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Croce di Malta
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Novara
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“the most ordinary of ordinary hotels”
Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

a very simple hotel, brings back the 80s
it was very cold, so they brought us a very small antique heater
awful breakfast, decent staff, decent location
good price compared with other places in novara

  • Stayed October 2012
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Croce di Malta has friendly and efficient staff and the hotel is spotlessly clean. The breakfast has a good variety and coffee is made freshly for each guest. The location in Novara is central to all the attractions of this delightful city, especially walking around the historical centre and the markets a few hundred metres away (3 times each week) A train from Novara to Milano takes about 25 minutes and this makes Novara a cheaper option for sightseeing, even through to Venice on the same line. Perhaps for Venice you could stay at Padua close by, again much cheaper accommodation than in Venice itself.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2011

We were pleasantly surprised by the room's quality and size. The hotel is situated on a busy junction with traffic lights which means there can be a lot of traffic noise particularly early morning. It's the trucks and buses pulling away which create the rumbling vibrations. There was no parking on site but the receptionist is well versed in directing you to local parking spaces. You need to park around the corner outside some shops till 6 pm or so when the commuters move away. Then you can park for free in a side road across the street. You can stop outside for unloading.

The main attraction is the Basilica within walking distance. The town centre is pedestrianised and has a number of al fresco bars and coffee shops. An attractive, vibrant place.

For eating we can definitely recommend a local trattoria. Turn right out of the hotel, 1st right and walk to the bottom of the slope. Diagonally right is a collonade where the restaurant is. We had a set meal of 3 excellent fish dishes for around 30 euros.

Breakfast was OK but nothing spectacular.

All in all a good hotel.

We toured Europe stopping at the following cities and hotels:
Reims, France: Suite Novotel
Beaune, France: Hotel Alesia
Annecy France: Hotel Alexandra
Novara, Italy: Hotel Croce di Malta
Florence, Italy: Hotel Diva
Rome, Italy: Metro Hotel
Naples, Italy: Ramada Hotel
Bari, Italy: B & B La Rosa Blu
Igoumenitsa, Greece: Selefkos Palace Hotel
Lefkada, Greece: Vaya Appts
Achaia Beach, Patra, Greece; Hotel Achaia Beach
Nafplio, Greece: Hotel Nafplia
Stoupa, Greece: Zervas Appartments
Olympia, Greece: Hotel Pelops
Kefalonia, Greece: Hotel Marina Bay
Mestre, Venice, Italy: Hotel Bologna, Best Western
Munich, Germany: Hotel Cristal, Best Western
Mainz, Germany: Inter City Hotel
Ghent, Belgium: Hotel Ibis Centrum

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 24, 2011

The Croce di Malta is located in the center of Novara, just opposite one of the numerous parks that fill this charming 19th-century city less than an hour west of Milan. I prepaid on-line for a small attic room, which was perfect for a single traveller. As occurs in Italian buildings, the elevator did not go all the way to the top floor, so I did have to carry my suitcase up the final short flight; this might present a challenge to some travellers. Breakfast was adequate and was served in an underground salon. The spartan atmosphere is the only reason for 4 stars instead of 5; otherwise this hotel is a very good bargain and centrally located for tourism or business.

Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 9, 2008

If boutique hotels are your thing this is unlikely to be for you. Very spacious room and excellent large bed as one hopes to find in a traditional Italian hotel. The continental breakfast was better than average. Not everything perfect however. Fixtures and fittings seemed oldish and not always in good working order e.g one bedside light and bathroom heater didn't come on. Also top missing from mixer tap over basin. In spite of this we would probably return as any problems were dealt with at once and willingly by young woman on reception who also served breakfast and appeared to take care of our room. Conveniently located a pleasant 10 to 15 minute stroll through the charming old town from the railway station with the train journey to Milano Centrale only taking 34 minutes. We preferred staying in Novara to Milan itself.

  • Liked — Friendly and helpful young woman in reception. The bed.
  • Disliked — Location by fairly busy city road might cause a noise problem for light sleepers
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Croce di Malta
Address: Via Giulio Biglieri 2/a, Novara, Italy
Location: Italy > Piedmont > Province of Novara > Novara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Novara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Croce di Malta 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is located in the centre of Novara, has 20 rooms spacious and quiet ideal for pleasant periods of relaxation. Each room has a mini-bar, safe, air conditioning, wi fi and phone. The Italian breakfast is abundant and delicious. ... more   less 
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