Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy (VIII)

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Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy (VIII)

Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Residenza Napoleone III – Private Suite in Historic Palace


Want to live like a principessa? In your own suite of royal rooms? The Residenza Napoleone III allows you to indulge in this fantasy. Located in the sixteenth century Palazzo Ruspoli, it may be Rome’s tiniest – only two suites – yet most luxurious hotel option.


The Ruspoli family had the grand idea of opening two of their historic apartments, and running them as luxury hotel suites. The Napoleone Suite is the most dramatic. Silk-draped canopy bed, antique paintings and furniture, and brocade-covered walls all lend an aristocratic feel. 


The Roof Top Garden Suite is more staid and classic, but with an amazing view from the roof top terrace.The Palace, which has been in the Ruspoli family since 1713, is located just down the street from the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti. Breakfast is served each morning and Princess Ruspoli (yes, she’s a princess!) can arrange anything from a candlelit dinner for two to dinner for twenty in the grand salon.



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Rome Sweet Home – Short Term Rentals


If there is one thing a traveling foodie misses while on the road is having a kitchen. The chance to bring home bounty from markets and transform it is a dream. So, if you’re coming to Rome, and want to call it home, Rome Sweet Home has the biggest selection of short-term rentals in the city.


The site is divided by neighborhood, so familiarize yourself with where you want to be before you start searching. A big trend in rentals these days seems to be ground floor studios, so look carefully before you rent. Some of these can be quite nice, but they certainly won’t have a view.


The range of apartments is huge, going from studio flats to multi room palazzi. 



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: The Inn at the Roman Forum – Luxury Boutique Hotel in Monti


This small 5-star luxury hotel is located in Monti and includes only a handful of rooms, strung out over a four-floor townhouse. Each is decorated differently, with rich fabrics and custom made furnishing. Two of the best rooms are located at the very top floor, and look out into a private garden in the back. 


The common area, also located on the top floor, includes a cozy living room with fireplace and a small terrace with amazing views out over the Roman Forum. Make sure you visit the ancient cryptoporticus in the basement.

Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy (VII)

Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Lancelot – Small family hotel, Great location


This family-owned hotel is just down the street from the Coliseum and the Roman Forum. The rooms are spacious and each one decorated differently, and some have terraces and views of the Coliseum. But what truly sets this hotel apart is the extraordinary cheerfulness and graciousness of the staff, who seemingly speak just about every language. The location is near enough to walk to many sites, and right near both the metro and many bus lines. Set on a small side street, the rooms are very quite at night.



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Monti Home – Cool Little Apartment in Monti


This elegant flat is located in the Monti neighborhood in Rome, one the best places to stay while you are visiting. The apartment is within walking distance of most of Rome’s major monuments, and the Coliseum and Roman Forum are just down the street.


The apartment is located on a very quiet street and enjoys bright sunshine. There are restaurants, bars and shops all within walking distance.


The apartment is made up of one double bedroom, entrance hall, living room, kitchen and bathroom. The living rooms are furnished with a convertible sofa, which sleeps two comfortably. Both bedroom and living room have doors, which makes this the perfect apartment for a couple, two couples, or a family.


There is a small balcony off the kitchen. Tenants can use the roof top terrace on the 6th floor. 


Please note: The apartment is located on the second floor (1st floor European) and there is no elevator.


The apartment enjoys the following amenities: Air Conditioning, Ceiling Fans, Broadband Internet, Wi-Fi, Television, Telephone, Full bathroom with shower, Washing Machine, Fully equipped kitchen, iPod Speaker Dock, iPod connection to TV, Hair dryer.


Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Relais Palazzo Taverna – Stylish B&B near Antique Shops


This is actually two small townhouse B&B;s, located near each other and right off Via dei Coronari, known for its antiques shops. Both hotels are little gems. Rooms are spacious and stylish. Piazza Navona is only a short walk away, as is the area of Campo de’ Fiori. But since the hotel is on a small side street, all the rooms are quite. Breakfast is served in the room and there is always someone on staff.

