January 31, 2018 Italy Europe

Hotel Cervetta 5 Modena: Bizarre and Not Relaxing
Non-smokers friendly


Welcoming: 3/5

Food Temperature: 7/10

Ambiance / Music: 4.5/10

Menu Choice: 3/5

Food Taste: 18/30

Architecture / Interior: 1/10

Food presentation: 6/10

Service: 3/10

Value for money: 3/10

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Why would someone use a dark decor with dimmed yellow lights for a hotel; a dark and small lobby looking like a church, closed windows, all lights put off; unfortunately this place feels like a haunted house. The first impression was bizarre and continued throughout the stay. Hotel Cervetta 5 is located in the heart of Modena’s old town few meters from the main Duomo and has parking for your car, located next door; the only two positive things I found.


I’ll go straight to the point and list what won’t make me come back to this hotel:

  • The place is dark and claustrophobic.
  • The decor fits more the haunted house experience at Disneyland.
  • Check-in and expect to start climbing the stairs; the hotel has no elevator and no one to help with the luggage. 
  • Rooms are small.
  • The toilet door is nothing other than a wooden board not even blocking light, noises, and odors from the bathroom.
  • The bed is so hard you’ll wake up with a backache -if you could even sleep.
  • The Internet is very slow.


I climbed the stairs and arrived in my room; a very bizarre room, the strangest decor I’ve seen, white inside out, clothes and fabrics, a tiny little computer screen used as a television and a bathroom with a strange wooden door. Two crystal chandeliers pending from the ceiling make this space look like a room in scary movies.

A tight shower, a small bathroom, that unpleasant door and now was sleep time! Harder than the floor itself, I couldn’t sleep all night waking up by the hour; that bed defies the original concept of a bed which was created to relax your body and back. Thin pillows not even supporting your neck, a hard mattress, and thin white fabric to cover your body with. A very unpleasant bed and bad sleep quality.


If I could change something it would be everything; the decor, the lighting, add bed covers, change the mattresses, install new bathroom doors and inform guests when they book about the stairs experience.

Even breakfast is served in a dull, dimmed and dark ambiance! Why is that?

A welcoming and gentle staff but unfortunately not enough for me to repeat the experience.

Categories: Hotels Travel & Tourism





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