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“Very good budget accommodation.” 5 of 5 stars
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Albergo Houston
Viale Francesco Petrarca, 134 | Zona Grillo, 57124, Livorno, Italy   |  
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Ranked #30 of 31 Livorno B&B and Inns
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“Very good budget accommodation.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

Livorno is a good city to base oneself for travel to other nearby cities, as well as a good city to explore on its own. Hotel Houston albergo is a great alternative to higher-priced hotels. While it may not have the amenities of a 5-star hotel, it's definitely top-notch in terms of budget accommodation.

The owners use hygienic sheets on its beds & pillows, ensuring good hygiene & cleanliness, in addition to regular cleaning (sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, etc.). The artistic/artsy yet simple decor makes one feel welcome, at home, comfortable upon walking in, providing an extra incentive to creative/artist types. Small meals/snacks are provided at extra (cheap) cost, and there's a hot drink machine in reception. A little store right downstairs (turn right upon walking outside) provides cheap food/snacks, and restaurants & pasticcerias abound in the area. Wi-fi is available, and there are small TVs attached to the walls in each room. Rooms don't have telephones, but with all of the exploring you'll be doing, you likely won't need one. Because the albergo is on a busy street, it can get a bit noisy during the day; closing your windows will not eliminate the noise, but it'll decrease the noise.

In sum, this accommodation can appeal to different travelers seeking a budget-friendly, clean, and simple place to rest one's head at any time of the year.
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Bonus tip: avoid dining in the pizzeria next door (to the left of and attached to the hotel). Food is an art in Italy; unfortunately, the pizzeria next door hasn't mastered that art at all.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
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Kihindei, Owner at Albergo Houston, responded to this review, November 27, 2011
Thank you for the wonderful review! We enjoyed having you as a guest! Hopefully you will come back in the near future, as we are in the process of expanding our services. Personally, I am sorry about your experience at the restaurant next door to us. We aren't affiliated with that company but as a result of your experience, we have put together a list of the best and friendliest restaurants that are within walking distance, as well as those who provide delivery to the hotel. Once again thank you!
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Address: Viale Francesco Petrarca, 134 | Zona Grillo, 57124, Livorno, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Livorno > Livorno
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Livorno
Price Range (Based on Average Rates):
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a family owned hotel specifically for traveling families and tourists on a budget. Our property presents an artistic feel but the safety of our guests is paramount. It is for this reason, we require all guests to have a proper photo Identification card and passport. The location: We are on the most important in Italy! The old "Aurelia" built by the ancient Romans Highway No. 1 who was born in Rome and ends in France; in our section called Viale Francesco Petrarca. It 'a road to 3 lanes in each direction. Every 20 minutes a bus passes for each direction of travel. We provide free to request a map of the city. We are 900 meters from the city center. If you are driving a few minutes you will be at sea. A 4 traffic lights at the bottom of the road on the left you will find the marina. ... more   less 
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