Stylish and great value at Mercure Bergamo
Arriving at Bergamo Italy was so easy. A small, regional airport allowed for a smooth start in normally chaotic Italy. Within five minutes we were at the hotel Mercure on the main boulevard in Bergamo, a charming city in the Lombardy foothills about 45 minutes from Milan. To my surprise, almost everyone spoke English. The front desk staff was profesional and very pleasant, despite our late arrival time. The hotel is stylish and the room was equally so, with the latest design. The bed was very comfortable, the room was quiet and we had a lovely view of the old Bergamo, high on a hill. For $99 this hotel was a terrific value. I normally stay in four and five star hotels and this hotel was a pleasant surprise. Breakfast was included in the rate and it was absolutely delicious. I would definitely stay here again and choose Bergamo as my entry point for Northern Italy.
Market off Viale Papa Giovanni XXII
Just diagonally opposite the Hotel Mercure Bergamo on Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII we found this market on at Piazza degli Alpini. It was on all day and evening on a Saturday, not sure of other hours or days though! Souvenirs, clothing, all sorts of snack foods and more Woollen scarfs and hat at Eu5 and Eu10
Top Class Service
My partner and I had planned a 3 night break in Milan until I read a few reports/reviews on how beautiful Bergamo was and how it was becoming popular itself for a weekend break, with an airport literally 10 minutes away. We decide to split the long weekend with 2 nights in Milan and 1 in Bergamo to see what all the 'fuss' was about; we now wish we had spent longer in the lovely town of Bergamo and the Mercure Bergamo Palazzo Dolci Hotel.
We caught a train from the central station in Milan for around 7 Euros each, and it took roughly 50 minutes to get to Bergamo. The hotel was situated ideally for the train station in Bergamo, being less than 5 minutes walk straight up the main road. As soon as we entered the lovely white marbled air conditioned reception, we felt welcomed straight away. The 2 staff members on reception literally couldn't do enough for you, checking us in quickly, then gave us a map and a mini guide book of Bergamo, courtesy of the hotel. I thought this was a fantastic touch, and it was extremely useful in giving an insight into Bergamo and the region.
As you can see from other reviews or the hotel website, all the rooms are painted in a lovely relaxing light blue colour. The rooms are very modern, with simple and stylish furniture and it seemed as if they had just been redecorated as everything seemed new. The bed was very comfortable and the air conditioning was fantastic in the Italian summer heat. We were located at the back of the hotel, where most rooms had a balcony that you could sit out on and gaze up to the old walled town. The bathrooms were very clean and modern aswell, with silver / grey mosaic tiles, and the usual shampoo / conditioner / shower gels were fantastic (some kind of herbal / flower range).
The morning breakfast was adequate with local produce on offer, with the usual pastries, cold meats, cheese, fruits, cereals and rolls,etc. Be warned though, when breakfast finishes at 10, the staff clean up straight away, if you come down at 9.59, don't expect much to be left out as a few unfortunate sleepy heads found out.
As previously stated, the hotel is no more than a few minutes walk from the train station, and 10/15 minutes taxi ride away from the Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, what more could you ask for? Bergamo itself is a lovely town, split into 2 really, with the modern town on the plain below (where the hotel is situated), and the historical medieval town up on the hill. To get to the old city, it's about a 20 minute walk from the hotel, where you catch a funicular to the old town. The old town is spectacular, with cobbled streets and buildings that date back hundreds of years. The Piazza Vecchia is at the heart of the old town, a beautiful square surrounded by good restaurants and bars, and next to it the Santa Maria Maguire, a wonderful decorated church. If there's one thing you do when your at the Piazza Vecchia, walk up the tower (costs 2 Euros), you'll get a fantastic 360 view of the countryside for miles around, you'll be gob smacked how beautiful the place is. To eat, always try and go to the old city as there seems to be an abundance of good quality restaurants there. The one that was recommended by the hotel staff was Da Franco's, and it didn't disappoint. Eating outside next to the vine leaves, we had a wonderful 3 course meal with wine and beer for no more than 50 Euros, and worth every penny (don't worry if you don' t speak Italian, their menu is in English aswell).
