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“Accomodating off-record and leaving problems with local authorities on you”
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Hotel Antica Torre
Ranked #33 of 40 Hotels in Siena
Bratislava, Slovakia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Accomodating off-record and leaving problems with local authorities on you”
Reviewed 17 June 2010

We booked the room just an hour before our arrival to Siena at 8pm. We got our price and hurry to find the hotel itself. The probable owner "Patricia" gave us instructions and left us a key attached to the front door of a hotel. No one was at the reception but Patricia left us a nice welcoming letter with instructions.
The room was small (smaller and more expensive that the one we had in Florence) with minimal natural light (only one window pointed to the dirty tiny courtyard) and due to the massive walls - no signal reception for mobile phone. Air conditioning not working.
The night was good, but at 8am a noise started: first English speaking guests started to argue with the receptionist - we heard every single word. Then at 9am receptionist started to argue with Patricia very loudly about our room, we figured out when one of the women tried to break in without bothering to even knock. At this point we decided to leave immediately, 2 hours before needed. The receptionist speaks English but when it came to question morning fight we witnessed she suddenly forgot it all and when we asked about Patricia, she simply stated: “Patricia gone.”
When asked to get receipt after we paid for the night as a reference for the police as we entered area with limited traffic by car she became very reluctant and we finally discovered the reason of the morning fight and that she tried to accommodated us off record, leaving the problem with the police on us.
It was very unpleasant start to our stay in Siena and we are not planning to ever return to this place nor to recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with friends
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Perugia, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2010

Nice place. I liked the style of the rooms and the place in general. The receptionists were extremely friendly. The lady insisted on dragging my suitcase upstairs which I find weird. The size of the rooms is OK. I found my room very clean, my bedlinen and towels were changed daily. My room was extremely quiet. The hotel is in the historical center, and yet, on a small and calm street. There's no receptionist during the night, so it feels like staying in a private apartment. The only unpleasant thing is the smoke penetrating everywhere and waking you up early in the morning.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 October 2009

If you are overweight or unfit, this is not the place for you. The rooms are small and the stairs are the only way up. But if you healthy and passing through town for a couple of days it is a reasonable place; longer than that and I would seek more spacious accommodations and somewhere with an internet connection.

The rooms are small but nicely appointed in a simple country style. The bed was mediocre. The real problem is the very small corner shower which even normal sized people will probably find cramped.

We had a reasonable view from our room but it was marred by an excessive number of rooftop antennae.

It would be nice if the lights in the stairwell stayed on. But due to some overzealous energy saving measure, you have to find a switch to turn on the compact fluorescent bulbs in an otherwise very dark stairwell.

Despite the no smoking signs, I believe we smelled some smoke in the stairwell. If as a previous reviewer claimed, it is the receptionist who is smoking, that should be held as a double strike against the establishment.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2009

We loved staying at this charming hotel in August. We had 2 rooms at the top of the hotel from which we had gorgeous views of the tuscan hills. Yes, the bathrooms are tiny. But so what? The rooms are comfortable, stylish and very good value in the centre of this beautiful city. It was a privilege to wake up in Siena and have a chance to see the city at its best before the crowds arrived. We loved it.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2009

Forget how charming it looks on their website, this place is dirty, soulless and extremely small yet crammed with furniture.

The bathrooms are a narrow corridor with no natural light. As you sit on the loo your knees are virtually up against the wall. There was limescale and dirt on the taps and shower head. The shower unit was tiny, anyone larger than elf size will have difficulty getting in. The glass shower screen was cracked and mouldy and wouldn't stay on its runners. Water did not drain well, filling up the shower tray to the brim.

The room had a musty smell of mould and stale smoke that no amount of leaving the window open would dispel. Lighting was crude and flickering.

The bedspread was torn, stained and filthy. The bed itself was of the squeaky metal camp-bed variety making for an uncomfortable night (only the one as we could stand the room no more and checked out early the following day).

The owners seem to have refurbished cheaply some time in the early 70's and done nothing since. There's some nice dark wood furniture in the room but it's ridiculously large for the space, leaving nowhere for your suitcase, etc.

I stay in hotels at least once a week for business and have made numerous trips to Italy. I have never stayed anywhere as dirty and unappealling as Antica Torre.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Antica Torre
Address: Via di Fiera Vecchia | 7, 53100, Siena, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Siena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 40 Hotels in Siena
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,929 - ₹ 8,406
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Antica Torre 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you want to have a stay in Siena, reflecting the ancient traditions of Tuscany, the Hotel Antica Torre is the right choice. This hotel is in fact an old "tower house" of the 16th century located inside the walls to the south-east of Siena a few minutes walk from the famous Piazza del Campo. Its excellent position permits not only a complete visit to all places of historic interest but also most of the posts of the Sienese countryside such as the famous Chianti region. ... more   less 
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