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Siena: B&B Residenza San Domenico

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Reviewed by: fillyjonk from CA, review #2105

When: October 2007

A mixed bag: location is convenient and rooms are spacious, with kitchenettes; but our room was noisy and not as clean as it should have been.

The location near San Domenico church is very good, close to the center of Siena but also just a couple of blocks away from the bus station for getting in and out of town. There is no sign for the hotel, just a small label on the doorbell. It's necessary to notify the hotel of your arrival time in advance, as the reception desk isn't always staffed.

Our room was fairly spacious, with a loft area containing a futon couch; there was plenty of storage space in the loft. No air conditioning, but a large fan was provided. The bed was pretty comfortable. There was a great deal of street noise on weekend nights; at first we couldn't get the windows to latch properly, making it difficult to sleep, but after the receptionist showed us how to shut the windows all the way (by brute force) the room was a bit quieter.

The "kitchenette" (actually a kind of wardrobe containing a refrigerator, electric cooktop, and sink) was adequate for basic food storage and preparation; it wouldn't have been so useful for serious cooking, as there was almost no counter space and the utensils were limited.

The receptionist told us that the forks and knives tend to get stolen, and apparently the management doesn't always replace them. There was also no dining table in the room; we moved the writing desk away from the wall to use it as a table.

The bathroom was tiny; it was mostly clean, but I noticed mold in the shower. It seemed like the cleaning of the place in general was pretty perfunctory (we found an ancient piece of stale bread in the basket with the utensils, and the cover on the futon in the loft looked dirty).

Breakfast consisted of a coupon for a pastry and coffee at a nearby cafe; not bad, but we preferred to spend a couple of extra euros to go elsewhere.

The room cost 100 euros per night. That's reasonable for Siena, but still not rock bottom; although the place was well located and had some definite pluses, like the loft space and kitchen cabinet, for the price I would have hoped for better attention to cleanliness.

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