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... be and ended up being the best veal and olive oil drenched potatoes I have ever tasted. We are now back in camp after walking back up the million steps chilling out writing this sitting on step beside reception as it is only place to get wifi but at least here it is free (we have paid almost everywhere in Italy for wifi) Tomorrow we head for a better place on French Riviera between Monaco and Nice if it is any good we will stop for 2-3 ...
We arrived on Friday evening to a warm welcome from our friends Cassandra and Ian and while we sipped wine on their terrace the washing machine was very very busy. They live in a south eastern suburb of Genoa and I was impressed with the area, it had everything, supermarkets, clothes and shoe shops, fishmongers and green grocers and a very nice Italian post office run almost entirely by cheerful women. It's great being away on this trip ...
... the Palazzo Rosso, which obviously is red on the outside. Built by the Sales in the 1670's. The first two floors were intended for the art collections of the two brothers Giofrancesco and Rudolfo. The owner gave the Palazzo to the city in the 1800's. She also bought the palazzo across the street, had it renovated, for her grandson. It was named the Palazzo Bianci for its white plaster exterior. Both ...
... and just generally having a good time. We had a great time the next day trying to explain to our hosts in Dogliani what a manatee was without remembering the Italian name for it...um, sea cow...? Vacca di mare...? They thought that was hilarious! It's lamantino by the way... There were several dolphins swimming around, as well as sharks, seals, and jellies. All in all, it was really cool to visit an aquarium halfway around the world, and it was clearly ...
... go out and do something and before we knew it we had walked for 5 hours and discovered more of this diverse city.
I was reminded of the very apt saying "don't judge a book by it's cover".
You have to spend time in Genoa to really appreciate this city. The Basilica SS Annunziata was amazing, This Romanesque construction was erected by The Humbled who then abandonded it towards the beginning of the 1500's. Various ruling powers took posession over ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN Hotel Metropoli Genoa
When we arrived in Genova, after the long trip, we were exhausted, but the hotel staff was there to welcome us and give all the help we needed. We sat and rest in one of the lounges located by the ground floor and enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere drinking a nice cappuccino.
We had a quite big room, the parquet floor, the colour and decorations, the bathroom newly equipped... everything was so fine and spotless and new!!!! The room was facing a square, which is so charming surrounded by ancient buildings and so alive. Once you are out, the city is right there and everything is so close by that we could berely believe it! Museums, buildings, churches, boutiques and all kind of shops...including delis' to take home some special gourmets...!
Breakfast is continental, with a nice touch of local style serving the special bread called "focaccia", croissants, fresh fruits and alot more...
One thing I would improve is maybe the size of the elevator but the welcoming atmosphere and the excellent treatment pays off for this little detail. Overall we had a wonderful stay and will suggest it anytime...hope to be back!!!
What a beautiful experience!
We are a couple and we stayed at this hotel for a few days. The check-in was very fast and the staff very helpful. They gave us maps and infos about the city without even asking! We felt like we were home and even in the room everything was so clean and tidy!
The position of the hotel is absolutely central and we did not have any problem to get around and visit all the monuments and museums.
I was delighted with our hotel in Genoa. Hotel Metropoli has been recently renovated, and you can tell by the beautifully decorated and comfortable rooms. The lobby is very nice too. You cannot beat the location, in the center of the historic area, and walking distance to many places. The staff was very friendly and even allowed us a very late checkout. They also held our luggage for the day while we explored the town, prior to our departure from Genoa. Do yourself a favor and just take a leisurely walk along the many streets. They are so charming and interesting.
Loved the hotel, staff and location
We stayed for one night at this hotel in June 2004. When we arrived, the receptionist told us that the hotel did not have a parking space but there was paid parking nearby. Since we arrived on Sunday afternoon, she suggested us to park on a street a few blocks away which was free on Sunday until 8 am Monday morning.
We forgot to check about the parking space and it is important that if you are travelling in Europe with a car that you check with your hotels whether or not they have parking facilities. Otherwise, you have to park a few blocks from your hotel and make a few trips to your car to add the parking meters to avoid getting a ticket.
However, after seeing the room, we all felt a lot better (we booked two rooms). Our rooms were beautiful and spacious with wooden floor and modern drapes. It was immacutely clean. There was a kettle to boil water for our coffee and tea in each room. Our bathroom was a bit small but the other family has a really spacious one.
The front-desk staff was well-trained and very helpful. The lady receptionist gave me detailed and accurate direction to go to Cinque Terre. The evening staff suggested us a nice restaurant to go for dinner (I think it is called Le Cantine Squarciafico at Piazza Invrea). We had wonderful pesto and sea bass.
The location of the hotel is also very centralized. It is within minutes from many of the historical monuments. The old port is also within walking distance.