Hotel Gabbia d'Oro ★★

A room at the Hotel Gabbia d'Oro, Verona. (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
A room at the Hotel Gabbia d'Oro in Verona.

A Romeo-level Romantic hotel with an ecclectic medieval-meets-Victorian decor just off the main piazza in Verona, Italy

Romantic (with both a capital and a lowercase "r") is the theme at Hotel Gabbia d'Oro (which means "The Golden Cage"—already a love reference).

this cozy hotel of stone-trimmed doorways, rustic beams, and smart liveried service around the corner from the main Piazza delle Erbe has one wall dating back to 1320, but most of the palazzo is 18th century.

The atmosphere hovers between medieval and eclectic, vaguely 19th-century Victorian romantic.

It's all a bit put on—falsified fresco fragments, half-testers, and collectibles in little glass cases on wall brackets—but the result is more or less effective. Most rooms are terribly snug, but artfully placed mirrors help open up the space.

Careful touches abound, from comfy couches in the sitting areas to extra-large shower heads and stone reliefs set in the tubs.

A few rooms have small Romeo-o-Romeo balconies.

The lovely winter garden is half enclosed and half open for nice weather.

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Hotel Gabbia d'Oro
Corso Porta Borsari 4a (just off the NW corner of Piazza della Erbe)
tel. 045-800-3060
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English (Inglese) Italian (Italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...a hotel un albergo oon al-BEAR-go
...a B&B un bed-and-breakfast oon bet hand BREK-fust
...a rental room un'affittacamera oon ah-feet-ah-CAH-mair-ra apartment for rent un appartamento oon ah-part-tah-MENT-toh
...a farm stay un agriturismo oon ah-gree-tour-EES-moh
...a hostel un ostello oon oh-STEHL-loh
How much is...? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
a single room una singola OO-nah SEEN-go-la
double room for single use [will often be offered if singles are unavailable] doppia uso singola DOPE-pee-ya OO-so SEEN-go-la
a double room with two beds una doppia con due letti OO-nah DOPE-pee-ya cone DOO-way LET-tee
a double room with one big bed una matrimoniale OO-nah mat-tree-moan-nee-YAAL-lay
triple room una tripla OO-nah TREE-plah
with private bathroom con bagno cone BAHN-yoh
without private bathroom senza bagno [they might say con bagno in comune—"with a communal bath"] SEN-zah BAHN-yoh
for one night per una notte pair OO-nah NOH-tay
for two nights per due notti pair DOO-way NOH-tee
for three nights per tre notti pair tray NOH-tee
Is breakfast included? É incluso la prima colazione? ay in-CLOO-soh lah PREE-mah coal-laht-zee-YOAN-nay
Is there WiFi? C'é WiFi? chay WHY-fy?
May I see the room? Posso vedere la camera? POH-soh veh-DAIR-eh lah CAH-mair-rah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
Is there a cheaper one? C'é una più economica? chay OO-nah pew eh-ko-NO-mee-kah
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★★Hotel Gabbia d'Oro
Corso Porta Borsari 4a (just off the NW corner of Piazza della Erbe)
tel. 045-800-3060
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