NH Collection Piazza Carlina
Piazza Carlo Emanuele II, 15
Three nights in Turin, but where to stay? There’s a vast range of hotels ranging from top of the range and modern to log cabins up in the mountains around the city. We decided to stay at NH Collection at Piazza Carlina with it’s central location and modern appearance providing an excellent base for exploring Turin.
We arrived at Porta Nuova station just to the south of the city centre with a 10 minute stroll ahead of us to the hotel. Walking down the street and getting our first look at Turin was a pleasure, there’s a different feel here to other Italian cities. The French influence here can be felt as really you are only a short drive away from the border. There seemed to be far less graffiti around compared to other Italian towns and the people are dressed immaculately.
If you are feeling lazy after arriving at Porta Nuova you can get a tram down to Madama Cristina (line 9) and walk up Via Accademia Albertina to Piazza Carlo Emanuele II with the hotel situated just on the right side of the square. The weather, despite being in the alps, was red hot but we chose the right decision to walk as the tram through route was closed off due to roadworks.
The NH Collection is a beautiful building, much like its neighbouring structures. The staff seemed pleasant enough on check-in with English spoken and were happy to give us a map to help us find our way around the city. If you are staying in Turin on a budget there is a handy carrefour supermarket around 200 yards down Via Maria Vittoria.
Wi-fi is of course free and worked well during our stay. Our room was on the first floor so easily reachable by either stairs or lift. The room’s here are spacious and with the traditional Italian high ceiling. The french doors opened out onto the courtyard balcony in the very centre of the hotel which is beautiful to look out on but make sure you close the curtains to avoid any potential embarrassments.
A comfy bed and satellite television completes the 4 star experience along with your very own nespresso machine if you fancy a morning coffee. We took breakfast each day included in our room price in the beautiful courtyard area. The choices daily were decent including pastries, English breakfast, fruit, cakes, fresh juice and yogurts. Coffee is self-service but you can also order from one of the staff who will no doubt ask you.
We ventured up to the top floor to check out the roof terrace which promises a view of the Mole Antonelliana. Reaching the terrace we stepped out to have a look but the view was more of people’s houses rather than Turin’s most famous monument although you could still get a glimpse of it. The terrace also appears popular with private functions, one of which meant we had to exit early.
The NH collection at Piazza Carlina is undoubtedly a hotel that we will use again when in Turin. The square houses many restaurants and bars with even more nearby. Easy access to the Mole Antonelliana, River Po and city centre is a huge plus from the hotel’s location which is even better when you have a comfortable, quiet room to return to. Breakfast each day was spot on and the facilities within the place were very good also. A three night stay in July cost us £420 (€477).
Nearest Metro: Porta Nuova