Last Updated on November 26, 2021 by Laura Teso
Have you ever stayed in Verona? For me it was the first time. Living in Padua (1 hour by car or train), I usually go to Verona for a day trip. I love this city, so I was very happy to have the opportunity to stay two nights with my husband, invited by the Hotel Indigo Verona, Grand Hotel des Arts. Which, by the way, is just a few minutes’ walk from Piazza Bra.
As the name suggests, the hotel displays a lot of contemporary art pieces. It houses an important collection of paintings and sculptures by important artists. For example Arnaldo Pomodoro, Cascella, Ciardi, Murer, Arnoldi and Manzù. And not only that, even furnishings are of great prestige.
The building itself is a gem, an elegant Art Nouveau building. And those who know me well know how much I love this style. As for the Hotel Indigo Venice, the design is inspired by the context of the city in which the hotel is located.
The restyling project, which manages to balance ancient and modern very well, was entrusted to the THDP studio. The architects drew inspiration from Carlo Scarpa’s museum layout at the Canova Museum in Possagno (Treviso). Starting for example from the reception. The counter design refers to the Arena and the back panels to the wings of a Shakespearean stage.
Or in the rooms, where the headboards are inspired by the city Ghibelline merlons, to the decoration of Juliet’s balcony or to the landscapes of the painter Paolo Caliari, called the Veronese. Speaking of the room, I must say that the Indigo Verona hotel really spoiled me, with a delightful room. Large bed with headboard inspired by the frescoes that decorate Villa Barbaro in Maser (Treviso). Plus large walk-in closet and giant bathroom with two sinks, huge shower and bathtub. In short, I didn’t want to go home!
One of the areas that I preferred was that of the Lounge bar, where you can stop for a coffee or a cocktail, and where it is also possible to have dinner. This is the Arya Bar & Mixology. I particularly loved the original counter, made up of wonderful frames recovered from ancient paintings. As well as the blue mobile bar.
Here, among other things, I also drank a delicious mocktail with a name that I loved: the Green Balcony. Composed of Green Apple, Elderberry, Lemon and my beloved Ginger Beer, which gives a touch of spicy. Really great. We also dined here on the first night. We were light: a salmon and a roast beef with vegetables, ending with two fruit salads. All fresh and with good ingredients.
The breakfast room is delightful, in the colors of blue, also full of works of art on display to delight the view starting from the morning. The menu is very vast and ranges from sweet to savory. I didn’t take pictures of my breakfast in particular as I actually never get to eat that much. A small croissant and a small piece of bread with butter and jam and off I go. I rarely take advantage of eggs, meats, cheeses and more, because I leave myself the space to explore the destinations of my travels and taste more throughout the day. But those who like having large breakfasts will have no problems.
During the warm season, you can also take advantage of a private garden.
A few further details: very nice and helpful staff, excellent cleanliness, convenient location both for the city center and the train station, parking available in the garage next to the hotel. I would definitely like to go back in spring!
Hotel Indigo Verona Grand Hotel Des Arts
Corso Porta Nuova, 105 – Verona