Conveniently situated a few minutes’ walk from Turin’s buzzing city centre, the advantage of the short walking distance lies not only in being able to burn off some calories from the gelati you’ve consumed, but also in the fact that it’s significantly quieter at night. To help you relax upon your return, the hotel does have a steam room (although it was sadly closed during our visit). During the day, all of Turin’s main attractions are easily accessible on foot from the NH Santo Stefano, and it also faces the attractive San Giovanni cathedral. Turin’s strong architectural history is reflected in the unique wooden beams and circular structure of the hotel itself. Furthermore, the establishment offers a convenient underground car park (albeit for a nominal fee), meaning that you can be on your way again straight away when you need to, confident that in the meantime your vehicle has been stored securely.
Despite its slightly confusing Keycard system (which is almost too secure; you practically have to throw your entire body weight at the door to get in), the rooms are of a good enough size with comfortable beds, which draw you in thanks to their clean white linen. Wifi is easy to set up and is reliable once connected. The bathroom was also modern, even if the hairdryer was one of those annoying types where you have to hold down the button to keep the air flowing. However, this was compensated for by an excellent rainforest shower that had good temperature and water pressure.
Despite the selection of weirdly luminous panna cotta and jellies on offer, there was also a reasonable variety of cereals, pastries, cold cuts, beverages, and cheeses; in short, what you would expect of breakfast in Europe (although parents who don’t want their children hyped up on E-numbers to start the day may wish to look elsewhere). This was convenient and the price was included in the room rate too. For those who fancy eating later in the day instead, the hotel bar is open for drinks and nibbles, and there is also a restaurant (although we sampled neither of these).
Including parking, breakfast and tax, this came to €170 per night for two people. For the location and hotel atmosphere, this to us represents good value for money, meaning we would certainly return during a repeat visit to this beautiful Italian city.