Pros

  • Restored 18th-century villa within walking distance of all Siena's major sights
  • Some rooms have views over the Tuscan countryside
  • Extensive free daily breakfast, served in the garden in warm weather
  • Some rooms have private balconies
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Lobby bar that serves all day
  • Babysitting, in-room massages, and airport transfers can be arranged
  • 24-hour room service
  • Pet-friendly
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Cons

  • Located outside historic city walls
  • No full restaurant
  • No fitness center
  • Fee for parking
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Bottom Line

Housed in a restored 18th-century villa just outside Siena's medieval city walls, the 22-room Hotel Santa Caterina is an intimate, welcoming, mid-range little hotel, often with budget-friendly rates. It's simple and with few amenities, and guests seem to like it that way; the historic building feels authentic and atmospheric, without being chintzy or overwrought. The hotel is typically Tuscan, with antique wooden wardrobes, terra-cotta floors, and views over the picturesque countryside. An extensive, free homemade breakfast is served in the conservatory in winter, and in the lush private garden in warmer months. While there's no full restaurant, there is a small lobby bar, and room service is available 24 hours a day. In-room massages can be arranged, as can babysitting and airport transfers, and the staff offers extensive concierge service. All of Siena's main sights are within walking distance.

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Hotel Santa Caterina

Scene

Restored 18th-century villa with understated traditional decor

The Hotel Santa Caterina is located in an 18th-century Tuscan patrician's villa that's been renovated just enough to offer modern conveniences, without losing the charm and atmosphere endemic to the local buildings. Floors are either terra-cotta tile or natural hardwood, walls are whitewashed, original wood ceiling beams are exposed, and there's just a smattering of floral, paisley, and other vintage-inspired patterns. The lobby lounge -- home to a small bar -- feels like a relaxed and airy living room, with Louis XIV-style chairs, a couple of Persian rugs, high-arched ceilings, and sofas, Renaissance-style artwork, and some excavated historic documents. The conservatory-style breakfast room feels slightly fussier, with a striped green-and-yellow ceiling, ornate sconces, and painted porcelain plates on the walls. The most popular common area, though, is the large garden, with an historic well, lots of trees, views of the surrounding Tuscan countryside, and a large gravel area with wrought-iron tables and chairs for alfresco breakfasting in the warmer months. The hotel attracts a range of travelers, from families to couples to business travelers.

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Location

Right outside Siena's medieval city walls, within walking distance of major sights

The Hotel Santa Caterina is located right outside Siena's medieval city walls, next to the Porta Romana, within the city limits. The area is a bit quieter and slower paced than inside the walls, making the hotel a pleasant respite from a day of walking and sightseeing. Siena is small, and all the major tourist sights -- including the green-and-white Duomo and the Palazzo Pubblica -- are within walking distance -- no more than a 20-minute walk from the hotel. Much of Siena's old city is pedestrian-only, and the hotel's location outside the walls makes it an easier place to keep a car for day trips to surrounding towns.

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Rooms

Simple and classically Tuscan in style, some with panoramic countryside views and private balconies

The rooms at the Hotel Santa Caterina are simple, clean, and classically Tuscan; they're not especially fancy or large, but the terra-cotta or natural hardwood floors, antique wooden wardrobes, and exposed ceiling beams make them atmospheric. Bedspreads are the only pops of color, done in vintage floral patterns. Some rooms look more renovated than others, but all are pleasant and low-key. Some larger rooms have loft bedrooms and extra beds, while others have private balconies; many overlook the serene back garden and the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Bathrooms are similarly simple, with terra-cotta floors, white tilework, and shower/tub combinations. All rooms have minibars, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and flat-screen TVs. The street outside can get busy with traffic, so rooms on the back side of the hotel -- overlooking the garden and the surrounding countryside -- are quietest.

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Features

Extensive free breakfast, scenic garden, lobby bar, 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi

An extensive, free breakfast of hot and cold Tuscan specialties is served each morning in the conservatory-style breakfast room, or in the garden in warmer months. While there's no full restaurant, there is a small lobby bar, and room service is available around the clock. The large back garden is a popular place to lounge at all hours of the day. There's no fitness center or spa, but in-room massages can be arranged, as can airport transfers and babysitting. There's no business center per se, but there's free Wi-Fi and fax and photocopying services are available. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Free Breakfast

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pets Allowed

  • Smoking Rooms Available

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