The only real problem with this hotel is the bizarre claim that it is a 5-star establishment. It’s not. Not even close.
The rooms are smallish and quaint, in a slightly faded “Mittel-European” way. There were no pictures on the wall of our room, just two empty hooks over an expanse of faded and torn wallpaper. One of the wall-mounted bedside lights had a piece of string dangling from it which served as the on/off cord. The floors are not carpeted, they just have cheap, thin parquet flooring, which makes it unpleasant if you have people walking around above you. Standard four-star touches like slippers, pads of paper, pens, extra pillows, and bathrobes were non-existent.
The public areas of the hotel are no better. The hallway leading to our room had a low ceiling, dim lighting, and a large metal emergency door at the end. Immediately outside our door water was dripping through the ceiling from the restaurant kitchen above; two small puddles of water were constantly on the floor.
The location is poor, on a busy motorway about 5 km from the charming downtown of Trieste. Yes, some rooms look out over the Adriatic, but the noise on that side of the building is deafening and relentless. The only staff member we saw was the gentleman who seemed to do duty as the bellman, receptionist and concierge. He was friendly and helpful.
All-in-all this is an adequate, mid-level hotel. Three-star perhaps. None of these flaws are fatal; I’ve stayed in far worse places and many were entirely satisfactory and good value for the money. But I’ve also stayed in many 5-star hotels – and this definitely isn’t one. The only way this place is 5-star is on a scale of 10.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the exclusive Barcola district; 5 minutes to the city center & overlooking the Gulf of Trieste; on-site restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Greif Maria Theresia Trieste