The vis a vis is the Annex of the Hotel Duchi d'Aosta. You check in/out, have breakfast and can use the facilities (lounges, free internet computer terminal) in the main hotel. The Annex is just across the street - in windy November Trieste that may mean coat and hat to go to breakfast. In the Annex there is an art gallery on the ground floor and some seats, but no other common facility. Friendly staff from reception showed me to my room. All rooms are on the 1st floor.
The building is old but has been substantially modernised. My double room for single occupancy room was not large but did not feel cramped either, though I think two people might have got in each other's way. The room was decorated in a modern style, so a clothes rail rather than a wardrobe, and a small desk just as you come in. Comfortable bed, Sky television, Illy espresso capsule machine, safe, minibar. quiet.
I had asked for a quiet room and was given one overlooking a side street. There must be rooms with a view down the street to the sea and across the street to the Piazza.
Bathroom was modest sized but did not feel cramped for one, large shower tray, well-equipped, nice toiletries, clean.
Breakfast was a large good buffet in a pleasant old-fashioned room overlooking the large historic square Unita d'Italia with friendly staff.
All very pleasant - I was happy with my choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Duchi Vis à Vis is a small and elegant four star hotel, built in a historic home in front of Grand Hotel Duchi d'Aosta. Duchi Vis à Vis is a "house " sized books, suffused with an intimate atmosphere. The combination of warm colors with light and shadow gives an overall sense of well being. Even the materials, from solid walnut flooring to the linen sheets, help to emphasize the feelings of pleasure. A small "asset": the Illy coffee maker in each room to ensure proper recovery. Duchi Vis à Vis is also meeting place for art. The hall hosts solo shows of emerging artists, book launches and openings. ... more less
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