I had been exploring the lakes region in Northern Italy with the family this Easter and Brescia was a good choice for the eastern areas. I wanted a hotel in that location at a reasonable price (breakfast included), free parking, free wireless internet. All that was available at the Regal Hotel plus a family room which is convenient and cheaper generally compared to two separate rooms, so it ticked all the boxes.
Arriving at the Hotel the first impression from the outside was slightly underwhelming as it looks old fashioned in a 60's or 70's kind of way.
Nevertheless inside it is better and has obviously been kept up to date. Up through the small elevator into a nice and spacious room. For a few extra Euro we could have the use of a kitchen which we didn't need but we were allowed to use the small refrigerator which was useful to keep water, fruits and the local cheeses we purchased.
The bathroom especially was very big with two separate rooms, very useful for the family since one could take a shower and the rest use the sink at the same time.
Wireless internet was free as advertised but due to a law we had to get a password from the hotel which meant that only one devise can be online at a time which displeased today's children with their i-pods each with its own wi-fi capability.
Breakfast was adequate with helpful staff keeping the buffet stocked and serving very good cappuccino. Nothing else to set it apart though.
The main problem was the noise. The hotel is right next to a street with traffic around the clock plus it is across a hospital so you get the occasional siren from the incoming ambulances. It took me two nights to get used to the constant traffic hum but there was more noise coming from the rest of the guests upstairs. Hardwood floors (or laminated) are attractive but when you move some furniture or rolling your suitcases it creates lots of noise especially for the people downstairs. Hotels must have carpeted rooms!
One nice touch was a vending machine available and a coffee machine making surprisingly good cappuccino - quite convenient.
As a conclusion I can't really fault the hotel so it may seem harsh that I ticked the "no" for a recommendation but the noise is the main reason for that.
- Also Known As:
- Regal Hotel Brescia
- Brescia Regal Hotel
- Regal Brescia
- Brescia Regal
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel offers 10 soundproof double rooms, each having private bathroom with shower or bathtub and hairdryer. The rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, mini bar, mini safe and balcony. ... more less
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