Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy (IV)

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Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy (IV)

Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Dona Camilla Savelli – Converted convent by Borromini


It’s not every day you can stay in a convent designed by Borromini. The Dona Camilla Savelli was designed in the 17th century for an order of nuns by the famous architect. It has recently been restored and converted into a luxurious four-star 78-room hotel in the heart of Trastevere.


Since this is four-star, it’s decidedly less expensive that it’s five-star colleagues located nearer to the Spanish Steps. The location, in a quite corner of Trastevere, makes it walking distance from nearby sites like Piazza Navona and Castel San Angelo. During warm weather breakfast is served in the romantic courtyard.



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Duca D'Alba – 4 Star Hotel in Monti


This small four-star hotel is located in the trendy Monti neighborhood. This is a fantastic location, near many restaurants, small boutiques and enoteche, without the craziness of more touristy zones like Piazza Navona or the Spanish Steps. Walking distance to the Colosseum and the Forum and almost everything else. 


Even though the rooms are on the small side (especially the singles), they are beautifully furnished. The staff is extremely professional and helpful. A great choice for a four-star in Monti. (The only four-star in Monti as a matter of fact).



Best Place sto Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Forum Bar – Cocktails with view of Forum


Call me a romantic, but I like my cocktails with a view. Even if it’s nothing much more exotic than a gin & tonic, if I’m looking at the sun set over the Roman Forum, I’m happy. 


There aren’t a lot of places you can do this, so the terrace atop the Hotel Forum is a gem. Located just at the edge of the Monti neighborhood, the Forum Hotel rises up just where Via Cavour ends at Fori Imperiali. The smallish cocktail terrace is reached by taking the elevator up to the top floor, walking through the restaurant, and up a narrow flight of stairs. Once reached, the pocket-sized bar looks out over the Forum, and towards the Palatine and Campidoglio hills. As swallows swing by, order a Negroni or a Bellini – or even a Gin & Tonic – before you head on for dinner.


Location: Via Tor de' Conti


Best Hotels in Milan, Italy (II)

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.


5. Hotel Aspromonte (Best Hotels in Milan – Libery style lodging)

The Hotel Aspromonte is considered to be one of the best 3-star hotels of Milan. It is located at the piazza of the same name, a little north east of city center, in a Liberty style building, in between the Loreto (MM1) and Piola (MM2) subway stop. 

The hotel has 19 rooms, elegantly furnished and decorated.

Facilities at Hotel Aspromonte include: Free Wi-Fi, cable radio, sat TV, Sky Pay-Per-View, telephone, air conditioning, newspaper, special agreement garage at 100 meters, special agreement laundry at 20 meters, interior garden.


6. Hostel Piero Rotta (Best Hotels in Milan, Italy – Youth Hostel)

The Piero Rotta hostel is situated nearby Monte Stella and it well connected with the city center via subway. The hostel offers up to 40 rooms for six, three, or two visitors. 

Services and facilities at Hostel Piero Rotta include: family rooms, assistance for wheelchair users, breakfast, TV room, common room(s), laundry facilities, Internet access, café / bar, lockers, basic store, garden.


7. Hotel Berna (Best Hotels in Milan, Italy – Swiss quality in Milan)

Hotel Berna is considered to be one of the best 4 star hotels of Milan. It is located a bit south of Milan Central Station. The hotel offers 121 rooms, a few of which are in a modern tower building opposite of the main building.

Facilities at Hotel Berna include: full buffet breakfast, internet access from the lobby, tea and coffee spot, minibar with non-alcoholic drinks, High-Speed Internet, different types of pillow, Television, LCD, water-boiler with a large array of tea and coffee, as well as an underground parking open 24 hours per day.


8. Hotel City (Best Hotels in Milan, Italy – Near Central Station)

This Best Western hotel is located north east of city center near the Central Station and convenient if you are interested in the shopping district (Quadrilatero, Corso Buenos Aires). The hotel has recently been renovated and offers 60 rooms. It was reviewed as one of Milan's best 3-star hotels according to the Global Review Index.

Facilities at Hotel City include: indoor garage, free wireless Internet, Television tuned for the main Italian and foreign TV channels, including Mediaset Premium Service free of charge (film and football matches), free meeting area at request, booking facility for brasseries and museums, free baggage storage, laundry service and free hot drinks 24/7, early breakfast and possibility to book a car and a driver for any destination. You will find main international newspapers in the lobby.


Bed & Breakfast in Milan, Italy

1. Bed & Breakfast in Milan, Italy: B&B Althea – All in the family

Althea is a family run bed & breakfast on the third floor of an early 1900's building in a quiet residential street east of city center (10 min by tram or bus). Althea offers you a comfortable, light and air-conditioned room with a double bed (or two single beds) and a private bathroom with shower.

