This hotel is not particularly well-located. It is sort of near the railway station - but on the other side of the tracks so that you end up walking at least 1 mile, probably more, just to get to it (the building is clearly visible, as it is 9 stories high in what would otherwise appear to be, more or less, a waste land. It is not, in any shape or form, "near" the port. it is miles away, and accessing and exiting the port is very, very badly signposted. At least the hotel building stands out - if you know what you are meant to be looking for!
This hotel is extremely boring - in style, in its outlooks/views from the rooms, as well as in its management, and in its food, and its service.
Reception was OK - just. Safe keeping is in security boxes, accessed with management in a basement room. The bedrooms are passable - just. The bed itself was quite wonderful - really good. Items in the mini bar were minimal, and boring. Available TV channels were minimal; WiFi access was moderate, at best, but it was without charge.
The food in the restaurant, which is open for the Buffet Breakfast (additional charge), is to be avoided at all costs. The evening meal I had there was disgusting. The service was unattentive and amateurish. However, the bread roll was warm and edible. The wine was expensive, and not particularly good - yet they set out in their list to feature wines from Tuscany, etc.
Their brochure and website refer to the fitness centre and the Turkish bath/steam room - well, that was closed and out of action when I stayed there, and looked as if it had been for some time. As mentioned, the safety boxes were not in the room, but in the basement. And the WiFi Internet system was not at all robust.
re the bathroom: modern, Italian "style" and decor - but very dangerous to use. I put the bath mat IN the bath - and then I felt safe to have a shower, and not slip and slide, and possibly fall in their bath. The marble flooring needs extra care as well - towels need to be put down so that you don't slip, etc.
Finally, the A/C system: very bizarre, with a mind of its own, and quite noisy from time to time.
This "experience" cost about Euro80 per night, including some local taxes, etc. And then there was the cost of the dinner, etc. which was not at all cheap. On the second evening I did buy a slice of pizza from the cafe in the shopping mall next door - it was quite agreeable. I rarely ever eat pizza - I must have been desperate. Gelato from that place was good also - but the attendant, who looks as if he had recently been released from a prison, short changed me Euro10 - which I fortunately received back when I returned and complained.
In summary, a very boring hotel in a very boring area of a boring city in a boring part of Italy!
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