24 de Fevereiro, 2018
Beautiful hotel with a nice breakfast but a good 20 min walk to the city center.
My friend and I understand Italian much better than we can speak but we can communicate effectively enough in most cases. There was a girl at the front desk who could speak English a woman at the desk who seemed very impatient with our use of her language. When she asked in English if a King sized bed was okay for us, I replied, "No, I requested two single beds." She replied, "Oh, we didn't read that." After an awkward silence, "We'll change it before you return." but was very sour about it. It's an option on the Booking site, I didn't make a special request.
Upon walking the 15-20 minute walk from the station we were worried about Parma. We live in Rome and this walk did not feel very safe. This area of Parma lacks the beauty of Italy and it was a long time before we even saw an Italian. Most were foreigners. Once we did arrive to the hotel there is a nice big park with a lake across the street and the hotel is very pretty. If you took a taxi, you probably wouldn't even notice the bleak walk. Be mindful of the bicyclists here, they'll whiz by without a bell most of the time.
At first, the room was freezing on this rainy, February day but once the heat kicked on it was hot. However, in the middle of the night the heat turns off and the room cools down again. The blankets are very thin. I had to get up and put on my wool sweater and fill my hot water bottle.
There seemed to be an intercom system (no phone) to contact the front desk but when shown to our room the host didn't explain it.
***Despite these factors, I would book here again. It was a good deal and really a beautiful place.
This hotel is beautiful! The lobby and breakfast room is stunning and the rooms are simple yet comfortable and pretty. The breakfast was included in my booking and was great! There were eggs, prosciutto, salami, cheeses, breads, sweet cakes, and fresh fruit and wonderful coffee served by the staff. Also 4 different fruit juices, water (natural and sparkling), and milk were available. We missed the happy hour (aperitivo) but I imagine that it was very nice.
The bed was comfortable and the bathroom was spacious, clean and well lit. Fluffy towels and essentials were provided. There's even an mini bar and the Wi-Fi worked well.
We were able to leave our bags after checkout so we could continue to explore Parma without the hassle of our luggage. There is not an option to do this at the train station.