We checked into this hotel, expecting not much other than convenience to Porta Nuova station, which is right across the road. The building is one of those fine colonnaded ones of which there are many ... more
We checked into this hotel, expecting not much other than convenience to Porta Nuova station, which is right across the road. The building is one of those fine colonnaded ones of which there are many in Turin. The foyer and checkin were pleasant but unexceptional. Then we opened the door to our room, expecting three star basic for our internet special price. When you are a road warrior, staying in hotels constantly, it takes a lot to impress.
WOW! We had stepped into another world, high ceilings, acres of space, vast ceiling to floor curtains on the windows and the bed, two comfortable armchairs, and two more upholstered chairs for the room service table. A spacious bathroom that reeked of luxury. No view (we'd requested a quiet room, and got one that opened onto the internal courtyard), but our own little terrace outside. We've stayed in 'five star' hotel rooms that weren't as pleasant as this.
The free wifi was fine, and breakfast was a generous continental breakfast with a couple of hot dishes thrown in. The location was also perfect for wandering Turin's charming centre, with Piazza San Carlo less than 10 minute walk away.
We didn't try the bar here, but there was a cappuccino machine.
There are dozens of restaurants nearby. For good Piedmontese food we'd suggest Il Bistrot della Bottega del Gusto, a couple of blocks away.
And for fine accommodation, we thoroughly endorse the Hotel Genio of course. less