...and that is no easy feat! Located behind a restaurant through an arched, messy alley with only the number 33 over the arch, the residenza has no signage at all on the pedestrian-only street. Even when we were directed to the entrance, there was no sign - only a tiny name next to the bell of the building, which no one answered when we rang it. Thankfully we had a global cell phone and we were able to contact the staff, who were a block and a half away in The Gentleman of Verona Hotel. It was a very convoluted process to park the car (15 minute walk to a public parking garage), walk back to check in at The Gentleman of Verona, then walk back to our room in the building around the block. Thankfully we were able to leave our luggage at the Gentleman before we parked the car and a porter delivered it to our room. The room itself was okay but could have used more surface space to get organized - not even one of those small folding stands to place a suitcase. Our room adjoined a small salon with tables and chairs that looked like it might have been the breakfast area before they started serving breakfast in The Gentleman of Verona. We were shown a coffee machine that we could use in that room as well as the other guests in the building. I wasn't too keen about guests hanging around outside our room having coffee whenever they chose to, but fortunately for us, no one used it during our stay. The staff was friendly and happy to be of assistance. The breakfast was superb and the décor of The Gentleman was quite posh, so breakfast each day was delightful. The location of the Puccini was great for touring the city to see the sights but I just can't get over the wacky check-in process and the fact that the guests are not forewarned about how to handle it without all the stress we put up with.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Residenza Giacomo Puccini is a boutique hotel, with luxury apartment and suite, located in a 16th century's palace in Via Roma. The premises have lately been refurbished and the boutique hotel is located in front of Castelvecchio and not so far away from the Arena and the lively Piazza Brà and Piazza Erb located in the historic center. The Residenza Giacomo Puccini is the ideal "home" for those who want to discover Verona and its large historic heritage, take part in trade fairs and international events which take place throughout the year or just enjoy a romantic weekend in the city of Romeo and Juliet.La Residenza Giacomo Puccini è un boutique hotel, con appartamenti di lusso e suite, situata in un palazzo del 1600 in Via Roma, a due passi dall' Arena e dalla vivace Piazza Brà e a pochi minuti dalla centralissima Piazza Erbe, la "Residenza Giacomo Puccini" è la "casa" ideale per tutti coloro che desiderano scoprire la città di Veorna e la sua ricca storia, partecipare alle fiere e agli eventi internazionali che si svolgono durane l' anno o, semplicemente, trascorrere un romantico week end nella città di Romeo e Giulietta. ... more less
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