Where to stay in Rome?
If you want luxury, you can choose a five-star hotel in the heart of the historic centre, on or near the exclusive Via del Corso, the street synonymous with Rome’s elegance and glamour, few yards from Trinita’ dei Monti or Spanish Steps, where the most elegant shops are found, and yards from Via Condotti, the exclusive shopping area, close to all monuments and attractions.
Or on Via Vittorio Veneto, one of the world’s most celebrated streets in the world, immortalised by Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita.
with Italian gardens with fountains and ornaments, magnificent ballrooms, free gyms and wellness centres, rooftop sun terraces with swimming pools and stunning views over the city of Rome, and restaurants overlooking Rome’s streets, where meals can be enjoyed al fresco or in refined dining rooms adorned with fine works of art.
Four-star hotels can also be found in Rome’s old city centre, like
Best Western Hotel Spring House,
Hotel Residenza In Farnese,
near Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Campo de’ Fiori, the Basilicas of Santa Maria Maggiore and Santa Prassede, the Opera Theatre, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Barberini, the central train station Termini and the gardens of Villa Borghese.
They also have sun terraces with views over the rooftops of Rome, fitness centres, conference rooms, bars with live piano music, roof gardens looking on Rome’s landmarks.
are in Rome’s historic centre, near many of the major landmarks and Termini Railway Station. Some are on the right bank of Rome’s Tiber River, near the Vatican, St Peter’s Basilica, Sant’Angelo Castle, Sant’Angelo Bridge, the Vatican Museums.
Three-star hotels in Rome are often elegant hotels and even splendid, with many facilities and rooftop terraces with a view.
Budget of Good Quality
Good value hotels are the 4-star
Some of the best central Florence luxury hotels, according to guests’ reviews, are the 4-star
Grand Hotel Adriatico,
Grand Hotel Baglioni,
Grand Hotel Minerva,
Rivoli Boutique Hotel,
Starhotels Michelangelo Florence,
Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio,
Hotel Torre Guelfa Palazzo Acciaiuoli,
Park Palace Hotel.
They are all, except one, in Florence historic centre and near the city’s main rail station Santa Maria Novella, the Arno River, Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), and all major attractions, including the Duomo (Cathedral), the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria, the church of Santa Maria Novella, and the Academy of Fine Arts where the original of Michelangelo’s David can be found.
The exception is Park Palace Hotel, an ancient Florentine villa immersed in its own lovely park and gardens, close to Piazzale Michelangelo, on a hill above Florence, with wonderful views of the city and surrounding countryside.
Most of these hotels have beautiful rooftop gardens or panoramic sun terraces with breathtaking views of Florence buildings and landmarks, and inner gardens.
Some have swimming pools.
Hotel Machiavelli Palace,
are beautiful 3-star hotels in Florence’s historic centre close to the Station Santa Maria Novella and all major Florence attractions.
Of these, Hotel Bretagna is in a spectacular location on the right bank of the River Arno, on Lungarno Corsini.
Budget of Good Quality
Hostel Plus Florence (hostel offering both private rooms and beds in dormitories),
Hotel Medici (2-star),
Hotel Montreal (3-star),
Hotel Bavaria (1-star),
Florence Old Bridge B&B,
Hotel Orcagna (2-star),
Hotel Enza (2-star)
Hotel Toscana (2-star)
are all centrally-located, good-value hotels in Florence.
Aparthotel Forte16 View & SPA,
Family Apartments Signoria,
Relais Piazza Signoria Aparthotel,
Family Apartments Rinascimento Palace
Palazzo Gamba Luxury Apartments
offer holiday apartments of various sizes for different numbers of people in Florence, some with great views.
Canal-side, historic hotels in Venice are the 5-star
Baglioni Hotel Luna – The Leading Hotels of the World,
Bauer Palazzo Hotel,
Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel;
and the 4-star
Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione,
Albergo Cavalletto & Doge Orseolo,
Hotel Savoia & Jolanda,
Hotel Pesaro Palace,
while the 4-star
Hotel Saturnia & International
is near but not on a canal.
Words fail when trying to describe these hotels that belong more to a dream – and not just metaphorically, especially considering the frailty of Venice – than to the world of reality.
Many of them have their own canal water-landing for direct arrivals by motor boat, water taxi and gondolas.
Why not choose a Suite with Lagoon View, which has a spacious terrace overlooking the San Marco Basin and the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore?
They have terraces overlooking one of the most magnificent sights in the world, the Grand Canal, with the spectacular Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute.
