It’s always a toss-up as to the efficiency of a city centre hotel vs. one a few miles away, as there is a balance between convenience and cost. And of course there is a bit of a risk when staying outside a major city and planning on public transport to get you around on a timely fashion. I suppose we should have remembered that Italy’s first World Cup match was coming soon and realised that some malady would befall our plans to travel back to Padova from Venice by train. Sure enough, a few hours before the match, the Regionale train workers went on strike for 24 hours - enough time to enjoy the match, celebrate and sleep. But barring that, our decision to stay in the Hotel Grand’Italia was surprisingly good.
The hotel was a bit difficult to locate, but a call to the front desk helped direct us to a set down area next door. There we were met by a member of staff who helped with our baggage then went with us to the nearby secure car park to assure we found it easily. This is a pleasant hotel, located conveniently just across the street from Padova’s central rail station, with comfortable rooms at a reasonable price. In fact, even after paying our €9 daily return ticket to Venice and a modest parking charge, we came out well ahead from anything in Venice.
The rooms were good size with everything we needed at hand. There was reasonable storage and everything was clean and functional. Breakfast was plentiful, and service from the front desk was excellent. But this hotel is all about convenience, and once you have located it, you could not find a better spot for either Padova or Venice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Victorian-style 4-story Hotel located on a corner in city's historic center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Grand Italia
- Grand Italia Padua
- Golden Tulip Padua