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“A small diamond (diamantino) in the center of town.”

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Diamantino Town House
Ranked #37 of 77 Padua B&B and Inns
Reviewed 5 October 2011

If you are looking for a "hotel" that is quiet and remote this is not it.
The "hotel" is located where all the action is (totally full outdoor cafes at night and on the weekends, markets all day on the weekends and some week days). If you need your windows open then you will be in the middle of the hustle and bustle day and night (till midnite). However if you close your windows it is much more quiet and if you also close the shutters it will be very quiet and peaceful but without natural light. A/C works very well.

Located on 3 floors above shops surrounding the Piazza dei Signori in the absolute center of Padova, It is a taxi ride from the train station - no more than 5 Euros and takes 5 minutes at the most. Padova is 30 minutes away form Marco Polo airport by shuttle, 1 hour by bus. Mainland Venice, once you get to the Padova train station, is 30 minutes by train and then you walk or take a ferry to the centre. ( if you do not need to stay in Venice proper whichcan be quite expensive, Padova is a great young University town with great shopping, good food and important architecture. Very central to day trips to Venice, Verona, Vicenza, Bassano, Colli Euganei etc.)
The owner, Signore Paolo, is very kind and helpful. He owns the jewelery store to the right of the "hotel" and is present only during working hours. He can understand and speak English, his lovely wife is an accomplished jewelry designer, and if she is in, speaks good English and is quite charming.
The reason I write "hotel " is because this is really a building with 6 lovely rooms. No reception, no breakfast room. When you arrive, if the jewelry shop is not open, you call the number posted on the front door and the owner will give you a code to get into the front door, once you scale the steps to the 1st floor you will find the key card for your room and let yourself in.
There is one room on the 1st floor (which for americans is really the second floor), this is great if you only want one floor of steps but it is less private than the rooms on the upper floors, people on the Piazza can look in and you feel like you must close the shutters for privacy and it can get a little claustrophobic...So, if you can handle 2 floors of steps then when you get into your room you will be very pleased. The rooms are spotless and very well kept, of course they are small this is Italy.... but they are small at the Majestic Toscanelli across the Piazza and those rooms are at least twice as much. Everything you need is there, modern not too small bathroom with bidet and hairdryer. Good closet and storage, mirrors throughout the space so two people can get ready at the same time. The beds are extremely comfortable if you like a firm bed. You only get a pillow each. A small refridgerator and, in most of the rooms, a balcony overlooking the famous still working "Orologio " ( clock tower) and the Piazza dei Signori. Fabulous!!
Breakfast is served at the "bar" downstairs to the right overlooking the Piazza. The staff here is lovely and the breakfast is European coffee or tea, one juice from a good selection and
one large Brioche (croissant, danish of your choice). If you want more or something else you simply pay for it. If you want to sit and dally over breakfast this is not the place for you, however if you ask they will give you a tray and let you bring the breakfast up to your room.

I have stayed in Padova over 12 times in the last 12 years and I have now found my new favorite place to stay. It would be helpful to know, I am not a person that requires a chat with other people at my hotel, I just want a very very central place to go go go and then come back to the room and chillax.
Television was all Italian channels when I stayed and Wifi was good for 2 of three days, then non-existant. There is no telephone in the rooms.

Excellent stay, thank you Signore Paolo, we will be back!!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 September 2010

Located in the heart of the old city where all the action is, this hotel is spotless with high end fit-out. The owner has a jewelry store next door and he's available 7/24 by phone. He is courtesy and helpful. Free wifi with a strong signal and huge bandwidth is a big plus. Market stalls outside the hotel every Saturday sell fruit, clothes and various nick knacks. The square is alive at night, great food at cheap prices. All restaurant menus are in Italian and few premises cater for English speakers so you experience the true Italy, a place with extremely few English/German speaking tourists. The hotel is on one side of the square, just perfect.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2010

Good if you are only after a nice, quiet place to stay in Padova. The hotel seems to be remotely managed by the owner, who lives away. The hotel/owner can only be
reached via the owner's cell phone number. There is no front desk -- the owner
meets you in front of a door.

There is no phone in the room and the wi-fi signal is extremely weak throughout the hotel (about 6 rooms on 3 floors). So communication is quite hard and you will be unreachable unless you have a cell phone that works in Italy.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 22 May 2009

The owner, a jeweler, is extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms are rather small but very new, pretty and super-clean. It is located right in the center of town on a beautiful square.
Parking is very difficult. The owner parked our car for us in a nearby garage (EUR 15, per day extra, keys stay there).
The only downside: We could not sleep with open windows, as the square below is rather noisy with people and a few cars. But the room has very good airconditioning.
Attention for non-couples: You can kind of see the other person under the shower through a dim window between bedroom and bathroom.
Terrific restaurant right around the corner: Al Capo.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2009

The hotel was nicely located and it was very clean. The innkeeper was very nice and helpful. The room was on the smaller side but I expected that and would say it was fine.

But I should have listened to other Trip Advisor travelers ... the room was very noisy. On Wednesday night, it's college drinking night called Spitz Night in Padua and it sounded like the kids were in my room. It's also noisy in the morning when the people are setting up the market in the square.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 October 2008

A surprise package in that the entrance did little to demonstrate the quality which lurked behind. My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights so that we could see Padova and spend a bit of time in Venice. All three were an absolute delight. The townhouse overlooking the square - Robinho I think - was just what we needed. Every comfort we could wish for. TV a bit hit and miss but who needs it anyway. Only a few months since it opened for business, our room and shower room were tastefully designed. Breakfast of capacino, fresh orange juice and brioche was simple but sufficient.
Do take time to explore Padova - it's a lovely city. And Spritz at night with the many students in the piazza below is a wonderful way to end the day. Trains to Venice varied between 30 - 40 minutes duration and at just under 3 euros each way was money well spent.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: January 2018, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Diamantino Town House

Address: Piazza Dei Signori 28, 35139, Padua, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Padua > Padua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 77 B&Bs / Inns in Padua
Price Range: £62 - £93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Diamantino Town House 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Diamantino features six spacious and comfortable guestrooms. The building where the b&b is situated dates back at the 17th century. It was completely refurbished in 2008, yet bearing in mind the preservations of the original features of the building itself. Piazza dei Signori where Diamantino is located, is the main historical area of Padua. Every room is equipped with a TV, AC, mini-fridge, a double bed (it can became a twin room upon request) and a bathroom with shower. The rooms are finely decorated with bedspreads and curtains of different colour combinations such as gold and blue or burgundy and white. ... more   less 
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