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Balbi Hotel - Genoa

2 star Hotel Genoa

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The Balbi Hotel is a homey and family-run accommodation in the center of Genoa, located a few steps from the Porta Principe railway station. The trade fair area with the famous acquarium, the children's city, and the conference center as well as the Genova Ovest highway exit and the ferry terminal are near this Genova hotel.

Whether you are visting Genoa for business or pleasure, this city hotel is the ideal location for comfort and convenience. The structure is housed in an ancient building where there are still signs of its past splendor. For instance, some of the guestrooms still feature interesting frescoes on the ceilings. Stay up to date during your trip thanks to complimentary wireless Internet access and a computer station, or unwind in the welcoming hotel lobby with a microwave and TV.

Parking is available nearby for a surcharge.

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Guest Rating 8.3 Very Good
Based on 347 hotel reviews © 2014 Venere.com

Easy to find, well located and lovely, lovely little place. It is only a few minu...

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Breakfast at Balbi Hotel

Breakfast is available between 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM for a fee.

Facilities at Balbi Hotel

  • Bar
  • Luggage room
  • Multilingual staff
  • Newspapers
  • Front desk - safety deposit box
  • City tour
  • Concierge
  • Internet/Email services
  • TV Lounge
  • Conference room
  • Pets accepted

Know before you go

  • Cash transactions at this property cannot exceed EUR 999.99, due to national regulations. For further details, please contact the property using information in the booking confirmation.
  • One child 3 years old or younger stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.

Check-in: between 2 PM and 11 PM.

Check-out: before 11 AM.

Policy

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

City tax and/or any other fees charged by the hotel

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between EUR 3 and EUR 9 per person (approximately)
  • Rollaway bed fee: EUR 20 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.


Unless otherwise indicated, the charges below are not included in the overall room price. If not included in the overall room price, they will be charged by the property at check-in or check-out. Charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book. This property told us they will charge you for the following:

  • A tax is imposed by the city: EUR 1 per person, per night, up to 8 nights. This tax does not apply to children under 14 years of age.
 

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Balbi Hotel is also known as

Balbi Hotel
Hotel Balbi Family
Balbi Family Genoa

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8.0

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7.3

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9.0

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Balbi Hotel reviews

9.3 Wonderful!
  • August 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Germany

Very nice hotel with friendly staff, beautiful rooms and fine breakfast.

6.1 Fair
  • August 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Netherlands

Allthough the hotel is situated in the centre of Genova, the surroundings of that particluar area do not feel save at night. This is mainly due to the city and it's small 'caruggi'. The staff was wonderfull, the rooms were clean, but the 3rd floor without an elevator was a bit of a hassle.

5.9 Ordinary
  • August 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Netherlands

We booked a double bed room with shower and bathroom. This hotel is located on the third and fourth floors of an old building and it DOES NOT have elevator. The building is not meant to be used as a hotel. It has no parking and the closest parking garage costs at least 21 euro for 24 hours. Our room was in fact a small apartment with living room and bedroom and shower and bathroom in the 4th floor of the building. The room was very spacious with seats and sofa but it had no window to the street. It was pretty dark and not as clean as we expected. The bed was ok but not very good quality. The breakfast was pretty basic and not very good quality. The bread was not so fresh and coffee was not so good. The location of the hotel is average. It is close to the port, but not very close to the city centre. The hotel has no facility for kids and old people and I can recommend it only to young people.

4.6 Ordinary
  • July 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • France

I was disappointed with the hotel for a couple of reasons. First, there is no lift so you need to lift your luggage on 3d floor. Second, according to the information hotel is located 200m from railway station (that is true!) and "500 meters from the Genoa harbour" that is formally true but absolutely wrong from traveller's point of view. Really you need to walk at about 2 km from ferry to get it and I suppose it should be noted in hotel info! Third, the breakfast is very poor. And may be the most important thing is that we were asked to pay more for extra bed for kid in double room. It was the first time in my practice when I had to pay for the bed (sofa) that was constantly presented in the room! In all other hotels even in case of necessarily to place extra bed in the room I was not asked to pay for it. It should be said in all fairness that staff was helpfull and kind and hotel is located close to railway station that is very convinient.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • April 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • USA

I am an independent, low-maintenance traveller and this is the type of hotel I like to stay at. Reasonably priced, well-located and clean, with a good breakfast and helpful staff. The only negative I can think of is the three flights of stairs you need to climb to get to the reception area, but I would stay there again.

