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“What are your B&B expectations?” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Podere Merlo Antico B&B ed Appartamento con Cucina in Parma

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Podere Merlo Antico B&B ed Appartamento con Cucina in Parma
Ranked #4 of 70 Parma B&B and Inns
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Bella Vista, Arkansas
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“What are your B&B expectations?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2012

It was late May, 2012 and we were two couples touring Europe by car and staying at B&Bs. We wanted clean accommodations, the feeling of being safe with free private parking and Wi-Fi. The Podere Merlo B&B had that and a lot more. It was a little difficult to find and located in what appeared to be an industrial area. However, once inside the gate, it was peaceful sitting outside watching wild life including pheasants and rabbits.
We were not disappointed that we needed to pay our host shortly after we arrived. He also showed us the breakfast room and told us we would not see much of him. Although this isn’t what we normally experience, as visiting with our hosts is one reason why we pick B&Bs over hotels, this didn’t bother us. During our stay we did have several conversations, small talk, with our host Francesco and we only spoke English. He was always pleasant.
The breakfast room was always setup when we arrived with good breakfast items displayed for your selection. It was clean and orderly and the refrigerator was stocked with milk, juice, butter, etc.
If we were to stay in Parma again we would be pleased to stay at the Podere Merlo B&B. It definitely met our expectations.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2011

This B&B was just amazing and totally captured our heart. It's an old farm house that has been renovated so mindfully with an old & rustic charm intact that just takes your breath away. Yet all the modern comfort was uncompromised. We loved our room, which featured exposed wood beams and a lovely view of the farm, its beautiful vintage interior decor and a sleak modern bathroom with hot shower @ all times. The owner, Francesco, was above and beyond to make us feel at home during our stay. It was great to have an access to his bikes to get around Parma and his suggestion for the restaurant was spot on! We'll definately go back to Parma even just to stay at this B&B :-)

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Midorit
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Trumbull, Connecticut
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2011

I stayed here because of all the good comments, however I can't agree with any of them. I was in Italy for a month and this was the worst. The owner was only interested in getting paid the minute we got there. We did not see him for the rest of the 3 days we were there, not even a good bye. The place was located in an industrial zone with horrendous traffic. The farmhouse was very old. We could not open any windows or we would be infested with bugs. Breakfast was OK and standard for the Italians. Don't be fooled by the photos.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Houghton
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2011

This is a must do B&B full of italian authenticity in a beautiful and calm location. We especially appreciated the bikes availability to cycle a mere 10min into town. Just fantastic !

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank backbreaker
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2011

This place is gorgeous, the owner Francesco was so friendly and welcoming (and so were his cats!), I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Galway, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2011

Stayed for 2 nights in this old farmhouse, with lovely 2-ish acre grounds, very secure, about 2KM from central Parma. It is actually surrounded by roads and industrial stuff that post-dates it by 100 years, but it pulls off the oasis of seclusion thing pretty well. Lovely old rooms with original features, stunning relaxation. The very amiable host has good English and lent us bikes to head into Parma on. Only slight disappointing thing was the breakfast, which was a plentiful buffet, but no fresh milk and no hot food (except toast). I think a fry is compulsory in a B&B, but that's just me.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2011

If you make the staircase more child safe then it will be perfect. Thank you for your hospitality.

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ndutoit
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Property: Podere Merlo Antico B&B ed Appartamento con Cucina in Parma
Address: Strada Burla 55, 43122, Parma, Italy
Location: Italy > Emilia-Romagna > Province of Parma > Parma
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 70 B&Bs / Inns in Parma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Treat yourself to the authentic and unforgettable experience of living in PODERE MERLO : an historic 1700 parmesan farmhouse immersed in the peace and quiet of one of the last oases of green in the city, with the convenience of living near the city center without problems of traffic and parking . Podere Merlo is located five minutes from Parma MONUMENTAL AREA, from A1 Highway, from the Trade FAIR and is directly connected by Bus to the RAILWAY STATION Pampered into the atmosphere of our old house, with its perfectly preserved antique furniture and the big park , you can rediscover the excitement of the quiet life of the old times. Since 2009 we proudly offer our guests three B & B service double rooms , large ,quiet and reserved , and a fine APARTMENT WITH KITCHEN for those who wish to independently manage his stay . In Podere Merlo you will have: AIR CONDITIONING PRIVATE PARKING FREE WIFI INTERNET CONNECTION ENTRANCE open at any time - Our B&B double rooms: ROOM OF THE POTTERY STOVE large double room of 25sqm with antique furniture and antique stove in brick. Ideal for families and groups because it can be connected to another double room adjoining . It can be equipped with extra bed and a baby cot. THE ROOM OF HERBS intimate and comfortable , elegantly furnished room used as a single or double room with twin beds THE OLD MANSARD charming attic suite of 33 sqm with exposed beams , antique furniture and pretty typical bathroom. The BREAKFAST ROOM reserved for guests that you can freely use for your living room or eat prepackaged meals . In the room there is always at your disposal: refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster , food warmer , microwave and kettle You'll find a rich and varied breakfast buffet which you can consume any time you want to enjoy your stay in freedom - Our refined APARTMENT WITH KITCHEN , elegantly furnished with period furniture, is ideal for families and groups up to 5 people who prefer to conveniently manage their stay in complete autonomy. The apartment of 65 square meters, is equipped with kitchen space complete with everything needed for cooking, washing machine and a bathroom with two large double bedrooms . In Podere Merlo you will also find : - A library for use with a selection of tourist texts about the city and adjacent areas free consultation. - The PARK , with its large porch for your relaxation - Two BICYCLES free use if you want to explore the historic center closed to car traffic As for us .... We will be happy to give you all the information you will not find on the tourist guides : itineraries to discover the beauty of the city and places to enjoy at the right price the best home cooking, according to your tastes . ... more   less 
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