In you fit into one of the following two conditions, this hotel is great for you: 1) Your primary focus is budget, and you are willing to walk a bit further to the sights. 2) You are using Verona as a stopover/day-trip point and need an affordable place close to the train station. Both of those conditions fit us on our recent two-night stay.
The room was certainly not tiny, but it was the smallest of our travels through Italy. The style inside was very functional (If you are familiar with the IBIS chain, it's sort of like that) though the work table was so close to the foot of the bed, I couldn't actually pull the chair out to sit down. There was a narrow, high window in the corner, otherwise it was slightly on the dark side and several of the light bulbs were out.
Breakfast is exceptional!!! Some of the items included: cereals, fruit mix, bread, cake, pannetone, meats and cheeses, hard-boiled eggs, yogurts, juices...there was an auto espresso (coffee drink) machine for self-service or you can pay the staff to make you a real one.
The staff, especially both men at the front desk, seemed more professional than...friendly (if that makes sense). The in-room WIFI was slow-average though it didn't drop the connection. WIFI costs $5 per day (per computer) though the front desk told me the password would work on both computers as long as they weren't on at the same time. That didn't work on day 1. On day 2, we purchased another 24-hour password, and then I put the first (now expired) password into our 2nd computer and it worked (??). Also, the man at the front desk told us that rooms do not have WIFI, and we would have to use the lobby. That is obviously incorrect.
I felt the bed was extremely hard, though my wife disagrees...let's at least say it is definitely firmer, rather than softer.
There are no restaurants nearby (except for the occasional bar here and there). I wandered for food one night (with my GPS) and eventually made it to a grocery store 1 mile away, where I bought food. There is a shuttle to their partner restaurant, otherwise it is roughly a 15+ minute walk to the nearest restaurants which are in the Castelvecchio area .
I believe there is a fitness room/gym, but I didn't use it because the door was locked and a sign said to check at the front desk for access (though the front desk is in the Hotel Martini, next door).
The location is very close to the train station, though I found the directions given on the hotel's website to be incomplete. Google maps was more helpful. It took less than 10 minutes to go from train tracks to the hotel...very convenient. It was also in a very quiet area (though there is some construction going on down the street).
My goal is to give a thorough review, not to make a list of complaints. Overall, I would certainly consider this hotel again, given the affordable price relative to others closer to the old town. And if you want to be near the train station,this is a no-brainer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Piccolo is a cozy 3 Stars family atmosphere located near the walls of the ancient center of Verona. Hotel Piccolo is just 5 minutes walk from the main station Porta Nuova and 15 minutes walk from the Arena of Verona, outside the restricted traffic zone and no parking problems for your car. Piccolo Hotel is the perfect accommodation for those who come to Verona for pleasure, as a couple or family. Free Wi-fi connection. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Verona Piccolo Hotel