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Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Santa Maria – Great hotel for families


The Hotel Santa Maria feels like a country hotel, but is located in the heart of Trastevere. Located in a converted 16th century cloister, the rooms focus on a cobble stoned courtyard, planted with orange trees and dotted with tables. 


All of the rooms are at ground level and open out into the courtyard. Many of the rooms sleep 3-4 people and are perfect for couples traveling with children (especially since they can run around the courtyard!) It really is like having your own private park. 


Added bonus: Free bicycle use for guests.



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel St. George – Luxury Hotel on Via Giulia


The St. George is the only 5 star luxury hotel in this part of town. Located on the romantic and mostly pedestrian Via Giulia, it’s a short walk to Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori and the Vatican. Its small size and boutique feel sets it apart from the rest of its 5 star colleagues near the Spanish Steps and Via Veneto. The hotel has 65 rooms, all elegantly designed, as are the common areas. Very cozy wine bar and lounge, a library and a roof top bar open during the summer.



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Teatro Pace – Charming small hotel in Baroque Palace


Everyone loves the Teatro Pace. It’s small, charming and located just down the street from Piazza Navona. It’s located in an ancient palace, down a small alley. But since it is a historic Baroque building, which means no elevator. So if you feel you can’t climb the four flights of stairs then you may want to reconsider. (That said, the 17th century curving staircase is pretty spectacular to climb)


The rooms are furnished with rich wood pieces, and some of them have small balconies or terraces. No breakfast room, so a tray with cappuccino and breakfast pastries is brought to the room.


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Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Locarno – Art Nouveau charm


The Hotel Locarno has been in business since the 1920’s and still retains its old world, fashionable charm. Fabric covered walls, marble floors, oriental carpets and antiques make each room unique. The quirky style makes it a favorite with the film and fashion world. The hotel is made up of two buildings, connected by a central courtyard that is a cocktail bar during the summer. In addition to the usual luxury amenities, the hotel offers a fleet of bicycles for guests’ use.


The location is very central, just off the majestic Piazza del Popolo and within walking distance of the shopping district around The Spanish Steps.



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Portoghesi – Small 3-star Hotel. Great location


The days when the Hotel Portoghesi used to be a well-guarded secret are long gone. You have to book months in advance to get a room at this small hotel located a block away from Piazza Navona. With only 27 rooms, the family-run hotel feels very old world. But the recent renovation has made the rooms (and bathrooms) all the more comfortable. 


The location is excellent: a few blocks to both the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, yet on a narrow side street that is quite and romantic. Some of the standard rooms are on the small side, but for Rome this is fairly common. For a bigger room, book a junior suite. The rooftop terrace is used for breakfast and open to guests all day long. Staff is helpful and friendly.



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Sant'Anselmo – Secluded Romantic Hotel


The Sant’Anselmo is located on the Aventine Hill, tucked between Circo Massimo and the Testaccio neighborhood. In other words: this is not your typical tourist area. In fact, the Sant’Anselmo is the only hotel in this area. That said, it’s a short walk down the hill to Testaccio, where 

Best Hotels in Milan, Italy (IV)

A city like Milan offers hundreds of accommodations, ranging from hotels to hostels. Normally it should be no problem to find a place, except when a big fair is going on. In this series of the best hotels in Milan, Italy, we carefully selected a range of accommodations to meet your needs, and in general the not too expensive ones. We chose those that are rated by clients to be good value for money.


12. Hotel Felice Casati (Best Hotels in Milan, Italy – Sleeping near the park)

This Best Western hotel is located north of the Giardini Pubblici, not far from the city center and from the main shopping areas. The hotel has recently renovated all 99 of its spacious rooms.

Facilities at Hotel Felice Casati include: international newspapers, free luggage storage, 24 hour concierge, car parking available 100 m from the Hotel with fixed rates and valet service, meeting facilities, free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel, porter, smoking rooms, laundry / valet service, spa services nearby, terrace bar open from 6 until 11 pm, buffet breakfast, limited hours room.

All rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV, a minibar and coffee / tea preparation possibility.

You will get a 10% discount with the MilanoCard.


13. Hotel Major (Best Hotels in Milan, Italy)

The Hotel Major Best Western is located rather far out of city center, in the southeast direction past Porta Romana. It offers 60 soundproof rooms, with special business and family accommodations.

Facilities at Hotel Major include: internet Wi-Fi access in rooms and common areas, newspapers available in public areas, international TV channels, business point station with computer, scanner and printer, early breakfast buffet with coffee available from 5:00 am, fast check-out on request for quick departure and safes for laptops at reception.

All the rooms are equipped with satellite TV, minibar, individually adjustable air conditioning and hairdryer. 

You will obtain a 10% discount with the MilanoCard.


14. Hotel Ritter (Best Hotels in Milan, Italy – A classic in the art district)

The 88-room Ritter Hotel is situated in the historic-artistic Brera district, only 10 minutes away from city center. 

The Ritter offers spacious rooms with a surface of over 16 square meters.

Services and facilities At Hotel Ritter include: direct-dial phone, color TV with satellite programs, pay-per-view TV, air-conditioning, mini-bar, safe, laundry service, elevator, garage, hair dryer, limousine service.

The World’s Most Unique Hotels (II)

Spend the night curled up like a hamster in a mound of straw beside your wheel or hunker down in an old prison with hardwood beds and spartan facilities. The trend for offbeat accommodation continues to grow. Travelers have become tired of the generic blandness of hotel rooms with their predictable layout and minibar. They demand something different. From luxury to deprivation, there is certainly plenty of variety in the unique hotel market. Let's take a look at a few of the more interesting options available around the world.



The World’s Most Unique Hotels: The Capsule Hotel


The Capsule Hotel on The Hague in the Netherlands definitely falls into the deprivation end of the unique hotel spectrum. The accommodation is a TEMP which is a totally enclosed propelled craft designed to be used by survivors of an oil-rig disaster. These little orange pods afloat The Hague have a quaint 70s Sci-Fi appeal but are definitely not for the claustrophobic. Each of the pods is a mere 12 square meters containing a simple hammock while the deluxe version has a toilet and a sheepskin throw. People seem to find bobbing about without a creature comfort appealing as the capsules are popular and the company is expanding further afield.



The World’s Most Unique Hotels: The Art Museum Hotel


Ever wanted to live within a work of art? Well now you can at the Art Museum Hotel in the Sicilian seaside village of Castel di Tusa, 20 kilometers from Cefalu. Twenty of the 40 rooms have been created by leading European contemporary artists fashioning the space from a variety of materials—wood, paper, copper—working with textures and color to make unique rooms. You can choose to change your mom each day to inhabit a new vision. Beyond the hotel's ultra modern interior is the sea and the old traditional architecture of the Sicilian village. The hotel has its own sculpture garden and the outdoor Regional Museum of Sculpture in nearby. This is an art lover's destination for sure.



The World’s Most Unique Hotels: The Huettenpalastin Berlin


Finally, for a whacky Berlin option try the Huettenpalastin Berlin. Here you can relive childhood camping trips within the spacious interior of an old modernist vacuum cleaner factory. Temperatures are kept balmy all year round, and you can bed down in a retro caravan with 'outdoor' dining table and barbecue. The Huetenpalast is the brain child of the Agency for Everything which nicely sums up the unique hotel ethos.




Lodging in Santa Barbara, California (III)

Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County, California, located in Southern California. If you’ve planned a tour of the Central California Coast, then Santa Barbara is definitely the best overnight destination. This articles series will reveal everything you need to know about lodging in Santa Barbara, California:


Lodging in Santa Barbara, California: El Capitan Canyon Resort – Upscale camping by the beach


Want to commune with nature but don't want to pitch a tent? Sleep on comfy beds with linens and duvets in safari tents or cedar cabins, sprinkled along the banks of El Capitan Creek. 


