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.

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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.

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 Venice, Italy (III)

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: Il Lato Azzurro

 

Situated on the garden island of Sant’ Erasmo (northeast of Venice), Il Lato Azzurro is a cultural center with lodging, and for those interested, themed retreats. Meals served, including vegetarian dishes, are made with local and fair-trade ingredients. Twenty bikes are available for guest use and kayaks can be rented. Breakfast is included. Packed lunches are available for 8 to 10 Euros and dinner is a 25 Euro prix fixe. 

 

Sant’ Erasmo is known as the green, garden island—producing fruits and vegetables for its inhabitants and Venice. You can buy fresh honey from the beekeepers. The sandy beach is far less crowded than those on Lido. 

 

You can reach the island by vaporetto from Venice—take Vaporetto Number 13 from the Fondamente Nove stop on the north side of Venice—almost due north of the Rialto Bridge. #13 stops in Murano, Vignole and then makes 3 stops on Sant’ Erasmo— Capannone, Chiesa and P. Ta Vela. For Il Lato Azzurro get off at Capannone.

 

Il Lato Azzurro's address is Via Forti 13—about a 15-minute walk from the Vaporetto stop, or call ahead and they will pick you up in a minivan.

 

 

Best Places to Stay in Venice, Italy: La Locanda di Orsaria

 

La Locanda is in a 16th century home formerly owned by a Venetian Republic Captain, but now a family-run hotel. The hotel rooms are all non-smoking and each has a private bathroom. 

 

Located near the train station, the small hotel is very convenient, but on a quiet side street. La Locanda offers free WiFi and breakfast, with two types of rooms—standard and superior.

 

 

Best Places to Stay in Venice, Italy: Maison de Charme Balbi

 

Maison de Charme Balbi is housed in a 15th century marble palace with a private courtyard garden.

 

At the Maison de Charme Balbi there are four rooms reasonably priced with private bathrooms. 

 

Around the corner from St. Mark's Plaza, Charme Balbi is conveniently located and perfect if you like to be in the center of activity.

 

 

Best Places to Stay in Venice, Italy (II)

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: Canonici di San Marco

 

About fifteen miles from Venice there is luxury camping at Canonici di San Marco. Here you will find tent sleeping for one to four people on a raised wooden platform with a terrace, private bathroom, and Wi-Fi. Bikes are available. 

 

You don’t need a car to stay at Canonici di San Marco. You can walk along a canal to Mira Mirano and hop the train to Venice’s Santa Lucia train station, only a twenty-minute trip.

 

Travelers wanting to do yoga on their trip can go to the Future Yoga school in Mirano for classes.

 

 

Best Places to Stay in Venice, Italy: Foscari Palace

 

The Foscari Palace, a luxury hotel in a 16th century palace on the Grand Canal, in front of the Cà d'Oro, has twenty-three rooms with free WiFi.

 

This is lavish Venetian living with modern conveniences mixed with glorious old style.

 

 

Best Places to Stay in Venice, Italy: Hotel Abbazia

 

Housed in a refurbished monastery near the train station with an internal courtyard garden, the Hotel Abbazia offers free Wi-Fi in its smoke-free rooms. 

 

Sleep like a monk, but in more luxurious surroundings and enjoy a respite in the inner garden.

 

 

Best Places to Stay in Venice, Italy: Hotel Messner

 

In a quiet neighborhood in Dorsoduro, the Hotel Messner is within short walks of the Guggenheim galleries and the Santa Maria di Salute. Messner has forty rooms in the main building and annex—doubles start at 110 euros for the night, breakfast included. There is a restaurant in the hotel as well.

 

Started by Maria Messner in 1940 as a guesthouse for students, teachers and travelers, the hotel has grown through the decades into a full service small hotel. All rooms have private baths and Internet.

 

Hotel Messner is on the corner of Fondamenta de Ca’ Bala & Nuovo Catecum, Dorsoduro, 213/216

Best Places to Stay in Venice, Italy (I)

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: Ancient Venice Bed & Breakfast

 

The Ancient Bed & Breakfast offers basic rooms for very reasonable rates in the low-key Dorsoduro district.

 

The Ancient is newly renovated, but the floors are mosaic marble from 1826. Rooms are available with either private or shared baths and all rooms include breakfast, served in the tearoom on the first floor.

 

On the Campo St. Barnaba, the Ancient is within easy walking distance of the Galleria dell'Accademia and the Guggenheim Museum.

 

 

Best Places to Stay in Venice, Italy: Ca' Riccio

 

Ca’ Riccio, by the beautiful marble church (pictured) in Campo Miracoli, is an old house renovated with tile floors. Rooms all have private bathrooms and breakfast is included. 

 

Ca’ Riccio also offers three apartments in separate locations for those wanting their own kitchen facilities.

 

Ca'Riccio is on the border of the Canneregio and Castello districts north of the Rialto Bridge and near La Dolfin restaurant.

 

 

Best Places to Stay in Venice, Italy: Camping San Nicolo

 

There is no camping in Venice, except on Lido. There you can camp at San Nicolo using your own tent or rent one from them. They also rent caravans, mobile homes, and bicycles. 

 

There is no biking in Venice either. That you must save for the garden islands and Lido, the easternmost island that is a seven-mile long, narrow sandbar with a string of beaches. Two long main avenues run the length of the island. By the Santa Maria Elisabetta vaporetto stop is the Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta, a nearly half-mile boulevard running from west to east. Look for bike-rental shops and enjoy the level biking. You can also rent kayaks on Lido and paddle between the islands.

 

Best Places to Stay in Venice, Italy: Corte Grimani

 

The Corte Grimani has fifteen apartments suited for two to five people ranging in price from 250 to 430 euros per apartment per night. 

 

Located in the heart of the city, the renovated 17th century palace has a private courtyard and rooms overlooking the canal.

 

Best Places to Stay in Venice, Italy

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.