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“Very nice and friendly budget hotel”
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Hotel Helvetia
Ranked #36 of 91 Hotels in Genoa
Sweden
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Very nice and friendly budget hotel”
Reviewed 28 July 2012 via mobile

This is a budget hotel that gives you a really plesant stay in Genoa. Service is super good and they have free wifi for the guests. Breakfast is included and ok, though it almost only contains pastry and sweets which is not what i prefer personally for breakfast.
Rooms are ok and come with air condition, free wifi (very slow though) and tv with 85 channels(!!!)

No free parking but a garage around the corner where you park for 15€ /24hrs. You have to leave your car keys to the parking guy cause he continously needs to move all cars to get cars out of the small garage space. The second day the old man in the garage couldnt find my keys and searched until i found them in the ignition. Maybe not the best garage...

Overall the stay couldnt be better for paying just under 100€ per night for a 3 bed room with free wifi and breakfast included.

Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2012

Been in Italy 7 times before, this was maybe the best hotel ever: good location, friendly and skilled staff (their English was probably better than mine), air condition, breakfast table... Not to mention the price, which was suitable (or even cheap) for a low-budget traveller like me!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Izmir, Turkey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2012

perfect location (in walking distance to piazza ferrari, porto antico, museums, train station), friendly and helpful staff, airconditionated rooms, complimentary water in minibar, average breakfast. so, if you are not looking for luxury, this is the best choice in genoa.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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helvetiage, General Manager at Hotel Helvetia, responded to this review, 18 July 2012
Dear Mr.Izmir,

I'd like to thank you for the good review, we're so happy that you underlined all the best qualities we think we have: excellent location and care for details to make our guests feel home... We only need to improve our turkish language, but we already have our website turkish page :)
Thanks again and come back soon!
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

To visit Genova and not spend a ton of money and to be near the center, then stay at the Helvetia.

Location: Excellent location near the Aquarium & Galata Museo del Mare. Shopping on the other side of the center near Piazza Colombo is only 1km away and can be reached by walking.

Rooms: We had an apartment room for 5 and was spacious, though a bit old. The building is in fact... very old.... The bathroom was small but efficient how everything you need can fit into that space. Very clean, plenty of towels.

Staff: Great staff, so helpful and informative. They provide excellent recommendations for local area restaurants and how to get to places in Genova.

Food: Never made it to breakfast, can't comment...

WiFi: Good speed and easy access in all parts of the hotel.

Parking: Easy parking at the Minerva Garage just across the street and around the corner. I saw another reviewer complain about car damage, which I suppose can happen but we were fortunate our car was parked in a walled off bay so no damage whatsoever.

Only down side is in terms of location, the streets between the back of the hotel and the port area is not the greatest, no fault of the hotel of course.

Overall, really excellent value and definitely will stay again when we visit Genova.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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helvetiage, General Manager at Hotel Helvetia, responded to this review, 18 July 2012
Dear Mr.Den,

I couldn't write a better review myself!
I don't have anything to add but only thank you and hope to have you again soon: we need guests like you :)

Thanks and ciao!
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Iowa City, Iowa
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

Three adults stayed 10 nights in a suite - room 111. The location is great, in the old town, a few minutes walk from the palazzi, train station, and harbor. The staff were very friendly and helpful, particularly when needed to control a group of noisy 10-11 year old children that invaded the hotel one weekend. The suite was unusual, with a very large central room, small single room near entry door, a small, tightly arranged bathroom, and a kitchen. Front rooms are over a busy bus stop with heavy traffic from 7:00 until 22:00. The side alley was a pedestrian walkway that carried the sound of conversations into the room quite easily. The breakfast was good-- various breads, cheese, cold cuts, yogurt, orange juice, and a great selection of coffees and teas. The Wi-Fi never worked during our stay, but the public computer usually was available with a short wait.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel Helvetia

Property: Hotel Helvetia
Address: Piazza della Nunziata 1 | Historical Downtown, 16124, Genoa, Italy
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Region: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Genoa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 91 Hotels in Genoa
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,594 - ₹ 8,769
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Helvetia 3*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel, 3 star rating, is located in an ancient building dating back to 1585 in the heart of the city of Genoa, in the historic Piazza della Nunziata 1.Free wireless fast connection in all rooms and common areas. Free Internet Point ADSL at the Hotel's Hall. The 37 rooms on five floors accessible by elevator (completely renovated, with VIP and No Smoking floors), are completely soundproof, equipped with air-conditioning and heating individually adjustable by each room, satellite TV, mini-bar, hairdryer, recent replacement of all the doors of rooms and bathrooms according to the current regulations. The renowned area of Ancient Port (Aquarium, Museum of the Sea, Congress Centre Magazzini del Cotone and Shopping area) at just 200 meters, the Principe Railway station and the Cruises Terminal a few steps, the Carlo Felice Opera House and prestigious Palazzo Ducale at 5 minutes, FREE CCTV motorbikes parking and the garage service (€ 15.00 Per 24 hours) at just 100 meters, make the location of Hotel Helvetia unique in Genoa.Gluten-free breakfast available on request Dog and Cat Welcome. ... more   less 
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