Hannah Donovan

QuartoPiano

with Hannah Donovan
  • Where:Modena, Italy

  • Why:To eat at Osteria Francescana while it’s the world’s no.1 restaurant.

  • When:November 2016

  • Who:My food writer boyfriend, Adam, who didn’t know we were going.

Highs & Lows

  • The bed was an absolute triumph – soft, huge and heavenly scented.

  • It’s a small space but so well designed, you don’t give it second thought.

  • Proximity to excellent restaurants – including the current world’s best.

  • The lovely welcome – Antonio sorted our parking space, gave us tips aplenty and is generally a very warm, zen presence.

  • The wifi is a little patchy at times and while disconnection from the wider world is very relaxing, it’s frustrating if you need to work. That said, I was more than happy to be ‘Missing in Modena.’

  • If your stay spans a weekend, you might hear the odd cheer or tune from the bar down the road. If you’re sensitive, bring earplugs.

    The Barometer

    • Design

    • Website

    • Life Changing

    • Environmental Consciousness

    • Overall Value

    • Night's Sleep

    • Service

    • Amenities

    • Stealable Stuff

    • Refer a Friend

    Total: 45/50

    Important Bits

    • Type

      A Provence-inspired bed and breakfast in the heart of Modena that couldn’t be more hygge; Italy plus France via Scandinavia.

    • Vibe

      The cosiest of attic hideaways with ergonomic amenities; imagine if Laura Ashley went to Silicone Valley.

    • Location

      In Modena’s town centre, a 40-minute drive from Bolgona airport and a 20-minute train journey into Bolgona city. Modena is a pocket sized place so everything is near.

    • Rooms

      Two rooms – named Guerriero and Atleta.

    • Music

      Whatever you fancy playing over the Sonos system.

    • Year Opened

      2012

    • Designed By

      Antonio Di Resta and Alessandro Bertoni with the aim of creating a “home from home.” If only my home was so immaculate.

    • Pool/Gym

      No pool or gym, so you just have to deal with that tortellini and red wine belly when you return home.

    • Restaurant

      A three-minute walk down the road is Mon Café, run by the B&B’s owners where you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner.

    • Bar

      Not inside the guesthouse, but a stone’s throw from the room they make a mean Negroni.

    • Minibar

      No mini bar but a fridge full of water – still and sparkling – that you can help yourself to for €2. Plus, there’s a great bar on your doorstep.

    • Wifi

      Yes, gratis.

    • Children

      It’s more of a grown-ups place.

    • Price

      At 140 euros a night, for what you get, this is an unrivalled value for money in Modena.

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site complete with breathtaking 12th century cathedral. If it wasn’t for the many modern shops just a street away, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d gone back in time.

    Piazza Grande

    Piazza Grande, Modena, Province of Modena, Italy

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site complete with breathtaking 12th century cathedral. If it wasn’t for the many modern shops just a street away, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d gone back in time.

    On the corner of Bonacorsa, where QuartoPiano is located. You’ll find a discerning edit from the best designers around – Proenza Schouler, Phillip Lim, JW Anderson and more. Whether you leave green or poor, you’ll be inspired.

    Spoon boutique

    Spoon boutique modena

    On the corner of Bonacorsa, where QuartoPiano is located. You’ll find a discerning edit from the best designers around – Proenza Schouler, Phillip Lim, JW Anderson and more. Whether you leave green or poor, you’ll be inspired.

    For special, high-end dining.

    Osteria Francescana

    Osteria Francescana, Via Stella, Modena, Province of Modena, Italy

    For special, high-end dining.

    QuartoPiano

    B&B Quartopiano, Via Bonacorsa, Modena, Province of Modena, Italy

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