I was shocked that the hotel had to keep my passport overnight and claimed it's a law. The receptionist even questioned why I needed it back! I have stayed in numerous hotels all over Italy and never once had any hotel requested to keep my passport overnight. Don't they think their guests need an ID when they go out? Could they not just make a copy right away and return the passport? In the end, they actually kept mine for 2 nights! And the most shocking was that they just kept passports of guests in piegeon holes right behind the reception counter with room keys. When I checked out, the receptionist returned the passport to me but just chucked the photocopy of my passport into the bin without even shredding it. I ended up requesting him to pick it up from the bin and return the copy to me. There was absolutely no sensitivity to the importance of protecting guests' information privacy. It is either a flaw in administration process or a lack of training for guest relations staff, or both.
Everything at the hotel was above average, and exceeded my expectation. Despite the dated decor, it's clean and staff at the restaurant were generally friendly and keen to serve. The best was the proximity to the train station, and still within walking distance to pretty much everywhere in town.