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In a city like Siena — with its marvelous medieval architecture, decadent cuisine, glorious plazas, and postcard-perfect narrow streets — it certainly isn’t hard to find a picturesque place to lay your head. Depending on what type of lodging experience you hope to have, there are luxury Tuscan-style villas, solid budget hotels,17th-century bed-and-breakfasts, and palazzo boutique hotels, all located in or near the ancient walls of Siena’s historic center.
Best Overall: Palazzo Ravizza
Conveniently nestled in central Siena, away from the chaos and hubbub of the city center but still firmly within walking distance of Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Ravizza is a truly enchanting hotel. Along with a stellar location, the hotel picks up our top spot for lodging thanks to refined design and lovely on-site amenities. Originally built in the 1700s, the palazzo is billed as a “shelter from the outside world” — and this is exactly what it feels like, courtesy of a sprawling, sunlit garden, scattered reading rooms and lounges, and various other communal spaces, all of which are serene and tucked away from the city’s noise. Of the nearly 40 rooms here, many of them overlook the garden and the rolling, honey-hued Sienese hills in the distance. Note that rooms on the facade of the building are the most spacious; each is decorated a little differently, with an assortment of 19th-century frescoes, romantic terracotta floors, and original artwork.
Best Budget: Hotel Tre Donzelle
Budget-conscious travelers headed to Siena should consider staying at Hotel Tre Donzelle, which boasts a central location, 19th-century architectural charms, and comfy, brightly-lit accommodations — all for a very reasonable price point. Owned and operated by a local family, the building’s origins date back to early 1450, though it’s recently undergone a full renovation and been outfitted with antique Tuscan furniture, giving it the feel of a private home rather than a hotel. As far as accommodations go, most of the rooms have brand-new private bathrooms with showers, and on-site amenities include a common room with a flat-screen TV, luggage storage, a tasty breakfast buffet (think farm-fresh produce, cold cuts, cheese, pastries, and espresso) and cozy lounge areas. The hotel also organizes regular wine tastings, olive oil tastings, and walking tours of the city.
Best for Families: Castel Monastero
Parents traveling to Siena with kiddos in tow should opt to stay at Castel Monastero — a sprawling property that oozes sophistication and elegance while still remaining very family-friendly. A former 11th-century monastery turned Tuscan resort, Castel Monastero is located about 15 miles east of Siena, in the heart of Chiantishire, where you’ll be able to glimpse rolling hills, vineyards, and sunny fields all from the comfort of your room. For families, the hotel organizes babysitting services, and there’s even an outdoor children’s pool. In general, the on-site amenities are quite opulent, and include a luxurious spa that offers a full range of physical and mental health treatments (including a water wellness zone featuring a salt pool and sauna), three outdoor pools, a small yet serviceable gym, and on-site dining with menus overseen by Gordon Ramsay. Rooms and suites are decorated with Chesterfield leather sofas, original stone features, and country-style textiles and come equipped with all the amenities you could ever need.
Best for Romance: Palazzo Borghesi
Lovebirds seeking romantic accommodations in Siena will be thrilled by Palazzo Borghesi, a medieval palazzo located in the heart of the city’s historic center. One of the most popular lodging options in Siena across the board, Palazzo Borghesi is an ideal pick for romance-minded travelers — largely due to the warm hospitality shown by owner Paolo Bernabei, who grew up in the residence’s second-floor apartment. Bernabei has since completely restored the interior, carefully selecting artworks and antiques, as well as romantic touches like rose petals on the bed, glasses of wine upon arrival, and preserved rose souvenirs for guests. There are only four rooms here (further adding to the hotel’s intimate appeal), all of which are decorated individually and offer special perks. The green room has a private terrace and the rose room boasts stunning views, but all bedrooms offer thoughtful amenities like chilled champagne, high-quality linens, plush bathrobes, and L'Occitane toiletries.
