5 star Hotel Historic Centre Siena | Grand Hotel Continental

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Located just a short stroll from Piazza del Campo in Siena, the Grand Hotel Continental – Starhotels Collection is the only 5-star luxury hotel in the historic heart of the city.
A sine qua non for the intellectuals on the Grand Tour in the 19th century, the hotel has been an integral part of the history of Siena, and of Italy as a whole. Today, after careful restoration, its time-honoured 17th-century splendour has been reinstated.

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  • History

    More than five centuries of history in an ancient noble palazzo

    The Grand Hotel Continental in Siena is located within Palazzo Gori Pannilini, which was constructed around 1501 over pre-existing buildings. It was presumably endowed with its current form by Pope Alexander VII, a member of the powerful Chigi family, as a wedding gift for his niece Olimpia and the nobleman Giulio de’ Gori in 1677.
    Set in the historic centre of Siena, this delightful aristocratic palace is the perfect embodiment of the finest Renaissance architecture and is rendered all the more stunning by the captivating frescoes and rich decorations that have been brought to light thanks to the various restoration projects carried out over the years.
    The Sienese residence of the Queen Consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, and a favoured haunt of the intellectuals visiting Italy on the Grand Tour in the 19th century, the Grand Hotel Continental has always attracted the international élite thanks to its pomp and its exceptional location, just a stone’s throw from Piazza del Campo. In 2002, it became the first (and, to this day, only) luxury 5-star hotel in Siena.

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  • Elegance

    A magnificent private residence in the heart of Siena

    The Grand Hotel Continental is sure to leave you breathless, thanks to its architectural magnificence, its myriad references to Renaissance art and its beguiling original frescoes.
    The grandeur of the interiors, embellished yet further by priceless antiques and cotto tiled floors – time-worn by 500 years of high-class footwear – together make it a uniquely refined, luxurious base from which to discover the treasures of Siena.
    Each of the 51 rooms and suites is a masterpiece inspired by the taste of the 16th-century nobility. Its refined elegance is such that it can confidently meet the needs of modern travellers, embracing them within a sumptuous private residence that boasts all of the facilities of a luxury 5-star hotel.

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  • Location

    A Renaissance jewel set within Siena’s city walls

    Situated in the heart of the historical centre of Siena, the Grand Hotel Continental combines the services of a luxury hotel with the ambience of a time-honoured residence.
    Facing out over the city’s main thoroughfare, the hotel affords views of some of Siena’s most enchanting monuments, such as the Duomo and the church of San Domenico, which combine to create a truly memorable backdrop. Just a few minutes’ walk from the Hotel will take you to Piazza del Campo, one of Siena’s most spellbinding places, which also plays host to the famous horse race known as the Palio. Strolling through the mediaeval alleys of pietra serena sandstone, in next-to-no-time you can reach the main architectural, artistic and historic landmarks, to say nothing of the unrivalled array of boutiques specialising in local craft products, and the myriad restaurants and bars.