Maybe it’s the name but while staying at the Savoia Excelsior Palace in Trieste my inner princess simply couldn’t stop smiling. I had been looking forward to this hotel with so many expectations as I’ve already stayed there once about 3 years ago. This time I visited this beautiful place with the intention on writing about it and so I’m now sharing my honest review with you.
The Savoia Excelsior Palace is part of the Italian luxury hotel group Starhotels. Therefore high standards in service and accommodation are a must. All of this is what you witness when you push through the revolving door to enter the lobby. What catches the eye is definitely the architecture. It is to die for and even though I’m not much of an satin lover, the fabric of the furniture and the old marble make the perfect couple when it comes to Palazzo interior. Three years ago I stood in these halls and fell for the beautiful stucco that decorated the ceiling above the lobby and bar – and it left me speechless all over again.
After checking in we made our way up to room – which turned out to be a Superior Double Room after the hotel had us upgraded from our standard double room. Plus, we had sea view which is great as the hotel is situated waterfront and from the small balcony one can watch ferries land and put out to sea again.
Okay, the hotel’s location is unbeatable in Trieste. After only a 200 m walk you find yourself at the beautiful Piazza dell’Unita d’Italia (aka the main square). In the same distance from the Savoia Excelsior Palace you find the Molo Adace. This is there pier where people like to stroll around and gaze into the distance where Venice and the beach capitals of the upper Adria are situated. Moreover one can enjoy the best city walk from the Starhotel and super nice restaurants and bars are just around the corner. Like the one called Life, which is a great place for having a nice aperitif.
As in every luxury hotel you find excellent service at the Savoia Excelsior Palace. The staff was friendly, helpful and does its work perfectly. But after traveling a lot I’ve seen many hotels that had the same high quality standards and perfect service but the people had been much more open and engaging with the guests. I personally prefer hotel staff that it is easy to talk to and this is what I missed at the Starhotel hotel, it wasn’t that personal.
If you have ever stayed at a hotel in Italy you probably know that even the high-budget ones often have a lack in cleanness. The room looks nice and overall very tidy. But if you look a little closer you often gonna find this and than. And even if this is nagging on a high level, this is the most important thing to me when it comes to hotel rooms. Many hotels in Italy don’t fulfill this qualification that distinguish good hotels from great ones – as I’m very picky on that – but the Savoia Excelsior Palace exceeded all my expectations. The room has been clean from floor to ceiling and the bathroom literally shined. Loved it!
As we got upgraded to the Superior Double Room the small suite was perfectly sized – even though the standard double room would have served it’s purpose just fine. But who would turn down an upgrade? The bed room was lovely furnished with a big double bed and really nice looking side tables. In the small living room you find a desk, a couch and a dining table suitable for a party of six. What I loved most about the room though was the balcony where I stood in the morning admiring the great atmosphere that enwrapped the harbor in front of me.
The most important meal of the day and definitely my favorite time to eat: breakfast. 3 years ago the breakfast buffet at the Sovoia Excelsior Palace blowed me off my feet and we remembered it to be the best hotel breakfast ever. This time my enthusiasm has been damped. Maybe because our last visit was in summer, maybe because they have another chef now or because the hotel wasn’t fully booked. Anyway, for a luxury hotel this breakfast buffet was at max standard. The basic quality was good but I failed to find the fruits and nice pastries which had made our last breakfast here so extraordinary. Probably it had been my expectations and memories from 3 years ago that made it rather normal this time.
According to the hotel’s website room rates start at 180€ for a standard double room and go up to 400€ for a deluxe suite and if you are feeling fancy – the presidential suite is available from around 900€ – so go for it 🙂 The room we had (because of the upgrade) costs about 300€ per night. But the prices vary strongly with time and occupancy. We booked our room – a standard double room – via Booking.com and requested sea view which I recommend anyone to do!
All on all, the Savoia Excelsior Palace is definitely one of the best places – if not the best – to stay while in Trieste and I can highly recommend it to anyone – especially to lovers of historical buildings.
I hope you liked that article and found it interesting. Soon I’ll be sharing my review about our hotel in Brno – so stay tuned!