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“Lovely Traditional Italian Hotel Very Close To the Arena!”

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Grand Hotel Des Arts
Ranked #3 of 77 Hotels in Verona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 7, 2011

My partner and I have just arrived home after staying at the Grand Hotel for four wonderful nights. Before our trip I had contacted the hotel to arrange some flowers and a bottle of Prosecco to be in the room when we arrive. We arrived on the Friday evening at about 7pm and were taken straight to our room. The room was large with a large double bed, italian wardrobe with safe, and lots of mirrors! There was a desk with a tray on it, on the tray was the ice bucket with an ice cold bottle of prosecco and two champagne glasses. There was four small bowls of nibbles which were complementary. The bouquet of flowers was absolutely beautiful (well it should be for £63), but they had chosen a really good bunch. We put it in a vase, which they provided and left it on one of the tables by the balcony door. The balcony opened, double doors, out onto a long balcony, big enough for a few people to stand out and sip a few glasses. The room had a very effective air conditioning system that was not too loud and kept us comfortable during the hot days/nights. The bathroom was nice and modern. There was a bidet also. The bath was a little small but big enough for one, or two very small people. On our first night we went to reception and asked if they could recommend an excellent restaurant for us to eat. They did, we went there and it had a 45 minute waiting time. We walked around for a while enjoying the evening. We stumbled upon a lovely little restaurant with outdoor seating, overlooking the arena (it was about 100m from the arena). It was called Trattoria La Griglia. We had one of the best meals we have ever had. I went for the Fillet steak with rosmary and salt (amazing!!) that will be reviewed seperately.
The breakfast at the hotel was brilliant, I could not ask for more, they had all of the cold cuts of meat, cheeses, cakes, cerials, breads and for the hot breakfast people they had scrambled egg and bacon. It was all served on a buffet. The waiter brought over any tea or coffee/ espresso as required. The wifi cost 3 Euro per 24hours which is not bad. The only thing I did not like was that ironing was prohibited in the rooms and you had to send your clothes to the laundry just to get them ironed at 3 euro per item. very expensive if you like to wear ironed clothes like me!!
The hotel was very helpful and provided us with fresh, filled ice buckets every day so we could chill our bottles of prosecco!!
On the last day we needed to print our tickets (e-tickets) and the hotel did this for us free of charge. The hotel is only 2 minutes walk to the arena and is surrounded by amazing restaurants. It is 10 minutes walk from the train station. I would recommend getting the shuttlebus (Aerobus) 5 Euro, from the airport to the Verona train station, then walking to the hotel, it will save you a fortune!
All in all a great stay and we would love to stay again!!!

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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 2, 2011

We stayed at the Grand Hotel Verona for 3 nights after a week on Lake Garda. Its location is great - easy walking from nearly all the old town sights and the Arena. The room was clean and comfortable but the shower cubicle in our room was tiny - you couldnt shower properly. It had a good big balcony facing the main road but noise wasn't a problem.
The main problem with the hotel was the lack of evening relax, the bar was dead and no restaurant but of course plenty of places to eat nearby. The staff were efficient but not over the top. The buffet breakfast was a bit tired and basic.
There is wifi internet access for 3 euros a day throughout the hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 27, 2011

The Grand Hotel was a nice very surprise! We didn't know what to expect when we booked -- our criteria was a good location and close to the train. It is a short walk to the train and to the Arena and everything you want to see in Verona. The hotel experience was like stepping back in time for atmosphere but did not lack modern conveniences. The rooms are small but quiet and comfortable and the staff is very helpful. They provide an excellent breakfast buffet and the service is what you would expect from any first class hotel. We highly recommend this hotel if you're looking for something different from the big chains but don't want to give up the expected level of service big chains provide.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 24, 2011

My family and I stayed two nights at the Grand Hotel. I wouldn't recommend spending more than a couple of nights here. The rooms are small though the bathrooms have been renovated. Not too many plugs in the room which if you are a woman you would understand can be an issue. The breakfast selection was pretty poor. The hotel is conveniently located, right down the street from the Arena and its piazza. If you want something economical and not too fancy than the Grand Hotel is perfect for you. If you are looking for something nicer and staying longer in Verona, opt for somewhere else.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 17, 2011

Spent 2 nights here after a 6 night stay in lake garda.
Got it at €120 night and the hotel was in a good location, with only a 5minute walk to the train station which we used for a day trip to Venice, and only 5-10min walk in the other direction to the Arena and all the other sites such as Churches and Castles.
The room was bright and was very clean. The breakfast was very nice and was a nice chilled atmosphere. The only negative thing i had was that we were facing the front of the hotel so got quite a bit of road noice during the night, however this is a city hotel so was expected. Staff very friendly.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

I Flew from NY JFK To Venice Italy and took the train to Verona (a 3hour trip). I stayed at the Grand Hotel Verona which is centrally located to the major attactions in the City of Romero & Julliett. The hotel is an old world classic undergoing extensive rennovations. They offer a complete breakfast, the rooms are small but comfortable. The staff is very accomodating. All in all I would recommend this 3 star hotel. WI FI is available for a fee

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 11, 2011

Firstly Verona surprised us with its beauty and we wished we had stayed here longer. The hotel was well positioned only a short stroll from the centre of the old town. The rooms are small but have high ceilings so you dont feel as crammed as many other European hotels. The bed was so incredibly comfortable with soft sheets and fluffy pillows we had the best sleep of our entire month trip. Great staff and a lovely breakfast spread included in our rate. Given the rate this hotel really over delivered, we'll definitely return.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Corso Porta Nuova 105, 37122, Verona, Italy (Formerly Grand Hotel Verona)
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Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Verona > Verona
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 77 Hotels in Verona
Price Range: $116 - $342 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Des Arts 4*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grand Hotel, Verona, was built in the Liberty style in the 1920’s at the request of a noble Austrian family, the Reichenbach. It was their elegant city residence and was subsequently turned in to a hotel without changing the architectural quality. In the hall, the public areas and the indoor garden, you can admire valuable furniture and decorations. Paintings and sculptures of famous artists such as Ciardi, Cascella, Minguzzi, Manzù, Purificato, Murer, Arnoldi and many others. Together with these valuable pieces of art, you can also admire the beautiful “Verona” red marble floor, dating back to the original period. 62 rooms splitted in : Economy, Standard, Deluxe and Exclusive ... more   less 
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