This welcoming retreat in the heart of Verona offers a beguiling mix of modern comfort and historic atmosphere.
NH Collection Palazzo Verona could hardly have a more attractive setting. This newly refurbished boutique hotel occupies a 14th-century building a stone’s throw from Verona’s UNESCO-listed sites, and reminders of its past crop up throughout. There are columns and weathered stone door frames in the lobby, traces of frescoes in some of the rooms and even Roman ruins in the basement. The chic design marries these historic features with contemporary Italian furniture, such as the rusty-red velvet bar stools in the airy bar, to impressive effect. It’s very romantic in a quiet, stylish way: a far cry from the high drama of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers and all the more appealing for that.
The varied delights of Verona are practically on the doorstep, which makes enjoying them an almost effortless experience. It’s only a short walk to Juliet’s House, Piazza delle Erbe and the Roman Arena, which is still used for open-air concerts. There’s also a host of chic boutiques, restaurants and bars to explore, and all close enough to the hotel that you can nip back for a restorative coffee in the lobby bar, a reviving rain-effect shower in your sleek bathroom or a change of outfit before the evening passeggiata.
The 70 newly renovated rooms and suites are decorated in a chic contemporary style based around a soft, neutral palette; the giant padded headboards are a striking feature. Superior Rooms are a restful retreat at the end of a day of sightseeing, with a sofa to sink into and super-comfortable beds. There’s a little more space in the Premium Rooms, with a sofa that can be converted into a single bed, and yet more still in the Junior Suites, which can sleep four thanks to the double sofabed in the sitting area.
In the heart of Verona, a short walk from the historical centre and the River Adige
Good to know
A tourist tax is payable in Verona and must be paid at the hotel. Minimum stay: 2 nights 15-18 Apr; 3 nights 30 Dec-02 Jan.
70 rooms and suites
Restaurant, bar, 24-hour room service
Breakfast in the restaurant.
*Denotes local charge