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Hotel Continental Genova
Ranked #6 of 90 Hotels in Genoa
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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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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

This is a very nice old hotel, staff is friendly and it is only a short walk to the center of town. The breakfast is great, the buffet has a huge variety, staff friendly and the rooms were clean and spacious. Warmly recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

Narrow-fronted mature establishment just a 2 minute walk from Genoa's station.

Once inside the tiny lobby, we were warmly welcomed by the happiest, friendliest receptionist you could ever wish to meet, and then steered towards the historic steel-caged elevator to find our suite.

Once inside, we found we had a large plain lounge (with kitchenette) furnished in a classic style with plenty of room to accommodate a dining table and chairs, desk, small sofa, what used to be known as a pouffe, and a cabinet providing a base for a large flat screen TV. The kitchenette area had tea and coffee making facilities, but it had no accoutrements except for a utensil rack. The fridge, which doubled as a minibar, was most efficient for cooling beers from the minimarket down the road, and we hijacked requisite glasses from the gratis water provision in the lobby.

The adjoining bedroom was fine - big firm bed with plenty of pillows. The wardrobe was capacious with plenty of hangers and cupboard space and an easy to use safe. A cupboard opposite the bed had plenty of drawers and provided a base for another large flatscreen TV - with Italian Sky!

Bathroom facilities were just by the front door. A sliding door screened a compact room with double sinks in a marble top with the loo (two seat studs missing, so slight camber prevailed when in use) and bidet opposite. The bath at the end of the room seemed to have whirlpool facilities and also housed the shower facility - a hand held attachment wedged into a bar on the wall. The very small and erratic shower head was at least always capable of providing hot water although the concept of using taps turning in opposite directions within only a quarter turn for full blast was a cerebral challenge.

Doesn't sound too bad - until we saw the view! Housed over the hotel's air conditioning unit, the jumble of large labyrinthine ducting was both ugly and noisy - the latter compounded by the racket of the elderly air-conditioning in the room itself. This irksome drone was always in the background, so if you are a light sleeper bring earplugs.

Breakfast was taken in the hotel's Tralalero Trattoria. Probably ok for 10E a pop - there seemed a reasonable choice but actually nothing special and the heated dishes had a fairly alarming mix of stringy bacon, bullet like sausages and scrambled egg that you wouldn't want to even look at, let alone eat, if feeling delicate

We dined in the hotel twice, on both occasions we were situated on the attractive terrace overlooking the illuminated station across the way. First time was just fine and very reasonable. Second time descended into chaos as the waitresses went AWOL for ages. We were ok as we had just about concluded the second course of our meal and were able to beat a retreat whilst others were left waiting at tables covered in the detritus of their predecessors.

The hotel was very accommodating about allowing us to print out flight departure tickets from their lobby computer. When we left, the bill was so far wrong we spent 20 minutes in a civilised debate swapping calculations and receipts and room tax equations until we agreed on the correct amount.

As for Genoa itself, I actually liked it a lot. Whilst near to the station, the hotel is at the extremity of the old area and about 10 minutes walk to the harbour due south. Lots of ethnicity in the dark narrow alleys in between, with a disconcerting quantity of amazonian pneumatic ladies plying their trade quite openly. The harbour is active with droves of street hawkers specialising in umbrella sales due to the regular rain showers which seem to prevail. However, stick to the main streets (which includes all the museums you'll need) in the older area and get to the central Plaza Ferrari area and then the swish downtown shopping area is beyond.

I would contend that there are no decent restaurants near the hotel itself, so we were using taxis at 10E a shout to get to the town centre very soon after our arrival. An alternative is the metro which is behind the main line station and about 5 minutes walk from the hotel. However, it shuts about 22.00 - ish.

If I was revisiting, and it's pretty unlikely that I would be arriving by train, I would certainly be looking at somewhere right across the town in the more city centre style area next time round.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

The staff were very pleasant and helpful. The position was fine (but failed to find good restaurants.) but there is better in centre. Breakfast was very good but a little chaotic on the Sunday morning when we had to get cutlery etc ourselves as they were understaffed.
However there was nowhere to sit and relax except for a couple of settees in the small lobby.We were not offered the facilities of the hotel next door and our room was very small with barely a foot between the bed (comfortable) and the desk and suitcase stand. The bathroom was tiny with nowhere to put our toilet bags. It was only suitable for one person, not 2 as we had to take it in turns to get dressed, access the wardrobe. Disappointing experience.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

Stayed here for 5 nights and found the hotel very convenient as its close by the station. As I hate taking taxis it was great and it allowed me to get around the surrounding area i.e. Cinque Terre and Portofino. Staff were very helpful and the breakfast was wonderful, enough to keep you going most of the day. Still close enough to walk to the old city and the new port area. Would recommend this hotel to anyone travelling on trains around Europe, at least you can dump the luggage and get on with sightseeing.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for 3 days and excellent location and breakfast. It is located in the heart city and across the port of Genoa. You can explore the city on foot within 10 minutes. Breakfast was excellent and fully and fruitful menu. It is very close to airport and can find this hotel easily.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Continental Genova
Address: Via All'Arsenale di Terra 1, 16126, Genoa, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Genoa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 90 Hotels in Genoa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Continental Genova 4*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The historic Hotel Continental Genova Art Nouveau style, completely renovated with strategic location opposite Genova Principe Train Station and walking distance from the Genova downtown. It offers elegant air conditioned rooms with parquet floors, free Wi-Fi, Media set Premium TV channels. Some rooms include a Jacuzzi bath and have bow windows overlooking historical Piazza Acquaverde. In the morning is served delicious rich buffet breakfast with local fresh products. In the Tralalero Genovese Trattoria can be tasted Italian dishes and savored Liguria specialties. Multi -functional congress rooms with day light and plenary congress hall with capacity up to 230 persons. ... more   less 
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