This hotel was chosen for us by a local (to Italy) conference organizer and we were very pleased with the choice. It is located just across the street to the left of the Porta Nuova train station. While the area around a train station is generally not always the nicest, in this case the area was perfectly fine and super convenient since we arrived from Milan by train, (1 hour by Frecciarossa) and also close to the city center.
Although the hotel seems fairly traditional at first glance, our room was very modern- spacious, with a comfortable king bed, high ceilings, and a very large Jacuzzi tub that looked to be able to fit eight people ( well, 4 at least). The jacuzzi was up a few stairs and separated by a clear glass wall that formed the headboard of our bed. A bit of an odd set up, but the extra space gave us an area to store suitcases and my shopping!
We faced the street and while there was some noise from the streetcars, they wind down at night and didn’t bother us at all.
Nice large bathroom, modern fixtures and very clean.
We had a chance to see another room because initially, we were shown to one on the top floor (5th)that was made up for a family. When we pointed out that it looked like they had given us the wrong room, the staff changed it immediately. That room was more traditional looking, but the ceiling sloped down over the bed- probably due to a gabled roof - and it looked like a head banger.
So given the two that we experienced, it seems that all the rooms might have a very individual flavor. That’s a plus in my book. I love a bit of character!
What made the hotel in my view, was the above and beyond hospitality of the staff!
I wish I could recall the names of the gentlemen working at the front desk to mention them individually, but they were all really switched on. They could not have been more helpful and friendly. They gave us good suggestions on what to see and provided excellent restaurant tips for local places close by: GianCarlo? and Conca ? One even loaned me his umbrella because all of the hotels’ had been loaned out.
It was a terrific visit. We loved Turin and would definitely stay at Hotel Genova again.
PS- the breakfast buffet was really good, but with jet lag we missed it the first few mornings. There is a little bakery next door to the right, with coffee, pizza, pastries etc. Also a very casual restaurant that specializes in stuffed baked potatoes (of all sorts) and pizza. less