We stayed in Villa Elda for one night- May 5,2008. The hotel was absolutely beautiful with a terrific view of Siena. The room was spotless, quiet and well appointed. Giorgia was a wonderful hostess, gave us an excellent suggestion for dinner and was very friendly and gracious. We were driving into Rome the following day and she went out of her way to print out driving directions from the Michelin website for us. The breakfast was delicious- one of the nicer touches was that breakfast was personally served to us in the outside garden. Our only disappointment was that we had only one night to stay in Siena.
Charming hotel with beautiful views
The Villa Elda has a great view of Siena from the roof and comfortable rooms. It's probably a 15 minute walk to Il Campo, but we enjoyed the walk.
If arriving by train, I highly recommend a taxi as we had a difficult time finding the hotel on foot from the bus stop at Piazza Gramsci.
The owner Giorgia brings grace, charm, and beauty to this excellent hotel. Highly recommended.
More than we expected!
Our stay at Villa Elda was more than we expected. Giorgia, the owner, was above and beyond in helping us find the tours, meals and all the things we wanted. We enjoyed her and her family immensely.
The hotel rooms are spotless (cleaned daily) with comfortable beds (fresh sheets daily), clean towels, slippers, and other ammenities each day. We were not sure what to expect but found everything well above our expectations.
The breakfast was served with a smile, and was delicious! We had fresh fruit, juice, meats, cheeses, pastries, eggs and above all, fresh-hot espresso or Americano coffee. If we wanted a coffee during the day we could have it on the terrace, in our room, and on the beautiful patio.
We are looking forward to returning to Villa Elda for another relaxing vacation. This was the most relaxing vacation we have ever taken. Thank you to Giorgia and her wonderful family!
Cindi and Chuck Buell
Mt. Angel, Oregon
We really enjoyed our stay
We stayed for 4 nights in early May, '08. Location is important to us and Villa Elda worked out great. We had rented a car for Tuscany touring and pre-arranged with them at booking time for a guaranteed parking spot. This was a real plus... to have a hotel so close to the city center (easy walk) and still have parking on site.
Giorgia and her staff (particularly Lapo during our stay) were very attentive to our needs and helpful with all our questions. Georgia made several restaurant reservations for us. These worked out much better than when we wandered the streets and chose on our own.
The property itself is very nice. The room was bigger than we expected since we just booked a standard double room. It was bright and airy and the bathroom was plenty spacious too. The weak spot was the bed itself. It could use updating. The garden is very nice for breakfast or daytime relaxation.
Breakfast was very good. Better than the two B&Bs we stayed at (one in Rome, one in Florence), but not as good or varied as the posh hotel we stayed at in Venice. Cereals, ham and cheese, hard boiled egg, croissants, yogurt, etc. Lapo made your coffee, cappuccino or what not to order.
It's hard for us to judge value since this is the only place we've ever stayed in Siena and of course with the weak dollar, everything seems ridiculously expensive. But given our frame of reference from the 2 B&Bs and the posh hotel referenced above, this was probably our best overall value. Let me put it this way... If or when we go back to Siena, I won't feel the need to shop much for another place. I'll gladly book at Villa Elda again.
For a 3 star in Italy, this is pretty good.
Location, parking etc is all acurately described in other reviews.
The staff are very helpful, faultless actually.
Rooms are large and airy, modern, clean although basically plain.
Terrace and view was nice. Do yourselves a favour, and have an aperitiv sent up, or even better, buy a nice bottle of wine in town and drink it on the terrace as the sun goes down.
So, my gripes. Yes, you can hear the birds in the morning if you sleep with the windows open, but this is a residential area, so you can also hear some noise from the surrounding streets, although this is mostly after 7am. Throughout the night it is quiet enough, and probably a lot quieter than staying in the old town where the revelry and street cleaning goes on all night.
Breakfast is fine, although the breakfast area is too small to serve 11 rooms simutaneously, and outside is a little awkward as everything to do with breakfast is inside.
That said, I have stayed in some pretty awful Italian hotels that are 3 star, and this is one of the better, and certainly the cleanest.
Value for money I am not so sure about. It is not cheap at 180 euros a night. On the whole, a positive experience.
We stayed here for two nights in June with another couple. We were extremely excited when the taxi pulled up. The garden was stunning, as were the flower boxes. A great first impression. Giorgia was very helpful and spoke excellent English. She helped us make our train reservations for the next two legs of our trip. The room was large, clean, bright and comfortable. Nice bathroom as well. There is a very friendly kitty who is allowed the run of the house. I loved it, and even invited him onto our bed, but if that sort of thing bothers you, it is easy enough to keep him out. The dog was yappy and a bit annoying, but was only around occasionally. The terrace on the roof was the best part. We took wine up and watched an amazing Tuscan sunset. The walk into town is very easy and pleasant. We took the day-long Chianti tour recommended by the staff. It was a lot of fun, although we were unfortunate enough to be picked up last and had to sit in the back of the van (car sickness problems and inability to see much). Breakfast was OK. The dining room was too small and it was actually too chilly to sit outside. But we did love the place and were bummed out we were only there for two nights.
Sylvain on the steps leading down to the crypt
Torre del Mangia
The decadent dessert!
Angel atop the facade
How long does it take to drive from Siena to Rome? We have a flight at 10:30 am out of Rome and need to know when we should head out of Siena. Also, what is a good source for directions?
RE: drive time
which day of the week and.. which week? if it would be next weekend you should consider at least two hours more of what wwww.viamichelin.com says.. that's could be good for Sept.,23rd.
RE: RE: drive time
Thanks for the website suggestion. It would be either the evening of the 9th (Wed)or eary morning of the the 10th (Thursday), depending on how long it is estimated to take.
RE: RE: drive time
Let's consider to be at airport two hours before take off, but as those will be hot days better to be there three hours to avoid overbooking so you should be there at 7:30 and it's could be doable if you leave Siena by(before) 5 am.
Once at airport stop the car at entrance and all of you except driver and all lagguage could go to join the line at check-in and the driver to drop the car. Once you'll have your boarding pass have a coffee, walk, duty free shopping...
RE: drive time
I am from Siena.! from Siena to Roma is about 4 hours driving. there are handy buses that everyday leave from Siena to Rome..that ismuch better than driving!
Go to the website of SENA bus..and check the timing
RE: RE: drive time
Ilaria I don't know how fast you go by car, if you take motorway or not, from Siena to Roma airport (Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino) the distance is 260km including 209km on motorways and time 02h41 including 01h48 on motorways (as reported by www.viamichelin.com). At five in the morning there is no traffic and it could be doable in 02h30, let's to stop for a coffee but not more the three.
Of course leaving Siena later in the morning to be in Rome by after 8 it take ages just from "raccordo Anulare" to get anywhere especcially if saturday or sunday morning.
On other hand it could be possible to sleep close to airport the night before.
RE: RE: drive time
... especcially if saturday or sunday morning
the weeks of August, on the other months it would be more jammed Mon-Fri.