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“Beautiful Apartment in heart of historic Turin” 5 of 5 stars
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Via stampatori 4, 10122 Turin, Italy (Centro)   |  
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“Beautiful Apartment in heart of historic Turin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We stayed here 2 nights in October. The B&B was very spacious, beautifully and simply decorated with live orchids in all the rooms, very clean. Bed was super comfortable with amazing bedding. Area was very quite on a side street, about a 10 minute walking distance from the secondary train station and about 20 minute walk to the main train station. Very centrally located. Elana was a wonderful host and very helpful in helping us pick out places to eat and things to see. Private wi-fi with password.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights in september 2012. This is a really nice B&B, with recently renovated rooms and baths. The rooms are large by European standards, exceptionally clean, and well appointed. We had no problem finding it, and really enjoyed the outdoor terrace and the convenient location. Our hosts were friendly and very helpful, and we thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant recommendations as well as the help up the stairs with our bags. The work on the frescoes with the scaffolding was a bit distracting, but the workmen did not disturb us at all, and kept the site remarkably clean and unobtrusive. Elena was a terrific hostess, and we definitely recommend this B&B.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

What a find! (And finding it is actually a bit of an accomplishment - but well worth the hunt!)

My husband and I recently stayed here on a short side-trip from Switzerland. Located within easy walking distance from Porta Susa, this B&B has it all. The only thing lacking was the offering of a map and any information on things to see and do in Tourino. The apartment we stayed in had two bedrooms and a common room for breakfast. Our bedroom was actually a suite, with a bedroom, large sitting room, and bathroom. Lovely church bells chimed all morning so if you’re a light sleeper, be prepared. Otherwise, the bed was quite comfortable and there were reading lights on both sides. (YEAH!) The bathroom was nicely appointed and two of us could move around in it quite comfortably – handy when you’re in hurry to start the day. Breakfast was abundant and delivered right at the requested time. Fresh fruit, yogurt, cake, bread, jam, juice, and coffee. Surprisingly, the coffee was sub-standard but thankfully good coffee is just a few steps away.

The location, too, was excellent. Very near to shopping, restaurants, bars, and sightseeing. We will definitely consider staying here should we ever return to Turin

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

We stayed here for 5 nights in September 2012. We enjoyed staying here; the location was great and very easy to access everything and on a nice side street off a main high street. Elena was very friendly and helpful, the breakfast was substantial and yummy, the rooms were 100% clean and nicely decorated with just the right level of character.

A note on the rooms: We stayed in the smaller room on the first night and were moved to the larger room from then on. The smaller room would have been a bit tight as it is a bedroom and bathroom and the larger rooms has a bedroom, larger bathroom, hall and living room. I think we would have been less happy if we had been in the smaller room the whole time. There was no explanation of this before we travelled and the price only changes depending on whether you are a single person or two of you. We may have felt short changed in the smaller room for the same price.

We had some minor things that we noticed would be improvements (rather than criticisims) 1. we had to ask for a hairdryer, would be nice if it was just in the room (it does say they have them in the rooms) 2. there was only ever just enough toilet paper which did leave us at 10pm at night thinking 'i hope we don't run out before they clean the room tomorrow' - would be good just to always have a spare 3. there is only one bedside table on one side of the bed - this seems rather odd and meant that my clock, phone and water had to sit on the floor 4. it would have been useful to have the wi-fi password available written down somewhere as we were told it on arrival when we were tired and had lots of other info to take in and thus promptly forgot it (plus its italian so doesnt stick in the brain as it would in your own language, although this won't apply to italians!) so didn't actually have access to wifi till we remembered to ask on day three.

All in all, and despite these points, we loved staying here and had a great time and would recommend it.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Yes, in the center of the center of Torino, two hundreds meters from Shroud of Turin, fifty meters from main street. Silent, luxury. Walking distance to all parts of old city. We where parking one hundred meters from B&B on public parking place for half day and night ~21 Euros.

  • Stayed September 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Stayed here for 3 nights in mid-July in an apartment that had a communal lounge/ dining/ kitchen (all one room) then separate locked doorways that lead firstly into a bedroom with an ensuite bathroom (which was occupied by another guest) and secondly into an area that had a large bedroom, another lounge/sitting area with a large bathroom leading off the lounge/sitting room i.e. not ensuite but not an issue (which was occupied by ourselves). Both of the separate areas shared a balcony that was accessed via the bedrooms. I understand that the owners own another apartment in the same building (in addition to the one that they live in) and some descriptions on Trip Advisor may be of that apartment rather than this apartment. The apartment is located in the Palazzo Scalaglia di Verrua, a building which dates from the late 16th century. There is a wooden door that leads from an inner courtyard inside the Palazzo onto Via Stampatori which is used by all the residents in the building to enter/exit the Palazzo. Unfortunately the frescoes on the walls of the Palazzo surrounding the courtyard were in the process of being restored and were covered in plastic and scaffolding.

The apartment was beautifully renovated and furnished and exceptionally clean with fresh flowers in the communal area and the bedroom. The bed was excellent and had very good pillows and good quality cotton sheets. There were fluffy towels in the large bathroom, which had a good sized shower (no bath) and the shower pressure was also good. There was an air-conditioning unit in the lounge/sitting room that cooled down that area of the apartment that we were staying in (including the bedroom) fairly well.

Whilst there was a kitchen in the communal area with a cook top, fridge etc I do not believe that cooking was encouraged as there were no cooking utensils, plates, glasses etc. Elana did happily bring us a couple of wine glasses and some plates and a knife to have cheese when we requested same one morning. We also used the fridge to store some fruit, water, wine and cheese.

