This is a centrally located hotel in a historic building in Siena. We stayed for one night in March and if I were to return to Siena, I'd look for something more updated. The hotel is in an old convent, and many of the frescoes, etc. remain on the walls. But there was something very musty and unprofessional about the whole operation, and as a traveler that prefers the impersonal feel of a big-box hotel, I found our stay at Il Chiostro Del Carmine to be rather unsatisfying.
There is a very minimal reception operation, and there are some hoops to be jumped through while parking one's car, though the staff does provide you with a very helpful map, so the parking wasn't that much of a problem. I think it cost 15 Euros, may have been 20.
I wasn't a fan of our "deluxe" room. There wasn't very much "superior" about it- the bed was dressed in this old-fashioned style, with a fabric awning type situation (see photos attached to this review). The bed was comfortable enough, but the air / conditioning didn't work and there was very little light in the room, giving it a dated, musty feel. There was a terrace, though ours didn't have a view, like some other people's. I guess I just really didn't feel like this hotel was worth them money that it cost- that was really the long and short of it.
Rather bizarre was the brand-spanking-new disco-décor in the bathroom in contrast with the 18th century look of the room. What? That said the bathroom was brand new and squeaky clean and easily my favorite thing about this hotel room.
Breakfast was adequate, especially the coffee.
For the price, I would look to stay elsewhere the next time I visited Siena.
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- Il Chiostro Del Carmine Residence Hotel Siena