Hotels in Italy
The Italian sense of hospitality is unsurpassed in its generosity . Italy is a beautiful country with gorgeous cities and towns and amazing hotels - and most Italians are eager and proud to be ambassadors of these resources. When it comes to making the hotel guest feel comfortable and at home, few surpass the Italians. Whether you are looking for a hotel in a major city such as Rome, Venice, Florence, Naples or Milan or a hotel in a small town, you are certain to find an accommodation that suits your budget and tastes. Italy is the number one tourist destination in the world and consequently, there are thousands of hotels, hostels and private residences to chose from. Plan your trip in advance so that you can chose your hotel and not be stuck with the leftovers. This is particular true during peak travel seasons and in the larger cities, especially Rome, Florence and in particular Venice which is much smaller in scale than Rome yet receives nearly the same amount of tourists. Use the internet to decide what hotel, and, in many cases, even what hotel room you want to stay in and try to stay as close to the center as possible as to avoid having to spend money on taxis or waste precious time riding public transportation (unless of course you are
traveling to a country or beach resort destination). Generally speaking, many of the less expensive hotels are near the train stations. However, train stations are usually the areas that are most crime ridden, deteriorated and ugly. You are coming all the way to Italy mainly to be in a beautiful environment, why spoil your vacation by returning to a decrepit area for your rest?
Sure, every area - good and bad - is probably worth the visit in order to experience as much as possible during your trip but seeing a not so fantastic area once is probably enough for most people.
Are you a light sleeper? Ask the hotel's concierge or the inn keeper to select a quieter room.
Sometimes however, at least in the larger cities, the rooms with the views are also the rooms with the noise. Unless the noise is unbearable, you might want to consider tolerating a bit of noise for that view of the Grand Canal or a Bernini fountain. Worse case scenario, you can always get a set of ear plugs but you can't wake up to a view of the Duomo every day.
Unless we're talking about the Four Seasons in Milan or similar upper scale resort hotels, I would strongly suggest keeping away from hotel chains. Most hotels that are part of a large chain seem to be, as the name implies, designed, constructed and managed in very similar ways. It's sometimes difficult to remember where you are without reading the rate card on the door.
No one in Italy in a service oriented business will get offended if you leave them a tip. Taxi drivers, waiters, hotel concierges and bell hops, drivers, tour guides and other professionals all appreciate a tip. Even if your bill includes a service charge a small extra tip is proper etiquette. Example, you go out to dinner and the total bill for two is $100 including "il coperto." A five dollar, or even ten a dollar tip, for exceptional service is normal. Italy is still a city in which many things rely on relationships so even if you have a particular request, you might find that the hotel concierge can help. For example, you are in Rome and need tickets to the Borghese Museum but the first availability is weeks away. See if your hotel concierge has any connections. If he is able to help, a proper tip would be $10 for a party of two or maybe $20 for larger parties.
This elegantly decorated B&B is located in an apartment building on the
Gianicolo Hill in a very quiet and verdant setting. It is located on Via Dandolo
which is one of the most exclusive and beautiful residential streets in all of
Rome, yet within 5 minutes walking distant of Trastevere, which is considered
the trendy area of central Rome with some of the best pizzerias in town. The
American Academy is also a quick 5 minute walk. There is a park one block away
as well as another park 5 minutes away with the best view of Rome. More than a B
& B, this elegant accomodation offers comparable settings that the top 5 star
hotels offer - but for a small fraction of the price!
Your room has a comfortable queen size bed, a TV set and a HI-FI. The window
looks out onto a peaceful garden. The exterior bathroom has a stall shower. In
the warm seasons breakfast can be served on the terrace. The host, Gian Carlo,
speaks English and French and has an extensive knowledge of Rome that he is
eager to share. This accommodation comes highly recommended! Rates are $150 per
night for one person and $200 for a couple. Call Gian Carlo for information if
your group consists of more than 2 people. His phone number is 011-3906-5881412.
Please note that Rome is 6 hours ahead of New York time. Mention Cellular
Abroad for special rates!
My personal favorite. At the top of the Spanish Steps, extremely centrally located and the best views in Rome. Even if you can't afford to stay there, have a breakfast or brunch at the rooftop restaurant in order to indulge in the views. Leave your backpack and bottle of water behind if you do go there as semi-formal attire is appreciated (translated as no jeans, shorts, T-shirts or tennis shoes)! More formal for afternoons and dinner.
Trinita' dei Monti, 6
Rome, Italy 00187
On the famed Via Veneto. Recently redone, this is one of the more exclusive hotels in Italy. While certainly not out of the way, unless you like to walk, you might find that you have to get a cab to get to many of the tourist attractions.
Via Vittorio Veneto 125
Rome Italy I-00187
It is said that this hotel rivals that of the Hassler in terms of views. While this may be stretching it, the Abruzzi does have fantastic views, especially considering the low price. The Albergo Abruzzi (albergo = hotel in Italian) overlooks the Pantheon so if you are looking to economize and want a central location with an amazing view, make this under $100-a-nighter your number one choice. Ask for a corner room.
