (not always ensuite) baths; standard rooms share one.

Daniela speaks excellent English and was very pleasant and provided maps and information on Siena as well as some good recommendations for restaurants, gelato, etc. There is no parking, but she can arrange for you to drive to the B&B to drop luggage and also offers a discount on the nearest paid parking garage. We paid 120 per night for the deluxe room (high season).

One unusual aspect is that even though it's called a B&B, breakfast is actually not included with the room - though it is available for an additional charge - something I've never seen in a "B&B" elsewhere. Breakfast costs 7 per person, and since the wonderful Pasticcerie Nannini (good coffee and wonderful pastries) is a short walk away, we didn't try it.

Our room was a deluxe room facing onto the main street leading to the Campo. It was nicely finished and the queen-sized bed was fairly comfortable. There was also a wardrobe and a small desk in an alcove. There were windows on two sides which provided nice ventilation.

Unfortunately, our bath was down the hall (though private) which is something I think I've outgrown and found very inconvenient. The other deluxe rooms do have ensuite baths, so it was just our bad luck not to know that there was a difference - next time we'll know!

The other real problem was the noise. The weather was warm and we definitely needed to sleep with the windows open. The normal street noise was loud and went on until very late on both nights we were there (and started again fairly early). One night, one or more of the contrade were out in the Campo long after midnight (they didn't even start until midnight!) drumming and singing, and it was very hard to sleep.

The location is incredible and I would definitely consider staying here again, but probably only in cooler weather when I can leave the windows shut at night. And only in a room with an ensuite bath!

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