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We had arrived quite late last night so we had a later start this morning. Breakfast was provided so we made our way downstairs for that. There seemed to be mostly Italians in the room. There was cereal, croissants, biscuits, fruit etc for breakfast. They also made you tea or coffee if you wanted it. They didn't really speak much English though!
After breakfast we packed our stuff up, I did some of my blog and then we headed out to Turin where we ...
... also found a Farmazia for stuff but the fish oils are rare and very expensive here. We eventually had a very hot, very long walk home. The heat challenged both of us but I have a cough and it was a struggle. Cool down and now Craig is watching the Tour du France as they are cycling where he and Terry went cycling.
Wow! It’s all in Italian of course.
This morning we woke, packed and went to the lovely patisserie in Millau where Craig purchased his yummy Millefielle yesterday. We had coffees with an almond croissant and another fruit pastry – both yummy. We then drove out to under the Millau Viaduc. What a giant, amazing bridge – quite the engineering achievement. After wows and photos, our GPS lady ...
... away. He started talking loudly to 2 others who i spotted up in the city walls. I handed Nicholas the house keys and said that should they come after us he should sprint as far as his legs would go to get his father and told the girls that if something should happen they also should, together, run away from the situation. Nothing happened. Maybe protected by 4 guardian angels who were elated at being in such Holy places this morning. Anyway. no more evening walks without Brent for ...
Slight change of plans - we left Roma at 2pm driving out easily - thank you Sarina (Tomtom) and headed for Asti - Guido navigated the autostrada like a champ and no wrong turns thru the crazy Genoa labyrinth of tunnels. Got in at about 9pm and headed out for some sparkles and dinner.
Gianni and Luca looked after Gran and Papa Tuesday morning visiting the local market and exploring the medieval centre of beautiful Asti. Guido and I headed off to attend a family funeral nearby. Sad ...
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Buon rapporto qualità/prezzo
I punti a favore:
- Rapporto qualità/prezzo. Questo albergo non pubblica il tariffario sul suo sito internet, ma si può prenotare tramite molti siti. Ho prenotato una doppia uso singola a cinquanta euro (colazione compresa). Provate a trovare di meglio, se ci riuscite! Nota: controllate i prezzi su più siti.
- Posizione: l'albergo è a cento metri dalla stazione ferroviaria di Torino Porta Nuova. Per l'appunto anche la navetta dall'aeroporto scarica passeggeri davanti alla stazione (anche se dal lato opposto rispetto all'albergo). Molto comodo.
I punti a sfavore:
- Mi hanno dato una camera in quella che loro definiscono "dependance". Si tratta di alcune camere dal lato opposto di un piccolo cortile scoperto. La mia era al piano terra ma altre erano al primo piano. Il pavimento era di mattonelle ruvide, la camera lunga ma abbastanza stretta, l'imbiancatura si stava staccando in un paio di punti. Bagno pulito, anche se il lavandino era minuscolo.
Nel complesso poteva essere migliore, diciamo che ho visto tre stelle con camere più belle.
- La colazione è un buffet libero, però quasi tutta la roba è preconfezionata, come altri utenti hanno indicato: saziante ma potrebbe essere migliorata.
Riassumendo: stateci se riuscite ad avere un buon prezzo.
L'ubicazione dell'hotel Urbani è eccellente. È a due minuti a piedi dalla stazione di Torino Porta Nuova e non distante dai negozi e dai luoghi d'interesse turistico. La camera era un po' piccola ma pulita e funzionale. La colazione continentale era compresa ed aveva una buona scelta. Ci tornerei!
séjour du 18 au 20 janvier 2007 (1 couple + 1 single)
Hôtel très bien situé à quelques pas de la Gare Puorta Nova et des stations de Bus. Les chambres n° 102 et 103 ont été rénovées récemment et sont très propres. Le personnel est très accueillant et il parle français. Le petit déjeuner buffet est approvisionné régulièrement, mais la salle n'est pas de grande capacité.
Possibilité de laisser ses bagages près de la réception.
We thought The Urbani was spot on.
Stayed at the Urbani for 5 nights October 2006.
Everything seemed to be new or very clean, probably the after effects of the Winter Olympics. The area, is close to the main station, airport bus and local transport, and very near to the main shopping area, but has a rather bad reputation. It was one time the gathering place for local junkies and rather raddled prostitutes. There is still a little of this to be seen, but there is a Police presence at the nearby synogogue, so it is very well controlled.
