We booked a studio in this property for 7 days having read reviews on the web. On arrival, we were upgraded to an apartment, which was fantastic for my wife and myself. Had we been a larger group, there was bed space for 3 more people, but only the main bedroom was private, so the accommodation might not suit some larger groups.
The kitchen was very nicely refurbished with a large fridge freezer, induction hob, full size fan oven and a full size dishwasher. Strangely there was no electric kettle - having boiled water in a large saucepan for 1 day we bought a kettle for 20 Euros which was worthwhile just for a week... The bed was large and comfortable and all furniture was good.
The apartments are in a lovely old building very close to the centre of Trieste with numerous small supermarkets within 5 minutes walk. The walk to the railway station or the coast is about 15 mins, We did not have a car and made extensive use of the local buses - the Trieste transport site journey planner is an excellent tool. A return bus ticked to anywhere in the Trieste region is 1.35 Euros and a day ticket 3.80 Euros. The ticket machines are terrible - we lost a few Euros in jammed machines - and found it was best to buy tickets from the many 'Piccolo' kiosks that sell them. It took us a while to realise that no locals seemed to use the machines and there must be an alternative.
Apart from visits within the city of Trieste we took the train to Venice for 1 day (about 2 hours and 22 Euros return from Trieste Central station directly to Venice Saint Lucia which is a natural place from which to walk or take a boat tour of Venice).
We also visited Grotta Gigante (bus 42) which is apparently the largest tourist cave in Europe and was an amazing experience. The guide was excellent - but be aware that there is a total of 1000 sites (500 down and 500 up) to negotiate. These seemed extremely safe and the guide took a steady pace - but for some this attraction may not be appropriate.
We also took the bus to Koper in Slovenia. This is a lovely old town which has been beautifully preserved and then surrounded by modern infrastructure including a modern port - which does rather overshadow the coast line. The bus from Trieste drops you on the outskirts (at the Railway Station) from where you can take a local bus to the old town, or simply walk about 2kms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Residence San Marco is set in the heart of Trieste and features modern self-catering apartments, each containing art by a different 20th-century master.Have total freedom to organise your stay as you wish in your own apartment complete with free Wi-Fi connection, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge and freezer.The apartments at Residence San Marco are all clean and spacious with a fun, contemporary design. The location is unbeatable if you want to be right in the city centre. ... more less
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