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Hotel Principe, Udine: Hotel review

About Hotel Principe

Hotel Principe is a three-star hotel that is right opposite the railway station in the attractive town of Udine, in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. I stayed for one night in the hotel in spring 2011. I chose the hotel for its location - convenient for train travel - and booked a single room online for €59. After I'd made the booking, the day before travelling, I promptly received a welcoming email with hotel information.

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Arrival

The hotel is extremely easy to locate, as it is almost directly opposite the station, slightly to the right. There's an entrance gateway with an obvious sign above the pavement. The hotel itself is actually not directly on the main road – you pass through the gateway and cross the hotel's small car park before entering the pale green painted building.

The receptionist on duty was very smiley, friendly and helpful. I was expected and my room was already prepared for me at 11am. She provided a photocopied map of the town and highlighted an itinerary, offering directions and tips for seeing Udine. The following day she did the same for my day's destination, Cividale del Friuli. When I returned later, a second receptionist greeted me warmly by name as soon as I asked for my room key. On check out I left my luggage in the hotel, and collected it later.

The building and décor has something institutional and functional about it. This is a practical railway station hotel, not a romantic retreat or anything like that. But for a reasonably priced, nearly budget place to stay, the standards were high and extra effort had been made.

Bedroom

My room (306) was on the second floor, reached by a small lift. It was blessed with a balcony, which was pleasant - although the view over the car park and railway station wasn't too scenic, it was good to step outside, and I was able to see one of the town's secret waterways rushing past below, disappearing underground in the direction of the station. I had been allocated a twin room, which was a reasonable size for two people for sleeping, though it didn't have much sitting space. For one person though, it was generous. While in the hotel I also saw a single room, which was smaller than mine, but quite respectable for its category, and a larger double room at the rear of the building. The bedroom was simply decorated, and the walls were white with rather faded art prints. Bed covers were jaunty warm colours. There was a low desk in the room. It wasn't too comfortable for working as one of the beds encroached on its space, and the height was rather uncomfortable with the chair provided. But it was still useful. There was a small flat-screen TV (I didn't find any English channels, but I didn't look very hard), a mini-bar, a good-sized wardrobe with real, removable hangers, a bedside table between the beds, and a suitcase stand. A mirror hung over the desk. The only thing lacking was a safe.

My bathroom was a very good size, with a shower and the usual Italian fixtures. They could have done with being updated, perhaps, but were clean and functioning. Simple toiletries were provided, and decent white towels. The little extras here went beyond most 3-stars: tissues and slippers (ok they were cheap plastic ones, but still...). My room had a radiator and an air-conditioning unit.

Despite the road and station nearby, I slept well. There was a generalised muffled hubbub in the morning, but the double glazing and distance from the road meant it wasn't loud enough to wake me.

Breakfast and other services

The hotel offered free a wi-fi connection, though I didn't try this out, and an internet point. There were a couple of soft seats in the reception area, and more seating downstairs in the breakast room/bar, which could double up as a lounge.

The basement breakfast room was a cheerful space, where a buffet breakfast was laid out. This was a typical Italian buffet; decent but not particularly extensive. There were custard-cream-filled croissants, rolls, butter, jams, packaged and fresh snacks, fresh fruit, yoghurts, cereals and some cheese and cold meat slices. A motherly waitress brought hot drinks - with a good choice of tea flavours.

Finding hotels with free parking in an Italian town can be difficult, and Udine is no exception. The Principe's small car park is a big advantage for travellers with cars.

Recommendation

Hotel Principe was a well-priced and efficient hotel in a very convenient location. If you're going to be arriving, or taking excursions, by public transport, it is a great base. After checking out, I paid a visit to Cividale by train, then nipped over the road to collect my baggage before catching my onward train to Venice. The centre of town is about ten to fifteen minutes' walk away - not too far for walking, though it could get a bit tiring going back and forth. For a luxurious or romantic stay, I'd probably pick a higher-category hotel, nearer to the sights and restaurants. But for travelling and sightseeing purposes, the Principe was fine. The staff I met were a significant asset to the hotel; their friendliness and the time they took to offer multi-lingual tourist advice made a real difference to the comfort of my stay.

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Hotel Principe review by Italy Heaven editor


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