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“Definitely More like a 4 star!”
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Albergo Orologio
Ranked #6 of 30 Hotels in Brescia
Certificate of Excellence
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 585 helpful votes
“Definitely More like a 4 star!”
Reviewed 18 June 2010

Having been to Italy countless times, and probably stayed at some 30-40's 3-5 star hotels, we know the differences between the Italian hotel's star ratings. Having arrived from Mantova by train, we took a short cab ride to the Hotel's pedestrianized entrance, 9 euros.

Greeted by Ms Valerie and she was all smiles, very welcoming indeed! She led us to an upgraded suite as our reserved room, number 31 with a balcony, was taken. This suite, number 32, was huge in size, under the attic. Though it doesn't afford us much of view, it was very quiet for a good nights' sleep - which is of utmost importance to jet-lagged travellers.

The suite has an actual Queen or King bed, not twins pushed as one. There were 2 pillows and a cushion of varying degrees of hardness for each person, signs of a 4 or even 5 star hotel - we were indeed impressed! A flat screen TV with one or two English channels, and a L-shaped sofa (somewhat hard, not very comfy, but could be a sofa bed?).

A nice and small dressing table,with its matching mirror, which will help to save time in the mornings when one uses the bathroom and the lady puts on her make up - perfetto! Very strong hair dryer, too. The two glitches we found were - its bathroom shape was long and slim, needed sometime to get used to it and the air-con isn't very strong for such a huge room.

Breakfasts was great, either indoors or outdoors in a small courtyard with lovely plants, wonderful! Near this breakfast room, is my favorite corner of the hotel - a cosy reading area with gorgeous Chesterfield leather sofas. Plenty of magazine and books in English from travels, architecture, fashion etc for you to read, NICE!

Food wise, we had one of our best Italian meals at Al Frate (Via dei Musei, 25). Out of the hotel, turn right and turn right again, its on your left - you will not miss it. However, avoid the restaurant on the Hotel's immediate right hand side (forgotten its name). Though it has very nice indoor decors, but its food is somewhat below par for the same price charged at Al Frate.

It was our first visit to Brescia, and it was surprisingly nice. For cultural lovers like me, the Piazza della Loggia was indeed beautiful, but do be careful about venturing to an area off this Piazza, it was quite seedy with many purported Indians. The other mains sights are the Castello (not for the weak hearted and aged!) and the Santa Giulia Monastery.

There was lots and lots of shopping in Brescia, it is no wonder it is being called the 'Mini-Milan'. Though we spent only one night here, given a chance in the future, rather than dull Milan, we would like to make it our last stop in Italy. Enjoy the Albergo Orologio's kind hospitality and superb location (quiet in a pedestrianized area) ... its simply great value for your money!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Orvieto, Italy
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Reviewed 16 June 2009

We love this place as it was a short ride via taxi from the train and almost right on the piazza duomo. There were lots of good places near by to eat and the two rooms we had were comfy and clean. English was spoken in front and I will stay here again the next visit to Brescia

  • Stayed May 2007, travelled with family
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 31 May 2009

I can only add to the praise for this small, cozy and well-run hotel. The good service began with the online booking, which we had to modify a few times before we traveled. The staff always answered promptly and with great patience (and in English). The welcome was friendly, the room clean and air-conditioned (34 degrees outside, so most appreciated). The receptionist recommended a restaurant which provided one of the great meals of our tour (Osteria Al Bianchi, a 5-minute walk from the hotel - don't miss it). The location is ideal, in the center of the old town. Parking is extremely limited but the owner allowed us to park our motorcycles in his own private garage for our one-night stay. We paid Euro 85 per room, including a pleasant breakfast in a small but quiet courtyard. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 September 2008

After a couple aperitif taken while watching a wedding ceremony at Duomo Vecchio, in Piazza Paolo VI, we walked the 100 metres or so to Albergo Orologio to book in.

My thirty words of poor Italian were not needed as the receptionist spoke excellent English and immediately made my wife and I very welcome. Although the hotel was very full with guests of the wedding we were directed to a delightful, homely room on the 3rd floor. Touches of detail by way of books, furnishings and flowers made it so much more appealing than the soulless big-city chain hotels so often encountered.

Great advice from the receptionist took us to a nearby trattoria where the welcome was repeated and lead to a most enjoyable evening.

The next day brought early morning sunshine for our courtyard breakfast but that was soon replaced by dreadful weather so we didn't get much chance to see Brescia properly and moved on to Bergamo by train. Our taxi to the station was arranged by the hotel and cost a little over 8 euro.

Having been so well treated, even for just a single night's stay, has made me just book again for another weekend in November.

Every experience (except the rain!) in Brescia made us feel truly welcome as tourists rather than simply accommodated.

Stayed September 2008
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Maryland
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Reviewed 7 July 2008

We stayed in Brescia for five days at the end of June 2008. I chose this city as a convient place from where it is easy to get everywhere in northern Italy. The hotel is idealy located in the old city but in wlakble distance to the railway station. As a side note, I would advise to avoid Brescia rail station region, the old city is much more beautiful, much more to see and feels much safer.
Our room was a very good size with spotless bathroom. It was nicely decorated. There was also a nice living room with cosy sofas and variouse journals for every taste. The breakfast was the usual, cheese, cold meats, very good home made yogurt, and assortment of pastries and cereal. There was also a great choice of freshly prepared teas, which was very nice. Hotel representatives went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. The answered all our questions, made a lot of recommendations and addressed every minor problem we had. The hotel is located next door to various restaurants. We liked the Japaness Isumi, which was jusrt next door and a wonderful tratoria which the Helena (desk person at the hotel) recommended us.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay and I would recommend anybody who wants to stay in Brescia this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Marin County
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Reviewed 29 December 2007

My family of four (mom, dad, two kids under 10) booked this hotel as it seemed a good distance from Milan on our way to Venice. Our first time driving in Italy was interesting, fun, and a bit hectic. The autostrade is nothing - the streets of Brescia are another thing altogether! Fortunately, these wonderful hotel keepers will take your car tag number and explain to the police that you're tourists - how are we supposed to know at 11:30 at night that those nice wide streets aren't meant for our car? So make note - arrive during the day, find a car park (Piazza Vittoria is the closest) and be prepared to walk you and your luggage to the Orologio. This very nice hotel was perfectly located in a quaint alley with not one, but two, cafes to choose from right out the front door. Also just steps away from the Piazza Duomo. We settled into our connecting rooms and immediately went for beers and hot chocolates at midnight - perfect! Knowing our jet lagged state, they allowed us a very late check out, and made sure that when we awoke at 11:30 am, we still had breakfast and coffee available to us in our rooms. Very updated rooms, nice bathrooms, robes, slippers, cookies at bedside at night. This was truly a great first night in Italy! One caution - don't attempt to drive anywhere (not even to pick up your luggage closer to the hotel) - streets are very limited to taxis or buses.

  • Liked — Friendly staff
  • Disliked — Difficult to find at night
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with family
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Property: Albergo Orologio
Address: Via Cesare Beccaria 17, 25121 Brescia, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Brescia > Brescia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Brescia
#5 Family Hotel in Brescia
#5 Romantic Hotel in Brescia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Albergo Orologio 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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