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“Odd check-in”
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Hotel James Joyce
Ranked #17 of 50 Hotels in Trieste
London, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Odd check-in”
Reviewed August 7, 2014

The hotel is located a short walk away from the central Piazza Unita’ down a small alleyway (of which most of the buildings appear to be owned by the small hotel group that runs the James Joyce)

Slightly bizarre that you need to check-in at the Urban Design hotel, on the opposite side of the alleyway to the James Joyce but it looked like it was all part of the same organisation.

The room was quite small (as you’d expect for the very centre of an Italian city), but very comfortable once you’d worked out the combination of where to put things to make sure you can still open doors, sit at desk etc.

Breakfast in the morning was a bit disappointing with only a limited choice, but the waitress made excellent coffee to order.

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Great Location
Friendly and Helpful staff

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled solo
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2 Thank TravellingTom78
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2014

Have just stayed overnight in room 501 of this hotel. Very pleasant stay. Comfortable beds, and AC in room. The bathroom was lovely and very powerful shower! Overall a good little hotel highly recommended for a short Trieste break!

Room Tip: We were in 501. Lift goes to four and a flight of windy steps takes you to 5. Views over roofs of Tr...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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France
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87 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2014

The James Joyce shares the personnel and reception with the Urban Design hotel next door. The word Design indicates the priority. Some very serious training is needed for the reception staff who has no clue how to handle a problem. On the other hand, I appreciated the help with my luggage.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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1 Thank Adrian-StoS
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Keighley, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2014

hotel james joyce is a few minute wallk from Piazza Unità D'Italia in a nice area of trieste plenty of bars and restaurant nearby, hotel was clean good breakfast safe and mini bar in room only ten minute walk from railway station

Room Tip: check in at urban design hotel, lift only goes to fourth floor stair to floor five
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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1 Thank thomas341
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IRELAND
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed May 5, 2014

This boutique hotel is exactly what a small hidden hotel
should be. Named after the Irish writer who lived in Trieste
and penned the famous Ulysses it offers the traveler a most
excellent location, very comfortable room, and an enjoyable bed
and breakfast ambiance somewhat hard to find in such establishments.
the staff also were impressive without being overpowering as is often the
case and for the discerning traveler seeking minimum fuss with maximum
comfort at excellent prices, I would certainly recommend this establishment.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank WOOLFHOUND
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Vienna, Austria
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867 reviews
86 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2014

This hotel is very near to the centre of Trieste / a little hard to find as it is accecable through very small street. We had room of comfortable size with double bed. Check in has to be done by reception of Urban Hotel Design, on the other side of the street - it took a little bit until we have figure it out. If you come by car, reception will arrange pick-up of the car and they service will bring it to the public garage. They will also bring the car at the departure - quite easygoing.
Breakfast is typical Italian, without any specials - breakfast room is a quite small.
Overall good performance

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Geralt-von-Rivia
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed January 28, 2014

We booked to stay in the James Joyce Hotel in January, on arrival I was told we would be getting a free upgrade to the hotel which they partner (called Urban Design) and where they have a 24hr reception. The hotel itself is located in the heart of the city, so I can't fault the location from a tourist point of view. Our room was clean, the bathroom was slightly disappointing as there was no bath, but as we were only staying for one night it wasn't a huge issue. It would have also been nice to have a kettle with tea and coffee in the room, but glasses for water were provided. The breakfast the next day was a ok, I wouldn't say it was amazing, but for the price of the hotel I can't complain. It might have been nice to have cooked breakfasts on offer.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Joules1811
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president57, Proprietario at Hotel James Joyce, responded to this review, May 4, 2014
Dear Joules1811, we are so pleased that you have enjoyed the upgrade! Thanks for your review, we greet you dearly! Manuel
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Property: Hotel James Joyce
Address: Via Dei Cavazzeni 7, 34121, Trieste, Italy
Location: Italy > Friuli Venezia Giulia > Province of Trieste > Trieste
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #17 of 50 Hotels in Trieste
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel James Joyce 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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