69 Piazza della Rotondo
Campo de' Fiori
Although extremely central, this hotel is in one of the noisiest piazzas in all of Rome - also called Campo de' Fiori. If you are in your 20s and looking to socialize with other 20 something Italians and foreigners, you won't have to go far as Campo de' Fiori is where the Italians go hang out and drink until the early hours of the morning.
This hotel is steps away from the Roman Forum and the Coliseum. While not as sophisticated as the Hassler or Excelsior, the notion of waking up with a few steps of the hub or Roman Civilization is an experience not to be missed. Rooms are small but comfortable and the service is adequate but not exceptional. What you are paying for here is the chance to be within walking distance of some of the most culturally significant monuments and ruins in the world.
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This is the number one hotel in all of Venice. Expensive but the ultimate in luxury with in room Jacuzzis, pop up TVs, an outdoor swimming pool, a gym and diverse spa treatments. This is one of the last surviving hotels that does not allow undressed people to stay here. Even though the prices are expensive, this hotel fills up quickly during the peak tourist season. The hotel Cipriani is one of the most inspiring hotels in the world. Rooms do vary considerably in decor so be sure to go to http://www.hotelcipriani.it/ to get a feeling of what types of rooms are available.
The Al Piave is a small hotel, the first vaporetta stop after St. Marks' Square. Hidden and unimposing, it is also considered one of the better deals in Venice.
Ruga Giuffa, Campo Santa Maria Formosa, 4838-40 Castello, Venice 30132, Italy
Simple, comfortable, away from the hordes of tourist that flock Venice yet not far from the center, the Bernardi Semenzato is also a great deal. Ask for a room in the Annex if space is important to you.
Accademia Villa Maravege
This hotel earns top marks for being a real Venetian bargain. The service is that of a 5 star hotel. Situated in a villa that once served as the Russian embassy, the hotel is surrounded by a luscious garden. Rooms are quite and well furnished in Victorian style furnishings. This hotel fills up quickly so book well in advance.
Albergo San Severo
Centrally located, very tidy and with a helpful staff, the San Severo is true Neapolitan bargain. The rooms are small but tastefully decorated and the helpful and friendly staff together with the hotel's low prices and central location make this hotel hard to beat.
Via Santa Maria di Constantinopoli 101
Naples 80131, Italy
Grand Hotel Parker's
Whether you are a king or just want to be treated like one, the Grand Hotel is the hotel you want to pick if you go to Naples. It boasts spectacular views of the bay and the island of Capri, but be sure to ask for a room with a view, otherwise your view will be a steep hill. Don't miss the restaurant on the rooftop!
Corso Vittorio Emanuele 135, Naples 80121, Italy
Amalfi Coast and Capri Hotels
Il San Pietro
There are many towns and consequently, there are many hotels along the famed Amalfi Coast. There is an abundance of breathtaking and unique hotels and even hostels along the coast. However, if you want to experience a hotel that is so stunningly beautiful that you won't believe your eyes, try the San Pietro in Positano. This hotel is built right into a cliff with the sparkling Mediterranean at your feet. The San Pietro Hotel is about one mile down the coastline from the chic town of Positano and offers the best vantage point of the town. The rooms are done in magnificent terra cotta tiles from the local town of Vietri and all have large windows. Try to get a room that faces toward Positano. Even if you can't afford to stay there - and the rooms are actually a steal for what you get, look at their web site www.ilsanpietro.it , even if it's only to dream. In order to access the private beach, guests take an elevator that transcends the interior of the cliff. The elevator doors open up to a natural cave with views of the ocean. By no mistake, the Hotel San Pietro has won many awards, including for being the most beautiful hotel in the world.
The Pensione Belsito is one of my favorite on the island of Capri, so much so, that I almost reluctantly give away this secret. The Belsito is actually a hostel and not a hotel so if you expect full service accommodations, the Belsito is not for you. However, if you want what is one of the very best views on the entire island, an excellent restaurant and accommodations starting at less than $50 including one meal, this is the place of choice. Book early and ask for a room facing the ocean. By the way, try the pizza at the restaurant - probably the best pizza I have ever had.
The Belvedere is more like staying at a private villa than a hotel. The Belvedere is noted for it's excellent and friendly service, grandiose views, great food, large rooms and low prices. It too rates as one of the better deals on the Amalfi Coast. If you stay there once, you are sure to stay there again. With rooms starting at just over $100 a night, the Belvedere is one of the better values on the coast.
While the Hotel San Pietro is tops on the Amalfi Coast, the Sirenuse on the adjacent island of Capri takes first prize. Sensational view, full amenities, great decor, lavish service and the famed but perhaps overrated La Sponda restaurant are what make Le Sirenuse the place to stay in Capri.
La Quisisana is conveniently located close to the Piazza in Capri and the best shopping on the island. Fancy, with great views and service, this hotel lacks nothing, except for the charm and romantic setting - at least compared to many other hotels -that many people are looking for on the island of Capri. However, if convenience and location are high on your list of priorities, La Quisisana deserves a consideration.