7.6 Good
  • January 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Russia

We stayed 1 night and everything was fine. Though I was a little dissapointed when founded that not all the rooms have painted ceilings as on the picture from the website but in general no complaints. May be 70 per nights is a bit too much though but we didn't compare Balbi to other hotels in Genoa and we cannot evaluate the hotel standarts of the city.

8.3 Very Good
  • October 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Switzerland

The first time at the Balbi-Hotel, with my 13-year old son. Staff very nice and helpfull. The beds should be replaced, they are uncomfortable and old.

7.9 Good
  • October 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • USA

In a great location in old town just one block from the stazione principe and w/in walking distance of the port. Even though the price was right for a single traveller as myself (55e), next time I will pay a bit more for a place that has a lift since I am over 60 and do not have the strength to carry my luggage up 3 flights of stairs to get to reception. Very clean and very nice staff.

8.9 Excellent
  • September 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Canada

A little private hotel (very few rooms) in a historic building cross the street from Santa Chiara. Renovated rooms, very friendly and helpful service. Breakfast in a nice little cafe 3 min walk from the hotel on the famous Piazza San-Domenico Maggiore next to the monastery walls where passed his youth Giordano Bruno and in front of the house of the palazzo of the famous italian alchemist Raimondo di Sangro San Severo. Perfect location in the heart of the old Napoli.

9.2 Wonderful!
  • September 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Germany

We only had a one night stay, but relationship of price and offer was great. The welcoming was very friendly, the breakfast service too. As there were some children there we felt quite at home with our kids. We asked and became a family room with "fresco" - very nice. Only the beds were uncomfortable.

1.7
  • August 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Jordan

Worst hotel ever. The hotel is on the 3rd floor or a run down building, without an elevator. The outside is a street full of bums sleeping on the street. I do not recommend it to anybody.

7.8 Good
  • August 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Russia

Almost everything was good: wonderful city, good location, room, professional and frindly staff. I faced only one problem: mosquitoes.

7.0 Good
  • July 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Japan

They don't have elevator.(they are at the 3rd floor) We,I(of course female) and my mother(72y.o) had 3 bagages, but they don't give us a help to bring them, though we asked to do it. Location is good to sightseeing.

7.3 Good
  • July 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Italy

A very enthusiastic welcome from the staff of this family-run hotel, especially from one Italian girl who just never seemed to stop smiling. The location is very handy, a very short walk from the train station and at the start of the old town. My single room was very spacious, especially the bathroom. The cost of the room included breakfast, which was ample and in a room with a decorative painted ceiling. The only quibble I would have is that noise seems to carry, so if someone in the next room gets a call on their mobile during the night or someone in the lobby switches on the computer with the welcoming "Windows" logo, you hear it right away. Also, you must climb two flights of stairs, which can be exhausting after some rigorous sightseeing. But the welcome and attention you will get at this hotel easily overcomes such minor quibbles. Well worth the price for this (typically Italian) friendly and ideally located base for exploring this hidden gem of a city.

9.5 Outstanding!
  • June 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

Good relationship price/quality, very good location in terms of being close to the hystorical centre of Genoa and the port area (where the Acquario is). The only probelm if you take heavy luggages with you is that is a second floor without elevator.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • May 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

A clean and comfortable hotel, full of character. We had a very spacious room. Close to railway station but within easy walking distance of old town and harbour. Would certainly stay there again.

7.2 Good
  • May 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Switzerland

"+" The hotel located in a proximity to the city center. Rooms are clean, but shabby. Garage is not far from the hotel. Hotel is on 3rd flor without lift - may be tricky for the luggage. "-" Breakfast is modest, no kitchen, thus no hot meals. My room was extremly noisy - until 3 am there was a late dinner on the floor above and I heard every sound!!!

8.9 Excellent
  • April 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Malta

Our comments are much the same as other people's. A lovely old building but without a lift, that means access could be difficult for less able people or those with lots of luggage (although the stairs are wide). Our room was really two rooms and a bathroom, clean and with nice bedding. Only problem was controlling the shower temperature (we seem to have a problem with hotel showers!). Staff friendly and helpful and breakfast was very good. We didn't have a problem with heating but it wasn't cold outside. It was also quieter than we expected for a city hotel. (We had an inside room - could hear other residents but not traffic.) Very convenient for principe station and many of the palazzi.

