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Genoa: Hotel Bel Soggiorno


Reviewed by: joe from Israel, review #2557

When: November 2008

Both hotels (Bruxelles Margherita in same building) provided pleasant accommodations in a good location at inexpensive prices. We'd return.

We arrived at Genoa without having planned to stay there at all. Bad weather and a disappointing B&B in the mountainous area around Fabbrica Curone made us change our plans, hoping that the city would offer more options to while away the two days we had. Turned out to be a good decision - we enjoyed Genoa very much.

We wanted to be as close as possible to the older section of the town, between the Oriental Market and the port, so once we managed to disentangle ourselves from the traffic and find a parking spot, we started to walk up the Via XX Settembre in search of a hotel.

We saw the sign for the Bel Soggiorno, walked in and inquired for a vacancy. The clerk (or manager) said that there was a vacancy for one night only if we wanted, but suggested that we check at the Bruxelles Margherita (in the same building). After discovering that there was room for two nights in the latter, we decided to book one night in each place - both as a gesture of thanks to the clerk, and also to try out another option.

Both hotels were pleasant and adequate in all respects. The staff at the Bel Soggiorno was fluent in English, while the one at the Bruxelles was not - but that doesn't put us off if the service is attentive and satisfying. I believe both are rated as two (maybe three)-star hotels.

The building in which the hotels are located seems to be some sort of old palace, which gives the place a certain charm. It is right next door to the Oriental Market, which we had put down as a spot to visit if we decided to see Genoa. It is also a a reasonable walking distance from the port, a walk that took us through an interesting older part of the town - palaces, churches, cafes, restaurants and small businesses of all sorts, lots of narrow alleys.

We'd return to both hotels, perhaps with a preference for the Bel Soggiorno.

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