Last minute trip and decided to stay here because they offered free parking. Our rate wasn't that cheap but it included breakfast. The hotel isn't central but there is a bus stop nearby and it's just above a mall. It is a huge place (the hotel), when we presented ourselves to check-in, the receptionist proposed us an upgrade (minibar and unlimited wi-fi access for 20€). Gladly we said no, because the mini-bar only had 2 mini-bottles of Coke (normal ones), one Schwepps, mineral water, sparking water and 2 beers, and a few snacks, definitely not worth the price... Believe it or not, there are places where wi-fi access isn't free...such as this place. What a bummer! Anyway, the receptionist just told us to follow the signs to find our room...except that we were going in the opposite direction and the valet parking guy had to run after us and point out to the right direction...
The hotel looks great from the outside and the lobby area as well, but once you step inside your room, things change a little bit... We had a double room on the first floor and the bedroom was fine, but the bathroom wasn't in great shape. There was some mould on the wall, some tape hanging from the ceiling (see photo) and the floor didn't look very clean. Their soap/shower gel/shampoo all smell of sweet oranges and honestly, that wasn't that great. I should have brought my own stuff.
I work in the hotel business and I know how annoying it is to change rooms, so I didn't ask to change rooms just because of those tiny problems. Besides, we stayed only for one night. The most important thing was the bed and it was clean and very comfy. My husband felt in love with one of the pillows. LOL!
Rooms are supposed to be acoustic proof ones, but I could clearly hear my next-door neighbor's moanings (yes, I think he was doing *it*) and some door banging/loud footsteps.
Breakfast was included in our rate and it was a self-service buffet with cold and hot things. I was a bit disappointed with the lack of variety, especially in the bread and cake department. The only positive point is that if you like a good coffee, they have those expresso machines (they prepare it right away). If I had to pay for the breakfast, I wouldn't have it. The breakfast room staff doesn't even wait that you leave the table to remove your dishes, I thought that was a little bit abrupt.
Free parking and above a mall.
The delightful four-star Furno Romantic Hotel rises just outside Turin and is immersed in a relaxing landscape where hospitality and discretion are perfectly integrated in a classy atmosphere.
The rooms are spacious and welcoming and offer the most modern comforts: Sat TV, modem socket to use the Internet, air conditioning and mini bar. The suites, made precious by their original decorations, also feature a Jacuzzi.
(Copy from my Tip do Do about Olympic)
According to the italian newspapers there are yet available 2.500 on 16.000 rooms of the hotels.
And 420.000 on the 1.000.000 tickets for the Olympic events (price from 20 euro for female hockey, to 850 euro for open ceremony or final of male hockey).
on the website for the official (?) accomodation provider
TAKE CARE: if you made the search of an accomodation you will get different answer depending on which language you see the website.
In the Italian version you can request also a tourist packing hotel+tickets
this is the copy of a "thing to do tip" about Olympics that refers to accomodation trouble.
There are many request for an accomodation in Turin and nearby for the Olympic Events (February 10-26, 2006).
So far the hotels in Turin are fully booked, and maybe very hard to find a comfortable or low cost accomodation.
Be aware that some internet site are offering accomodation that are VERY expensive, e.g. $650 per night in a 3 star hotel and also in a not good position!
Here some link to test some service:
Best thing to do maybe to look for a Private Home accomodation.
In this case try to contact some VT member living there (I will try to keep updated info on this issue).
Be aware also of the cost for the olympic tickets, that are quite expensive and sold out for a few events.
This hotel was offered up for business travelers. It is located in the suburbs of Torino, in Leini. Which is a 35 euro cab ride to or from town. The rooms were huge, with both whirlpool tub and shower, king sized bed.
But there were few if any amenities for business travel. There was no internet access and there were problems with the phone lines when using my own modem. The hotel offered a conference room, but no business machines. There were no fax machines, computers, ect.
Breakfast was the same each morning, an assortment of pasteries, meats and cereals and juices. The in house coffee was fantastic.
Friendly and knowledgable staff.
I am going to break this tip down into the pros and cons of staying in this hostel. I stayed there for THREE WEEKS in January 2004 while apartment-hunting.
Cheap at EUR 14 per night
Light breakfast included
Clean and bright
Friendly, helpful staff
Laundry facilities for about EUR 7 per load
Dinner served for EUR 9
No elevator and a spiral staircase
NOT located in city center - located on top of a twisty hill about twenty minutes by foot to city center (and across a river)
Only open 7.00 - 11.30 and 15.30 - 22.30
Hot water only during open hours
Pay several days in advance or they will "lose" your reservation
You must be a member of Hostelling International to stay here.
This hostel was very clean and the staff were very friendly. I didn't try the meals but everyone I talked to seemed satisfied. It was very easy to meet people and it was located in a very pretty area of Torino, near the river and one of the main observation points. It was also less touristy (even though Torino doesn't seem to get super touristy) and near a nice pizzeria and deli (with great salads and cheese!)
Built in 1830, the finely restored house on three levels is owned and nicely operated by Mrs. Miranda Bertot, who can really make you feel at home.
About 20 minutes from Torino airport, the B&B is located 100 m away from bus station from/to Torino downtown.
The B&B features:
- 3 cozy independent rooms, each with private bathroom, TV set and balcony
- Additional beds available
- Dedicated breakfast room
- Private parking for motorcycles
Price per person per night is around 28 Euro or less for double or triple.
The village of Forno Canavese is located 35 km northwest of Torino, or 30 minutes drive, in the Canavese area famous for excellent wine, castles and food specialties.
At 570 m of elevation asl the fresh air makes summers more enjoyable than downtown Torino, and it's conveniently located to reach the Gran Paradiso National Park.
The hotel can be found on the Corso Regina, near the entry for the North ring road and not far from the Pellerina park. Comfortable and well equipped, its rooms come with TV, telephone, mini bar and air-conditioning. A room where meetings can be held, a restaurant, an inner garden are also available for the use of guests.
I recommend you meet locals and ask around where to stay. They know what theyare talking about, and if you are lucky enough they just might let you stay with them. Then you can get a real Italian living experience!
Visit the Superga Basilica where the plane with the entire football team Torino, about 50 years ago, was destroyed after a terrible crash.
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