Hotel Aurora is a cute little hotel set in Piazza della Erbe in Verona, Italy. The very first thing I found interesting is that the entrance to the hotel is on the floor below the actual lobby and that there isn’t an elevator to get you or your luggage up to check-in. This definitely wouldn’t have fit the standards in the US due to ADA regulations, but it was a unique feature of this quaint Italian hotel. At check-in and check-out, all the guys in the group and the hotel’s bellman had to carry all the luggage up and down the spiral staircase (and trust me, between the 19 people we have got some HEAVY luggage).
This hotel also did the physical hard key to the rooms like Hotel University did in Bologna, which I absolutely love. One of the most surprising things I saw was that the hotel was obviously not ADA compliant like hotels in the states are. At the hotel I work at, we always have a ton of extra ADA rooms every day and we even have different types of accessible rooms including hearing accessible rooms that have visible lights that go off when someone rings the “doorbell” instead of knocking on the door. There was a small elevator at the top of the spiral staircase that takes you to the rooms on floors 1-5. However, the elevator would probably not fit a normal wheelchair, even though the wheelchair wouldn’t have been able to get up that initial spiral staircase anyway.
Aside from the keys and ADA compliance, I did notice that the rooms in Hotel Aurora were 10x better than those in Bologna. The bathroom was spectacular! It had a gorgeous large shower with mermaid colored tiled walls and a waterfall shower head along with a handheld attachment. Most people got either balconies/terraces or an amazing view from their windows, but we got stuck with a room that was practically in the attic and the window was 8-10 feet in the air. For us to open the window to get some air flow we had to use an extender to reach the shade on the window. This was really frustrating at first, but we just kept reminding ourselves that WE’RE IN ITALY!!! You only go on this trip once and you can’t let the little things get to you and ruin your day/week/trip. I’ve loved staying at both hotels because they were so cute and Italian and just purely fascinating. I highly recommend staying in a small hotel whenever you travel out of the country and definitely not a big chain brand (even though I work for one....oops).