Services and facilities at B&B Althea include: TV and wireless Internet access, full continental breakfast, elevator, private entrance and air conditioning.

The owners speak English, French and Swedish.


2. Bed & Breakfast in Milan, Italy: B&B Milan – Right in city center

This is a small and friendly B&B right in the middle of the city, only a few steps away the Duomo and the animated area of Colonne di San Lorenzo

All no-smoking rooms have fridge and facilities for preparing tea or coffee. Upon arrival, the host offers you a bowl of fruits and other extras.


3. Bed & Breakfast in Milan, Italy: B&B Monteverdi – At the violin maker

Named after the famous son of Cremona and situated in the violin maker's neighborhood, this is a musical place. There is even a violin maker downstairs.

This B&B offers a flat / apartment with independent entrance.

Services and facilities at B&B Monteverdi include: air conditioning, satellite television, wireless Internet, refrigerator, microwave oven and bicycles.


4. Bed & Breakfast in Milan, Italy: B&B Navigli – Close to city center and nightlife

A straightforward B&B hotel with 25 colorful, modern rooms with air conditioning, mini bar, LCD TV, Wi-Fi Internet, safety deposit box. The B&B is located close to the lively Navigli district with a lot of café's, bars and restaurants.

Transport: Tram 9, 29/30


5. Bed & Breakfast in Milan, Italy: B&B Porta Garibaldi – A one-apartment facility

This B&B offers a small private apartment, with two single beds and one double. It is located close to the lively Brera district, a few steps away from Brera's famous art galleries and museums and 20 min walking from city center.

Services and facilities at B&B Porta Garibaldi include: free Wi-Fi Internet, satellite television with Sky, a sumptuous fresh breakfast, books and dvd movies, guide books and tourist info, private entrance, fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, PC-TV connection, hairdryer, sound proof windows, free bicycle, free extra bed for children up to 3 years.

Transport: Metro 2 – Moscova stop or Tram 2 – Piazzale Baiamonti stop

Leisure Activities in Calabria, Italy

Recreation and fun are top priorities in Calabria. It boasts spectacular – and in some cases – still unspoilt beaches and bays. The very sight of these natural wonders will help you relax effortlessly. You can engage in many leisure activities in Calabria, Italy. The region boasts several mountains, where tourists can hike, climb and go mountain biking. For the dear little ones (and for others also) a visit to the series of theme parks will turn every dull, sluggish day into quite an eventful day. And last but not least, the relaxed behavior of the local people emanates a feeling of well-being.


1. Capo Rizzuto Aquarium (Leisure activities in Calabria, Italy: Other – Isola Capo Rizzuto)

In this aquarium, consisting of a total of 22 tanks, children and adults alike can learn about some of the mysteries of the sea. In the multimedia room with movie screenings and a touch pool, visitors can gain a wealth of very clear and easy-to-follow information.


2. Capo Rizzuto (Leisure activities in Calabria, Italy: Beach – Isola Capo Rizzuto)

The peninsula of Capo Rizzuto in the province of Crotone has about 15,000 inhabitants. The headland has some of the most beautiful beaches in Calabria. In the Old Town of Capo Rizzuto, you can visit the remains of a 16th century castle.


3. Terme Luiciane (Leisure activities in Calabria, Italy: Therme & spa – Acquappesa)

The thermal park in Acquappesa has everything needed to do something good for your body. The variety of bathing pools and the peaceful ambience makes it the perfect place to relax and unwind. The beautiful complex takes care of everything else necessary to revitalize yourself.


4. Nuova Aquafans Praia a Mare (Leisure activities in Calabria, Italy: Waterpark – Praia a Mare)

Waterparks are the perfect place for a holiday excursion with the family. The Nuova Aquafans Water Park is a fun experience for all ages. Choose from a variety of different fun pools, numerous entertainment facilities as well as a kids’ club.


5. Pescaturismo (Leisure activities in Calabria, Italy: Other – Diamante)

Pescaturismo is a special kind of holiday fun. Here you have the opportunity to experience the everyday life of a fisherman. Starting very early, before sunrise or in the middle of the night, the fisherman gets up with his guests and together they begin their day. Offered by La Guardiola pub.


Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy (III)

Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Barocco – Friendly small hotel


The Hotel Barocco is located just off Piazza Barberini, not far from the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, at the foot of Via Veneto. Many of the 41 rooms have views out over Rome, and some even have small terraces. It features classic decoration, travertine bathrooms and good-sized rooms. Several luxury suites have just been added, including one with it’s own terrace and Jacuzzi. 


