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“Very Good - For Italian Standards, Alas” 4 of 5 stars
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Residence Sara
Piazza Barbacan 3, Trieste, Italy   |  
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Ranked #19 of 50 Hotels in Trieste
Milan, Italy
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“Very Good - For Italian Standards, Alas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

A very nice location, a clean and airy room, helpful reception staff and a reasonable price. Good? Absolutely, and a great alternative to a standard hotel. Trieste is an amazing, fascinating town apparently choosing tourism as its battleground for survival, and this residence will surely help Trieste win, and tourists enjoy it.

Let's now take my rosy-tinted glasses off, those I developed in dozens years as a tourist in Italy:
1. reception staff was busy for hours registering and welcoming guests, unavailable to provide information about the wi-fi connection they said was available in the lobby.
And who knows? Maybe there is one after all.
2. price is good for North-Eastern Italy, still quite higher than in very comparable locations in Slovenia and Croatia - very few dozen miles away.
3. The shower hand-held adjustable support is broken. And fixed - in a fixed position, farewell adjustability - with adhesive tape. And staff knows, and reports two have broken already.
The very natural implication is many of the rooms will end up with tape-fixed shower hand-helds as they will break, likely soon, and we shall live with it ... welcome to Italian hosting culture, I guess.

In the end: yes, come visit Trieste, and if you do, do come to Residence Sara. Expect standard Italian tourist level of service, and you may be in for a positive surprise.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Geneva, Switzerland
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Affordable, comfortable, and a great location. I had a great experience. Trieste is a beautiful city with a lot to offer. The only thing i missed was wifi, however the Tourist Office offers free wifi during the mornings.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Fantastic location and great value for money. Helpful and friendly staff. Excellent choice for couples and families for breaks of any length. Only think lacking was Wi-fi and English language channels in the apartment.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

It is hard to find affordable accommodation in Trieste.
I highly recommend Sara residence for backpackers, families or anyone looking for something affordable and flexible.
The owner is a real gentleman.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hobart, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

The staff were very friendly and helpful, i called only hours before they were still able to give me an excellent price on a room.
The rooms are very tidy and quiet.
Located in the best part of the city.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

I have rented many apartments in Italy and have NEVER been treated rudely until Residence Sara. Bad behavior aside, the 2 bedroom apartment has 1 queen bed and 1 room with a trundle bed, on two levels--good for kids but not good for another couple. The air conditioning is one portable "penguino" style unit, in the living area. If it's a warm night you are not comfortable in the bedrooms.
The location, however is fantastic. Parking charge is 16euro/ day.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Andrea D, Direttore generale at Residence Sara, responded to this review, July 29, 2012
Dear guest Amoessereinitalia,
I'm glad you review our residence, and I'm terrible sorry that you did not find our apartment of 100 sqm nice. That's a real pitty!

I understand your disappoint of having 1 double bed and 2 single beds when all guests are adults. At this point in the reception tried to find a solution begging from the second night, but there was a negative behaviour from your side.
Besides the apartment is a very spacious, one of our LARGEST, 100 sqm,
with 1 double room, 1 room with 2 separate beds,
sitting room with coach-sofa with 32" flat Tv and dinning table for 6 persons,
security door with video bell,
separate kitchen with table for 4 persons,
spacious bathroom with shower, wc and bidet facility,
right in the heart of the old city centre, next to the main attraction of Trieste.

As far as it concerns cooling, there is only an air conditioning with "pinguino"
and not 2 splits as you were expecting to be,
and for the moment there are any other solutions/modifications as the "pinguino" makes its job perfektly.

Anastasia Mylonidou
Responsabile Reception
Residence Sara
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012 via mobile

Very clean, newly refurbished, excellent location!! Stayed there 2 nights whilst travelling Europe - receptionist was very helpful and her knowledge was spot on! Would definitely stay at residence Sara again :)

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Andrea D, Direttore generale at Residence Sara, responded to this review, July 29, 2012
Dear Zaccollins,
I'm very glad that you have written a review online for finding our residence very clean, newly refurbished right in excellent location of the old city centre and reception helpful.

Hope to have you as our guest in the future again and guarantee you a pleasant stay.

The General director and reception-front office would like to thank you
Your opinion is our best adverb

Anastasia Mylonidou
Reception Drt
Residence Sara
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Address: Piazza Barbacan 3, Trieste, Italy
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Location: Italy > Friuli Venezia Giulia > Province of Trieste > Trieste
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #19 of 50 Hotels in Trieste
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situato nella zona pedonale del centro storico di Trieste, a 100 metri dal lungomare e a pochi passi dal porto, il Residence Sara offre sistemazioni spaziose con arredi eleganti.Le camere e gli appartamenti del Residence Sara sono ubicati in edifici separati del XVIII secolo. Gli alloggi sono tutti climatizzati e dotati di una TV a schermo piatto, di un bagno privato con asciugacapelli e articoli da toeletta, e di pavimenti in parquet o piastrellati.Il Residence Sara dista 5 minuti a piedi da Piazza Unità d'Italia e dalla Cattedrale di San Giusto, ed è circondato da numerosi negozi, ristoranti e caffetterie. Potrete gustare una colazione all'italiana con caffè e croissant presso un bar locale. ... more   less 
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