Reasonable priced accom just off the beaten track
I booked this 3* hotel through Booking.com, mainly for its cost and location - we wanted to be fairly near to the station and leics' hotel, so that we could meet up easily - well it was a longer walk than we'd anticipated - probably about 30 minutes! (We soon found out where the nearest bus stops were from here to the town centre) It is about 15 -20 minutes walk upto Citta Alta up one of the many medieval 'Stair cases' or 'scaletta' Otherwise catch one of the buses to Puerta Nuova or the station and catch the 1A bus to the funicular for a ride upto the upper old town, or just continue on the bus. Leaving the apartment and turning left, leads to the bus stop (cross the road for the bus to town)
I'd booked a twin room, and had re-iterated this prior to arrival - So I was somewhat shocked to find that there were only double beds (or family rooms) in this establishment - Hmmmmm! Well, it was only for 3 nights.
The Auberge/hotel is located in a quiet residential apartment block - it is on the ground floor, adjacent to a cafe/restaurant, where we ate on our first night.
The 7 rooms are colour themed - ours was The Blue Room.
Double bed, bedside tables, dressing table/desk, wardrobe, TV, Kettle -tea/coffee. View onto 'terrace' (pic 5) Didn't have access to this though.
Bathroom - shower, WC, basin, towels (blue) loo paper, complimentary soap,showergel/shampoo
Breakfast is served in the basement - access by a curved stone staircase - so not ideal for those with mobility problems.
Continental Breakfast - tea/coffee/hot chocolate, pastries, cakes, bread, cheese, salami/ham, yogurt, jams and juice. There is a minimarket/grocers nearby to supplement this.
Free WIFI was advertised, but we had trouble getting a connection. However the receptionist allowed Gilly to use the hotel PC - She had an urgent mission - to upload The Eurmeet page etc, ready for our announcement that Eurmeet 2012 was to be held in Bergamo!!!!!!
A taxi late at night called from the reception of the Best Western Hotel (Puerta Nuova) to Santa Caterina cost around 14 Euros
Unique Quality: Clean spacious room, friendly reception staff.
Location - In residential area - Via Alberico da Rosciate doesn't have too much 'local character', but a few metres away onto the next street (will find my map for its name!), and you are in amongst the local workers and shoppers etc - plenty of small independent shops, a smattering of churches and parks, bars, restaurants etc.
It was quite popular at night with people enjoying a drink outside the bars.
Directions: Citta Bassa Santa Caterina Borgo/ borough