The 300-acre site includes a pool, spa treatment area (book a massage beneath the oaks and sycamores), a market stocked with gourmet foods and hiking trails. El Capitan State Beach sits just below the resort near the mouth of the creek. 


On Saturday evenings, May through September, guests and visitors gather on the green for outdoor blues, jazz and bluegrass concerts. Admission is free to overnight guests; you can buy barbecue dinner for $18 per person ($12 per child). 


Traditional camping is available at the resort's sister property next door, Ocean Mesa Campground.



Lodging in Santa Barbara, California: El Encanto – Luxurious hillside hideaway


El Encanto dates back to 1915 and is one of Santa Barbara's most iconic and beloved properties. Over the decades, the peaceful retreat in a residential area in the hills above the Mission has welcomed many a celebrity, from Hedy Lamarr and President F.D. Roosevelt to Barbra Streisand and Prince Michael of Kent. Legions of locals have also come here to enjoy some of SB's most stunning views while dining and imbibing on the hillside terraces. 


Orient-Express, Ltd. purchased the 7-acre property in 2004 and poured more than $100 million to restore it to its original glory and then some. The 92 rooms and suites include two bungalow types: Craftsman and Mission. 


Stroll along paths through the colorful gardens, hang out in the spa facility and gaze at the ocean below while standing in the infinity pool. Even if you don't stay here, follow local tradition and come for sunset drinks or a meal in the Restaurant & Bar at El Encanto.


Lodging in Santa Barbara, California: Solvang Gardens – Green retreat, inside and out


In the last decade, Solvang Gardens Lodge remodeled the entire property, room by room. 


The owners recently changed the name to Solvang Gardens — A Boutique Country Inn. It's now a sparkling collection of buildings, including as small spa, set amid well-tended English gardens. It's also a county-certified Green Business.


Many of the 24 rooms have marble baths, and some have stone fireplaces, microwaves, and fridges. Rates include Wi-Fi and continental breakfast. This is a good and fairly affordable choice if you want to park your car and walk around Solvang.


Best Places to Stay in Venice, Italy (IV)

Lodging is abundant in Venice, but tends to be expensive and frequently booked up, especially during high season – April to August. So plan ahead and book rooms well in advance especially between May and October.



Best Places to Stay in Venice, Italy: Pensione Accademia Villa Maravege


The Pensióne Accademia Villa Maravege, originally a private residence, served as the Russian Embassy between the two World Wars and since 1955 has been a hotel. The hotel is located near the Galleria dell'Accademia in the Dorsoduro district.


The twenty-seven rooms range widely in price from reasonable to high-end with views over the canal or the hotel's gardens and each room has a private bathroom. A buffet breakfast is included in the rate and is served in the garden in the summer months.


There is no elevator, but there are handicap accessible rooms.


There is a garden and Wi-Fi is available but you must pay by the hour. The Salmaso family also has apartments neighboring their restaurant, Ristorante da Raffae.



Best Places to Stay in Venice, Italy: Pensione Calcina


Pensióne Calcina is a family-owned and operated hotel with twenty-nine rooms on the waterfront in the Dorsoduro district overlooking the Giudecca canal over to the island of Giudecca.


All rooms have Internet, wood-parquet floors and private bathroom. 


Calcina has a cafe, bar and restaurant. Dining options include an indoor dining room, garden terrace and rooftop terrace. Dishes are made using local and seasonal ingredients. They use only extra-virgin olive oil and only Italian wines are served.



Best Places to Stay in Venice, Italy: Venice Hostel


The youth Hostel in Venice, part of the Hosteling International network, is on the island of Giudecca.


If you are traveling alone, or with a companion, hostels are one of the least expensive options since you are paying per bed, not room. 


Remember that to have an enjoyable stay you should get into the hostel mindset, which involves embracing noise, more of a social scene, and sharing space, including bathrooms. If you are in the mood, backpacking and staying at youth hostels are fun, cheap ways to travel. If you are not in the right frame of mind, they can seem nightmarish, and you are probably best advised to find an inexpensive pensión or pensión-style hostel to stay in where you can have your own room.


