I spent 2 weeks at this hotel January 17-29, 2010. I am a travel agent and my husband had to go to Turin on business. His company chose this hotel. I was leary because it was outside of the city center of Turin, where we have stayed before. I was concerned about how I would get into the city, easily and without great expense.
When we arrived, I was suprised at the new building (apparently it's only been open a bit over a year). It was very Italian in design. Lobby was nice, people at the desk extremely pleasant and helpful. Neither my husband nor I speak Italian. The person at the desk pointed out to us that the metro station was right across the street and it costs 1 euro to get into the city, which takes about 10 minutes. It drops you off at the Porta Nuevo station, which is perfect.
Our room was pleasant. Large windows that open for fresh air. The thermostat controls would not allow the room to become as cool as I liked, so I would open the windows. That alleviated to much heat in the room. We had a room with a king size bed. They have larger rooms that have couches and larger living quarters, which were nice as well. But since my husband's company was footing the bill, we were given the room that was assigned to us.
Furnishings were pleasant, nice clean Italian lines. Linens were fine. Everything was clean. The floors were a wooden plank floor, not carpeted like many hotels. The bathroom was large enough with one sink and a standing shower, no tub. There are also speakers in the bathroom, which allow you to hear the television if it is on in the room.
There is wireless access in the rooms, but you have to pay for it. We found that most annoying and quite expensive. A 1/2 an hour costs 5 euros, one hour 10 euros. They should really look at their policy for that since it is a business hotel.
There is a breakfast buffet, which was more than adequate, I thought. I'm also a chef, so food is always of great concern to me. They offered fresh cut fruit in bowl, which was nice. Also offered pieces of fresh fruit like apples, bananas, etc. They had a variety of croissants and rolls, breads and the like. There was a display of cold meats, cheeses, fresh mozerella, tomatoes, and canned peaches. Also offered were a variety of cold cereals and milk and some yogurts. One morning I tried their scrambled eggs and bacon that they had in a chaffing dish, but they were not to my liking or my husbands. Dried up and not very good. That would be my only complaint. They offer juice and water, plus a coffee machine. Being very fussy about coffee and knowing how Italians love their coffee, I asked the waitstaff to make me a cappachino every morning and they happily obliged. So I can't speak about the coffee in the machine, although people said it was fine.
Taking the Metro into the city center was wonderful. One of the nicest metro lines I have ever been on. It's brand new because it was built for the 2006 Olympic games. It's very efficient and clean. And for 1 euro a ride, you can't beat it. I would take it into the city in the morning, spend the day in the city, come back to the hotel in the evening to get my husband then we would take it into the city for dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants.
The neighborhood surrounding the hotel is a nice little neighborhood. We ate lunch one day at a little pizza parlor a few blocks from the hotel and it was good. Every day, about 5 blocks from the hotel, an open air market is set up from 9 a.m. to about 1 or 2 p.m. I visited that numerous times. I love the open air markets with all of the fruits, vegetables, fresh meats and fish and many other things for sale.It's where all of the locals go to do their shopping. Great fun to wander about.
This is a very good place to stay on business, because the rates are reasonable and you have easy access to the metro to take you into the city center. Would I stay if I were going for leisure travel? I tend to like 5 star properties for leisure travel, but if my budget wouldn't allow that, I would certainly consider staying here.
- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Turin-Corso Francia Hotel
- Holiday Inn Turin-Corso Francia Hotel Turin
- Holiday Inn Turin
- Turin Holiday Inn
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Turin Corso Francia, which opened in February 2006, is ideally located, a few minutes from the old city centre of Turin, where the Egyptian Museum, Royal Palace and Film Museum, inside the Mole Antonelliana, are located.The modern-style bedrooms, all perfectly soundproofed, provide all the amenities sought after by Business and Leisure Clients.The hotel is easy to reach using the main means of transport both from the railway stations of Porta Nuova and Porta Susa, with the new Underground station (Piazza Massaua), located in front of the hotel, and from the Sandro Pertini airport. All the Via Lattea ski resorts made famous by the Turin Winter Olympics 2006 are within easy reach.The Olimpic Stadium is just a few minutes distance.Holiday Inn Turin Corso Francia is perfect for organising any type of event thanks to the Congress Centre with seven meeting rooms with cutting-edge technological equipment and fast WI-FI Internet connection.The 'Fermata Venchi internal restaurant offers a comfortable and relaxing ambience where you can enjoy traditional regional, national and international dishes.Free Mini Gym.Large internal garage.Holiday Inn Turin Corso Francia, for business or leisure, your home away from home, just a short way from the heart of Turin. ... more less
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