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Principi di Piemonte - Turin

To celebrate my birthday we chose to spend a weekend in Turin, a city we like a lot, because it's just an hour train ride from Milan (AV train, the fast one) but also because of its delicious food.
We booked a room at the 5-star hotel Principi di Piemonte, which seems to be the best hotel in the centre of Turin... Well, it is in the center, just off Via Roma, where all the nice shops are and a 5-minute walk from Porta Nuova train station, but I wouldn't give it 5 stars.

It's not that the rooms are horrible or the service is bad, but it's just missing that extra-something...
Check-in was a bit slow but OK -they were hosting a major Italian soccer team those days so probably the best service was reserved to them- , we were given only one card key.
Elevators are small and old, not in line with the classy look of the hotel. The room was on the third floor, spacious and clean. nice marble bathroom and comfortable bed. We had a partial view of Turin's Mole Antonelliana (one of the city's main landmarks, it appears on the 2 cent Italian Euro coins). Wi-fi is not free and there are no bathrobes in room. Actually, for us wi-fi was supposed to be free, as stated in our booking (the offer was: if you book online, wi-fi is included in your fee) but they of course said no... wish I had brought my print screens of the booking, I didn't think I was going to need them in a so-called-5-stars hotel...






The Wellness Center is the Hotel's best feature. It is big, it has a nice pool with jacuzzi and back massage jets, a fitness room, relax room, steam bath, sauna, aromatherapic showers, kneipp therapy, etc.
We had a breakfast included fee so the following morning we went down to the restaurant in the ground floor (a very nice room, btw) to find a very scarce buffet breakfast (definitely not like the one from the 4-star Pullman Hotel in Dubai!) with only 2 types of bread, ham, cheese, 4 choices of sweets (homebaked, though), some juices, greasy sausages and the worst scrambled eggs I've ever tasted. I was expecting much more from a so-called 5-star hotel! At least a couple of regional specialties!
So, the stay was very good because of the nice features like the wellness center and the big room, but the poor breakfast and the wi-fi issue downgrade the hotel to a good 4-star.

A couple of years ago we visited Turin and stayed at the AC Hotel in the Lingotto quarter, south of the city, that was a really nice hotel, even if it was far from the centre they had a shuttle to Porta Nuova train station and  an excellent buffet breakfast. It's mainly a business hotel but it had nice features. The building was an old pasta factory, fully refurbished with nice minimalistic design interiors and a decent wellness area. The plus was the free minibar (it had only water and fruit juices, no alcohol, but still a nice touch) and the next-door wonder: Eataly, but more on that in a future post... :)