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Siena: Palazzo Ravizza

Pian dei Mantellini 34, Phone: 0577-280-462

Reviewed by: SusanCV from PA, review #721

When: September 2004

Good location; nice hotel but advise caution with recommendation.

This is the second time we have stayed here, the last was when we traveled with 5 teens 2 years ago. Last time our rooms were big and roomy with nice comforts. This time our rooms (we had 2 doubles) were small and tight. I chose hotels with a/c because it can still get warm in Sept., and it was. The hotel decided that summer was over and we were informed that the a/c had been shut off for the season (we were there on Sept 18). This was curious since each room has separate units. The noise was sufficient that we wanted to close our windows, yet it was too warm. This was the only hotel that turned off the a/c out of the 5 we stayed in. The furniture was definitely showing signs of wear as was the hotel. We paid 160 per night for a double. The location is good and it has parking that is easy. I think that in future trips I would look around from another hotel in Siena.

Reviewed by: DDS Jim from NM, review #380

When: October 2002

Comfortable hotel in a Renaissance Palace.

There are 30 rooms in this historic hotel, and an in-house restaurant. It's a renovated and modernized Renaissance Palace. It had a wonderful air conditioning system activated by closing the windows. Comfortable bed, spacious room with Renaissance art on the ceiling. We had a Junior Suite on the garden side, and our room rate of 262 euros included a very nice breakfast and dinner. Beautiful garden overlooking Tuscan hills. This hotel is located in a quiet part of the historical village; inside the village walls with reserved parking nearby. Lots of great shopping in this busy village. Recommended by Sally Watkins, CTC.

Reviewed by: Staci from USA, review #165

When: April 2002

Decent hotel inside the city walls of Siena. Not fully recommended.

My family and I stayed here for four nights in April 2002. We very much enjoyed the garden, the food (we took half board), and the staff.

The room though left a bit to be desired. There were some creepy crawlies found (not the kind one usually wants to sleep with), 2 or 3 lightbulbs were out for the duration of the stay, and the bathtub continuously leaked. It was fine enough. I imagine one's experience here truly depends on which room you get as it is a very old building. Ours was a suite and we did enjoy the view.

Siena was unforgettable, though. Next time we go we will stay at the Grand Hotel owned by the same group as the Park Hotel. I must say that although I find older hotels charming, I am a stickler for cleanliness with my comfort.

Reviewed by: Dan from GA, review #157

When: Fall 2002

We stayed only one night, but loved the room and the gardens.

We stayed only one night, but loved the room and the gardens. Breakfast and dinner were included, and although first skeptical about this found the food and service outstanding. Our room faced the back garden (upgraded junior suite) and the view out of our window took our breath away. Provided secure parking. 262/night.

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