Stayed in the James Joyce for a long weekend with my wife. We chose it off Tripadvisor because of the reviews and because it offered wifi. However, I was disappointed. Rooms first: clean, nice furniture but my wife and I had to take turns to access wardrobe and floorspace. Then she opened the window of our second floor room and found herself saying hello to a man sitting two metres away -- the rooms overlook a very narrow alley, no view except right into the hotel rooms opposite. You are close enough to touch, very matey. Anyone wandering down the alley at 2am with drunken mates chatting loudly tends to intrude. Plus, to change the subject, the wifi seemed incompatible with anything Apple. In a sense I didn't mind that, but the sleekly dressed staff at the front desk -- part of the boutique (aaargh!) hotel opposite, which owns the James Joyce -- couldn't have been less interested in helping me sort it out. I gave up, and found a wifi cafe. Therein lies the problem. The whole James Joyce operation felt an after-thought to the bigger hotel opposite, owned by the same people, with a silly name (I've forgotten it). And the James Joyce breakfast room was a bit cynical, space for only about half the hotel's guests if it was full. You eat elbow to elbow with others. Enough griping.On the plus side, the James Joyce was nicely placed, the main square to the right, and the boho, pedestrian strip of bars and cafes to the left. Waterfront straight ahead. I just thought for the price that we were paying, we could have got better value. Most interesting trips (something of a contrast): to the tiny pastry shop where Joyce used to buy his cakes, and where they serve delicious coffee and chocolate; and to the old rice factory memorial -- site of Italy's only concentration camp -- next to the city's football stadium. The site has been incased in high, brutal concrete walls, part art work, part very moving tribute to the dead, lest we forget. Worth a taxi trip. We were the only people there and I'm guessing the Triestini don't make a big deal of it, for obvious reasons, but it was thoughtful and provoking.
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