Verona, Italy

Palazzo Victoria

Rates from (ex tax)$225.18

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR212.50), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Frescoes and flatscreens


Verona’s chic shopping district

A modern-meets-mediaeval mix is at play in the Palazzo Victoria hotel, a boutique hideout in Verona's stylish shopping district, where Roman-era ruins and Renaissance paintings are found next to pale leather sofas and concrete walls. Gilded age high-living continues with billiards in the salon and a Michelin-rated chef behind the restaurant.

Smith Extra

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A can of local extra-virgin olive oil, and 15 per cent off lunch at the Borsari restaurant.


Photos Palazzo Victoria facilities

Need to know


74, including 12 suites.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $225.18 (€193), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.00 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR193.18), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include Continental buffet breakfast (cooked options are extra).

At the hotel

Projector screen in the lobby for film screenings, pool table, free WiFi, private parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV and minibar stocked with local treats.

Our favourite rooms

Book 107, a Junior Suite with an incredible mediaeval fresco above the bed, a toffee-brown polished parquet floor, a little sitting area in the corner with a plush armchair and pouffe, and a Jacuzzi-toting mini marble kingdom where you’ll want to just stay in and soak. Room 214 (another Junior Suite) has walls dressed in yolk-yellow silks, two 14th-century mosaics and romantic russet-rooftop views. Room 106, a Grand Deluxe, is decorated in Veneto’s rich regional colours and has an enviable marble bathroom.

Packing tips

A well-thumbed copy of Romeo and Juliet so you can whisper in Juliet’s ear; something tight and glamorous (Mrs Smith) or tailored and timeless (Mr Smith) for passegiata in the piazzas – the Veronese like to look the part.


Small, well-behaved dogs can come too at no extra charge. Private garage parking (€40 a night) is available on request.


Little Smiths aged 12 and under can stay for free. Colouring pencils, pens and colouring books are given to anklebiters on arrival. They’re also welcome in the restaurant, which has high chairs; the chef will happily adapt the menu for tots’ tastes.

Food and Drink

Photos Palazzo Victoria food and drink

Top Table

Sit at the round table in the corner by the windows and olive trees. There are also tables outside and in another alfresco area close to the lobby. For drinks, we like the pool room or the romantic little passageway with a wall made from blue wooden doors

Dress Code

Very relaxed, but you’ll feel better for making the effort: a soft, clinging dress/loose shirt and chinos will do nicely.

Hotel restaurant

The airy grey-and-white Corso Porta Borsari restaurant has an open kitchen, big windows and clusters of white tables topped with rosemary sprigs in little loop vases. The seating is a relaxed mishmash of Lucite and wooden chairs; potted olive trees add splashes of colour. As well as a glittering knife collection, chef Carmine Caló (whose moto is ‘ingredients and imagination’) has a Michelin star. Put your trust in Carmine and opt for the tasting menu: light, elegant dishes that rely on Italy’s best produce – eggs from hens reared on goat’s milk, ricotta sourced from Sicily and so on. Some of the most popular wines are displayed on the vintage apothecary cabinet at the back. Ask the sommelier to talk you through the grapes.

Hotel bar

There’s a dark and romantic little bar with an excellent selection of local wines (many produced by Allegrini, with whom the hotel enjoys a fruitful partnership). Alternatively, sit in the masculine salon post-pool with a whisky or cocktail and admire the chequered floor and the artefacts; on cold days, pull up a chair beside the arty fireplace.

Last orders

The breakfast buffet is available between 7am and 11am; lunch is served from 12.30pm until 3pm; dinner is 7pm until 11pm.

Room service

A selection of pastas, salads and desserts can be prepared around the clock (we recommend ordering the wonderful deconstructed tiramisu and enjoying it in bed).


Photos Palazzo Victoria location
Palazzo Victoria
Via Adua 8


Verona airport is 15km away, with flights to London Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester and other destinations. Taxis are readily available at the airport;. Venice airport is 105km (an 80-minute drive) away.


Verona Porta Noava is a 10-minute drive from the hotel, with services connecting to Venice, Bologna, Milan, Florence and Rome.


Venice is an 80-minute drive. Parking is available at the hotel (€40 a night).

Worth getting out of bed for

Start with a stroll around the chi-chi boutiques that line Via Adua, Via Mazzini and Corso Porta Bosari. Sit and enjoy apéritifs in one of the famous squares – Piazza Bra, Piazza delle Erbe or Piazza dei Signori. Admire Italy’s oldest municipal building, the Palazzo del Commune and its looming Torre dei Lamberti, which dates back to 1193. Go and visit the statue of Juliet at Casa di Guilietta on Via Cappello, and frown at the unsightly tourists who manhandle the poor lady. (There’s a little museum, if you want to delve deeper into Shakespeare’s tragedy.) The walls nearby are covered with brightly coloured chewing gum and graffiti declarations and endearments left by modern lovers. Catch a play at the historic theatre Teatro Romano, across the river. The theatre has a museum stuffed with statuary and ye olde domestic items: coins, vases, pots and the ilk. Be sure to see an opera at the Arena di Verona +39 045 800 5151) on Via Roma. Make the hour-long car trip to Lake Garda: even the drive is spectacular. If you liked the bottle of La Griola you had with dinner, have a wine tasting at the Allegrini vineyards, 15–20 minutes away by car (ask the staff to arrange).

