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Grand Hotel Continental, Siena

Grand Hotel Continental

Siena’s premier hotel, the elegant Grand Hotel Continental is located in the heart of the city, just steps from the central Piazza del Campo and surrounded by Siena’s atmospheric medieval streets. It is set in a grand former palace which dates from the 17th century and inside boasts a number of original features including a frescoed ballroom, sweeping travertine staircase, priceless artworks and precious antiques. You’ll also find the high ceilings and large windows typical of a noble Renaissance residence. Beneath the property, an extensive wine cellar is located below the building’s original medieval tower. This cavernous space can be used for tastings led by the hotel's expert sommeliers on request. 

In keeping with its history, many of the rooms are decorated with original antiques, sumptuous fabrics and other elegant touches, while at the same time featuring all the amenities you would expect in a modern hotel. Rooms to the back of the property also offer panoramic views out across the roofs of the city to the rolling Tuscan countryside.

Our rating: First Class

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Rooms

High ceilings, large windows, antique furniture and traditional fabrics give the rooms here an authentic local charm. Some feature four-poster beds and chandeliers, others brocade sofas and shuttered windows, but all have a classic elegance matched by modern amenities such as marble bathrooms, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, air conditioning and minibar. Rooms at the front look over the medieval streets of Siena, while those at the back offer panoramas of city roofs set against a backdrop of rolling Tuscan countryside.

Location

Set in the heart of medieval Siena on an atmospheric street, the hotel is within a short walk of the central Piazza del Campo and all the main sights making it  a great base for exploring the city on foot. If you prefer to venture out of town the surrounding Tuscan countryside and villages are within easy reach.

Food and drink

SaporDivino Restaurant offers delicious Tuscan dishes based on seasonal produce. There is the option to dine indoors in the Gori Room or during summer months you can dine  al fresco in the historic courtyard. The hotel also boasts an extensive collection of wines which can be found in the Enoteca SaporDivino located in the cellar of a 13th century medieval tower

Our opinion

Beautifully renovated to make full use of historic heritage, we find the Grand Hotel Continental to be an excellent and luxurious option, perfect for those looking for a little extra comfort during a stay in Siena.

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