The Residenza il Fiore isn't a hotel in the strictest sense, it's more of a self catering hostel. The owner has a few rooms, each with their own individual en suite bathrooms in a larger apartment complex. Don't let that put you off though, what we found here was an exceptionally clean and comfortable place to stay for a night. Everything we needed for a hearty continental breakfast was provided, we had a well stocked fridge in our room with tea and coffee making facilities and bread etc to be found just outside the bedroom door. A pair of French doors open out onto a little paved patio area and garden - a very pleasant place to sit out and have breakfast.
We used this hotel as part of a 3 week European motorcylce tour. The owner, Mateo met us at the hostel upon our arrival and was very amiable and helpful, he also invited us around the corner to his small bar /cafe for complimentary drinks. As we wanted to go up into the old town - "Citte Alta" - he even organised a taxi to take us there. A 15 minute taxi ride from the Hostel will find you in the old town amongst the ancient architecture. Plenty of places to eat & drink here whilst you take in the atmosphere of the place
From a motorcyclists point of view there were a few minor concerns about the security of the bikes, but Mateo assured us they would fine parked up and locked together at the side of the hostel - and they were. But one of the bikes we took was an Italian made Moto Guzzi - something of a passion in Italy and we got the impression at several places we stayed, that if anyone had tampered with it then they'd have woken up with a horses head in their bed!
This is a highly recommended little hostel for a visit to Bergamo, a great way of seeing the city without breaking the bank. I daresay if you had more time than we did then it's possible to amble up to the old town and back again, the taxi fare was about 11 Euro each way.
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