In a nut shell I'd recommend Bergamo to you...go here instead of Milan, as you can easily see Milan in a day as a day trip. The old city is beautiful and it's a weekend break I'll definitely do again. The hotel is superb and the staff were honestly some of the most welcoming and helpful hotel staff I've come across in my years of travelling. Even on leaving, where they arranged a taxi back to the airport for us, they were truly interested in wanting to know what we thought of Bergamo, and wished us a good journey home, and hoped we would visit again; they won't have to wait very long.
We chose to stay at this Hotel after reading the good reviews on this site and were not disappointed. For convenience we took a taxi from the Airport. (15 Euros)
The Hotel is perfectly located and wonderfully clean and comfortable. As stated by previous guests breakfast offers an excellent choice of hot and cold dishes.
Reception staff are both friendly and helpfull.
The upper "city" is gorgeous with a splendid array of wine bars, pubs and restaurants to suit all pockets. We particularly enjoyed sitting on the terrace of Trattoria Il Columbino in Cite alte near the funicular to the castle. What a view! Food excellent.
We took a train into Milan which we found interesting yet uninspiring. Yes the Cathedral is impressive but the rest we found somewhat dirty and underwhelming! Give us Bergamo any day.
We shall return without question.
Can't fault it !!
This hotel is great - perfect location a few minutes walk from the train station. The staff are friendly and very helpful, even down to weather forecasts when asked! The breakfast was great, hot and cold buffet, with plenty of options and loads of pastries and cakes. The room was immaculately clean with lovely toiletries. There is airconditioning which was needed at 30 degrees during the day. There is a safe to keep valuables in. The hotel is on a VERY busy road, I was worried that we would be kept up all night - I needn't have been! Once we worked out that our window wasn't shut properly and did so, it was completely silent. Like I said, I can't fault this hotel.
Bergamo itself is a different story. Yes the old town is quaint, with cobblestone streets, plenty of shopping, bars, restaurants etc. But if all you want to do is sit in bars and restaurants then this destination is perfect for you. We struggled to find enough to do over 2 days, and on our third day got the train out to Varenna and a ferry to Bellagio. This was a gorgeous town on Lake Como and I could've stayed here a week - it was simply stunning. My advice would be one day in Bergamo is enough, especially if you are a traveller who has seen similar places like Prague.
We had a nice 1-night stay at this hotel. It was very modern and in a great location. It took 5 minutes to walk there from the train station - straight up the main street. We also continued on up that street later on for 20 minutes and it goes directly to the trolley station where you can ride the trolly car up the hill for 2 Euros round trip to visit the old part of the city - a must.
The staff were friendly and helpful enough, though one couldn't answer our questions on whether pay-per-view was available in English. Breakfast was very good; the buffet had scrambled eggs and sausage in addition to the typical cold meats, cheeses, cereal, and pastries we were used to from Italian hotels.
The room was nice; it was neat having blue walls instead of the typical white, though it did make it somewhat dark at night since the lighting wasn't that bright. Overall we'd definitely stay here again and enjoyed our visit.
Perfect location for old and new part of Bergamo
We have just returned from a 3 night stay in bergamo and would definitely recommend it for a short stay and to use as a base to visit other places. We visit Milan regularly on business but on this occasion decided to fly to Bergamo instead of Linate airport in Milan. The flights were so much cheaper to Bergamo from Leeds/Bradford and it is so much prettier and cheaper to stay than the centre of Milan. The hotel was very clean and the breakfast was very enjoyable with a good selection of food.
We had a free day and decided to visit Simmione a small town on Lake Garda which was beautiful. The receptionist was most helpful and gave us the train times to Breschia and the connecting train times to Simmione. However, on arrival at Breschia we were informed that the train to Simmione was not operating due to a fault on the line. We managed to get a bus from the bus station directly opposite the train station which took about 1 hour and 20 minutes which did lengthen our journey somewhat but was definitely worth it when we saw how pretty Simmione was. Incidentally, the bus stops right in the centre of Simmione whereas the train station is a good distance from the centre so all in all we would advise the train to Breschia and then bus to Simmione when visiting this area.
Would hightly recommend Bergamo for a short stay, the old town is very quaint with lots of good restaurants and if you do need to go to Milan it is only 1 hours train journey from Bergamo station which is literally a 5 minute walk from the hotel.