At first, you may think the location is a little off, since the hotel is perched atop a little hill. But do not despair - it's only a two-minute walk down stone steps, and five minutes to the middle of town! In any case, the charming yellow facade and impeccably mannered reception should already tell you that this place is a winner.
It's a grande dame kind of hotel - I'm not sure what the history is, but it has the sweeping staircase (and a very modern elevator, unusual in Europe, to complement!). My single room was luxuriously huge for a European hotel - there is even a little foyer separating the (once again, lavishly big) bathroom and the bed section. The TV is a little outdated, but then again, you're in a small town. But don't be deceived by appearances - there is CNN, which is rare since most hotels in Italy only run local channels. There is plenty of storage space with a huge wardrobe and sliding full-length mirror doors - my only complaint here is that the safe is way too small, so you couldn't stow a laptop in there. However, the bed is a comfortable double with smooth linens - that more than makes up for the puny safe.
I just came from the Best Western Hotel San Donato in Bologna, so it was disconcerting to find the bathroom amenities lacking compared to a chain, this being a much more luxurious albergo (Italian for hotel), but then again, I attribute that to the fact that it's in a small town. You get packets of shampoo/body gel and bar hand soap, so if you need more than that to look beautiful, bring your own.
There are movies on demand for a fee and wi-fi is chargeable (seven euros for 30 minutes, 14 euros for two hours, 18 euros for 24 hours and 45 euros for a week). I was also a little disappointed with breakfast - again, the spread at the Best Western was much better. There is a nice selection of pastries, breads and desserts here, with packaged jam; also a fresh fruit salad and yogurts, but nothing is hot. This is the reason why I gave the hotel four stars overall, although each part of it earned five stars from me. But that's not to say you couldn't have a full, hearty meal that leaves you smiling as you stand up from the breakfast table.
I came to this little town to the Verdi Half Marathon, and after the race, spent the rest of the afternoon and evening in my room, and felt more than comfortable. I also had lunch in the hotel restaurant, which was excellent and at a reasonable rate for the five-course offering, with perfect service. There is also a thermal bath spa (the town is famous for its thermal baths), which I didn't get a chance to enjoy. But, based on my experience in all other aspects, I would imagine it's extremely satisfying, too.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com so you can book your Hotel Valentini reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.