Honeymoon stay: August 2012.
A very modern exterior with some nice staff who were multilingual. free under roof parking. Easy enough to find (if you're not using a Tom Tom directing the wrong way down streets) the room was ok (refurbed in 2003) however we don't think the bathroom was; the green tiles made it look like something transported from the 70s. (Although my parents stayed at this hotel in July 2013 and said they had a lovely bathroom do maybe thus has changed).
Hotel operates a shuttle bus to and from arena on nights when opera is on. Bar does aperitifs free when buying a drink from the bar.
Think they start cleaning early as woken up at 6 but clanking and clattering. Continued to dose, but stirred every five minutes because of the not so quiet maids. We had read that this is a soundproofed hotel, but it doesn't seem that way. Hotel cleaned on first morning, toilet dirty - so cleaned it again myself. Soaps etc... All replaced.
Breakfast: same as usual, prosecco available and a waitress asked if we wanted tea or coffee. Second morning, breakfast not stocked as well.
Not really near any restaurants and menu for hotel is limited and pricy. Restricted to taxi's in evening to get to and from the centre.
Went to Opera first evening. Take something comfy to sit on, as bum goes numb very quickly as well a blanket/jumpers as its like a wind tunnel. We sat in area D and the view was clear enough to see. It was €21 for our seats (they were meant to be €25.50, but we're under 30 so get a discount) you can hire cushions for €3 each and the money goes to a local charity. People walking around selling bottle (500ml) of coke, sprite, fanta for €4 each. Hotel run shuttle back for one hour after performance. We got a taxi back as it was half 11 at the start of the third act. We were too tired to get all the way through.
Hotel has bikes to borrow free of charge as 30 min walk into town. Lady on recep showed us where to go as they have a cycle route in Verona, although a little confusing. So we just followed the buses and signs for "arena". They recommend to park at nearby hotel to the centre. Then it's a walk through an arch and you're in the main square.
There are clear signposts for Juliet's balcony (casse de Giulietta) but beware of pickpockets (they pretend to take photos whilst eyeing your bags. Also if going, take a lock to hang on the gates. They're €5 in the shop. Men must have a pic of them holding Juliets right breast too. Interesting market going back towards main square. Some selling murano jewellery (with certificates) and I'm guessing will be cheaper than Murano in Venice. Funny street artists too, be careful round the arena (Colleseum) as the gladiators charge for pictures.
Lady on recep also said about visiting vallipolacella region (just north of Verona) and told us how we can reach it. Lots of shops closed there during the day. Found some nice views of the wineries. But because of compounds everything looked inaccessible. No wine tour from hotel or any suggested. Fab views from some of the hills!
Hired bikes again on second day and went for tour round city, sat and drank some nice non-alcoholic cocktails near the p.pietro bridge looking up to the Romano theatre. Then cycled towards the Castel with a bridge and headed into the sq to people to watch. Got a granite, lemon juice with crushed ice. Then parked up bikes and found a restaurant oppipotamous, food was reasonable under €30 for mains and large drinks. Whizzing back to the hotel was fun on the bikes, just make sure that it's not too dark.
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