6.5 Fair
  • April 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • China

Close to the train station. The problem with the hotel is the building is very old, no lift. It would be quite amount of physical exercise to climb up to the 4th floor, particularly if with luggage. But the receptionists there are very friendly.

9.3 Wonderful!
  • April 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Finland

Very nice and extremely friendly staff and wellcoming. Room was spacious for three of us. Good choice near to the railway

10 Outstanding!
  • March 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • GB

what a great hotel - well located value for money with charming helpful staff room was clean and comfortable

8.4 Very Good
  • January 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Ireland

Everything about the Balbi was excellent but a few aspects made it difficult. The hotel is located in an old building with several flights of stairs (no lift). I had small children and many pieces of luggage. Also, it was exceptionally cold in Genoa, and the room, despite the heater being turned on, was extremely cold - the children slept in our bed with us as they were too cold in their beds. We were on the street side, and the traffic/street activity was loud. We enjoyed the excellent and helpful/friendly staff. They were very accomodating and made us welcome.

8.9 Excellent
  • December 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

We only stayed in Genoa one evening, however, the Hotel Balbi was a great place to stay. Not knowing the city, it was nice to have the hotel so close to the train and the old city center. Everything is a short walk away and the staff went out of their way to answer all of our questions and make us feel welcome. The breakfast was adequate, but we were previously spoiled at the place we stayed in Venice (for twice the price). The room smelled a bit funny (as other travelers have noted), but it was not horrible. The heat is from one register and it also was good enough to keep the room warm - after I turned it up. There was a some noise from the street at night that woke my wife, but it wasn't unbearable. We had a great experience and would certainly stay here again should we ever revisit Genoa. :)

7.6 Good
  • November 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Greece

The hotel is situated in a perfect location. Walking distance to old town and port. The building is very old and it was a problem that no elevator was available , since the hotel is on the 2nd floor. The breakfast was ok, although if you do not go early enough we might not find all the variaty. The main issue was with the heating, since the rooms are big and the heating is not enough. But the personel was very kind and they brought us special extra heating. Overal comparing price/quality is a very good choise. Have great time in lovely Genova.

10 Outstanding!
  • November 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Canada

Very close to the train station. Is excellent therefore for late arrivals or early departures. We stayed for two nights and were highly satisfied. The breakfasts were also outstanding.

8.0 Very Good
  • November 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Netherlands

Close to the station. Beautiful painted ceilings, breakfast good for Italy.

8.2 Very Good
  • October 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Italy

I enjoyed my stay, but the problem is the noise from the hall. There is not elevator, so it will be difficult to carry the big suitcase.

8.9 Excellent
  • October 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Hotel was indeed old, but well maintained and run. One problem that should be noted is that there is no lift and the hotel is on the third level so you must carry all your luggage up two long flights of stairs. The location is good, close to the train station, the old town, and the waterfront!

4.4 Ordinary
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

The hotel was a disappointment, and the price was definitely not justified. The pictures on the internet showed beautiful fresco paintings on the ceiling, but our room had faded, cracked and water-stained frescoes (perfectly understandable, given that the building is very old, but the reality definitely did not match the published photos.) The air conditioner barely worked, which made the room miserably hot and humid. The beds were comfortable, but the other furniture was sparse and junky (unfinished pine.) The room was soundproofed, but the noise from the street was very loud; although the hotel is on a narrow street that is supposed to have no automotive traffic, there were cars, busses and motorbikes whizzing by at all hours of the night. Breakfast, however, was nice, and the hotel was in a good location for walking around.

7.5 Good
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • France

c est la premiére fois que nous avons Séjourné dans cet hôtel trés bon accueil trés bon conseil sur les visites dommage il y avait un probleme d odeur d égout dans la salle de bain mais une part ça nous n avons pas été déçus.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Italy

Bella stanza affrescata con una doccia stupenda.

2.7
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Belgium

very old hotel - 3rd floor - no lift - very old rooms - little bathroom - spooky

7.4 Good
  • July 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Germany

we stayed there in order to get the ferry boat to corsica early the next morning. no elevator. we had a quadruple room (parents and two small children). size and cleanliness was ok. we could not have a proper brakfast at 7.00 a.m., only a little bag and coffe from automat. people were friendly.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • July 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Italy

Centralissimo ma silenzioso, palazzo antico con atmosfera, si sta come a casa propria

9.9 Outstanding!
  • June 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Excellent value for money, especially for a large city. A good-sized room with efficient aircon and frescoes on the ceiling! Quiet location but near enough to walk to the city centre, museums or waterfront. Staff were really friendly and helpful. The Balbi is an excellent advert for family hotels. Only downside is the stairs to the lobby when you're carrying heavy bags - a small price to pay!

