Five centuries of history in an old aristocratic palace
Grand Hotel Continental in the centre of Siena is a jewel of Renaissance architecture that shines in the medieval heart of the city.
The Grand Hotel Continental overlooks Piazza Salimbeni a few steps from Piazza del Campo, and has become part of the artistic and cultural heritage of Siena, embellished with magnificent frescoes and rich decorations brought to light through various restorations.
History and art are enhanced in this beautiful building: frescoes, precious furnishings, marbles and an elegant atmosphere have won over an elite audience that ranges from young aristocrats in the 19th century to Queen Margherita of Savoy, up to German politician Hoerst Koehler to Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dario Fo, Mario Botta, Andrea Bocelli and Daniel Craig.
The palace was built in 1501, originally belonging to the Montanini family and then passed onto the Aringhieri. Following some eventful times, the building was transformed into one of the most prestigious hotels in Siena at the beginning of the 20th century. Favoured by its extremely central position and its proximity to the Lizza promenade and the road to San Domenico, the Grand Hotel Continental lies in the historical centre, yet close to the countryside. The main view on the city high street and the walls facing some of the most evocative monuments in Siena – such as the Duomo and the church of San Domenico – help create an invaluable scenario.
The interior still reflects the original layout: 51 rooms and suites, furnished with 18th century furniture and ancient preciously detailed fabrics.
The rooms of the Grand Hotel Continental come in different colours; sumptuous furnishings including four-poster beds; antique armchairs and refined chandeliers in crystal or Murano glass; ancient frescoes and decorations; a fresco depicting Saint Christopher and 19th century ornaments.
History, art and modern technology are artfully combined to create a unique and elegant environment to stay and discover the treasures of Siena.