Local restaurants

Locals all but brawl over seats at Caffe Mazzanti (+ 39 045 800 3217) on popular Piazza Erbe. Expect to start off standing (the aperitivo, sushi and pasta are worth the wait for a seat). Al Pompiere (+39 045 803 0537) on Vicolo Regina d'Ungheria is authentic, cosy and full of treats for gluttons: a corner stocked with more than 35 cold cuts; a cheese counter with more than 100 cheeses. Try tigella (flatbreads served with different accompaniments, including cheese, creamed mushroom, aioli, tapenade and so on) at Tigella Bella (+39 045 801 3098) on Via Sottoriva. Save room for sweet gnocchi served with Nutella and other sugary sauces. Pizzeria Impero (+39 045 803 0160) on Piazza dei Signori serves some of the city’s finest pizza. Decor and service are low-key, letting the food shine.


Photos Palazzo Victoria reviews
Rosa Rankin-Gee

Anonymous review

We arrived in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, at the stroke of midnight. When I saw our bed – the size of a small football field – my mind could sing only one song: Joy to the world, the King has come. Our ceilings were high, our wallpaper silk. The bathroom was marble, the mirrors well-placed and there were handmade chocolates, on a little plinth, to welcome us. I pulled back the curtains. ‘A balcony!’ I squealed. ‘Just like the play indeed! I can call up to you, O bright angel.’

Mrs Smith ignored me and shed her clothes, replacing them, in nine seconds flat, with a white bathrobe: one of man’s greatest inventions. We called room service and waited in towelled stars on the bed. When it came, we lifted the silver domes and tore like beasts into tagliata di manzo. The steak was pink as a blush, soft to the knife, and salt and iron to the tongue. We slathered fresh burrata with olio and aglio, and praised the cows, sheep and olive groves from whence they came. After that, sleep came thick and deep. Our room was so soundless that Mrs Smith, a fierce proponent of ear plugs, cast her fluorescent orange friends to one side. When morning broke, we were fixed, and discovery could commence.

Palazzo Victoria is a beautiful unification of three 14th-century ‘palaces’ where the fusion of old and new is flamboyant. Subterraneous Roman ruins peek out from under glass walkways and original frescoes (regularly touched up by the Belle arte di Roma) are juxtaposed with – this bit is more Baz Luhrman than Zeffirelli – living walls, indoor waterfalls, butter-soft white leather sofas and mega light installations featuring short abstract films. Of the 71 rooms, the best have wraparound balconies, bombastic views and ivory bathtubs. Communal charms include an Olympic pool, well, pool table, courtyard gardens, and a bar with a Prohibition-themed cocktail list. (Mrs Smith advised that this was not a good idea before breakfast.)

Verona, needless to say, is a cracking destination for couples – the literary heritage of Romeo and Juliet is profound, and if you ignore the suicide bit at the end, very inspirational. We wandered out of the hotel through the regal, ramshackle Piazza delle Erbe, and within a minute, found ourselves at Juliet’s house, its archways palimpsested with decades of lovers’ graffiti. Later we tell a friend we of course stroked Juliet’s breast for a photo. ‘Didn’t she mind?’ he asked timidly, before he realised we were referring to a bronze statue (whose right mammary gland is supposedly lucky). Another fun thing to do is solidify your relationship’s eternity by writing your names on a padlock and attaching it to Juliet’s trellis.

‘We’ve not done it on the Pont des Arts, and we’re not going to do it here,’ Mrs Smith said firmly. ‘Now take a picture of me stroking the breast. And use the Retrocam.’

Verona’s true charm lies in its delicate size, and such superbly conserved architecture it has Unesco World Heritage status. Facades are high and fringed; some are mustard, others milky turquoise, and more still terracotta and fox red. And Shakespeare was right to big up the balcony. Here, they’re majestic, waterfalling with succulents and Rapunzel-esque ivy.

Another nice thing is, you never have to take the bus. Within a 10-minute amble, you can see the arena, the San Zeno basilica and some of the world’s worst mime artists. Also, there are apparently much fewer tourists per square metre than either Venice or Rome. That’s how we’re measured these days. From Gucci to tabbachi, Veronese shopping is leather-heavy and great. Mrs Smith even bought a whole new outfit, and it featured sequins.

She wore it that night for dinner at the hotel’s on-site Borsani 36, a ‘show kitchen’ manned by six chefs each armed with giant tweezers for precise plating. Homemade ravioli was cloud like and silver lined with smoked aubergine, and a Barbie-coloured beetroot risotto found its Ken in its salty, fiery seafood ragout. Then the beef! Again. What beef! I would marry that beef.

