We chose the Gabbia D'Oro on the basis of location alone and were not disappointed. It is in the heart of Verona, and you have everything within easy walking distance.
Walking into the hotel was a bit like walking into a stage set of a stately home of bygone years. If you like clutter, bling, and something quirky and 'different', then this is your dream hotel. There is a myriad of curiosities liberally sprinkled around the whole place, and lots of nooks and crannies to be explored. It's the sort of hotel where the 'Famous 5' would probably go as grown ups.
Our room was a dream in Laura Ashley style circa 1989, with lots of flower prints, trailing curtains, with lots more antiques thrown in for good measure. This almost includes the tiny TV set, but it was bang up to date with Satellite tv. But this is not why you come to the Gabbia d'Oro! At night, even with the windows closed, we could still hear a lot of noise in the courtyard below , and this made it difficult to get off to sleep. In the conservatory, there was an open book of poems which guests have written in praise and awe of the Hotel, but the last entry was written two years ago.
Back to the room, and the bed was very comfortable, but overall, the room was rather dark, as other reviewers have commented. We did not have acres of space, but it was adequate. Our experience with the bathroom was exactly the same as other reviewers. There was only a bath (albeit a real cast iron wide bearthed proper stand alone bath) with a fancy hand held antique style shower head. It took 20 minutes to run a bath, and when using the hand held shower, the floor was very quickly flooded.
The major crime however, was the toilet brush. It was proudly displayed on a small stand alone 'hanger' with no cover, and it was obviously very, very well used. It was absolutely disgraceful, unhygenic, revolting, etc. I leave it to your imagination. I have never seen anything like this in a hotel of this standard. Yuk.
Breakfast was not five star standard - a bain marie with curled up pieces of white toast inside masquerading as Eggs Benedictine is taking poetic licence just a little too far. There was no waiter/ess service and we had to go looking for someone to bring us some hot milk for our son. The spread was not sumptuous, and looked a little in need of inspiration. Again, certainly not 5 star.
Positively, the staff are friendly, and extremely helpful and really make you feel welcome. The location is fabulous, and you are in the heart of Verona. The hotel is cute, quirky, and different. It is comfortable and relaxed. However, at 500 Euro for one night's accommodation and breakfast, with another 30 Euro for parking (ouch), I would have expected more in the way of luxury and attention to detail. It is overpriced, old fashioned, and just a little bit fuddy duddy. Having said all that, it is just a little bit different and this is what also makes it interesting.
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