25 October 2015

2015 ITALY Torino 5 - The Italian Lodging Experience

Looking back at our hotels, each was unique and wonderful in its own way. Chef John booked all our hotels for us, except the one in Venice. Our neighbors lodged there last year and recommended that one.

Each room had a safe, some bigger than others. We had no problems with any of them except the last. May have been my technique, but instructions did not seem quite clear. Had to call for help twice to get into that one.

Most of the rooms had heated towel racks (if they were turned on). Some hotels had not converted to "winter" settings yet, so the hot water room heat was not set up for the hot water towel heaters. We did take advantage of a few of them though when it came to rinsing out socks and intimates.

EVERY hotel had a bidet in the bathroom. We Americans are just not used to seeing or even using that fixture. To us it is an extravagance, but apparently an expectation for Europeans. 

The Grand Hotel Sitea in Torino (click here to read more) wins for best bathroom, best luggage/closet area (maybe of all time), and best breakfast buffet.

Our view overlooked another apartment or hotel under restoration. It was fun to watch the workers, but will much improve the overall room experience when it is completed.

As I said we were complimentary upgraded to a brand new garret-style suite. We were the first to use this room and it was very nice. It was spacious and well-appointed with a king-size bed, lush linens, seating area, desk, enough plugs for all our tech gear, and a totally complimentary mini-bar for our stay.

The bath was most luxurious with heated white marble floor and vanity, heated towel racks, huge magnifying mirror, and bidet (with bottles of "intimate cleansing" soap). No tub, but it had the biggest shower of the trip, also marble, with deluge shower head. Mike fit in it with much room to spare.
The unbelievably huge closet was the nicest we have ever experienced in a hotel, at least that we can remember. It was basically a huge walk-in closet with more than ample hanging space, drawers, and 5-foot marble bench for a luggage stand. It felt very "Kardashian!"
The breakfast buffet here was sensational, elegant, and nicest of the trip. We were seated at tables in one of three rooms, including a glassed in atrium. There we ordered from a number of Italian coffees (cappuccino all around) and were then invited to choose from the buffet. There were at least four tables of food--numerous varieties of fruit, cereal (hot and cold), homemade breads and rolls, yogurts, hot items (eggs and meat), cheeses, salamis, several cakes, and much more. On Saturday, we discovered pour-yourself mimosas were available. How did we miss that on Friday!! All was displayed beautifully with white linen and silver service.

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