The Top Hotels To Book in Siena, Italy

Dine al fresco at the Hotel Certosa di Maggiano
Dine al fresco at the Hotel Certosa di Maggiano | Courtesy of Hotel Certosa di Maggiano / Expedia.com
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2 February 2021

The medieval city of Siena, surrounded by the rolling hills and lush greenery of the Tuscan countryside, has some excellent accommodation options as former castles and villas now open their doors to guests. From palazzos to pensiones, check out our pick of the top hotels in this beautiful area in Italy.

Grand Hotel Continental

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Grand Hotel Continental
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This former palazzo once belonged to one of Siena’s great families; today, it offers a prime location just a few minutes from the Piazza del Campo, the central square where the Palio horse race is held each year. Rooms are decorated with antique artefacts, and many of the rooms have a terrace with views of the city. This is an ideal place for a romantic weekend escape, and there’s a high-class restaurant, too.
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Castello di Casole

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Belmond Castello di Casole
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Castello di Casole is, as the name suggests, a castle that’s been converted into a hotel, preserving much of the original atmosphere. Here, you’ll rest in rooms fit for a fairytale, with old stone walls, fine designer fabrics and other luxe materials such as the Carrara marble in the bathrooms. There are even whole villas available for private hire. A half-hour’s drive west from the centre of Siena, Castello has two restaurants plus a spa, so it’s the perfect spot to escape the stress of urban life and give yourself the full royal treatment.

Villa Scacciapensieri

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Villa Scacciapensieri
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Just 3km (2mi) from Siena station, the hotel Villa Scacciapensieri is a renovated 19th-century villa with much original elegance. The rooms combine antique furniture and old-world aesthetics with modern hotel amenities. The grounds include a restaurant, a tennis court and a view of the Chianti hillside, making this ideal for both rest and recreation.

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Hotel Certosa di Maggiano

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Hotel Certosa di Maggiano
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This luxury hotel, on the site of a converted 14th-century monastery in the Tuscan countryside, just 1km (0.6mi) from the centre of town, merges Sienese tradition with modern convenience. Rooms are decked in elegant silks with collections of paintings on the walls. Amenities include an upscale restaurant, an outdoor pool and a fitness room with spa treatments.
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Borgo Scopeto Relais

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Borgo Scopeto
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Borgo Scopeto Relais is a 14th-century villa about 15km (10mi) outside town, deep in the countryside and set among olive groves and vineyards. Many of the rooms still have the original high-timbered ceilings, though the furnishings have a clean and modern style. There are tennis courts, a pool, a spa and a fine restaurant, La Tinaia. You can also hire a bike or Vespa scooter to explore your surroundings.
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Campo Regio Relais

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Campo Regio Relais
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Just a few minutes’ walk from Piazza del Campo, Campo Regio Relais is a beautiful hotel comprising six rooms decorated in romance-inducing silks and warm colours. Many of the rooms have beautiful views of the surrounding hills. There is no restaurant, although continental breakfast is provided, and there’s a cocktail bar. You’re also close to all the excellent dining options in town.
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Hotel Antica Torre

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Hotel Antica Torre, Siena
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Hotel Antica Torre, near the Siena Cathedral, is situated in an old stone tower, made warm and welcoming with modern amenities. Here, you can relax with creature comforts such as free Wi-Fi and comfortable beds, while admiring the beautiful marble floors in your room and the breathtaking views of the city below. When you come down for your complimentary continental breakfast, check out the beautiful murals on the dining room walls.
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Pensione Palazzo Ravizza

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Pensione Palazzo Ravizza
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Mere steps from Piazza del Campo, Pensione Palazzo Ravizza was constructed in the 19th century and features beautifully preserved furniture from the 1920s. Their rooms are made up in rich, creamy colours with small paintings and mirrors adorning the walls, creating a cosy space for a romantic weekend.
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  • Il Battistero Siena

    Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel, Independent Hotel
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    Il Battistero
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    An unbeatable location? Tick. Boutique accommodation? Tick. A friendly yet sophisticated atmosphere? Tick. Positioned on Piazza San Giovanni, Il Battistero Siena is a family-run guesthouse that blends history and modernity. Outside, you’re welcomed by a grand palazzo facade, while inside centuries-old plaster walls and whitewashed ceiling beams add to the character. Accommodation is smart with wood floors and classic furniture. Families can opt for a two-bedroom suite, and you can even sleep in a medieval tower.
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    Relais degli Angeli

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    Relais degli Angeli, Siena
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    Expect ceiling frescoes, chandeliers and antique furniture at this elegant and historic city centre residence. The seven rooms are spread over two floors, each named after a precious stone. The diamond suite is the most luxurious, with three large rooms including a lounge, marble bathroom with a hydromassage tub and private terrace. Eat a breakfast of warm pastries, freshly cooked eggs and mozzarella in the breakfast room or on the sun terrace.
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    Frances Lodge Relais

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    It’s worth the 10-minute trip out of the town centre to stay at this lovely farmhouse. There are magnificent views of the city skyline, friendly hosts, rooms packed with character and country walks nearby. Run by husband-and-wife team Franco and Frances, it has a relaxed atmosphere, and Frances makes a killer breakfast of homemade pastries, eggs and bacon, which can be served in the walled garden.

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    Palazzo di Valli

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    Palazzo di Valli, Siena
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    For a country escape just 1.6km (1mi) from the centre of Siena, consider this restored 18th-century villa. It offers 11 large rooms decorated in a classic Tuscan style and a delicious breakfast that can be eaten in the garden with views of Siena and the surrounding hills. The room set-ups are ideal for everyone from couples to families and groups of friends, with rollaway beds and cots available on request.
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    Hotel Palazzetto Rosso

    Independent Hotel
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    Hotel Palazzetto Rosso, Siena
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    There’s a dark and edgy feel to this boutique hotel, housed inside a brick building dating back to the Middle Ages. Outside, wrought-iron gates adorn the facade, while inside are original arches, decorative paintings and vaulted ceilings. A low-lit brick staircase leads to the guest rooms, which feel comparatively modern – one of the suites has a bathroom that sits in a glass cube. Don’t miss regional wine tasting in the atmospheric cellar.
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    Ellie Ross contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on February 2, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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