Unique hotel with some quirks
Reviewed 27 January, 2020
I struggled with how to rate this hotel ... really 3.5 would be my star rating because there were things I did enjoy and like quite a bit about it, but it had some drawbacks such that I would not necessarily stay here again and would only recommend with some reservations.
First, location. On the positive side it is on a quiet boulevard/corso, which I'm sure is quite pretty in the spring/summer. But it is a good walk (20-25 minutes) to the major attractions such as the Royal Palace of Turin, Egyptian Museum, and a good half hour walk to the Quadrilatero Romano (historical part of town with great restaurants, etc.) So either pack your good walking shoes or expect to use a taxi to get around.
I chose to stay here because it did look quaint and different, and as my husband and I are both artists I liked the artistic theme of the hotel. Each room is named after a different Italian artist but I didn't really get how or if that theme carried into the rooms. Our room was fairly standard (ie, small) for a European/Italian hotel and to be honest looked in need of some freshening up. At least a fresh paint job: the walls had a lot of scuff and scrape marks from furniture and no doubt luggage being banged around the tight quarters. The bathroom was more modern but the shower stall INCREDIBLY small and tight. I'm pretty in-shape but I couldn't take a shower without bumping my elbows and knees against the sides repeatedly. I'm not sure if a larger person would be able to use the shower well at all.
We also noticed a problem of tiny ants in the room, on the floor and crawling onto/into anything we left on the floor. And being on the first floor, I think right over or near the kitchen? On several mornings the smell of food cooking was QUITE intense and not the most pleasant "wake-up" call. The breakfast buffet itself was ok but not very extensive, and the hot offerings weren't often refilled later in the morning (by 9:30am we were lucky if any pancakes, bacon and scrambled eggs were still left).
On the positive side, the dinner we had at the hotel restaurant was absolutely outstanding - I'd highly recommend dining there. And the staff were very polite, helpful, and spoke excellent English.
Reviewed 8 November, 2019
Probably the best and most observant service, still being quite informal, yet experienced at a hotel. We stayed multiple times. Rooms are also great though can be slightly noisy during the nights, and also the shower “boxes” are a bit small. But these are small downsides.
Hotel with character
Reviewed 14 September, 2019
This is a really excellent small hotel, right opposite the university campus. It is imaginatively fitted with antique furniture, and our accommodation was spacious. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The hotel serves dinner, except Sundays, but not lunch – but there are many good eating places nearby. The chef was indisposed on the Monday during our stay, but staff were obliging in recommending an excellent alternative (Piccolo Lord). Dinner at the hotel is on the pricey side, but good value for money nonetheless.
A certain style if you like it.
Reviewed 9 September, 2019
The location is very good, near to many places of interest by walking. The rooms are rather small and with decoration of a certain style. Depends if you like it or not. The music diffused in the building at all times is of the same style. The breakfast is rather minimal for the category of the hotel but the coffee is good. Staff is helpful with information but not with luggage. The private closed parking is in a nearby building and as such rather expensive. The room in the ground floor is good for accessibility but you can hear all the conversations in the reception.
Great welcoming hotel
Reviewed 28 June, 2019
Excellent boutique hotel. Clean, quiet and welcoming. Everyone was very nice, especially Lilia, she was welcoming, helpful and professional, thank you very much. Highly recommend this hotel for a cozy stay