Best for Luxury: Grand Hotel Continental Siena
As central Siena’s only five-star hotel, the Grand Hotel Continental Siena, easily sweeps the luxury category. Located within walking distance of Piazza del Campo, this high-end stay is truly breathtaking in its Renaissance-era architectural grandeur. A favorite among celebrities, royals, and other notable figures, the Grand Hotel has plenty of opulent on-site amenities to keep its A-list guests happy. Not only is the concierge ready to book activities and tours for you, you’ll also find some of the finest local cuisine and vino (Chef Luca Ciaffarafa's Sapordivino is a marvel). Rooms are grand, to say the least, with their exposed beam ceilings, walls decorated with precious silks, giant marble bathrooms, and fine antiques. Note: If you’d prefer a view of the cathedral, ask for a room on the hotel’s rear side.
Best for Nightlife: Hotel Chiusarelli
For travelers looking to experience Siena’s bustling nightlife, Hotel Chiusarelli is a lovely choice. This splendid little hotel is located in the heart of the city, just across from the San Domenico church and well within walking distance of Piazza del Campo and nearby shops, eateries, bars, and galleries. Originally built by Signor Chiusarelli, the hotel has been in the family for three generations, and it retains a historical, personalized charm all its own. Set in a neoclassical villa, there are 48 rooms to choose from, all of which come equipped with basic amenities like a private bathroom, fresh linens, safe deposit box, hairdryer, satellite TV, and Wi-Fi; some rooms feature a balcony overlooking a garden. The staff is happy to provide whatever drinks you want (local wine, beer, and so on), and there’s a fully equipped bar that’s open during restaurant hours (the onsite eatery, Gli Orti di San Domenico, serves exceptional Tuscan fare). If you imbibe a bit too much one night, wake up and indulge in the hotel’s delicious breakfast buffet that’s served on the veranda every morning.
Best for Business: Hotel Minerva
If you find yourself in Siena on business (well, first of all, we’d like to know what you do for a living!), the Hotel Minerva is a perfect pick. Set in the city’s historical center, within walking distance of Piazza del Campo, the train station, and virtually every other convenience, the Hotel Minerva is beloved by business travelers near and far for its prime location and respectable list of amenities. You’ll find a business center, conference room, and photocopier here; the conference room can accommodate up to 40 people and is equipped with all the tools you’ll need to host a work meeting, conference, or event. In addition, the hotel offers a generous breakfast buffet of pastries, hot drinks, fresh juice, jams, and a selection of salami and cheeses, as well as an on-site bar, reading room, and pleasant garden with panoramic views of the city. Rooms are modern and sparkling clean, with flat-screen TVs, minibar, bath products, Wi-Fi, and other basic amenities.
Best B&B: Palazzo Bulgarini
Palazzo Bulgarini is a centrally located B&B that offers views of the surrounding countryside and Siena’s section of the Via Francigena (the pilgrim’s route to Rome). The palazzo's atmosphere is homey and warm, and while the building has been renovated, it still retains its authentic airs thanks to colorful 18th-century frescoes and old Tuscan villa-style decor. All six rooms here are equipped with a minibar, Wi-Fi, a sleek flat-screen TV, thick cotton towels, cushy linens, and other basic comforts. There’s a pleasant outdoor garden, multiple communal areas, and a daily breakfast buffet that consists of delicious pastries, fresh fruit and juices, boiled eggs, homemade bread, and other treats.
Best Boutique: Antica Residenza Cicogna
Tucked away just a couple hundred yards from Piazza del Campo, the family-run Antica Residenza Cicogna is an absolutely charming boutique residence. Technically more of a bed-and-breakfast than a hotel, this intimate medieval palazzo owes its name to the Cicogna family, who had lived there for two centuries prior to it becoming a hotel. The current owner, Elisa (a descendant of the family) and her mother, Cecilia, oversaw the hotel’s renovation and also handpicked much of the decor; the resulting atmosphere is warm, welcoming, and homely. Room rates include a hearty breakfast buffet (cereal, cakes, yogurt, fresh-baked bread, fruit, fresh juice, cappuccino, and more), complimentary vin santo, free Wi-Fi, a detailed city map, and luggage storage. The rooms — there are five double rooms and two suites — are lovingly decorated with Art Nouveau-style decor, antique wooden furniture, and vibrant frescoes dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries. Expect highly personalized, thoughtful service at the Antica Residenza Cicogna, easily one of the most widely beloved boutique hotels in town.