ABOVE: The Hotel Continental's skeleton-style
room keys and Lucite key fobs are a blast from the past.
by Durant Imboden
you miss the 1950s (or if you're young and missed the 1950s), the
Continental in Treviso, Italy offers you a chance to relive the era of Al
Martino and Dean Martin. The hotel, which was built in 1958, looks pretty much
as it did more than half a century ago--and while that's a mixed blessing, the
pluses can outweigh the minuses for nostalgia buffs.
First, the pluses:
The Continental has a nearly perfect location. It's on the
edge of Treviso's centro storico, or historic center, and only 200
meters from the Treviso railroad station (inset photo) and the bus to
Treviso Airport. The River Sile's waterfront promenade is just around the
corner, and the hotel is only a short walk from the city's most important
sights, shops, and restaurants.
The decor in the public rooms, and especially in the
American Bar, is pure 1950s. Upstairs on the guestroom floors, the vintage
atmosphere is equally pronounced: The rooms have beautiful woodgrained
doors, parquet floors, and--in many cases--the kind of bathroom tilework and terrazzo
that you won't find in newer hotels. If the Continental were a movie star
and not a hotel, it would be Gregory Peck or William Holden.
Rates are extremely reasonable: When I
stayed at the Continental in July, 2011, I paid only €66 for a large double
room with breakfast.
Now for the negatives:
Hotel Continental's lobby and bar are delightfully vintage, the guest
rooms could do with some updating. I was first placed in a dismal-looking
twin with a window air conditioner that didn't work; when I reported the problem
to the reception desk, I was moved to a double with a portable air-conditioning
unit that connected to a window panel with flexible ductwork. Fortunately,
the bed was comfortable, the Wi-Fi was free, and I didn't hear any noise from
the hall or the street.
The hotel's buffet breakfast was adequate but nothing special.
I wouldn't recommend the Hotel Continental for a honeymoon or a
dirty weekend, but it's a good place to stay if you're looking for a traditional
hotel in downtown Treviso with a good location and reasonable rates. For more
information, see our booking partner's
Continental site--and for more photos, see
page 2 of this article.
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