We arrived at the Hotel at 10pm after a journey that should have taken less than six hours took 13 hrs due an autostrada closure due to an accident and consequential heavy traffic on the other roads. Although we had printed the directions to the hotel, and also had the GPS data, we did find it very difficult to find in the dark as the route takes you through some very dark and narrow streets in the old town, some of which we couldn’t believe were able to accommodate a car. Nevertheless, we finally made it and were able to park in the single parking space opposite to check in. The hotel receptionist (Michael?) could see we were stressed and tired and said that we could take our time getting our luggage to our room, have a shower and unwind before moving the car. His understanding really helped to ease our stress and took the pressure off us. The car park the hotel uses is a minute’s drive away and was a secure underground area accessed by a keypad. Having parked the car we didn’t feel inclined to drive again until our departure, but there is plenty to explore in Genoa on foot.
Our room overlooked a narrow pedestrian side street with another building directly opposite so there was no road noise whatsoever. It was very spacious, modern, spotlessly clean with a comfortable king-size bed and plenty of storage space. Wi-fi worked well.
Breakfast was served in a small-ish room that was a bit cramped when busy but did offer enough seating. It was typically continental – bread, croissants, cereals, fruit/fruit juice, cold meats and cheese – all very fresh, and the staff were very quick to clear tables and replenish the food and drink.
The hotel is exceptionally well-located for exploring the bustling Porto Antico area, the waterfront, the narrow old town streets and there are countless bars and restaurants right on the doorstep. Having seen Genoa by day and getting our bearings and we would certainly stay in the hotel again. Don’t worry about taking your car into the ZTL (the low emission zone) to get to the hotel as the hotel sorts out the relevant permission for you when you arrive. less