They are located near the great landmarks of Venice, whose names are resounding all over the globe. Some of these hotels are set in majestic and beautifully-restored historic palaces.
The Albergo Cavalletto & Doge Orseolo overlooks the gondola station in the Orseolo Basin, just in the heart of Venice.
The 5-star high-luxury Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel is a legendary hotel, Venice’s most famous and prestigious. Its rooftop panoramic restaurant has a terrace affording extraordinary views of the Grand Canal and the lagoon, while from the restaurant’s interior you can have mesmerising views of the Doge’s Palace and the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute. Its rooftop bar offers stunning views of St. Mark’s Basin.
Three Stars and Something More
overlooking a canal;
with a large courtyard and delightful, private inner garden;
Hotel Antico Doge,
magnificent Palace built in the 12th-century which was once home to the Doge Marino Falier, reflected in the waters of the romantic Rio dei Santissimi Apostoli canal, which the hotel overlooks as well as a bridge;
Hotel Olimpia Venice, BW Signature Collection,
overlooking the small canal Rio delle Burchielle;
4-star hotel a stone’s throw (70 metres, literally 1 minute’s walk) from St. Mark’s Square;
authentic 1600s Venetian palazzo overlooking a lovely canal, the Rio di San Salvador;
Hotel Antico Panada,
housed in two historic buildings;
Palazzetto Pisani Grand Canal,
in a superb location overlooking the Grand Canal;
great value 4-star hotel on the Gran Canal which it overlooks;
set in a 17th-century building;
Hotel Violino d’Oro,
18th-century building overlooking the San Moisè Canal: plenty to choose from for a holiday that cannot have any comparison in the whole planet.
Budget of Good Quality
Cheap but charming in Venice:
Hotel Domus Ciliota,
Hotel Da Bruno,
Hotel Belle Epoque,
Hotel Universo & Nord,
on a canal-side location, 3-star
in a 16th century building overlooking one of the main canals of Venice,
Hostel Generator Venice
offering both private rooms and beds in dormitories on the shores of Venice’s Giudecca Island, and 3-star
Hotel Belle Arti
with garden and furnished sun terrace.
The best in Milan:
NH Collection Milano President Hotel,
with view of the Duomo from the hotel, airport shuttle and good fitness centre;
offering celebrity treatment with world-class service and a free 24-hour gym;
Hotel Principe Di Savoia;
Château Monfort – Relais & Châteaux;
Palazzo Matteotti, The Dedica Anthology, Autograph Collection Hotel,
with a unique, superb view of Milan Cathedral and a spa with a heated swimming pool;
The Westin Palace Hotel,
with a red marble façade, a rooftop terrace with city views, a wellness centre and the Westin Workout gym;
Armani Hotel Milano,
in the stylish Quadrilatero della Moda fashion district.
Starhotels Business Palace,
not far from Piazza degli Affari square, home to the Milan Stock Exchange (Borsa Italiana), Italy’s main stock exchange, has a gym with spectacular panoramic city views;
Best Western Plus Hotel Galles,
right next to Lima Metro Station, around the corner from Corso Buenos Aires, Milan’s busiest shopping street (the Oxford Street of Milan), 15 minutes’ walk from Milano Centrale Railway Station, it has rooftop restaurant with splendid views over the city, rooftop sun-bathing terrace, plenty of health and spa facilities, including a gym and an indoor swimming pool;
right in front of Milano Centrale Train Station and opposite the same Metro station;
Rosa Grand Milano – Starhotels Collezione,
around the corner from Piazza Duomo, the heart of Milan, with the Duomo, magnificent Gothic Cathedral of which the hotel offers views;
virtually adjacent to Milano Centrale Rail Station and Metro.
with a garden.
Among the most liked by guests:
Ibis Milano Centro Hotel;
Delle Nazioni Milan Hotel;
Eco-Hotel La Residenza,
eco-friendly, and with a garden;
Ibis Styles Milano Centro Hotel,
right at the corner of Corso Buenos Aires, the main shopping street of Milan, an avenue of stores and boutique shops, Milan at its most elegant and liveliest;
Demidoff Hotel Milano,
a 15-minute walk from Milan Central Station and next to Lima Metro Station, making it easier to travel around the city;
with veranda and garden;
close to Corso Buenos Aires, 200 metres (few minutes’ walk) from Milan Central Railway Station and the Air Terminal, 20 metres (few yards) from the Centrale Metro station (underground) and airport bus terminals.
