Not an experience to be repeated
Posted Aug 8, 2016
The Palladia hotel is not worthy of its star rating. I am a frequent traveller and this hotel only has 3 things going for it (ten mins from airport, free parking, free WiFi).
You can hear all the other residents through the walls. The "non smoking" (privilege) room I was allocated had cigarette burn marks around the basin, dirt in the bath, peeling wallpaper, broken fans x2), a squeaky rock hard bed, squeaky interior doors, stains on the walls, curtains and carpet, greasy hand marks on the windows, a shared patio with neighbouring smokers who sat out smoking so I couldn't go outside/open window as it wafted in my room.
This hotel is at the wrong end of town on a noisy road, adjacent to the hospital (you can hear the cars and ambulance sirens all night despite the double glazing), there's no amenities outside the hotel compound, but there is a tram 5 mins walk away (if you can negotiate the busy main road, derelict buildings, graffiti and vagrants) that takes you to a metro, which ultimately gets you into the centre of town.
The booking paperwork stated that an airport shuttle was available. When I asked at reception, they said there was no shuttle, but they could organise a taxi at my own expense. Lucky for me I had use of my hire car long enough to cover the airport run the following morning!