I stayed at the Savoy in March 2012 on a short 4 day trip to Parma and surrounding area with my brother. This was the perfect time to visit; we enjoyed a relaxed Parma, with cool days and evenings. I have been in Italy in the summer and would highly recommend March and April over it. All of the plants were blooming and we didn’t have any crowds in Parma.
Our room had a king bed and a small single bed in the corner. The room we had was small and very "simply" decorated, it was very modern and everything worked well, except for the safe which was then fixed within some hours of our arrival. There was a little fridge in the room, just large enough to stuff with all our Parma goodies to take home or to friends and family in Switzerland. (see picture :) lol) The location was great, once we had our car parked (we drove from Switzerland) we didn't need it at all for any Parma sightseeing, everything was walking distance. The noise level was good, once we closed the windows the street noise below was not a problem at all, the AC worked great, and the staff was friendly and helpful. The Breakfast which was included in our room price was good: cereals, pastries, fruits, and yogurts, juices, coffee and tea. The perfect breakfast for a quick start in the morning so you can head out and start your day.
NOTE: right across the street is a wonderful shop that has a great selection of Parmiggiano Reggiano and Prosciutto and other delicious food options. Worth a look :)
In regards to PARKING: They have the option for you to park in a garage nearby or to give you a pass to park on the streets surrounding the hotel. We chose the parking garage, it is nearby, clean and there was always a spot. Be sure to only park on the spots the concierge tells you to (blue I think) the others are reserved. No, we didn’t make that mistake but just wanted to give you a heads up.
FOOD: Just so you are aware, Parma doesn’t start dinner until 7:30 some restaurants open at 8pm. This was a surprise to us when we headed to dinner at 6:30.
I would highly recommend these two restaurants both a comfortable walk from hotel.
‘La Greppia’: Literally 2 minute walk from hotel a left on Giuseppe Garibaldi. Check out my full review for more info and pictures.
‘Osteria Della Gatta Matta’: A little further walk but also really close about 5 minutes. Check out my full review for more info and pictures.
We did a “food tour” with Parma Golosa. See full review for further info.
We drove to Mantova (a.k.a Mantua) a beautiful little city about an hour’s drive from Parma. If you drive it, take the non-highway route at least one way, it takes you through the countryside which is charming. Mantova is a nice little stop, we then drove on to Verona which requires more time and is just beautiful. Do leave very early if you are planning on doing both, I would start in Verona and then see Mantua/Mantova on my way back. See reviews for Mantua/Manotva and Verona for more tips and info.
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