8.7 Excellent
  • April 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Spain

Good price for quality. The property is old, but completely clean and enough if you just want a place to rest. 400 metres away from Principe Railway station (the Genoa's main station)and very close to the historical part of the city. I just would like to suggest more variety on the "salty" part of the breakfast, by adding eggs or bacon. Very satisfied

7.5 Good
  • April 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Russia

Very good location (close to the main railway station and in the historical center), good interior matching the spirit of Genoa, helpful staff, but.... it was so COLD in the room this time so we had to ask for the heater (old parts of the building have a central heating which works unsufficiently). Next time we could come there only in summer.

9.7 Outstanding!
  • March 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Germany

Das Hotel liegt in Laufweite zum Bahnhof, auch mit Trolleys kein Problem. Allerdings liegt das Hotel nicht ebenerdig, man muss 2 hohe Etagen die Treppen hochsteigen. Es wurde uns gesagt, dass in Kürze ein Aufzug eingebaut werden soll. Unser Raum war gross, ging zur Strasse raus- aber trotz viel Verkehr war es ruhig. Die Angestellten( Chef?s ) waren sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Wir waren rundum zufrieden, das Preis/Leistungsverhältns war sehr in Ordnung, das Frühstücksbüffet bot alles was man sich wünschte. Das Taxi zum Kreuzfahrtterminal kostete für uns 2 Personen und 4 Koffer 10 €- und das war auch ok.

8.3 Very Good
  • February 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Italy

Strategic location: near to the station and to the old harbour. Cheap and confortable.

9.1 Wonderful!
  • November 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Australia

A train strike delayed our arrival by one day. We notified the hotel on the day of the strike and expected to have to pay for the lost night but the hotel re-arranged our booking without penalty. Great service

8.1 Very Good
  • November 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • United Kingdom

Staff couldn't have been more friendly or helpful

7.0 Good
  • November 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Germany

Very good location if you sleep just one night and you travel by train, 5 minuts walk from the railway station. property was on the main street and ours windows too, but during the night was relative quiet.Rooms were big, bathroom too, but very simple I think that for 80 euro per night you can find better option in Genua. There was just one interesting thing, like the fresks on the ceiling from 19 century, and doors were originally from 19 century too, which I don't think it's good for the hotel, because you are hearing everything trough them. Breakfast was nice, for those who want something more that sweet bun, you can have simple toast and joghurt.

6.9 Fair
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Australia

Lovely breakfast room. Cup of teas were supplied to room when requested. Very easily accessed from train station. Easy walk to port and acquarium. A few restaurants nearby. This is a low cost hotel and represents reasonable value for money. If you are after plush, pay more and go somewhere else.

7.2 Good
  • September 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Italy

We stayed 3 nights at the hotel and the people at the reception were very nice. The buffet breakfast was OK. The only real problem are the 2.5 floors with no lift: the steep stairs were quite hard to climb or descend with baggage.

4.2 Ordinary
  • September 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Italy

It's a shame to find a dirty room with broken or no facilities at all. My room was small and the door couldn't be locked properly (I could see the corridor from inside!). I know it's a 2 stars, but I've always found better places than this one...

9.6 Outstanding!
  • September 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Gay Couple
  • Hungary

It's just a few minutes walk from Piazza Principe train station, and also close to the city center. The rooms are clean, spacious and have wonderfully painted ceilings.

7.2 Good
  • September 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Netherlands

Parking nearby is not easy. you have to be lucky to get a space close by.

7.8 Good
  • September 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • United Kingdom

An usual and tasteful hotel with friendly staff convenient for the centre

9.2 Wonderful!
  • August 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Australia

We were only here for 1 night however the room was excellent - huge, clean and comfortable bed. When we were checking in there was another party who were also checking in, however there was an issue with the bathroom. To compensate, the hotel had booked them elsewhere (more stars) which was a short walk away - great service!

8.9 Excellent
  • August 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • France

everythings OK

8.4 Very Good
  • August 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • France

L'hotel est correct mais se situe au 3ème étage d'un très vieil immeuble sans ascenseur ! Les frais de parking du véhicule sont exagérés et excessif : 21 € la nuit .....

