Good hotel very close to the old center, moderate prices, comfortable rooms, and decent (though not exceptional) breakfast. I would have given this hotel 4 stars except that the experience of staying in this hotel is marred by unnecessary frugality and suspicion, and overall, the staff (desk, bar) fail to project hospitality and friendliness.
On the second day I asked the desk for another street map (this is the single-sheet free map that is funded by advertisements and of which the desk had huge supply), because I gave the first map to a couple of lost tourists the day before -- and was refused! I had to literally pull the map from the receptionist's hands!
The free Internet connection required a password. However, whereas in most places you enter the password once and then are re-connected automatically whenever you enter the hotel -- here you must reconnect whenever your computer goes to sleep (on top of this, the connection interface on an iPad is buggy and connecting is a maddening procedure). Moreover, the password expires every 5 hours or so, and you must ask the desk to issue you a new password again and again and again. The CIA could learn network security from this hotel. Because I rely on the Internet to plan the rest of my trip, this was a major headache.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Giotto is in a historic building 300 metres from the famous Prato della Valle, charming square in the heart of Padua. The Basilica is also nearby. The rooms offer free wired internet. Giotto Hotel is family run. Professional and multilingual staff can provide tourist and travel information. All rooms are air-conditioned and soundproofed. Each features a private bathroom with shower. The hotel is 400 metres from the nearest bus stop with connections to Padua Train Station, 2 km away. The Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova hospital is a 5-minute walk away. Private parking is available. Private parking is available. ... more less
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