Gentleman of Verona
It is not often that you get to call a boutique hotel majestic. Boutique hotels are often, through their very nature, small and intimate. But Gentleman of Verona, a five-star luxury hotel in the centre of the Italian city is magnificent and majestic. From the opulent reception room with glass doors looking straight through to their internal courtyard garden, to the apartment-size suites everything here is on a grand scale. It is also all available to purchase. From the interesting gilt lanterns to the velvet poufs or scented candles, everything you see in every room can be bought if you would like to recreate the look at home. However, not many of us have a 16th-century palazzo for a home, with original parquet or tiled floors and large shuttered-windows.
Each of the 14 rooms have a different feel, with different wallpapers (we were in the ‘room of columns’) and different coloured fabrics. All the rooms – with the exception of one small double, which is reserved for their single guests – are large, with superking-sized beds and often separate sitting or dressing areas. The minibar in the room – stocked with soft drinks, beer, snacks and water – is included in the room rate. There is no tea-making facilities, but you can order tea in your room from a menu of unusual blends. We opted for a ‘Blue Lady’ blend of fruits and green tea. Breakfast in the morning is made up of similar high-quality products.
Food of Love
Organic eggs with bright yellow yolks, fruit smoothies, bio yogurts and homemade cakes. The healthy feast is served in the comfortable surroundings of the bar, which will soon also be a place to dine in the evenings when they open their restaurant later this month. Just around the corner from the hotel is the stunning 1st-century Arena, one of Verona’s chief attractions, and the pavement cafes and restaurants that surround it in Piazza Bra. A few minutes walk in the other direction is the Castelvecchio museum, which houses an impressive collection of Veronese painting from the 12th to the 16th century. Despite the grandeur of the Gentleman of Verona they were incredibly welcoming to the children and both of them were thrilled to receive a blue and pink fluffy rabbit each as a parting gift.
Gentleman of Verona was visited and reviewed in February 2015 by journalist Antonia Windsor