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Palazzo Rosa Dalla Rosa Prati, Parma - hotel review

About the hotel/residence

Parma

Palazzo Dalla Rosa Prati is an elegant historic building right alongside the cathedral and baptistery in the centre of Parma. It houses a stylish modern cafe, and a 'Residenza d'Epoca,' offering high-quality hotel accommodation in rooms and suites. I stayed at the hotel/residence for one night in September 2010, booking a twin room for 125.

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Arrival at the hotel

We arrived at the hotel before noon and our room, understandably, wasn't ready, so we left our bags, and had a coffee in the stylish cafe next door. Returning later, we were told we had been upgraded to a junior suite, and a friendly receptionist showed us to our extremely comfortable quarters. The large bedroom was attractive and comfortable, and looked out onto the cobblestones and cathedral in Piazza Duomo - just about the best view in town.

Bedroom

Called Fiordiligi, our junior suite (number 4) consisted of a very large bedroom with twin beds, as we'd requested, a sofa to provide seating space, a bathroom and a small kitchenette. The kitchen area was in a little corner off the main part of the bedroom, and would be useful for guests planning a longer stay and wanting some independence. The fridge contained mini-bar supplies and free mineral water. We were very impressed with the bedroom, which was both airy and cosy, with warm lighting, a wooden floor and tasteful, traditional decor. There were framed prints on the walls.

Our bedroom looked out onto a lovely view. We admired the piazza and cathedral at different times of day and night, watching a wedding party posing for photographs, locals picking their way over the cobblestones, and tourists admiring the architecture. We were visiting during Parma's Palio weekend, and the festivities included a procession to the Duomo in medieval costumes; of which we had a grandstand view.

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The furniture in the room was good quality in an antique style. There were two bedside tables, a large wardrobe with a mirrored front and plenty of hangers, a desk with two chairs and a small sofa. By the windows we had a dining table with more chairs. There were contemporary touches, too. The flat-screen TV stood on an old sewing machine base - very 'design'. In the kitchen area, tea and coffee sachets were provided, and also washing-up equipment.

The bathroom was fairly spacious and smartly-designed. There was a large shower with wooden slats underfoot. Good toiletries were provided, and also hotel slippers. Other thoughtful touches in the room included a box of tissues, a map and a museum list.

Our beds and bedlinen were notably comfortable and the room was very peaceful until morning when the busking accordionist turned up to play on the corner of Piazza Duomo.

Public spaces, facilities and staff

This is a 'residence' rather than a hotel so there were no real public spaces in the building. However, the stairway, courtyard and lift were smartly maintained, and the cafe within the palazzo was a good place to sit with a drink or snack in the company of trendy locals. The cafe was more groovy and had better food choices than a standard hotel bar - I particularly liked the giant cushions disguised as pebbles.

Breakfast wasn't included in our room rate, but could be ordered for an extra 10. Since there were plenty of local cafes - including the one next door - we didn't bother with this.

The staff we met were all helpful. They provided useful tourist information, allowed my friend to look up information on the office computer, and offered advice with evident pride in their town.

Palazzo Dalla Rosa Prati location and directions

Parma

The hotel's address is Strada del Duomo, 7. It is right next door to the baptistery in Piazza Duomo. This is a reasonable walk from the railway station - around 15 minutes, along level streets. The location is idea for sightseeing as Parma's main attractions can be reached on foot in minutes. Shops and restaurants, too, are close at hand.

Follow the directions to walk into central Parma on the main Parma page. Instead of taking a left onto Strada Melloni, continue down Strada Garibaldi to the next street on the left, Strada Pisacane. The hotel is on a continuation of this street, just as you emerge into Piazza Duomo. The reception office is through the central gateway and on the right.

Recommendation

Although the twin room I originally booked did look fine - its advertised lack of lift access wouldn't have bothered us - we were very pleased with our lucky upgrade. For a special and luxurious stay - not to mention the lovely view - I would recommend spending a bit more to book one of the hotel's suites. Palazzo Dalla Rosa Prati was a really comfortable and welcoming place to stay in Parma, and its location was absolutely ideal for seeing the historic sights of this attractive town. Although I did also stay in a decent cheaper hotel nearer to the station, the Palazzo would definitely be my first choice accommodation for a trip to Parma.

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