7.8 Good
  • July 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Quite a rough area of Genoa, however a very safe and welcoming hotel to stay at. Very good breakfast also. Genoa is a lot more expensive than areas on the Riviera such as Nice and Cannes....and would only stay in this town on a short term basis. Better quality elsewhere, however quite good for Genoa.

9.5 Outstanding!
  • July 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • USA

Hotel has character and old world charm. It has frescos on the cielings of the rooms and dining area. We had 3 rooms for 6 adults. They were basic clean comfortable rooms with air condtioning and pvt bath. Showers had good pressure and plenty of hot water. Air conditioning worked well. Our rooms had either views of street or a courtyard. Price included a basic contintental breakfast. Only issue to be aware of is that there is no elevator and you have to lug your suitcases up two flights of stairs. We would stay there again.

7.1 Good
  • June 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Australia

The hotel is very unique. It is in a historical building. The dome ceiling has paintings. If you like history, then this is a bonus. Staff are very helpful. Their advice on activities and food was brilliant. The hotel is located on the third floor and here is no lift at the moment. When you check out, staff are very happy to give you a hand with your luggage, but on the way in, if you have heavy luggage, be prepared. The lift is expected to be put in towards the end of 2008. The entrance of the hotel can not be easily identified. Hope when the lift is put in, the entrance will be improved as well.

7.5 Good
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Turkey

The hotel was ok. Compared to the price and location in Genova. I found the staff very friendly.The hotel was spotless and the location excellent.Two minutes by walk to train station and airport shuttle. Vicoli and seaport was nearby and excellent restaurants also.But my room was very small, without a window because of a construction and I can't see outside from my room.I had not been informed about this construction. And lack of elevators.

7.8 Good
  • April 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • USA

Nice old hotel but quite a climb up four staircases. Very helpful staff with very nice breakfast. Wonderful location near the old section with the beautiful palaces.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • April 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • United Kingdom

The Hotel Balbi Family is a great place to stay while you visit Genoa. I was lucky enough to have a room with a muraled ceiling. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Try the nearby restaurant 'antica cantina i tre merli'. Great atmosphere and fantastic food. Avoid ‘Il Baluardo’ (pizzeria), near to the Aquarium. It claims to serve fresh seafood when it isn’t. Terrible meal; the locals eating there thought so too.

8.9 Excellent
  • April 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Gay Couple
  • United Kingdom

This was our second stop on our tour of Northern Italy and we were very impressed with the hotel. The location was ideal for exploring Genoa and the hotel was very welcoming and cosy. Our room was huge, very clean and the ceiling decoration was amazing. The bathroom was quite large and spotlessly clean. The hotel facilities were good and breakfast was fair - croissants, cereal, yoghurts, fruit etc. The only drawback was that the hotel was on the 3rd floor and there was no lift. This did not bother us, but it might put off people with walking difficulties or with small children. Overall I would happily recommend this hotel.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • March 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Gay Couple
  • USA

POSITIVE ASPECTS: Only 2 blocks from the central train station. Reception staff speak English and are very helpful and responsive. The included breakfast is substantial -- fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, meat, cheese, juices, bread choices. Most importantly for us, you can have more than one cup of coffee! Our room (#2) was very clean and HUGE, with a fresco on the vaulted ceiling. Furnishings are simple but adequate. The bathroom was also large, although the shower cabinet was the typical European small. There is cable TV with one German channel and CNN in English - the rest are in Italian. There are 11 rooms in the hotel - I don't know anything about size and furnishings in the other ones. The reception desk is staffed from early morning to midnight. If you plan to be out after midnight, they give you keys to the street door and hotel door. Major museums and tourist attractions (renaiassance and medieval historic districts) are an easy 15-20 minute walk. There are several options for lunches, gellato and provisions in the immediate area. THINGS TO CONSIDER: The hotel reception area and most of the rooms are on the 3rd floor of a building with no elevator. If you have heavy bags this could be a problem. Some of the rooms are one floor above that, and accessed internally from the reception level. The staff told us there are plans to install an elevator, perhaps by the end of 2008. There are no good choices for evening restaurants if you are looking for a nice dinner. There are many restaurants in the medieval quarter, but you'll have to walk back there or take a bus (there are two bus lines that go past the hotel that run until midnight. Balbi Ave. is one-way, so you have to walk a couple of blocks to catch the bus, but the bus returns on Balbi).

