To start off, I can say that the Golden Palace is not quite like any other hotel we've stayed in. But there are different sides to the experience of what I call the "Hotel Zork" for people who are old enough to have played the old text computer game.
This property was done over in what was obviously an attempt at a 5-star hotel, in time for the 2006 Winter Olympics...but the results were a bit strange. The lobby, lounges, and restaurants on the ground floor are all very elegant, but in finding one's room, particularly if, as we were, one is installed in "Golden Two" may require a detailed map, or a trail of breadcrumbs to find the lobby again. And don't think that the elevators in "Golden Two" will somehow lead back to the lobby. Instead, they will lead to a series of dead ends or "FIRE EXIT ONLY" doors, or out into courtyards that are quite as securely gated and locked as any penitentiary.
The room was nice enough, if a bit small for a "superior" room (to which we were upgraded for free), and had a good queen bed and an elaborate set of controls for lights and window curtains.
The bathroom was furnished with top-end fixtures, with amenities to match, but is a rather sad case, as the room itself was too cramped to fit all these items in. Dropping the bidet might have helped, but then these things are expected in a 4-star European hotel. In this case, I think the guest might have expected another few square meters of floor space.
A word about the breakfast. Breakfast in a hotel at these rates should be included in the room rate, and EVERY other hotel we've stayed in in Europe has been this way. Instead, a continental breakfast was provided for 5 Euro a person, and the room next door had an "International" buffet (similar to the "American" breakfast found at many hotels), but at 25 Euro per person! At this egregious price, although we prefer something hot for breakfast, we contented ourselves with the colazione Italiano for 5 Euro.
The free wi-fi is great, but we had several outages during our 4-night stay, and it requires repeated logins, minimum of one per day.
In summary, our experience was comfortable, but on the whole more of a three than a four-star (let alone five!). I'm not going to complain to the management, but on the other hand, we probably wouldn't stay here again if we came back to Torino.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gold. Resplendent in its name, in its spirit, in the impact with spaces of the Golden Palace, Turin's brand-new luxury five-star that opened on the occasion of the Winter Olympic Games. Impressively restructured, it enriches and completes THI's hotel offering in the city centre, unveiling a luxurious style with a marked contemporary flair. Two rigorously geometric buildings, Golden One and Golden Two, welcome an elite, discriminating clientele with a striking contrast between the sober elegance of its stone facade and its warm interior decor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Palace Turin
- Golden Palace Hotel Turin