Best Places to Stay in Peru (II)

Peru, officially known as the Republic of Peru, is a fascinating country located in South America. It was home to ancient cultures spanning from the Norte Chico civilization – one of the oldest in the world, to the Inca Empire, the largest state in Pre-Columbian America. Peru is a wide mixture of cultural traditions, worth visiting any time of the year. This is a review of the best accommodation options in Peru.


8. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Casa Vieja – This Chachapoyas inn blends Colonial style with local art. Comfort is quite high and prices are on the budget side.


9. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel – Operated by Inkaterra, this hotel in Aguas Caliente combines the best aspects of staying in the cloud forest with some of the best accommodations in this small tourist town.


10. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Hotel Monasterio – This Cuzco gem is consistently ranked among the world’s best hotels. It is set in a monastery that was built over an Incan Palace. The amenities, restaurants, and services are all world-class.


11. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Luna Rumi – This Urubamba retreat is brand new, quiet, and more independent than many of its larger neighbors. The train to Machu Picchu can be caught right outside the front door.


12. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Las Arenas de Mancora – Now associated with the Libertador hotel chain, Las Arenas resembles a quaint, tranquil Caribbean resort with shady palm trees amid white sand and clear blue water, excellent cuisine, a stunning pool, and a number of other amenities.


13. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Sonesta Posada El Olivar – This classic San Isidro hotel is still one of the best options for business travelers and tourists. The suites here are some of the best in Lima.


14. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Country Club Hotel Lima – This high-end venue has long been the center of the social scene for Lima’s richest 1%. This national monument is all about classic style and features artwork from the Museo de Osma in Barranco throughout.


15. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Rural Farmhouse on Amantani – A classic tourist spot. A stay with a family on a Titicaca Isle opens you up to a completely different way of living, and allows you to encounter fantastic scenery and some of the brightest stars you will ever see.


Places to Stay in Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide is the pretty capital of South Australia, a city of around 1.2 million set on the River Torrens in the middle of a tree-covered plain. Located between the Mt Lofty Ranges to the east and the beaches of Gulf St. Vincent in the west, it has a warm Mediterranean climate and is the driest of the Australian capitals.


Named in honor of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, queen consort to King William IV, the city was founded in 1836 as the planned capital for a freely settled British province in Australia.


Colonel William Light designed the city with a one square mile grid layout, interspersed by wide boulevards and large public squares, and entirely surrounded by a ring of what are now State heritage-listed parklands. All this planning makes Adelaide a pleasing city to explore today.


Places to Stay in Adelaide, Australia: Buxton Manor

The 1908 heritage-listed Buxton Manor, surrounded by half an acre of cottage gardens in historic North Adelaide, is built in the William Morris ‘Arts & Craft’ style with decorative red brick with steep sloping roof lines and beveled lead lighted windows. It features Australian antiques, open log fires, polished spruce floors, gilt mirrors and antique beds.


Places to Stay in Adelaide, Australia: Fire Station Inn

The Fire Station Inn, in North Adelaide, features three suites including the Fire Engine Suite, a fully self-contained open plan apartment with antique fire truck; the baroque Loggia suite surrounded by a walled private courtyard garden; and the large 5-star contemporary Residency Penthouse with two bedrooms and a balcony overlooking the North Adelaide Cafe precinct. 


Places to Stay in Adelaide, Australia: Clarion Hotel Soho

The Clarion Hotel Soho, located near Adelaide’s trendy East End, is a designer hotel with an eclectic art collection that evokes the arty vibe of London’s Soho district. Features include 20th century designer furniture, bi-folding windows, 42 inch LCD TVs with free in-house movies. There is a rooftop deck where you can enjoy the heated jet pool overlooking Adelaide’s skyline.


Places to Stay in Adelaide, Australia: Magestic Roof Garden Hotel

The Magestic Roof Garden Hotel, the very affordable flagship property of Majestic Hotels, is centrally located near Rundle Street. It features king-size beds, modern bathrooms and a roof garden with views.