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Siena: B&B San Francesco

Vicolo degli Orbachi, 2, Phone: 0577 47924

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Reviewed by: Kevin Clark from Italy, review #1760

When: January 2007

A very comfortable B&B in a great central Siena location.

We stayed here with a friend for one night. Of course it was off-season and Siena was fairly quiet, so we had the place pretty much to ourselves. I think there are six rooms altogether - four were on our floor as was the breakfast area, which also made a nice place to share a bottle of wine in the evening. At this time of year, it was very quiet. We were on the street side of the building and heard almost no noise, though this would undoubtedly be different in a busier time of year or with the windows open.

The rooms (at least the two we saw) are nice sized - no need to turn sideways to walk past the bed - with a nice and very comfortable queen sized bed, a wardrobe, and a writing table. The bathroom was ensuite and was fairly large. There was plenty of hot water and good water pressure in the shower. Everything was very clean and well kept.

Breakfast was nothing special, but was perfectly OK - coffee, juices, milk, yoghurt, bread for toast, and some prepackaged pastries.

The location was excellent, just outside of Piazza San Francesco, and a short walk from almost anywhere in central Siena. We will definitely consider this B&B for future short stays in Siena.

Reviewed by: KJ from MD, review #998

When: May 2005

Great inexpensive and friendly B&B. Easy walk to everything (including parking). Highly recommended! {3 star}

Room at Bed and Breakfast San Francesco, photo by KJ

We stayed at the Bed and Breakfast San Francesco for 4 nights. The rooms were simple, but clean and well tended. The bathrooms were nice with good water pressure. There are 4 rooms on the floor where I stayed - plus a few upstairs. I stayed in the roomed named "Leonardo;" and friends stayed in Michelangelo and Donatello. I think Donatello was the quietest room. If you kept your windows open, the noise of the scooters on the road could be fairly distracting. And there was some construction nearby (May 2005). But that stuff, to be honest, doesn't bother me much.

The rooms have a normal sized bed - mine was about the size of a queen (the beds could be separated, I believe). There was a small desk, and a wardrobe in the room. The windows had shutters (no screens) but there was climate control in the room I believe. (We didn't use, so I'm not positive.) It was cool and we just opened our windows when we wanted some air.

The breakfast was simple: toast, cereal, some packaged treats, juice, etc. Massimo, the gent in charge, was great! We also enjoyed playing cards in the common area on rainy afternoons.

We didn't do many day trips (one to Assisi) although we had a car, but the bus was very easy to get to and next time I'd do that. The B&B was within walking distance of everything in Siena - and I'm not a fast walker. We walked to the Campo in about 10 minutes (if not less). We were located near the Piazza San Francesco (nice church, small art museum). The Piazza was under some construction while were there.

They are very inexpensive! We paid 40 euros/night for a single, and 80 for 2 people. They answer email very quickly!

There were several great bars and restaurants on the street leading to the B&B. I highly recommend the San Francesco if you're looking for a simple, clean, and small B&B.

Reviewed by: valeria from italy, review #833

When: 2005

Very very lovely b&b! And the owner is one of the most friendly I've ever met! {3 stars}

It's near Porta Ovile, next to the center, and on the second floor of a building from 1600. It's really a nice place, very romantic and cosy! It might look like an expensive place, but instead is cheap, at least in this season (January). We spent only 67 per night and stayed there for 5 nights. If I could choose a home to live in Siena, I'd really like to have a home like that! And finally a very positive mark for the owner, Massimo: he was a really kind and friendly guy, always ready to fulfill our wishes and requests - what patience with us!

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