8.0 Very Good
  • March 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Australia

Great value; superb location.

8.8 Excellent
  • March 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • India

Nice stay. Staff was very co-operative. My office bag with numeric lock was not opening. The available staff tried his best to help me out. finally the lock had to be broken. However the support was appreciated. Leaving three floors climbing to reach hotel, every thing else was fine. Location was walking distance to the contone congrassi the conference centre so everything was fine for me.

10 Outstanding!
  • February 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Italy

Good location,the staff is wonderfull,the room was big with a beautiful ceiling.Breakfast is good.I recommend it

4.7 Ordinary
  • January 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Australia

The staff (owner) was very helpful helped us with luggage as there is no lift but the hotel is very old and in urgent need of make over we would not stay there again as we have booked with venere about 10 other places that were excellent and above expectation but this one was VERY disappointing

7.5 Good
  • December 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • USA

The employees were very kind and extremely helpful and accomodating. I would go back to this exact hotel. Great value.

9.1 Wonderful!
  • December 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Germany

The staff was great! The hotel was on the 3rd floor, so alot of stairs and no elevator. The rooms were big and spacious with gorgeous renaissance ceilings. Breakfast was edible. They do try and accomodate you as best they can and are super friendly. Location was great located next to the main train & bus station. Seaport is just down the street. So great location if you are taking an MSC cruise. The quality of the hotel and rooms above average. For the price you pay and the accomoations we got was unbelievable. 1 night, 2 rooms, 7 people, $200.oo Hard to beat that! One last thing the parking for the hotel is up the street about 75 yards. It was about $20 a niight.

8.8 Excellent
  • November 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

L'accoglienza è stata veramente notevole: cortese e disponibile. La camera era molto ampia e bella (con il soffitto affrescato), anche se non troppo silenziosa. La colazione non era eccellente, ma non la definiremmo "inqualificabile" come avevamo letto... La posizionè è ottima per chi arriva a Genova in treno e si muove a piedi. Nel complesso, siamo rimasti molto soddisfatti.

9.0 Wonderful!
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • USA

This is a great hotel. The rooms are huge. The only thing wrong with the hotel is that the reception and rooms are on the 3rd floor of the building with no elevator. It is difficult to find because of the way the streets buildings are numbered. The neighborhood is OK and close to all the attractions.

8.1 Very Good
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Australia

Close to railway station - 5 minute walk with luggage. It was also within easy walking distance to the port and city centre where there was much to do and see. We were in transit from Cinque terre to Arles in France and needed a stop in between. Genoa was an interesting and lovely city and we could have spent several more days than the 2 we spent in this lovely city.

6.8 Fair
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Australia

Many stairs to climb with luggage. No lift. Bathroom was tiny. Room had a wonderful painted high ceiling. Close to harbour, shopping and resturants.

8.9 Excellent
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Italy

Close to the main station in Genova. Very nice staff.

7.9 Good
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Germany

the room was spacious, calm and proper, but no sun light.

7.6 Good
  • May 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Italy

Cheap and in a good position. Beautiful ceilings. Second floor with no lift. Weird Toilet.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • May 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Norway

The frescoes were even greater than I expected, the hotel is very nice, good service and perfect location.

9.0 Wonderful!
  • January 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • France

tres bon acceuil satisfait de sprestations

9.0 Wonderful!
  • January 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Italy

It is a very good place to stay in GENOVA. I hope to return here again in the future.

8.8 Excellent
  • December 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

E' un hotel eccellente in cui stare. La posizione è ottima per il prezzo proposto, colazione abbondate e personale preparato gentile. Preoccupatevi per il posto macchina poichè è offerto separatamente in un garage esterno distante 3 minuti a piedi ma che nel mio caso era già tutto esaurito. Chiedete prima di farvelo riservare se siete interessati. (Attenzione che l'hotel è al secondo piano di un palazzo storico e non lo consiglio per portatori di handicap o persone anziane)

9.4 Outstanding!
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Germany

Was the second time there.Will come back again.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • USA

Hotel was convenient for us (near train station and easy walk to tourist sites) and seemed to be in safe area. Street was a bit noisy with window open and on weekend party nearby was also noisy. Staff was wonderful. Breakfast was good - especially the coffee! Having pc available was great. It is not at all fancy, but I would go back again.