The Four Seasons
If you are looking for luxury, attentive service and a first class atmosphere, the Four Seasons is the place to be in Milan. Conveniently located near the best shopping area in Milan, and possibly in all of Italy, the hotel is a favorite for those who come to Italy to shop. Many business execs who travel with their spouses will also appreciate the central location and comfortable atmosphere. While the il Teatro restaurant is exquisite, try some of the many surrounding restaurants for variety.
Hotel Spadari Al Duomo
The Hotel Spadari al Duomo is a moderately priced gem in central Milan, especially considering many of the high priced alternatives. This charming, intimate hotel is just two blocks away from the Duomo and the Galleria and within walking distance of Via Monte Napoleone and other famous shopping streets. The modern decor is tasteful and the service is exceptional. Junior suites on the seventh floor have views of the cathedral.
While simple and no nonsense, this hotel's good service, central location and low cost is a bargain. Doubles run about $80 which should still leave you enough money for those Prada shoes. The rooms are very simple but do not lack in the basic amenities including air conditioning, refrigerators and an elevator. Pets are welcome as well. This is an ideal hotel for those who don't want to spend the money yet don't want to sleep in a hostel.
Residence Principessa Clotilde
While not exactly a hotel, the Principessa Clotilde is worth mentioning. It offers furnished apartments with kitchenettes and private bathrooms. Rooms can be rented on a week or monthly basis. There are a variety of different room options and sizes to chose from. The Clotilde is a good option for extended business stays in Milan and has been a favorite for models.
Posti 367 - Zona Garibaldi
C.so Porta Nuova 52 - 20121 - Tel. 02.65.75.781
Situated only one block from the Uffizi and the Bargello, this tiny hotel, run by a friendly and enthusiastic staff, is a great deal in terms of price, comfort, location and hospitality. The relatively large (some rooms), clean rooms are fresh and well furnished, with desks and comfortable beds. Some rooms can accommodate up to four and therefore ideal for the family on a budget. Ask for the best room available as they vary greatly in terms of views and size. There is no elevator and no porter so if hauling your luggage up a flight or two of stairs is not your idea of starting of your vacation, keep this in mind.
Tel: 055/21 44 84
Beautiful, luxurious modern accommodations combining classical Florentine style and elegance, a professional staff dedicated to service and great views highlight the Florence Excelsior. This hotel is a favorite of high profile politicians and businessmen. While not lacking in any of attributions that qualify a 5 star hotel, there are other elegant hotels that are more suitable to the vacationer in terms of uniqueness and overall value.
Simple, inexpensive, central a good overall value are the words that come to mind in defining the Soggiorno Sani. The 6 rooms, while each having a sink and shower, all share a communal bathroom. The overall feeling is like being someone's house guest but if being able to lay your head in a central location and budget travel are your mantra, this hotel is for you.
Piazza dei Giuochi 1, Florence 50123, Italy
Great value, but select your room cautiously as they do vary in terms of view and size and noise. Centrally located, those rooms that offer views of Palazzo Vecchio and the Arno are among the best views of any hotel in Florence. The staff is cordial and helpful. The hotel offers a communal terrace that offers a spectacular view. Go to their web site for the panoramas. While the rooms are not spectacularly furnished for the price, you will most likely be peering out of your window most of the time anyway.
Hotel Monna Lisa
Ask a taxi driver where the Monna Lisa is, and they will take you straight to the Hotel Monna Lisa. In Italian, the Mona Lisa is called the Gioconda (which is in Paris at the Louvre anyway). While perhaps not as famous or intriguing as her name sake, the Hotel Monna Lisa in Florence is near the middle of town in an elegant, renaissance building and furnished with many precious operas of art. If you want to fully immerse yourself into a renaissance atmosphere, even back at the hotel, this is the place to do so. The rooms, despite their central location, are quite. Room sizes vary tremendously but if you get lucky, you will wind up with one of the large rooms with a large bathroom. During the off season, your chances of this occurring are increased. Beware of the Annex on the opposite side of the courtyard. It was originally most likely the servants quarters and it still should be. Also, the hotel service receives mixed reviews.
Villa Milani - Residenza d'epoca
Opened 3 years ago and situated near Spoleto on a hill overlooking the town and the Umbrian Valley, Villa Milani is an intimate and elegant boutique hotel consisting of 11 private rooms for guests as well as ample common areas. The breathtaking landscape, the enchanting architecture and decor including affrescos and plenty of one-of-a-kind artwork, the gorgeous original antiques as well as the warm hospitality lend itself to be the ideal place for people keen of exclusive, intimate and informal environments. Their website is well-organized and has many photos of the rooms and grounds. As a sidenote, Villa Milani was chosen to be on the cover of Karen Brown's "Italy Charming Inns and Itineraries" Guide for 2004. Villa Milani comes highly recommended by Cellular Abroad.
Località Colle Attivoli 4 - 06049 Spoleto PG - Italy
Phone: +39 0743 225056
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact name: Dr. Luigi Capobianchi (Owner and General Manger)
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