Grand Hotel Continental is the Sistine Chapel of hotels
The Sistine Chapel is, of course, home to the world’s most famous ceiling.
But, because it’s part of the Vatican – which attracts millions of curious tourists each year – its beauty can never truly be appreciated in the quiet solitude it deserves.
And, because they appear in the privacy of suites, they can be admired in perfect peace. They’re so beautiful guests may not even feel the need to look out of the windows.
Laden with cultural references to Siena’s historic past, the remarkable suites are the ideal choice for a Tuscan adventure that’s all about art, beauty and luxury.
Located on the building’s first floor, which is the same level the aristocratic family who owned it once lived on, they offer a sophisticated style thanks to the ‘trompe d’oeil’ effects that simulate ancient marble columns and arches on the walls.
On them, peacocks and parrots perch while adding flashes of bright colours alongside stoic, ornate statues.
As if that wasn’t enough, the sky is also depicted on the vaulted ceiling for guests to stare at as they wake from a deep, restful sleep.
Decorated with sumptuous furniture pieces, including damask tapestries, Murano glass chandeliers and terracotta floors marked by 400 years of foot traffic, they simply ooze class.
And, naturally, no two suites are the same.
In fact, each of the 51 rooms has its own recognisable and inimitable identity – whether through the period furnishings or paintings, which bring to mind the atmosphere of days long past.
This stunning design commitment is a remarkable undertaking and helps explain why The Grand Hotel Continental is considered one of Europe’s classiest venues.
Just a stone’s throw from Piazza del Campo, it is the only luxury five-star boutique hotel in the breath-taking center of Siena.
Situated in a magnificent 17th-century palazzo, the hotel encapsulates the most exquisite Renaissance architecture, with priceless works of art and precious antiques thrown in for good measure.
Prices start at 180 euros a night for a classic double.