I can confirm what others have written recently: This hotel's strong suit is its great friendliness. From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel like old friends by the entire staff. As others have noted, the location--on a somewhat industrial road just beyond the city walls--is drab and a little dispiriting at first. But Padua doesn't have many hotels for a city of its size and importance, and we found the savings of staying here--just 15 minutes' walk from the city's historic center and also within walking distance from the train station--to be worth the unlovely location. Rooms are somewhat spartan but clean and comfortable, and there's a good breakfast, with a wide variety of pastries and baked goods, yogurt, etc. Rooms face either the road or the railroad, but double-pane windows rendered ours virtually silent. Staff members speak reasonably good English; one of the desk clerks gave us detailed directions to all of the major sights in town, and another effortlessly booked us a shared van to the Venice airport at the end of our stay ($58 for two passengers). The hotel provides free 'net access; simply ask for a password.
It's pleasant to be treated with such friendliness when one is 6000 miles from home. I'm happy to recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfortable three-star hotel a short walk from the train station and the historic center of Padua. Ample parking FREE FOR DIRECT RESERVATIONS ON OUR OFFICIAL SITE. Restaurant (closed on Sundays), rich buffet breakfast, free wi-fi inetrnet access, Mediaset Premium pay-TV channels. From Hotel Al Cason is very easy to reach Venice in only 30 minutes with trains, leaving every 15/20 minutes. The Scrovegni Chapel and the historic center are within walking distance in less than 15 minutes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Al Cason Hotel
- Al Cason Padua