We are both in our late 60's and felt very safe just walking around, I think that a lot of the "problem" is racist, as there are many shops, caffes and, groceries and restaurants owned by arabs and other North Africans. But no problems for my wife and I.
The hotel is clean, warm, a standard hotel breakfast, 30 channel t.v. in the room, with at least one channel in English, one in German and one in French. Watching the rest will help to improve your Italian. There is WiFi access but it costs a nominal sum, as does the computer in the lounge. But it is there.
We enjoyed our stay and will return to this hotel when we next visit our friends in Turin.
The location of Hotel Urbani is excellent. Its 2 min walk to Turin P.N. railway station and not far from the shops and tourist attractions. The room was a bit small but clean and functional. Breakfast was included and a very good continental selection. I'd stay here again!
Convenient place to stay!
This hotel is extremely convenient as it is VERY close to Porta Nuovo railway station. The room was very small but very clean and has satelite TV and mini bar. It had a well equiped bathroom with a power shower, hairdryer, shampoo, soap and shower cap.
Breakfast was a plentiful basic buffet style with cheese, hard boiled eggs, ham, jams, croissants, rolls, cereals, some tinned fruit and packets of cakes/biscuits. Unfortunately there is no fruit juice only squash. Coffee is on tap in an urn but is very passable.
The staff were all very helpful.
For the price, 55 euros per night b & b for two people, it was excellent value for money. Ideal place to stay for a short break.
Value for money
- Value for money. This hotel does not post its rates on its website, but you can book via several websites. I got a double for single use at 50 euro (breakfast included). Now beat that!! Note: check more than one website. I found different rates on different websites.
- Location: this hotel is 100 meters from Turin's Porta Nuova train station. Incidentally, also shuttle buses from the airport deposit passengers in front of the station (although on the opposite side from the hotel). Very convenient.
Now for the minuses:
- I got a room in what they call their "dependance". That consists in a few rooms across a small, uncovered courtyard. Mine was on the ground floor, but others were on the first floor. The floor was rough stone tiles, the room was long but rather narrow, wall paint was coming apart in a couple of spots. Clean bathroom, although the sink was tiny.
All in all it could have been better, let's say that I saw more attractive three-star hotel rooms.
- Breakfast is on an all-you-can-eat basis. Most of the stuff is pre-packaged, however, as other posters indicated. Filling, but could be improved.
To summarize: stay here if you can get a good rate.
Booking thru thomascook(-) 30 October 2005, for 1 night 22 March 2006.
Arrived and told no room available due to a water problem, and offered alternative accomodation at a nearby 3* Hotel. Tried it, and found it primitive, no lift and carpets fitting up the walls.
Returned to Hotel Urbani, where another customer was booking in, and demanded an 3* hotel with lift and en-suite facilities which had been booked.
Offered another hotel 30 metres away which barely qualified as 3*. Assured that breakfast would be available for our early start. But the 'lady what does' had not arrived by 7.10, so we had to leave unfed.
Suspect that this hotel does not welcome cut-price bookings.
This was the only problem we experienced on a 2 week trip around Italy, all booked on the internet
Loved it! Highly recommended
Excellent hotel! Clean, safe, friendly, inexpensive In the heart of the city and close to all public transportation, although everything is within walking distance. For the cost of the lodging, breakfast was sufficient, save your appetite for all the wonderful food in the city. Italian coffee in the lounge is excellent and worth the little extra!
Great location, excellent value-for-money
We stayed at Hotel Urbani for 2 nights, at the beginning and the end of our ski trip passing through Turin. The location was the main reason for our choice; 1 minute walk from the train station Porta Nuova, literally just crossing the main road. According to some guidebooks this is edging the unsafe area of the city, but we had no problems at all and felt very safe (having taken precautions using common sense).
The hotel may look small and cosy from the outside, but its interior decorations are very modern. The rooms were extremely clean and very comfortable, but quite small for a 3* hotel. The walls were very thin - on both stays we could hear every move of the next room throughout the night. The staff was quite helpful though not exactly friendly and cheerful. The buffet breakfast was okay; it would be nice to see more fresh food on offer, instead of the pre-packed biscuits, made-from-concentrate fruit juice and straight-out-of-the-tin fruits. The coffee was terrible by Italian standard.
We got an excellent deal of 55 Euros (---) for the first night, and 65 Euros for the second for a twin room.
We would definitely consider staying at this hotel again on the same rate we paid.