We booked the trip at the last minute and everything was gone. We ended up choosing Accademia and it turned out surprisingly good.
Our impression of Verona was not great initially from the train station. Probably we just arrived from beautiful Venice. We did not want to use the bus and decide to walk instead. It was quite a nice walk through Verona's city gate, and then the Arena. But then it became crowded as we realised the hotel was in the middle of a busy shopping street: Via Mazzini. But everything was within a stone's throw. Within a minute's walk (if you minus the slow shoppers), you will be at the Arena or Juliet's House. 2 minutes to the historic centre. Lots of cafe and restaurants around.
Somehow something happened to our booking, we got upgraded from a double room to a luxious suite! The bedroom was a huge suite with a dome-shaped ceiling and two double beds. Both the bedroom and the study have chandelier. Beautiful furnitures. Coffee utility and an enormous plasma TV. Plus a jacuzzi!
The only thing I can fault was that the room did smell of cigarette smoke when we first walked in. As we have noticed that Italian hotels don't really have non-smokers rooms so we are not that fussed. After being in the room for a while, it did not smell at all.
Breakfast was a luxury, too! Good range of hot and cold food, much more than the usual Italian breakfast in other hotels. The waiters also serve fresh tea and coffee for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Accademia si trova nel centro storico della citta di Verona, tra la Piazza Bra con l'Arena, che nel periodo estivo diventa capitale della lirica e la Piazza delle Erbe con la casa ed il balcone di Giulietta, famosa in tutto il mondo per l'opera di Shakespeare. Facilmente raggiungibili anche tutte le mete del divertimento posizionate nel vicino Lago di Garda.L'albergo e dotato di 94 camere, 6 sale riunioni, american bar e servizio di video sorveglianza interna. Il confort, l'atmosfera, l'efficienza del servizio accolgono nel modo migliore il cliente d'affari ed il turista piu esigente. Pur essendo l'albergo situato nel cuore della citta in zona a traffico limitato, l'accesso ai veicoli dei nostri ospiti ed a quelli degli accompagnatori e consentito senza alcuna limitazione di orario, attraverso semplice comunicazione del numero di targa della vettura al nostro personale di Ricevimento al momento dell'arrivo. Il nostro garage privato si trova a cento metri dall'hotel.The Accademia Hotel is in the center of Verona. Well placed on the via Mazzini, the hotel is in the heart of the exclusive shopping area of Verona, conveniently positioned between the Bra Square and the Arena. Nearby is the Erbe Square and Giulietta's House with its legendary balcony. The hotel has 94 bedrooms, 6 conference rooms, American bar, and internal video surveillance service. Our management takes pride in the comfort, atmosphere and efficiency of service offered to all guests, whether in Verona for business or pleasure. Although the hotel is situated in the heart of town inside the limited traffic area, access to vehicles of our guests and to those of accompanying persons is allowed without any limitation of time, through simple communication of the car plate number to our Reception staff on arrival. Our private garage is located a hundred meters from the hotel. ... more less
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