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Urban Hotel Design
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Androna Chiusa 4, 34121 Trieste, Italy   |  
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Ranked #11 of 50 hotels in Trieste
Sarajevo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Simply Urban”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

I do often reside in Trieste whether it's a weekend dedicated to this pleasant city, whether it be intermediate stop on the way to or returning from some distant destination. In the past 6-7 years, this is, I think, the fourth time that I have chosen Urban Hotel. Well, I notice that only strict eye can notice the decline of the quality of services. Breakfast - do not change anything during last 6 years, still basic and satisfactory. Recent improvements - wifi free. However, in Trieste, there are several hotels that for the same, or slightly higher price offer a different atmosphere. Bad things about Urban: Small rooms. No free parking. (Probably an unfair comment. The hotel is in the center of town. There is the possibility of parking for an additional fee as a standard hotel service, or to park in the blue parking signs and pay as prescribed by the city authorities...

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Vienna, Austria
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42 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

I loved this hotel. It is the right combination of old, traditional building mixed with modern interior design! the location is unbeatable - right in the city center. the rooms are lovely and big with a very modern and efficient bathroom. free wlan is offered. breakfast is basic and served in a lovely room. parking is a bit difficult, but down at the habour is always enough space.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bath, United Kingdom
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Positives: fantastic location (next to main Piazza). Stylish, minimalistic décor. Room was very clean and spacious- the loft apartment was easily big enough for a family of 4. Technically we booked a double room but they did not charge us for 2 extra beds and breakfasts. Friendly, English speaking staff who are happy to advise on cheap parking. Fridge and free wifi in the room. Breakfast is included (delicious and lots of selection).

Negatives: both restaurants recommended by reception were closed and 1 was very difficult to find. The view from our room was hideous, so best to keep the stylish curtains shut. Unlike the lovely interior décor the exterior of the hotel is not particularly attractive.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

I stay in a hotel most weeks and have stayed in lots of countries, including Italy, so this rating is based on many comparisons.

Biggest asset is the hotel's location: just yards from the main square and 3 minutes from the sea front. The hotel looks slighly odd and misshapen from the outside. However the check-in was very efficient and quick with the staff noticeably friendly and helpful.

The room was slighly small but perfectly adequate. It was contemporary and very much with a minimilist style: crisp and clean rather than cosy. The wardrobe space was limited and could have been a problem if we'd been there more than 4 days.

One big omission was the lack of a kettle to make drinks in the room. This was the first time in over 30 years I've seen a room without one. For all I know, this might be typical for Trieste but I've had a kettle elsewhere in Italy. In particular, it made waking up in the morning that much less pleasant. It felt tough to have to wait until breakfast for the first hot drink, especially when you got only one coffee then.

Breakfast was buffet style and was good and in a fairly pleasant small breakfast room. Many Brits and Americans might find it inadequate - 'full English' it wasn't - but this is typical for the continent. There was ample food, a wide choice and you could eat as much as you liked.

The outstanding aspect of this hotel was the staff. They were effiicient, invariably pleasant, friedly and helpful. I know we should be able to expect his as basic but this seemed a genuine attitude as opposed to the drilled-in training that is common elsewhere.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Location is excellent - literally yards from Piazza dell'Unita - center of Trieste. Rooms a real value, if a bit sparse for my taste. Excellent breakfast, friendly and helpful staff. Left wanting for nothing.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We stayed here for one night and found Urban Design well designed (living up to its name), conveniently central, near the grand piazza, yet set back from any noisy road. The simple modern decor is combined with very friendly, helpful service. Our room was comfortable and clean, overlooking a quiet pedestrian street and the bathroom was very good. Breakfast was excellent. The hotel, being near the sea-front, but also at the bottom of the hill of St. Giusto cathedral, was a great starting-point for walks anywhere in the city. We would stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Porto, Portugal
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Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Very central hotel, with natural parking issues for those traveling by car and a quite expensive parking service (24€). It is just nex to central Trieste square, a short walk from everything.

The rooms are good, with a nice bathroom, mininal decoration, a comfy bed.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Urban Hotel Design

Address: Androna Chiusa 4, 34121 Trieste, Italy
Location: Italy > Friuli Venezia Giulia > Province of Trieste > Trieste
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Trieste
#7 Luxury Hotel in Trieste
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Urban Hotel Design 4*
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