Complete luxury: One of the Junior Executive Suites at the Grand Hotel Continental in Siena, which has stunning ceilings

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.

Fortunately, Italy also has the next best thing: The Grand Hotel Continental in Siena, which boasts epic overhead frescos of its own.

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.

Complete luxury: One of the Junior Executive Suites at the Grand Hotel Continental in Siena, which has stunning ceilings

Complete luxury: One of the Junior Executive Suites at the Grand Hotel Continental in Siena, which has stunning ceilings

A stoic statue forms part of the intricate fresco
A cherubic child perches on a ledge

Ornate: A stoic statue forms part of the intricate fresco (left), while a cherubic child perches on a ledge

Adorned with detail: The stunning tapestries are also populated with images of colourful peacocks, pheasants and parrots

Adorned with detail: The stunning tapestries are also populated with images of colourful peacocks, pheasants and parrots

Stunning: The hotel's dazzling Great Hall is an opulent collection of colours, textures and precious dawings

Stunning: The hotel’s dazzling Great Hall is an opulent collection of colours, textures and precious dawings

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.

Who needs windows? The 'trompe d'oeil' effect simulates ancient marble columns and arches on the walls

Who needs windows? The ‘trompe d’oeil’ effect simulates ancient marble columns and arches on the walls

Cloud nine: The sky is also depicted on the vaulted ceiling for guests to stare at as they wake from a deep, restful sleep
The incredible artwork in a duplex suite

Cloud nine: The sky is also depicted on the vaulted ceiling for guests to stare at as they wake from a deep, restful sleep. Pictured right is incredible artwork in a duplex suite

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.

Staying in style: The rooms are enriched by a painstakingly assembled collection of precious antiques and materials

Staying in style: The rooms are enriched by a painstakingly assembled collection of precious antiques and materials

Rich: Laden with cultural references to Siena¿s past, the suites are the ideal choice for a Tuscan adventure that¿s all about art

Rich: Laden with cultural references to Siena’s past, the suites are the ideal choice for a Tuscan adventure that’s all about art

The dramatic doorway into the Grand Hotel Continental's reception
A candlelit table for two awaits romantic guests

Making an entrance: The dramatic doorway into the Grand Hotel Continental’s reception (left) and outdoor dining, where a candlelit table for two awaits romantic guests

History: Rooms are enriched by a painstakingly assembled collection of precious antiques and paintings

History: Rooms are enriched by a painstakingly assembled collection of precious antiques and paintings

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 centre 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.

To stay at the Grand Hotel Continental is to be immersed in a world of classic glamour

To stay at the Grand Hotel Continental is to be immersed in a world of classic glamour

Traditional, yet contemporary: Originally designed for the tastes of the 17th-century aristocracy, it has since been updated

Traditional, yet contemporary: Originally designed for the tastes of the 17th-century aristocracy, it has since been updated

Dedicated to style: The hotel's stunning design commitment is a remarkable undertaking and helps explain why it's considered one of Europe's classiest venues

Dedicated to style: The hotel’s stunning design commitment is a remarkable undertaking and helps explain why it’s considered one of Europe’s classiest venues

Epic: A stone¿s throw from Piazza del Campo, it is the only luxury five-star boutique hotel in the breath-taking centre of Siena

Epic: A stone’s throw from Piazza del Campo, it is the only luxury five-star boutique hotel in the breath-taking centre of Siena

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