We chose this hotel because it was ranked number one in Padua, and perhaps our expectations were raised too high. It is indeed a very good hotel, and we haven't stayed in any of its competitors, but number one seems high for what we found.
There's no question the staff is wonderful: friendly, very accommodating, and knowledgeable. And the room was a nice size. spanking clean, with a very comfortable bed. So why are we hesitant to give it five stars? A few small things.
First, you enter off a nondescript street into a "lobby" the size of a phone booth. It was a bit disconcerting for us, after a drive of several hours. Second, the room was decorated in a Scandinavian modern style -- all greys and browns, with no pictures on the wall and no color. Some guests will love this, but we found it a bit gloomy. We arrived on a day that was quite hot, and were assured that the room would be nicely air-conditioned, indeed that the system had been upgraded recently. The room temparature was quite comfortable after several hours, but it took that long for the room to cool. We were told that this was inevitable, given the high ceilings. Small things, to be sure. As we said, this is a very good hotel.
The location is terrific in some respects, but it's quite a distance from the liveliest squares in Padua. It's a tram ride to the Scrovegni Chapel and the railroad station (which we used twice to take day trips to Venice, which is only a half hour away by train.). On the other hand, it's quite close to two major attractions -- the Basilica del Santo and the botanical gardens. And it's only a block from the Prato -- billed as the largest "square" in Europe. though it's an oval. Our stay included a Sunday, when the Prato was bursting with activity, as local students competed in gymnastics and figure roller skating while their families watched and cheered. That was great fun. On weekdays, the Prato is rather quiet, and not of much touristic interest. There's a good restaurant on the Prato, called (appropriately enough) Trattoria al Prato, just a three minute walk from the hotel. We enjoyed a lunch there one day, and a dinner another, both sitting outdoors on the Prato.
We would certainly recommend this hotel to others, and if they arrive with slightly less elevated expectations, we expect they'd love it.
- Also Known As:
- Belludi 37 Padua
- Belludi 37 Hotel Padua
- Belludi 37 Italy/Padua
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel takes its name Belludi37 from the central via Belludi, which links the Basilica of Sant'Anthony, the icon of the city, to one of the most fascinating squares in Europe, Prato della Valle. The building is early twentieth century, with interiors recently renewed and enriched with dècor of contemporary design. The rooms, cared for every detail, reflect the concept of our hospitality: "refined but accessible, sophisticated but cosy, for everyone but not just anyone". At a short distance from the most important artistic and cultural attractions of this wonderful city, Hotel Belludi37 will surprise and enthral you on each visit. ... more less
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