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Best Western Hotel Biri
Ranked #25 of 46 Hotels in Padua
London, England
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27 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Large modern hotel, delightful city”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

This is a very large modern hotel. Its only real drawback, I think, is its location: at a rather unnerving multiple road junction (which reminded me of L’Etoile in Paris). At least it is very convenient for the bus to and from Venice airport.
The room was quite large and well lit, with a good view from the balcony and ample storage space. Again, just one drawback: the TV set was very high up, so not easy to look at when seated (or even perhaps when standing).
One unusual feature is that the breakfast room is on the top (7th) floor. It’s called the Sala Panorama and the view across Padua is truly panoramic. There is free internet access on the ground floor.
Sleep quality was OK, except on the third night. At 4.15 a.m. a family (not Italian) preparing to leave the hotel made a dreadful racket. I had to approach them and ask them to quieten down.
Padua struck me as a delightful city. The historic centre is obviously its biggest attraction but, once you get away from the road junction, the area around the hotel is surprisingly pleasant thanks to parkland and one of the local rivers.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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SilviaMengardo, Front Office Manager at Best Western Hotel Biri, responded to this review, November 9, 2013
Dear Ed_Paul how are you? It 'been our pleasure to have you as our guest at the Hotel Biri. Padua is a wonderful city and our hotel is in a good location, even if with many roads around, both for the visit to the historical center as a base for the nearby cities. The breakfast room on the 7th floor is our jewel! Come back soon and visit us! Best wishes, Silvia Mengardo -BW Hotel Biri, Leading in Superior Customer Care.
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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

We expected more of a four star hotel and have indeed stayed at Best Western Hotels in the past which we thought well of. On the plus side the building and our room were quiet, clean and reasonably appointed.Sadly during our stay the main dining room was out of commission and the bar was at best intermittently staffed. Thus it was usually difficult to get any kind of snack or drink (cold, hot or alcoholic) and when we and other members of our group did finally manage this we found that we could not pay at the bar but had instead to do so in another and usually distant part of the hotel. The staff that we encountered were usually polite and tried to be helpful, however for a hotel of this size and standing there seemed to be surprisingly few of them. Finally, the hotel is some distance from the center of Padua. But there is a quite good and inexpensive bus service close by.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

We wanted to visit Venice, and found this hotel not too far away when renting a car.

The main problem was the location of the hotel and the sign posts. Despite having sat-nav and following signs pointing to the hotel, we ended up driving around for an hour late at night to find the hotel, only finding it by asking locals as the signs to the hotel did not actually direct us to the hotel.

However, once arriving at the hotel we were very pleased with how modern and fresh this 4 star hotel was. The car park was free, and there was free wifi. The room was very modern and to a very high standard, and despite being next to the main road, surprisingly quiet. The lined curtains kept the light out and the usual 4 star luxuries were included such as a free safe, a mini bar and tv (although Italian channels only unless you pay for sky).

The staff were very helpful, recommending local restaurants, arranging for taxis and had a warm welcome each time we walked past the desk. Breakfast catered for a range of tastes, and there was shops and a few restaurants in walking distance too.

In all this was an excellent hotel, let down by the poor sign posts to the location, but I would certainly recommend staying here.

Room Tip: Should not matter if by the main road
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

I stayed here for 4 nights in June 2013. Nothing much to complain about...
Parking was convenient, breakfast on the rooftop terrace was nice and the ladies
serving breakfast were friendly (helps to know a little Italian, I guess).
The gym is very rudimentary but was okay for me. My room was a bit too small but
I didn't spend much time there. Everything worked...

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing away from the street; it can get noisy.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Athens
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Very nice hotel centrally located with great stuff.
We had a very large room with a nice view at great price.
The bathroom was excellent and very clean.
Breakfast was superb with a great variety to select from.
Parking and WiFi are both free.
Checking in and out was very quick and hassle free.
A great place to stay when in Padova !!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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EmanueleLando, Director of Sales at Best Western Hotel Biri, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
Dear Rstoned, Thank you for telling us and everybody else what did you like of your stay at the BW Hotel Biri. Your comment “ A great place to stay when in Padova !! “ is the best for us! :-) We hope to welcome you again in our House. Sincerely, Emanuele Lando, BW Hotel Biri, Leading in Superior Customer Care.
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Montreux, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed June 11, 2013

The photo of the hotel is delightfully over flattering, with that lovely fountain and illuminating facade. Looks wonderful, doesn't it? The truth is somewhat different. This place is in fact an old and worn building dating I suspect to the late 70's, where it stays firmly locked in it's timewarp, staff and all. Beam me up, Scotty. Warp speed, Mr Sulu.

I have just braved the indifferent reception welcome. My key said room number x but it might as well have read Cell 7 Block B on D Wing because as I now sit here in the "standard single" room writing this review, (and after the horror that greeted me after I thought I was entering a 4 rated hotel and seeing my dingy room) it has dawned on me that most if not all of the prisoners currently housed in Wormwood Scrubs probably have equal conditions to this room. True, this room misses a bunk bed and slopping out bucket but that apart I am thinking that those currently detained at Her Majesty's pleasure in HMP Wormwood Scrubs probably have better satellite TV, a better mattress and more space.

The room is clean, although the room carpet also looks as it it was laid when this place was commissioned back in a different epoch and dear oh dear is of the variety that sticks to your feet. Socks and shoes on in the Bathroom it is then.

Furniture is dated and basic. No paper or writing implements. Small desk. You won't get even slightly tipsy on the contents of the minibar (one minuscule can of Heineken) unless you resort to using a straw (don't forget to bring your own).

The is more to life than being a long way from home and having to put up with this kind of ultimate no-go hotel accommodation, and in fact I have in the past checked out of better - admittedly not much better, but better nevertheless. Save your money, save your time. Don't even book it and if you travel agent suggests it point them firmly and politely to this review. It might be blunt, but it's also honest.

If you are here on business avoid this place like the plague and find something decent even if you have to pay the difference yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: If you really must stay here, avoid "STD single".........I'll leave that there.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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EmanueleLando, Director of Sales at Best Western Hotel Biri, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Dear Simon94410, thank you for taking the time to write about the accomodation you received at our Hotel. I am deeply concerned that our room did not meet your expectations; please accept my sincere apology. Guest satisfaction is the goal of our management. We will do our best to meet that goal by improving and maintaining our Hotel in its best condition. Unfortunatly on your arrival the Hotel was fully booked and we were not able to offer you an upgrade on the room type booked. After a few hours, due to cancellation, we have proposed a new place to live in a more comfortable room but you refused. We understand the discomfort that causes a room change, it would be our pleasure to assist you in the change. Thanking you again for taking the time to tell us your concerns, we look forward to another opportunity to serve your lodging needs. Sincerely, Emanuele Lando, BW Hotel Biri, Leading in Superior Customer Care.
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Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Located just across the street from the inner city walls and a 20-minute walk from the central places of interest, this hotel is very convenient for a tour of this interesting city. All the necessary facilities were there and included in the booked price. The clean and bright (though smallish) rooms with comfortable beds and spotless bathrooms, the panorama-view restaurant offering an ample selection for breakfast, very efficient and helpful staff, hotel parking (open parking, in an inner court, perhaps not big enough when the hotel is full) all helped us make our stay and getting to know Padua a very, very pleasant experience.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Best Western Hotel Biri
Address: Via Antonio Grassi # 2, 35129, Padua, Italy (Formerly BEST WESTERN Hotel Biri Padova)
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Padua > Padua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Padua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Best Western Hotel Biri 4*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
4 good reasons for choosing The BEST WESTERN Hotel Biri:•In the heart of the business area of Padua and close to the fairground,the famous basilica of Sant’Antonio and Scrovegni Chapel. •The restaurant "Le Terrazze", with typical cuisine, offers a charming view over the cupolas of the basilica and the striking landscape of Colli Euganei. •Fitness centre, massage and solarium. •Ideal starting point to enjoy a visit to the Venetian villas, Venice, Vicenza and Verona. ... more   less 
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