The other positive features of this apartment I considered to be:

- Position: Centrally located. Via Stampatori is pedestrian only at that end of the street where the Palazzo is located. From the front door of the Palazzo it is a 1 to 2 minute walk to via Guiseppe Garibaldiari, also a pedestrian only street that is one of the main shopping streets in Turin. A further 9 to 10 minute walk up via Garibaldi takes you to Piazza Castello where there is a tourist information office as well as a number of attractions including the Palazzo Reale. In a different direction, a 10 minute walk from the doors of the B&B will bring you to Piazza della Repubblica which contains the largest open-air markets in Southern Europe. Fruit/vegetables/ meat/fish/ cheese etc plus clothing and other wares. The markets are open in the mornings during the week and appear to stay open a little later on Saturdays. There is also a self service laundry in one of the buildings fronting the markets just off via Milano.

On our other 2 visits to Turin we had stayed up near Porta Nuova Station, which apart from being a little bit of a seedier end of town, we found to be further away from a lot of the main attractions, eating and shopping areas. B & B Via Stampatori is certainly in a great central location.

- No deposit required. This is a significant benefit as often it costs a reasonable sum of money to forward a deposit via a bank or Western Union, particularly when the owners do not accept credit cards. Elana simply requested that we pay in cash in full during the course of our stay.

- Friendliness and responsiveness of the owners Elana and her husband Carlo. My emails were always responded to within 24 hours. Elana was also very welcoming and hospitable. She is clearly very proud of the quality of her apartments, and rightly so. Carlo also hepled us up the stairs with our suitcases.

CONS:

- Stairs. There were 4 doorways and 57 stairs, up several flights, to get to the apartment. I had read conflicting reports about the number of flights so decided just to count the stairs. The first doorway was from via Stampatori into the Palazzo courtyard. This was often open during the day. There was another locked doorway from the courtyard to access the stairway up to the offices and apartments in that wing of the Palazzo. There was a deadlatch on the door to gain entry into the apartment and a further locked doorway to access our section of the apartment. There was no safe in the apartment but given the aforementioned we felt that our belongings were reasonably safe. The staircase was wide at the bottom then narrowed a little as you climbed higher.

- No parking. Whilst Elana advised that there was parking within the blue marked areas in the surrounding streets this was at a cost of between euro1-50 and euro 2-00 per hour during the course of the day (from about 8-00am to 7-30pm). The owners appear to have an arrangement with a car park in via Bligny which is some 8-10 minutes walk away. It cost us Euro50 to park for 3 days. Unfortunately given Turin's complicated one-way system, the car park is a good 2.5klms drive away from the apartment. Also cars are restricted from driving in central Turin before 10-30am in the morning. Elana has thought of this by allowing check-out to be 11-00am.

- Breakfast - I note some previous reviewers have commented very favourably on this aspect. Unfortunately I was underwhelmed by this experience. Elana brought up the breakfast on trays at a preagreed time each morning and laid it out beautifully on the table. The croissants or cake were obviously purchased fresh (or made) that morning and what there was of it was OK. Whilst this is Italy, the breakfast was very minimalist by any measure and if you had a problem with wheat then there was very little else to eat. A typical breakfast was one small glass of fruit juice, one small bowl of fruit salad with yoghurt (although this was missing on one morning), 2/3 croissants, fresh bread, 3 types of jam, tea and coffee. We supplemented this with fruit purchased from the markets.

- Other small issues - there was no plug/stopper in the hand basin which was inconvenient. Elana said it had been stolen but from the way she answered I gathered this had been some time ago. Also there were no maps in the apartment. Elena had commented that she did not want to be a hotel but I thought a map would have been handy when you first arrived, particularly when Elana was suggesting places to go/eat etc. These issues were at odds with the beautiful apartment, furnishings and other extras such as the fresh flowers.

Other comments. We found the apartment was difficult to locate (the website now has the number of the Palazzo on it) but there was no B & B sign outside of the front of the building to indicate you had arrived at your destination. Rather there was a plaque on a stand giving a brief history of the Palazzo Scalagia di Verrua, which was on the left hand side of the doorway leading into the courtyard as you stood facing the front of the building, and two columns of buttons indicating the various occupants of the apartments on the right hand side. One of the names next to one of the buttons was "Boggio Marzet". We rang this, as unfortunately Elana's phone was not answering, and Elana's husband Carlo came down to greet us.

The Palazzo is in a pedestrian only part of via Stampatori. We had a GPS and entered into it that we wanted to go to a building number in the middle of the street, rather than to no. 4, which meant that we came into via Stampatori in a section were cars were allowed and we were able to drive along it until we reached a small piazza called "Piazetta Andrea Viglongo". There were a number of small cafes in this piazzas. Here we parked the car to unload the suitcases. The Palazzo is about 100 metres on the left further up the via Stampatori towards via Guiseppe Garibaldi just past a reataurant. You will cross a narrow road along the way.

Notwithstanding the cons we would happily stay at B & B Stampatori and would recommend it to anyone who did not have an issue with stairs.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

What a privilege to stay in Elena Boggio's wonderful B&B in this amazing Renaissance palace in the heart of Turin. Everything was perfect, from Elena's warm welcome and local restaurant recommendation (the Consorzio is a must) to the splendid breakfast brought to us the next morning, complete with beautifully prepared fresh fruit, yoghurt and jams. Our room (at the top of the building) was more like an apartment, with views over three courtyards, our own balcony, and an excellent bathroom with luxurious fluffy towels. I have never written a review on TripAdvisor before, but this was so good I felt I must.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: Via stampatori 4, 10122 Turin, Italy
Location: Italy > Piedmont > Province of Turin > Turin > Centro
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