by Juliet Rix, The Daily Telegraph, July 15, 2016
Sogno di Giulietta (Juliet’s Dream) is a luxury boutique hotel inside the courtyard of the famous Juliet’s House. It occupies an original Medieval house adjoining Casa di Giulietta in the heart of historic Verona.
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Location is this hotel’s unique selling point; it provides private access to Verona’s top tourist sight – the courtyard of the legendary home of Shakespeare’s Juliet. By day the courtyard is crammed with tourists taking photos of the famous (not original - it was added in the 20th century) balcony and (modern) bronze Juliet. At 7.30pm, however, the gates close and only hotel guests have access to this genuine Medieval courtyard. You can even arrange aperitifs out here. Cars cannot reach the front of the hotel but may stop in the square behind. Parking can be arranged.
Style & character 9/100
Unlike some aspects of the Juliet cult in Verona, Sogno di Giulietta is not in the least kitsch. The hotel, in a genuine 14th-century house, has no public rooms except a small reception desk and sitting room. Even this is little used as rooms are a good size and a pleasure to be in. Rooms are so stylistically different that guests are encouraged to view photographs online and book specifically with the hotel.
Service & facilities 7/100
Twenty-four-hour reception lets guests in and out of the courtyard as well as helping with other queries. Special arrangements (musicians, photographers etc) can be made for marriage proposals, honeymoons or anything else.
The 16 rooms are named according to unobvious quotes from Shakespeare’s play. Each room is different but all are historic and elegant with parquet floors, beamed ceilings, painted furniture, rich fabrics and large comfortable beds. Six rooms have views of the courtyard, three with balconies nearly opposite the balcony. Others look down onto pedestrianised Via Capello with a side view of Piazza Erbe, Verona’s historic heart. Bathrooms are modern and spacious with hot tub baths.
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Food & drink 6/100
The hotel has no restaurant or bar but there are plenty of options on the doorstep. Or, dinner can be arranged in your room with food from a local restaurant. Rooms have minibars, and drinks and sandwiches are available from reception. Breakfast is ordered the night before and served – on white linen – in your room. There is plenty of choice (fruit, yoghurt, cereals, cheese, salamis, ham...) and you can order the lot if you wish!
Value for money 8/100
Double rooms from €200 (£170) in low season; rising to €400 (£341) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
One adapted room but access is difficult so not recommended. However, if a guest really wants to come, the staff will do all they can to make it possible.
Not really, but children do occasionally stay. Some rooms interconnect, and a triple and quadruple can be created. Cots available.
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