Novo Hotel Impero, Trieste : Review
About the hotel
The Novo Hotel Impero is a fairly smart and central three-star hotel in Trieste with both business and tourist clientele. I visited the hotel in February 2007, and found it a good, convenient place to stay. After flying to Trieste Airport, I spent one night here before moving on to Venice.
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Prices and booking
I booked through the internet using online booking network Venere, and reserved a double room at €88 for the night. It is worth comparing prices with Booking who sometimes offer different deals.
Hotel facilities and service
When I arrived I thought I was in the hotel that time forgot - the decor was incredibly dated in an expensive 1970s/1980s style. The impression of stepping into an old film was dispelled, though, when I was greeted by a friendly and efficient receptionist. The staff I encountered at the hotel were all polite and helpful and it seemed like a well-run place.
One of the hotel's features which I appreciated the most was a cheap and efficient wireless internet connection which enabled me to work in my room or the spacious and comfortable lounge. My train was delayed by a short strike and I ended up spending a few extra hours at the hotel utilising the internet connection and the public areas. The hotel provides a computer terminal near the reception area for guests, and also and an array of tourist information.
I found breakfast to be quite reasonable by Italian standards. As well as the usual buffet selection (cream-filled croissants, cereal, yoghurts, rolls etc.) there was also some good apple strudel.
I had a good-sized corner room. Like the rest of the hotel it looked dated, but on closer inspection everything seemed in fine condition, so I wondered if it had been decorated recently by a designer living in a time warp. Anyway, although it was weirdly retro, the room and furnishings were perfectly decent. The room had twin beds and was furnished with two chairs and bedside tables, a television with international channels, a small fridge containing a soft-drinks mini-bar, a suitcase stand, mirror, drawers, shelves, desk and a wardrobe with lots of space. The bathroom was clean and decent, with a shower. The only fault I encountered was the lack of power points - I had to unplug the television in order to charge up my laptop.
The hotel's address is Via S. Anastasio 1. The location is excellent for travellers as it is opposite the railway station and the bus station. On arrival you need to traverse the large square and head towards the opposite left-hand corner. For my brief stay using public transport I found it ideal - easy to find on arrival by airport bus, within walking distance of the port and old town, and convenient for the bus excursion to Castello Miramare. Since I had a two-hour delay for my train I was extremely glad I could return to wait in the nicer environment of my hotel.
The Novo Hotel Impero is a good and efficient hotel for travellers, particularly those using public transport. It's not the most picturesque of locations, and on a longer stay I may have wearied of the busy streets between the hotel and the historic town centre (although there are buses). For Italian hotels of this category I found it good-value and well-organised. If you want a convenient, decent base and don't care about cutting-edge design, I would recommend it.
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