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Ravenna: Hotel Sant' Andrea

via Carlo Cattaneo, 33, Phone: 0544.215564

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Reviewed by: lauram from Canada, review #1465

When: May 2006

A beautiful little hotel w/ nice garden: helpful staff; excellent location; quiet, comfortable, bright rooms; modern, spacious bathrooms; tasty big breakfast.

Although the hotel is in a street that cars can access, this street borders the pedestrian part of town; and if you stay in a room that overlooks the back garden, as all of us did, it's very quiet (even the neighbour's noisy dog [see review of a couple of years ago] is pretty quiet these days!).

I have noticed that several of my other reviews mention noise issues: this one won't, since we had completely peaceful nights (and days) here. The hotel is a few minutes' walk from all the main points of interest, and a very nice introductory walk of less than 20 minutes (even pulling our carry-ons behind us) from the train station.

We really loved our meal at Ca' de Ven restaurant, I think about a 10-minute walk away; and the meal at La Gardela was also good and also close on foot. There are lots of shops within a few minutes' walk, including an internet post. In fact, everywhere in Ravenna seems to be just a few minutes' walk from here! This small hotel has a spacious, bright entrance foyer with lots of tourist information, a pleasant sitting area, and a spacious, bright breakfast room (a generous selection of breakfast items is included in the price of the room); a gorgeous double wooden staircase (and an unobtrusive little lift) give access to the upstairs floors.

The lovely big lawn with bordering flower beds and shrubs is straight through the entrance out the back, and offers several tables and chairs you can move around to find just the right amount of sun or shade; you can sit here for breakfast, if you want.

Our "first"-floor room, a suite with a second (queen) bed in the adjoining room and a king(?) bed in the main room, had lovely high ceilings, lots of light and room, and our favourite bathroom in Italy - lots of hot water and water-pressure, ample elbow-room and shelves, excellent lighting.

Our daughter and her friend shared a second unit, a "French" room (describes the bed size, I think marginally different from a queen) on the ground floor, with charming French-door access right onto the back garden and a large handicapped-accessible bathroom. Though we liked our room immensely, when we saw theirs my husband and I were envious! We paid 250/night for all of our accommodation (double suite and French room); very reasonable, I think. The staff were all outstanding here: the manager who had kindly given us a little price break when we had told her about our budget and who offered to make phone calls not only local restaurant reservations, but also to Bologna area Italian speakers we wanted to confirm plans with; the cook who laid the buffet table a bit early on our departure day so that we could enjoy breakfast before catching our train (and who called up a couple of taxis pronto when we decided the rain that morning really was going to put a damper on our plans to walk to the station). I really loved visiting Ravenna, for all the usual artistic and other great reasons, but the Sant' Andrea made this my favourite city of the trip. An unqualified yes! yes! for this hotel.

Reviewed by: Donna Marie from CA, review #1233

When: October 2005

Charming {3 star} hotel in Ravenna city center.

Three star rated Hotel San Andrea in the city center of Ravenna is as charming and comfortable as they come. Large rooms and thoroughly modern bathrooms complete with helpful and knowledgeable staff make this a pleasant place to stay. Expect a large and delicious breakfast in the dining room or out in the enclosed garden on warm, sunny days. And, all the beautiful sights of Ravenna are a stone's throw away!

Reviewed by: Staci from CT, review #626

When: July 2004

Wonderful, immaculate, new {3 star} hotel located in the center of Ravenna - the mosaic capital of the world.

The S. Andrea is a quite new hotel and the property reflects that. This 3 star had beautifully polished wood flooring and furniture in the entrance area, clean spacious rooms and bathrooms, and a charming well-tended garden out back.

Our family had two rooms (140 for a triple and 160 for a suite) although the suite could easily have held the 5 of us. Believe me, the rooms are really large. The beds are incredibly comfortable. Bathrooms are marble, offer one sink and a new stall shower with plenty of hot water.

Breakfast was included and it was more than adequate. There are two slight negatives of which a potential customer should be aware: 1) There is a dog and some young children living in the adjacent backyard property. As sound proofing in the hotel could have been better, you will need your earplugs. 2) Ravenna is very difficult to drive in and the S. Andrea's garage requires backing down 2 small and narrow streets. The entrance to the garage is often blocked by local resident cars. If you will require your car at a certain time, talk to the staff and see what alternatives you have. We needed our car at 5am and the plan to park in a special space out front worked perfectly.

In summary, this hotel is really inviting, gorgeous, friendly, comfortable, and pretty. The staff went out of their way to help us with all requests. I would definitely stay here again. Next time though, I'll try to arrive by train!

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