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“claustrophobic tower of filth”
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Hotel Antica Torre
Ranked #32 of 40 Hotels in Siena
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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Reviewed 4 October 2009

We wanted something walking distance but is not really close like the location map suggested. The room is small, the bathroom even smaller with really bad towels that are useless (first time we see those). The recepcionist smoke in the morning and the smell wake you up (on th second floor, really small hotel) and you have to wait 20 min. for breakfast since they have only two tables.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank mpuertorico
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Reviewed 26 July 2009

We stayed here very recently and would recommend it to anybody visiting Siena. It is a leisurely 10 minute walk to the Campo and in a quiet and safe street. The rooms are comfortable if small but everything you need is there. Try and get a top floor room as they have views, the rest don't. If you are driving they say you can park at Porta Romana very nearby but we couldn't find a space. Try the Due Ponti carpark down near Porta Pispina and get the number 52 or B bus up to the town. The car park is free and the bus drops you off very near the hotel. Breakfast in the hotel is okay but if you are in no hurry go out for it instead, as the Campo is beautiful in the morning. Overall, a hotel I'll return to.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank minibreakgal
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Reviewed 16 July 2009

I stayed 2 nights in this hotel in June 2009. My room was at the very top of the tower. It was hard to climb all of those stairs after a day of sights. The room was small, as I expected. What I did not expect was the room's relative uncleanliness. The shower had random hairs in it. I could tell that the shower was probably never cleaned. The foot of the bed had sand in it, which was quite bizarre. Air conditioning was advertised, yet it was turned off and could only be turned on by the front desk. Here is the catch: the desk person leaves at 6:00PM and locks the doors. So, I had no way of turning on the air. Fortunately, I was so high up that mosquitoes were not a problem. The owner was a bit crazy and did not offer to make breakfast on the second day of my stay. Luckily she called a taxi for me to get to the train station. The hotel was out of the way and I got lost and found myself walking to the town wall next to some random hospital. Not a good use of 85 Euros a night.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled solo
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2  Thank redbaron01
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Reviewed 3 June 2009

Friendly and nice owners. Good room service. It's Siena, so it's noisy and hot and full of fume and cigarette smoke even at night. Ok if you want to stay in Siena.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with family
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Thank Linconnue9
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Reviewed 5 April 2009

Ok, so it's not the anodyne, safe-bet of a large chain - it's an Italian back street tower which has rooms to sleep in - more of a B&B, sure, and I'd certainly not pay the 'list' price, but we rang up way before our trip, got a great deal, and decided (sensibly) not to buy the breakfast at 7 euros. That said, the rooms were clean, decor was stylish (a pleasant change after the dump we'd been in in Florence) and it was handy for the Campo, while not being over-run by crowds/noise. The owner was pleasant and helpful, though I would agree that the lass who did the day shift was certfiably bonkers, and had clealy trained at the Basil Fawlty College of Customer Satisfaction. We quickly decided she was as mad as a hatter, but as we only needed her to pass us our keys on entry/departure, we didn't let it spoil our stay.

My advice would be to try it, if you fancy something more authentic than a Best Western, and as long as you can broker a good price for yourself!

  • Stayed: February 2009
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Reviewed 19 January 2009

My wife and I stayed here on the first night of a walking holiday. It was adequate but hardly exciting as a hotel. Our room was off the first landing, with a quirky small bathroom and a window that opened onto scaffolding in a courtyard. Some sort of building work was in progress. The room was comfortable and did the job but we wouldn't stay there for longer. The lady owner/caretaker evidently smokes and her smoke came up the stairs and under our door; for a smoke-free hotel this was hardly encouraging. Breakfast was minimal, taken in a small basement room. Since it is a torre (tower) the verticality of the hotel is understandable, but it is strictly a bed and breakfast place.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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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 #32 of 40 Hotels in Siena
Price Range: $97 - $143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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