I recently stayed at the M14 as part of a tour group. The hotel is located in the centre of Padova, just steps from the main street of the town and one of the major squares.
I was most impressed with the quality of the breakfast and the breakfast room staff, who were very friendly and interested in talking to the guests about their home countries and their impressions of Italy. The M14 charges 5 euros for the breakfast, which is incredible value as it includes just about anything one could want: eggs, cold cuts, cheese, multiple varieties of bread and fruit, pastries, yogurt, the works.
The M14 is obviously an older property (1950s or 1960s) that has had somewhat of a makeover. It is in a quiet side street and so it's easy to get a good night's rest, provided that the other guests are quiet. During my stay noise in the hotel was not an issue. The electrically controlled shutters on the outside closed very tightly, which also helped with sleep quality.
Like many rooms for single travellers in Italy, the space is rather limited. However, this is not normally a problem for me. The bed was comfortable, the television was bolted to the wall at the foot of the bed. The bathroom was Swedish-style, meaning that the shower was not separate from the rest of the fixtures. My room had two pull-across glass doors that created a shower stall. However, the doors didn't go completely to the floor, and so the entire floor of the bathroom was soaked. Still, at least there were doors, unlike in some other hotels I've stayed in where the water was allowed to soak everything. There's also a fixed transom window between the bathroom and the bedroom which was a bit of a problem because it took a while to work out how to turn out all the lights in the bathroom. When entering the room, a guest has to insert the room card into the switch. This turns on most of the lights in the room. When turning off the lights, there was an overhead light that was controlled by the switch, but a light over the mirror that wasn't. In order to turn it off one had to flip a switch on the side of the mirror.
I found the colours used in the room dark and depressing. It was also clear that the last paint job had happened some time ago. Still, I spent minimal time in the room and so these weren't issues which would make me want to change hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Prato della Valle, one of Europe's largest squares, Hotel M14 is set in Padua's most historic neighbourhood. Completely refurbished in 2011, it offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi.Your room at M14 Hotel is modern and stylish with wood floors and a balcony. Each room has a minibar and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.M14 is just 350 metres from Padua's famous Basilica di Sant Antonio. ... more less
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