The hotel is known for it’s friendly service, and staff is gracious and willing to help with anything you need. Wi-Fi throughout. It also has a wonderful breakfast buffet.



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Campo dei Fiori – Great location for dining at night


This small hotel is in a fantastic location, right off Campo de’ Fiori and it’s daily market. Very old-world in feeling, with each room decorated with antiques, heavy curtains and brocade fabrics. 


The common spaces include a cozy living room, complete with working fireplace and a rooftop terrace with great views. Since the hotel has no bar, grab a drink or a bottle from the bar across the street, and head up to the hotel’s roof. 


This is a great place to stay to be near all the great restaurants in this neighborhood (Campo de’ Fiori) as well as the Ghetto and Trastevere, all within walking distance. Sites are nearby as well, including Piazza Navona, The Vatican and Castel Saint Angelo.


Extremely friendly staff, helpful and speak English. 



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel de Russie – Luxury Hotel near Piazza del Popolo


Hotel de Russie opened several years ago to immediate raves. The building was completely redesigned, and the large, modern rooms display an understated luxury that is hard to find in this history-laden town. The garden, with a romantic restaurant and bar is one of the best places to enjoy an appetitive and climbs up the hill in the back of the hotel, making the place unique, and providing a tranquil oasis within the hustle and bustle of Rome.


This is a full service luxury hotel, with gym, spa, restaurant and bar. Rooms are spacious and some of the suites are the preferred home away from home for traveling movie stars. 

Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy (IV)

Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Tryp Gran Via – Hemingway's hotel


Known as the Hotel Gran Vía in Ernest Hemingway’s day, who was a guest here during the Civil War, this Belle Époque period hotel has remained continuously in operation, getting a facelift in 1999. 


Given Hemingway’s critical journalistic coverage of the Civil War from here, there are many photographs of him throughout the hotel as well as a bar named after him.



Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Hotel Petit Palace Italia – Excluding the romantic mood of the early 20th century


Minimalist and modern, this new hotel is in a 19th century building near the opera house, Teatro Real (Royal Theater). The Teatro too was built in the 19th century during Isabel II's reign.


Calle de Campomanes also is home to a great restaurant, Retaurante Chic, at no. 5, and a great multi-language bookstore, Petra's International Books at no. 13. And just around the bend on an easy stroll is the royal palace.



Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Westin Palace Hotel – Italian renaissance and Art Nouveau


Built in 1912 as a commission by King Alfonso XIII, the Westin Palace Hotel stands on the original site of the Palacio Medinaceli. Its interior reflects a mix of Italian renaissance styles and Art Nouveau.



Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Petit Palace Posada del Peine – Madrid's oldest hotel dating to 1610


The Petit Palace Posada may be the oldest building in Madrid that today is a hotel open to the public. 


Situated close to the Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol, the building was constructed in 1610, a time that marked the popularity of Cervantes’ first volume of Don Quixote while he was also hard at work on the second volume (to come out in 1615).


The Posada del Peine, Inn of the Comb, gets its name because patrons used to get rooms with a comb included, though it was attached to the furniture so that it would remain in the room.


This was one of the more respectable inns and today could not command a more central position to all of Madrid's highlights, including the best restaurants and oldest walkways.


Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy (III)

Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Hotel Me Madrid Reina Victoria – Holding court on one of Madrid's most dynamic plazas


This hotel commands the main attention on the Plaza de Santa Ana, a terrific plaza filled with historic and modern bars and cafes. 


Opposite the hotel is the Teatro Español, an important 19th century landmark. 


The Hotel Victoria was built between 1917 and 1923 as a combination hotel and department store. As a hotel it was once a modestly priced place and a meeting point for bullfighters. 


In 2006 it was renovated and turned into one of the most luxurious places to stay in Madrid. Its interior, management, and setting on Santa Ana make it worth this splurge if you want one place that has it all, including live music on the rooftop terrace.



Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Hotel Meninas – A charming hotel on an uber charming street


Minimalist and modern, this new hotel is in a 19th century building near the opera house, Teatro Real (Royal Theater). The Teatro too was built in the 19th century during Isabel II's reign.


Calle de Campomanes also is home to a great restaurant, Retaurante Chic, at no. 5, and a great multi-language bookstore, Petra's International Books at no. 13. And just around the bend on an easy stroll is the royal palace.



Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: La Vera Hostal – Near Plaza de Tirso de Molina and El Rastro flea market


La Vera Hostal is in the building that once belonged to Los Duques de Santoña and is a 19th century structure in the middle of old Madrid. 


It stands in the heart of the area where the Rastro flea market unfolds every Sunday and from where you can hunt for that treasure to take home as a classy souvenir of Madrid.



Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy (II)

Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: De Las Letras Hotel – A beautiful Neoclassical hotel on the Gran Via


This was one of the delightful, grandeur-filled early 20th century buildings along the Gran Vía during its heyday. 


Built in 1917, the De Las Letras Hotel, has been declared a part of the historic heritage of the city. 


The Neoclassical exterior and beautiful marble and ironwork staircases are preserved. 


The rooms are modern and comfortable.



Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Hotel Casa de Madrid – 18th century Madrid reincarnated


Hotel Casa de Madrid is owned by Marta Medina who renovated her own apartment in this 18th century structure to house this lovely little hotel. 


Made to feel like a home away from home, the Hotel Casa de Madrid is near the royal palace and the opera house, the Teatro Real. Staying here enhances one’s imagination for the feel of 18th century Bourbon Madrid.



Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Hotel Ritz Madrid – Hotel built by and fit for a king


The Hotel Ritz Madrid is near the Thyssen Bornemisza and Prado Museums. It was built in 1910 by King Alfonso XIII when he wanted to create the perfect guest space from which to show off his city to distinguished visitors.

Top Attractions in Milan, Italy (I)

Top Attractions in Milan, Italy: Castello Sforzesco – A collection of museums


The actual Sforzesco Castle is for a large part a 19th century reconstruction of the Renaissance building of the Sforza family. The Sforza Castle houses several municipal museums (one fee) the most interesting of which are to be found in the so-called Ducal Courtyard.


At present, the Castle is a quadrilateral divided in three parts: the first half is taken up by the Piazza delle Armi, with its landmark, the central (19th century) Filarete tower facing the city and with two cylindrical towers on each side.


Top Attractions in Milan, Italy: Castello Sforzesco – A collection of museums


The back half of the quadrilateral is covered by the Rocchetta (left) and the Corte Ducale (right). The Rocchetta has an inner courtyard and a square tower.


The Ducal Courtyard encloses the Palazzo Ducale and the Portico dell'Elefante. On the ground floor of the Palazzo Ducale you'll find the Sala delle Asse decorated with paintings originally designed by Leonardo da Vinci. In the rest of the building you'll find Michelangelo's last sculpture, the Rondanini Pietà and Mantegna's Trivulzio Madonna. The museum website gives a precise floor plans with clickable rooms.


Top Attractions in Milan, Italy: Castello Sforzesco – A collection of museums


On the first floor of the Rocchetta (reachable via the Palazzo Ducale museum) is the Sala del Tesoro (Treasury room), which contains the beautiful tapestries of the 12 months by Bramantino.


Leaving the Castle at the back (western) side, you enter the very pleasant Sempione park.


Top Attractions in Milan, Italy: Castello Sforzesco – A collection of museums


If you have the MilanoCard you may want to go to the Bar Castello opposite at the Piazza Castello for 10% discount on your lunch.

Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy (I)

Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: AC Hotel Santo Mauro – Swank, expensive and graced by David Beckwity


The neoclassical Santo Mauro Hotel, near the Paseo de la Castellana, was a 19th century French Palace. It then housed the Canadian Embassy before being converted into a hotel. 


David Beckwith made this hotel home for six months. Its location is in a swank residential part of town. 


The Duque de Santo Mauro's 19th century library is now the dining room and his ballrooms are now conference rooms.



Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Antigua Posada del Pez Hotel – Modern era enlightenment with chic modern


The Antigua Posada del Pez Hotel is in the heart of downtown Madrid and is among the buildings of the 18th and 19th century that line the boulevards of Madrid’s main avenues, such as Gran Via. 


Though the building is historic, the interior is modern and aims for comfort and simplicity.



Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Best Western Atlantico Madrid – French Belle Epoque on the grand Via


The Atlantico Madrid is in a French-styled Belle Époque building from 1921. It was part of the enthusiastic mood of the early 20th century Gran Vía, adding its elegance and grandeur to the long line of buildings beautifying the boulevard.


The rooms are spacious, comfortable, and uphold the global standard set for Best Western hotels. The location is central.



Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Chueca Pension – Clean, comfy and in the heart of happening Madrid


This pension, less than one block away from the colorful Plaza de Chueca, is basic, clean, and moderately priced. 


It is in a typical 100-year old Madrileño building in a residential area in this artsy Belle Époque neighborhood, a stone's throw from the Gran Vía.


It's also a great place to stay if you are on a budget but still want a clean, convenient, and well-run accommodation. 


Staying in Chueca neighborhood also offers a more local perspective of the artsy-edgy side of Madrid, especially if you grab a front-row seat and drink at one of the outdoor cafe tables on the Plaza de Chueca.