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Review 4513: Residence du Parc, Apartment
Apartments in Turin, Piemonte
Multiple visits, A few days
Hotel Residence du Parc is located on the South-Eastern side of the city, on Via Madama Cristina. It's about 20 minutes walk from Stazione Porta Nuova and it's easy to spend an extra five minutes and go via the spacious Parco Valentino. There regular bus/trams on the 9 & 16 routes if you don't fancy walking. Local attractions include the Borgo Medievale and Parco Valentino. It's also handy for those that prefer to be slightly removed from the central area, to have a sense of being amongst locals, rather than other tourists. It's also easy to get to the Lingotto from here.
It's not a hotel, but a collection of apartments, albeit with a helpful reception desk and daily cleaning. The apartments vary in size and the website shows good floor plans and costs. The rooms are spartan, but spacious and the prices are attractive for the space you get. The kitchen is well-stocked with pans, cutlery etc. and typically also has a small table. The lounge areas tend to be very spacious - almost too much so, but perhaps ideal for a family to have some space. No issues with cleanliness on our previous two visits.
The café across the road is typically good and as reasonably priced as you'd expect outside of the centre. It's a nice stop-off for breakfast (unless you prefer to buy food to eat in the apartment). It also does a fair spread of nibbles for aperitivo hour, but not quite to the level of some of the central places. A couple of doors down from the café is a tabaccheria, for picking up bus/tram tickets and it's often worthwhile picking up a daily (giornaliero) ticket to avoid wearing out the shoe leather. There's a mid-size supermarket on the opposite side of via Madama Cristina for picking up food for the apartment. It's a shame though that it's not closer to the Porta Palatina market or the great food streets such as via Lagrange or via dei Mercanti.
There are a number of decent and unassuming local restaurants, on the whole frequented by locals rather than tourists. Also some finer ones across the river or due West. Walking towards via Nizza brings plenty of interesting shops, restaurants and wine bars into play, though it's also fair to note that local prostitutes do seem to frequent this area from here towards via Nizza /Staz. Porta Nuova (though even at night we've never felt threatened or intimidated).
I believe they have parking facilities and for those with a car, it would be one of the easier place to navigate to.
Note: This review was originally posted in the Italy forum by Slow Traveler Ian Sutton, and has been added to the review listings by the forum Moderators. Click here to access the forum discussion: Turin Hotels.
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