Tried & Tested

Hotel check: Town House 70

26 Nov 2008 by Sara Turner

BACKGROUND Owned and managed
by Italian company Planhotel, this boutique brand was launched five
years ago in Milan with the opening of Town House 31. The group has
since opened two more hotels in Milan, including the “seven-star” Town
House Galleria, as well as debuting in Turin in 2006 with this elegant
four-star offering.

Opened for the Turin Winter Olympics, the Town House 70 is spread over
five floors of a pretty 19th-century palazzo. The entrance is discreet
to the point of being invisible (the building previously housed
offices), but inside it’s immediately welcoming, with an open-plan
lobby and bar area. Staff are friendly and keen to help – I needed to
change a dinner reservation, and the receptionist rang the restaurant
for me.

the historic centre of Turin, three minutes’ walk from Piazza Castello,
the central square. It is around 30 minutes from Turin Caselle
International airport by taxi, and within walking distance of Porta
Nuova train station.

ROOM FACILITIES Décor is minimalist, with
crisp white linen, deep red curtains and dark wood furniture. All rooms
have balconies (giving views onto either the busy street below or a
quiet courtyard at the back), minibar, tea and coffee-making
facilities, work station, flatscreen TVs and safe. An iron and ironing
board can be provided on request. There is also a choice of three types
of pillows (lattice, goose-down or anti-allergy), and laundry services
are available. Bathrooms are a good size, with combined bath and
shower, bidet, and Bulgari toiletries. Wired broadband internet access
is charged at e4 for four hours, e11 for 24 hours or e20 for 72 hours.

The hotel has no dining facilities, but there are plenty of
options nearby – around Piazza Filiberto, about five minutes’ walk
away, is a good bet. The hotel does provide a continental buffet
breakfast (7-10.30am), which guests eat around a large square communal
breakfast table in a small room at the front of the building on the
ground floor, to the left as you enter the hotel. The Lobby Bar is
self-service and works on an honesty basis, so guests can help
themselves to a full range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and
put the money in a box. There is also a pleasant outdoor area in the
courtyard with tables and chairs for sunny summer evenings.

There is one meeting room in the basement with
capacity for 50 theatre-style. It has no natural light but is equipped
with a video projector and screen. There is a fax and a computer in the
lobby where you can browse the internet, print and check emails for
free, as well as free wifi access in all the public areas.

None. The hotel recommends Il Pardo (31 Via dell’Accademia
Albertina; half a mile from the hotel) as one of the best gyms in town
(admission e20 daily). Alternatively, runners might prefer to negotiate
Turin’s cobbled and relatively traffic-free streets.

Fact file

HOW MANY ROOMS? There are 47, including 20 Superior rooms, 26 Junior Suites and one suite.

The balconies are big enough to spread out on and, on
request, can be kitted out with deckchairs, perfect for soaking up some
Italian sunshine or sipping an early-evening Martini Rosso.

PRICE Internet rates for a midweek stay in December started from €158.

CONTACT Town House 70, Via XX Settembre, Turin; tel +39 1119 700 003;

Sara Turner

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