- Style Frescoes and flatscreens
- Setting Verona’s chic shopping district
A modern-meets-mediaeval mix is at play in the Palazzo Victoria hotel, a boutique hideout in Verona's stylish shopping district, where Roman-era ruins and Renaissance paintings are found next to pale leather sofas and concrete walls. Gilded age high-living continues with Jacuzzis in the polished marble ensuites, billiards in the salon and a Michelin-rated chef behind the restaurant.
Need to know
- Rooms 70, including 12 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $350.38 (€255), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.00 per person per night on check-out.
- More details Rates include Continental buffet breakfast (cooked options are extra).
- Facilities Projector screen in the lobby for film screenings, pool table, gym with bikes and benches, free WiFi, private parking (€35 a night). In rooms: flatscreen TV and minibar stocked with local treats.
- Check–out 12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Children Little Smiths aged 12 and under can stay for free. Colouring pencils, pens and colouring books are given to anklebiters on arrival. They’re also welcome in the restaurant, which has high chairs; the chef will happily adapt the menu for tots’ tastes.
- Also Small, well-behaved dogs can come too at no extra charge.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Book 107, a Junior Suite with an incredible mediaeval fresco above the bed, a toffee-brown polished parquet floor, a little sitting area in the corner with a plush armchair and pouffe, and a Jacuzzi-toting mini marble kingdom where you’ll want to just stay in and soak. Room 214 (another Junior Suite) has walls dressed in yolk-yellow silks, two 14th-century mosaics and romantic russet-rooftop views. Room 106, a Grand Deluxe, is decorated in Veneto’s rich regional colours and has an enviable marble bathroom.
- Packing tips A well-thumbed copy of Romeo and Juliet so you can whisper in Juliet’s ear; something tight and glamorous (Mrs Smith) or tailored and timeless (Mr Smith) for passegiata in the piazzas – the Veronese like to look the part.
Food and drink at Palazzo Victoria
- Hotel restaurant The airy grey-and-white Corso Porta Borsari brasserie has an open kitchen, big windows and clusters of white tables topped with rosemary sprigs in little loop vases. The seating is a relaxed mishmash of Lucite and wooden chairs; potted olive trees add splashes of colour. As well as a glittering knife collection, chef Carmine Caló (whose moto is ‘ingredients and imagination’) has a Michelin star. Put your trust in Carmine and opt for the tasting menu: light, elegant dishes that rely on Italy’s best produce – eggs from hens reared on goat’s milk, ricotta sourced from Sicily and so on. Some of the most popular wines are displayed on the vintage apothecary cabinet at the back. Ask the sommelier to talk you through the grapes.
- Dress code Very relaxed, but you’ll feel better for making the effort: a soft, clinging dress/loose shirt and chinos will do nicely.
- Top table Sit at the round table in the corner by the windows and olive trees. There are also tables outside and in another alfresco area close to the lobby. For drinks, we like the pool room or the romantic little passageway with a wall made from blue wooden doors
- Last orders The breakfast buffet is available between 7am and 11am; lunch is served from 12.30pm until 3pm; dinner is 7pm until 11pm.
- Room service A selection of pastas, salads and desserts can be prepared around the clock (we recommend ordering the wonderful deconstructed tiramisu and enjoying it in bed).
- Hotel bar There’s a dark and romantic little bar with an excellent selection of local wines (many produced by Allegrini, with whom the hotel enjoys a fruitful partnership). Alternatively, sit in the masculine salon post-pool with a whisky or cocktail and admire the chequered floor and the artefacts; on cold days, pull up a chair beside the arty fireplace.