8.5 Excellent
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Italy

La famiglia che gestisce l'hotel è deliziosa e spero che restino sempre così, e chissà che prima o dopo non riusciamo a tornare a trovarli. A. Moscetti

8.3 Very Good
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

We enjoyed our stay at Hotel Balbi. The owners were very friendly and welcoming making it a lovely stay. Nice to get breakfast included for change too. The street the hotel is really near the train station, easy to walk to with luggage (although the hotel is up two flights of steps). The area is not the greatest but we were able to walk into the centro storico and piazzas which housed most restaurants etc. The room was huge with a nice bathroom and they also gave us a room with frescos on the ceiling as we requested

9.6 Outstanding!
  • September 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

This is the place to stay if you need to be near the train station! My husband and I were traveling from Florence to Nice and wanted to break up the train trip - we decided to spend the night in Genoa. Our hotel criteria were that it be near the train station, safe, clean and cheap. We got all that and more. The staff at this hotel is absolutely FABULOUS! Yes, the hotel was clean, in a great location, had FREE breakfast (yogurt, breads, cereal, etc.), cable TV, good hairdryer, and not too uncomfortable bed, but the staff was just incredible. They all speak fluent English and they really go out of there way to help. The front desk woman recommended several great restaurants, made our reservations and mapped out how to get there. She also recommended tours and sights around town. All the staff really went out of there way to make it a really great stay. I cannot recommend this hotel enough. But alas, there are some drawbacks: No internet access, teeny weeny shower, and no elevator (would not recommend for people with mobility issues). Still, this is a really great, well run hotel - definitely highly recommend!

8.6 Excellent
  • September 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Netherlands

A frescoed ceiling in a spacious room and a wonderful staff, within a few minutes of the railway station Genova PP, and a few minutes more to the centre: few hotels are better located and suited. On the downside: streetside is noisy, and internet facilities, for those wishing them, are a bit poor and expensive.

8.0 Very Good
  • September 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Ireland

There was a problem with the air conditioning unit. Once we learnt how to fix it ourselves, we had no problems.

8.6 Excellent
  • September 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Spain

i was in a quadruple room, the same as in the page of venere. we had private bathroom with shower and hairdryer, a double bed and other two beds, minifridge, a little table and two chairs and air-conditioning. ceilings are painted with "frescos". good breakfast: bread, cornflakes, croissants, cakes... (buffet) it's an ancient building, no elevator and it's a second floor. a lot of noise if you don't close the windows, because via balbi is a crowded street (it's patrimone unesco and there are some universities, with a lot of places to have lunch) well comunicated: 1 minute from the station piazza principe and the bus stops to everywhere in the city. friendly staff: very familiar, ready to help us and inform us about whatever you want.

10 Outstanding!
  • September 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

This was our first time to stay at Hotel Balbi. I was afraid when we arrived that I had to climb stairs (I am handicapped and I walk with a walking stick) but the staff was very healpful with the bags and I made it ok. They made us feel right at home. I would recommend this hotel to anyone, very close to Train Station.

8.7 Excellent
  • August 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Germany

Sehr gute Lokation leider ohne Parkplatz.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • August 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Russia

We stayed there in the end of August. This hotel provides the true feeling of the ancient city with a specific atmosphere of old times tune. Recommended for those who search for something special but not for those who prefer five diamonds all inclusive beach hotels. Try and enjoy!

7.0 Good
  • July 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Bulgaria

Air conditioning noisy and not properly located, too near to the bed. No parking facilities, very difficult approach by car.

9.2 Wonderful!
  • July 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Brazil

Very friendly staff. I didn't have to ask a single question - they were more than helpful, even letting me choose the room I wanted to stay in. They had some problem with TV reception, though (but no one is there to watch TV, right?). Decent breakfast. The only problem you might have is to climb up the stairs if you have lots of luggage. And the towels were a little too rough.

10 Outstanding!
  • June 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Very convenient location. The family was delightful and made our stay especially nice.

8.0 Very Good
  • June 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Germany

We have chosen the Hotel because of the Comments we found on this webpage and they didn't disappoint us at all. It is true that the breakfast was very limited (coffe, juice, bread/croissant, butter, cereales) which is not overwhelming, but the rest is perfectly as it's offered: The ceilings are just wonderful, the rooms are big, beds are comfortable, service very friendly, helpful and supportative in all situations. The street is noisy, better ask for a room not facing to the street, but we have to say that in the night it's calmer, only in the daytime there is a bus stop and this could affect a small siesta. Anyway, but the great and most important plus is, that's only five minutes from the central station (from there a direct connection to the airport every 20 min) and only five miniutes to the old city centre. in Balbi road, there is already a lot to see on the way to the city centre (university, library, royal palace) so it's worth the five minutes walk. Don't expect a luxury hotel, but it's nice, comfortable and very central, just perfect for a weekend/week trip to see Genua. We would stay in Balbi Hotel again. Almudena y Sven.