Being a lonely all-male team, the chefs took a liking to two potential Juliets and so divided our shared dishes with flair, elaborate pesto art and the occasional wink. Star-cross’d lovers must feel at ease in Verona: earlier that day, one porter had taken the opportunity of a lift-ride à deux with Mrs Smith to ask for her ‘Facebook name’…

Over dinner, Mrs Smith began to tell me about Roman gesture. She had been to Rome once. ‘We should do this to the chefs,’ she said excitedly, running her little finger down her cheek. ‘It means ‘mmm… delicious!’ ‘ I caught the waitress’s eye and was in the midst of the little finger move when Mrs Smith’s face fell. ‘Stop!’ She yelped. ‘I’ve just remembered. That one means ‘I’m going to kill you.’ Women! You can’t take them anywhere. Anyway. It had been a hard day’s eating; there came a point where we fancied bed again. Not a problem. We enjoyed a deconstucted tiramusu and the last of our local Valpolicella in the comfort of our room, delivered by a team of people, including a chef in a hat so high he had to bend slightly to enter through the door.

In total, we spent 40 hours in Verona, of which 70 per cent was happily at Palazzo Victoria. We never once considered joint suicide. A superb sign. We sped away back to Paris on a long train ride through the Alps after a breakfast of sanguinello mimosas, sugar-dusted sfogliatelli and cappuccini with milk hearts. Give me my sin again.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Palazzo Victoria’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The decor and the superb restaurant. Our bedroom was clean and spacious. The staff were very helpful and friendly. Good location in old part of city. Go to Restaurant Euphemia close to hotel for a really good pizza.

Don’t expect

To be unimpressed if you appreciate a modern environment.


Stayed on 3 Mar 2017

We loved

THE STAFF! Super-attentive to our needs and ready to answer all questions. The bar was a surprise in that it was genuinely used, not only by guests, but by Veronese too; on Saturday night we had a small band playing, with a really good singer singing current pop songs... no Sinatra!

Don’t expect get to sleep before midnight if you are on the first floor, as the noise from the ground floor echoes and bounces up to the first level. But if you don't mind listening to music and happy chatter…


Stayed on 25 Feb 2017

We loved

The hotel was wonderful. Beautiful architecture complemented by contemporary interiors in the lobby, bar and restaurant. Our room was airy and bright, the beds really comfortable and the bathroom huge. The staff deserve a special mention, they couldn't have been more helpful or friendly. Guest Reception recommened a great place to eat just around the corner (I forget the name). Avoid the restaurants on the Piazza Erbe, they are over priced and the food is much better off the tourist track. The Torre Lamberti is well worth a climb for the view from the top and the Duomo is magnificent.


Stayed on 12 Feb 2017

We loved

The service, the food the bar and the location. The opera at the Arena

Don’t expect

Big rooms, modern decor or spa/fitness facilities - the gym was closed


Stayed on 19 Aug 2016

We loved

Location, and we had a great nights sleep even though the hotel was centrally located. Public areas very comfortable and stylish and staff helpful. Walk by the nearby river, also close to the Arena and access to bars and restaurants.

Don’t expect

A great choice of food or service at lunchtime. For the price rooms could have been a bit more luxurious.


Stayed on 1 Aug 2016

We loved

The hotel was right in the centre of Verona, within easy walking distance of the whole city but not noisy. Clean rooms and bathrooms with comfortable beds. A nice bar area. We went to the opera which was wonderful and the bars and restaurants nearby are lovely. We walked all around the beautiful city and had a fantastic time.

Don’t expect

The public areas (stairs and dining room) were pretty scruffy. The service at breakfast on our first day was not good - they had run out of crockery and the waiters were so busy we could not even order coffee. We finally got it after we had eaten our buffet breakfast - we didn't even bother to try and order a cooked one. Much better on the second morning. Our rooms were very small and the showers were very cramped.


Stayed on 16 Jul 2016

We loved

A beautiful hotel in a beautiful place. The staff we so friendly and helpful and the look of the hotel is stunning. We drank in the bar and ate in the restaurant and I would recommend both, the restaurant is high end, fine dining, so bear that in mind before booking - not really your burger and chips kind of place.!! We absolutely loved it though. 9/10

Don’t expect

Big rooms or a big shower in the standard rooms (can't speak for the rest). I knew from the reviews that the room was going to be small (it is tiny) but I was not prepared for the shower...... The bathroom itself was compact but beautifully done, however the shower was pretty terrible. I can only liken it to the shower we had in a mobile home on a childhood holiday back in the early nineties!! I am a average sized women (5ft 4") and it was a snug fit - for my 6ft 22 husband it was very challenging!! It was a huge shame as the space would have allowed for a walk in shower, no problem. The only other complaint I had was the gym was out of use for renovations - maybe not a huge issue for some but we picked the hotel as this was one of the features we wanted. I'm sure it will be worth it when it is done :)


Stayed on 14 Jun 2016

We loved

The location - walking distance to Arena, Castelvecchio Roman ruins. Piazza Erbe around the corner. Staff were fabulous. Deluxe room was comfortable bathroom large. Good breakfast. Very good option for Verona, 8/10. Worth visiting - Casa Perbellini - 2 star Michelin Also Alcova del Frate Osteria

Don’t expect

5 star...more 4 star


Stayed on 31 May 2016