The city is situated on a bank of the Bacchiglione River, and it's the capital of Padua province. It has beautiful streets with many bridges crossing the Bacchiglione River at different locations. It's famous for having been the setting for some of Shakespeare's works. It has a humid sub-tropical climate, influenced by the nearby Adriatic Sea. The city also has one of the oldest university in the world where the famous Galilei Galileo held lectures. The city is the origin of modern science and the mother of all botanical gardens in the world. For all travelers visiting Padova, here are some of the best hotel choices one can stay in.
Low cost accommodation in Padova
Like most modern cities, there is a very big range of cheap hotels and hostels in Padova. If you are mindful of your budget, Carpe Noctem is reputed for its great value for money. The hotel offers good accommodation at cheap rates with great rooms. Depending on whether you are there for business or leisure, the hotel gives you a quiet environment with very close proximity to the center of the city.
B&B Portavenezia is located at the center overlooking river Bacchiglione unlike other Padova hotels. It offers good services and fairly good rates, with free wireless internet and air-conditioning facilities. Though it does not accept credit cards, you can withdraw money from nearby ATM machines easily and make your payment in cash. It's a walking distance to the train and bus stations, and other important sites in town.
Hotel Volta is brand new compared to most hotels in Padova. You are getting the services of a 3-star hotel at very competitive prices. Rooms are fitted with food heating facilities, new LED television screens and a great view to the town.
Mura Del '500 offers warm hospitality with refurbished rooms, fitted with private bathrooms. It has an array of facilities that you will find comfortable such as tea and coffee making machines, hair dryers, free parking and book exchanges.
Langer House Padova City Centre offers not only excellent hospitality, here you will feel the unique touch and experience of living in Padova. The rooms are new and neat, equipped with free internet, air conditioning and floor heating equipment. Although mentioned last, we consider to be one of the best overall cheap hotels in Padova.
Luxury options in Padova
There are many luxury hotels in Padova, if you are seeking highest level of services. Crowne Plaza is the leader in this class, offering a lot of top-end facilities. It's located at the center of the city and not far from many tourist attractions.
Sheraton Padova Hotel and Conference Center is a very great choice if you are in town for business. It offers great business facilities that guests can do their work without leaving the hotel. Also located in the center, you can get to any part of the city from the hotel. Best Western Premier Hotel Galileo gives a great breakfast and the staff is very friendly. Your stay here will show you how hospitable the inhabitants of the town are.
AC Hotel Padova by Marriot is also another great hotel with great services. The rooms are brand new and nicely furnished with free internet and private shower rooms. It's also situated within the city center.
NH Mantegna is another option with great user reviews. The hotel exactly what you pay for. You can upgrade by paying more or go for less expensive rates. The staff here is highly capable, friendly and helpful. There are a range of amenities in the hotel that you will find useful.
Attractions and important places to see in Padova
The Musei Civisi is a marvel formed from two museums, a church and then combined with the Scrovegni Chapel. The art gallery exhibits works from famous Italian, Flemish and Dutch artists. It's a must see once you are in the city.
The University of Padova and Anatomical Centre is known to be the first center of humanism, leading in medical sciences, anatomy and physics. The most important feature about this old institution is that Galileo himself lectured at the university's great hall, the Aula Magna, where he developed his law of accelerated motion and designed the first astronomical telescopic lens. Copernicus studied here as well and the first world university degree was awarded to a woman from here. There is a lot of history that you can see here.
The Orto Botanico, is the world's oldest academic botanical garden and the origin of all the world's botanical gardens. It's a place you must not miss when visiting Padova.