10 Outstanding!
  • May 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • France

Tout a été parfait, de la réservation sur internet au départ. Merci au personnel de l'hôtel de Balbi Family d'avoir fait d'un déplacement impératif un séjour agréable.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • May 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • France

Hotel excellent rapport qualitée prix, propre, chambres spacieuses,tres bien placer, personnel multilingue. Un seul bémol la litterie, matelas tres fin sur lit tres fin, mais on peux dormir quand meme!!! En résumer tres agréablement surpris, ormis le lit. A.REMY.

9.5 Outstanding!
  • April 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • USA

This hotel is a good value in a convenient location - just a few minutes walk from the Stazione Principe. The owner and staff are very friendly and helpful. I have stayed here twice and each time they have given me good service and good advice about Genova. You have to climb some steep stairs to get up to the hotel from the street but its worth the effort.

8.9 Excellent
  • March 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • Italy

Qualità assoluta di medio livello, ma ottima la pulizia ed il rapporto qualità prezzo. particolarmente eccellente la disponibilità del personale

8.0 Very Good
  • March 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Canada

The staff are lovely and most competent. However, we found the room, while spacious and attractive, was quite cold. We were able to increase the setting on the radiator, but it made little difference. More importantly, you must inform possible guests that the hotel is on the third (fourth from the ground!) floor and up of the building, and there is NO elevator to the hotel. The staff was kind enough to carry up our one large bag, but nobody, guests or staff, should have to suffer climbing all those stairs with heavy bags!

8.1 Very Good
  • March 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • USA

Nice location, close to main train terminal, good breakfast. Many steps to 4th floor with luggage.

7.4 Good
  • January 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Italy

The bathroom attached to our room had no lavabo, the lavabo was inconveniently located inside the room. The beds were not so confortable. Apart from that, the location is nice and very convenient, and the owner extremely kind and knowleageable.

8.2 Very Good
  • January 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • Italy

Nice hotel, good prices....and in the historical centre...go for it

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Room Details

Book your pet-friendly accommodation at Balbi Hotel, offering 13 guest rooms with climate control. Satellite TV channels offer entertainment at the end of a busy day. Business travelers visiting the Principe Station area will have access to free wireless high-speed Internet access as well as desks and laptop-compatible safes.

A good night's sleep in comfortable beds with down comforters will have visitors waking up refreshed and well-rested throughout their vacation or business trip. Private bathrooms are outfitted with showers, bidets, hair dryers and complimentary toiletries. Additional comforts include air conditioning.

Irons/ironing boards can be provided on request.

Accommodation Services

  • Air conditioning
  • Mini fridge
  • Safe
  • Ironing facilities on request
  • Hairdryer in each room
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Wireless Internet access

How to reach Balbi Hotel

By car The hotel is easily reachable from the highway A12: take the exit Genova Ovest and follow the indications to centro-stazione. By train The Genoa Porta Principe railway station is about 200 meters from the hotel. By airplane The Genoa airport is about 7 km from the hotel.

By ferry
The hotel is about 500 meters from the Genoa harbour.

Distances from Balbi Hotel

Royal Palace - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Christopher Columbus Monument - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Piazza Acquaverde - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
University of Genoa - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Galata Maritime Museum - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Castello d'Albertis - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Museum of World Cultures - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Prince's Palace - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
The Bigo Lift - 0.7 km / 0.4 mi
Palazzo di San Giorgio - 0.7 km / 0.4 mi
Aquarium of Genoa - 0.7 km / 0.4 mi
National Ligurian Gallery at the Spinola Palace - 0.7 km / 0.5 mi
White Palace - 0.8 km / 0.5 mi
Grimaldi Palace - 0.8 km / 0.5 mi
Strada Nuova Museums - 0.8 km / 0.5 mi
The preferred airport for Balbi Hotel is Genoa (GOA-Cristoforo Colombo) - 5.9 km / 3.6 mi.

Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance.

Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometer.