I spent four days in Ravenna at Hotel al Giaciglio. The title, I think, says it all. The hotel is on a pleasant mostly-residential street a couple blocks from the station, within walking distance of all sites in Ravenna's Medieval center. It is on the north side of the Medieval center, and thus closer to the modern part of the city, on the harbor -- altho I wouldn't call it walking distance (nor does Hotel al Giaciglio).
Consistent and good: The rooms were small but warm and very clean, as were the shared baths and other common areas. Lots of hot water. The staff were friendly, helpful, available and spoke enough English to handle the usual sorts of tourist requests and questions. The small restaurant offered exactly three choices in each of: primi, secondi, contorni, dolci. The list changed daily, and my plates were very good -- a real bargain, too, at 14 Euros. The simple breakfast buffet offered cereals, juices, coffee, breadrolls -- and a freshly baked fruit tart.
My only complaints are: 1) The walls are thin. I could hear TVs, a fussy baby several doors down, and some guy bellowing into his mobile at all hours. 2) The rooms are a bit inconsistent in quality of furnishings. I was assigned a room on the noisy street-side. The bed was saggy, the faucet dripped, the bedside lamp was inoperable. I asked to be moved to a quieter room on the courtyard -- which request was immediately granted, and most graciously. That room had a fine bed, a working lamp and no drip. Oddly, its furnishings were rather more worn -- but I don't care, so long as they're clean and they function.
The hotel has no internet for guests, by the way, and the closest nearby Internet cafe seemed -- even by my tolerant standards -- quite dodgy.
I still rank the al Giaciglio "above average", because I think it's good value. But it may not be the right choice for a light sleeper.
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