This hotel made my wife and me feel like Hapsburg royalty down from Vienna to check on the province. It is really grand and deserves to have grand in its name. The beautiful old parquet floors in the hallways are varnished to the highest sheen possible. We almost felt guilty walking on them. In the room, the linens had alternating white-on-white stripes and were perfectly pressed. The lighted double closet was lined in red damask with gold piping. The door frames were surrounded by gold piping. This is about as plush as it gets.
On the desk was a welcome gift of a scroll, a 12" x 26" color photograph of the main square of the city. The hotel is one of the elaborate buildings on the square.
There is an element of luck with any one-time travel experience, and luck was with us at this hotel. Our beautiful room overlooked the main square and we had three wonderful nights in the hotel. At breakfast, however, we overheard people whose rooms were on the back side of the hotel complaining about the noisy traffic that went by all night long. Are those rooms cheaper? If so, don't go cheap, stay in the front of the hotel.
Breakfast in Harry's Bar was more than ample, and individual coffee drinks are made to order upon request.
We wandered into Harry's Bar late one afternoon and were greeted by Tony, who assured us that he could make a sandwich for us even though the kitchen was closed. It turned out to be the biggest club sandwich we have ever seen, and it was delicious, with ham, huge slices of chicken, tomatoes, some greens, and a boiled egg. While waiting for the sandwich, my wife had a Prosecco and I had a local beer, and with that came a delicious dish of some sort of herring with mild onions that is a local specialty. When we complimented Tony on the herring, he brought us more!
The front desk people were friendly and accommodating. They were very helpful in calling taxi's for us, which arrive on the busy street behind the hotel.
After a cleansing rain one night, I was very surprised to see the snowcapped Alps in the distance the next morning. The square opens to the Adriatic every day, but it also opens to the Alps on a clear day.
The only negatives were spotty TV reception on the English stations and strange lighting in the bathroom. It wasn't quite adequate, yet a huge spotlight in the ceiling shown down on a cactus plant suspended on chains just below the light. The spotlight light came on in the evening, and we were told it was necessary so that the plant didn't die. Also, because of the location of the bidet, it was difficult to get near the lighted shaving mirror in order to use it.
The dates of our visit were April 8-11, 2014.
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Trieste
- Grand Hotel Duchi d Aosta