We really enjoyed our 3 night stay here. We'd booked through Expedia which was a first for us and we had no problems from start to finish. We'd asked the hotel to arrange a pick up for us from the airport. Our driver was waiting for us after we'd picked up our luggage and dropped us off in Piazza Viviani where the bellboy was waiting to walk us to the hotel on the pedestrianised Via Capello. We were taken straight up to our room, - Il Segreto.
The room wasn't terribly large, but it was perfectly adequate for our needs. It overlooks Via Capello which can be a bit noisy first thing in the morning, but we were up and out early anyway so it hardly mattered. If you are planning long lazy lie ins then perhaps a quieter room might be more appropriate for you. The decoration is of a very high standard and we were very pleased with it. We had a small problem with water leaking from under or behind the bath, but it wasn't a problem we just used towels to mop it up.
The location couldn't be better really, - a 5 or 10 minute walk up the main shopping street Via Mazzini takes you straight to the Arena and the historic centre of Verona is all around the hotel. People watching in the beautiful Piazza delle Erbe over a leisurely coffee is a very pleasant way to spend some time.
We found the staff to be absolutely charming without exception. Special mention to Mari-Anne and Gui (apologies if I've mis-spelt either of these) who could not have been nicer. Gui was especially helpful in making a couple of lovely restaurant recommendations, - Ristorante Greppie (*very* conveniently located near the hotel) and the lovely Antica Torretta (near Ponte Pietra).
Gaining access to the hotel after hours is an interesting experience. You type a code into an intercom on the gate and someone comes out to get you under the watching eyes of the tourists who gather to peer through the gates at The Balcony and The Statue of Juliet. During the day, access can be somewhat restricted by the many tourists coming to view "Juliet's House" but you can nip through the shop to the left of the entrance to avoid the crowds. I can't say whether the shop owners approve of this or not but we had no problem.
I struggled setting up the room safe (which actually an armoured drawer) and Gui was marvellous in helping me with it. You program and open the safe using the TV remote control and the trick is apparently to point the remote control behind the safe where the sensor is located. Once setup was complete it was easy enough to use for the remainder of our visit.
Breakfast has to be ordered the night before via a card that you hang on the handle of the door to your room. It's continental fare, so juice, tea/coffee, cereal, yoghurt, croissants, bread & rolls, cheese and ham are all included but if you want a more substantial breakfast that can be included for an additional charge. I preferred the American coffee with warm milk to the rather small Cappuccinos so I ordered 2 cups each day.
There's a lift to the upper floors, though we didn't use it.
Finally, we had a really nice stay at this lovely property and we have no hesitation in recommending it to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Il Sogno di Giulietta, Relais de Charme located in the heart of historical Verona, is the only accommodation inside Juliet’s Courtyard. An important renovation gave birth to this reality and its rooms that are decorated with antique furniture and adorned with antique rugs, curtains and fine art objects. The rooms are situated on two sides of the house; some have a direct view of Juliet's balcony, the other on Piazza Erbe and the elegant Via Cappello, a pedestrian street in the historical center of Verona. In the evening, the access gate to the Courtyard is closed and the guests can enjoy the incomparable atmosphere of the garden at night attended by Romeo and reach their rooms through a unique path. All rooms are characterized by wood parquet flooring, beamed ceilings , bathrooms with single or double Jacuzzi bath tub and features such as mini-bar, flat screen tv with satellite channels and free wi fi internet. The continental breakfast, which is served exclusively in the privacy of the room, includes a wide choice of local products. Il Sogno di Giulietta, elegant residence in a unique location in the world, offers more than a simple stay in town: it is an experience to live! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sogno Di Giulietta Hotel Verona