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Hotel James Joyce
Ranked #17 of 50 Hotels in Trieste
London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“This hotel should be rated no more than 2 ** ....”
Reviewed October 20, 2010

I did spend the last night of an amazing holiday in this hotel - NEVER again!

Location – very central (my only positive point)

Cleanness
1) first check: dust everywhere in the bedroom plus weird smell
2) Second check: bathroom ; toilet not well cleaned and overall sense of dirty space

Parking – they park it for you for 20€/dd (even if you leave it there just for 10h); I told the reception the night before i was getting the car at 9.30 but at 10 was not there yet

Breakfast – avoid the “fresh food “ offer from breakfast room; go out (quicker and better)

Overall - I will never ever come back to this hotel or reccomend to anyone

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 20, 2010

Stayed in the James Joyce for a long weekend with my wife. We chose it off Tripadvisor because of the reviews and because it offered wifi. However, I was disappointed. Rooms first: clean, nice furniture but my wife and I had to take turns to access wardrobe and floorspace. Then she opened the window of our second floor room and found herself saying hello to a man sitting two metres away -- the rooms overlook a very narrow alley, no view except right into the hotel rooms opposite. You are close enough to touch, very matey. Anyone wandering down the alley at 2am with drunken mates chatting loudly tends to intrude. Plus, to change the subject, the wifi seemed incompatible with anything Apple. In a sense I didn't mind that, but the sleekly dressed staff at the front desk -- part of the boutique (aaargh!) hotel opposite, which owns the James Joyce -- couldn't have been less interested in helping me sort it out. I gave up, and found a wifi cafe. Therein lies the problem. The whole James Joyce operation felt an after-thought to the bigger hotel opposite, owned by the same people, with a silly name (I've forgotten it). And the James Joyce breakfast room was a bit cynical, space for only about half the hotel's guests if it was full. You eat elbow to elbow with others. Enough griping.On the plus side, the James Joyce was nicely placed, the main square to the right, and the boho, pedestrian strip of bars and cafes to the left. Waterfront straight ahead. I just thought for the price that we were paying, we could have got better value. Most interesting trips (something of a contrast): to the tiny pastry shop where Joyce used to buy his cakes, and where they serve delicious coffee and chocolate; and to the old rice factory memorial -- site of Italy's only concentration camp -- next to the city's football stadium. The site has been incased in high, brutal concrete walls, part art work, part very moving tribute to the dead, lest we forget. Worth a taxi trip. We were the only people there and I'm guessing the Triestini don't make a big deal of it, for obvious reasons, but it was thoughtful and provoking.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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north yorkshire, england
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Reviewed August 31, 2009

Right in the centre of the old town of Trieste, convenient for eating, drinking, shopping and sightseeing. Delighted to find the rooms and bathrooms have been modernised and even include luxuries like a flat screen TV (we didn't have occasion to watch, however). Partner to the Urban Hotel opposite where reception (and sometimes breakfast) is located. Lovely to enter the via Cavazzini and feel instantly cool, as though it was air conditioned.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 23, 2008

I stayed here a couple of days in October with a group of friends and found my stay at the James Joyce almost perfect. Located in an old and historic alley - across its larger and more expensive Urban Hotel - the newly renovated rooms are stylish and very comfortable. The breakfast was excellent, with fabulous coffees made to order by a friendly and efficient staff. Some old buildings in the little street are currently being transformed into what seemed to be high-end apartments, so there is a good amount of construction noise during the weekdays, the only thing that bothered me a little bit. The hotel itself and its staff, however, are perfect for a stay in Trieste.

  • Liked — stylishly renovated and very comfortable rooms, excellent breakfast
  • Disliked — noise from nearby construction - but that is not the hotel's fault
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
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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
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel James Joyce 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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