Budget Hotels of Good Quality
The Best Hotel,
10 minutes’ walk from Milan Central Train Station, it is just round the corner from the Lima Metro Stop and from Corso Buenos Aires, one of the main streets of Milan shopping, and has its own garden;
in the historic centre of Milan, 8 minutes’ walk from the Duomo, around the corner from Cairoli Castello Metro Station;
Esco Hotel Milano,
in the heart of Milan, less than 5 minutes’ walk from Milano Centrale Train Station and Metro, 10-minute walk from Corso Buenos Aires, Milan’s main shopping thoroughfare;
immersed in the green and flowers of its own gardens right in the centre of Milan, a 5-minute walk from Central Station, Lima Metro Stop and the Corso Buenos Aires shopping area, 4 Metro stops from the Duomo.
in the heart of Milan, 10-minute walk from Central Station, a few yards from the popular shopping street of Corso Buenos Aires;
a beautiful hotel in a historic building, less than a 10-minute walk from Porta Romana Metro Station, with air conditioning;
5 minutes’ walk from the pavilions of Fiera Milano City, Milan Fair Exhibition Centre;
in the heart of Milan, near the Corso Buenos Aires shopping area, 10 minutes’ walk from Milan’s central railway station and Metro stop.
Most Popular Four Stars
Hotel Bologna Airport
is a 5-minute drive from Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport and near the A14 motorway, has free private parking and 24-hour airport shuttle available on request;
right opposite Bologna central train station and the airport bus terminal, is a short walk to all main sites of the city centre, and has a free gym;
Executive Suite Hotel,
7-minute walk from the trade fair area, 10-minute drive from the city centre, 1.2 miles from the central train station, has air conditioning;
Best Western Hotel San Donato,
in the very heart of Bologna, few steps from Piazza Maggiore, has rooftop bar and terrace overlooking the famous Due Torri (Two Towers), the city’s main landmark and symbol.
Best Liked, Good Value Three Stars
Hotel Fiera Wellness & Spa,
near the exhibition and convention centre of Bologna, 2 km from the city centre and railway station, accessed by good public transport facilities from the hotel, has free parking, Spa and wellness centre.
near the Parco della Montagnola park, is 5 minutes’ walk from Bologna Central Rail Station and 15 minutes’ walk from Bologna historic centre, has onsite payable car parking, fitness centre and air conditioning.
Nuovo Hotel Del Porto,
a good value hotel in the heart of Bologna, is 10 minutes’ walk from Bologna Centrale Train Station, close to all main attractions, and few steps from Via Indipendenza which is the city’s main shopping street. The hotel has onsite payable car parking and air conditioning.
right in the centre of Bologna, is few steps from Piazza Maggiore, the square which is the heart of the city. Close to the railway station and a short walk to all major sites, the shopping district and the most famous boutiques, the hotel is well connected by public bus to the airport, trade fair and convention centre, and has onsite payable car parking and air conditioning.
Hotel Accademia Bologna,
in Bologna historic centre, near the University and Bologna’s heart and main square Piazza Maggiore, is 10 minutes’ walk from Bologna Centrale Train Station and 2 miles from Bologna Exhibition Centre, has onsite payable car parking and air conditioning.
near the Fiera di Bologna trade fair and convention centre, 10 minutes’ direct bus ride to the city centre, has garden, air conditioning, and a free private car park.
in the city centre, in the heart of the university area, is a short walk to the major attractions in central Bologna.
Hotel Imperial Bologna,
2.5 miles from the historic city centre and Bologna Railway Station, has free parking, a fitness centre and air conditioning.
in the magical heart of Bologna, is close to the railway station and to Piazza Maggiore, among shaded porticos, breath-taking buildings, agile towers, picturesque little streets and alleys, and artisan shops maintaining antique traditions. The hotel offers views of the city’s red rooftops, has air conditioning and provides both rooms and apartments with kitchenettes.
Luxury Five Stars
Grand Hotel Vesuvio is right on Naples seafront, opposite the castle on the sea Castel Dell’Ovo. Located in the historic quarter of Santa Lucia, it has panoramic stunning views of the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, the island of Capri and Castel Dell’Ovo. The hotel has a rooftop garden restaurant with views across the bay, and a Fitness Centre with indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym.
You can choose a room with sea views from the balcony.
Hotel Romeo is in Naples harbour, in the heart of Naples, 10 minutes from the main train station and 30 minutes from the airport.
The hotel is opposite the ferry port for Capri, Ischia and Procida islands.
It has magnificent views over the harbour, the Mount Vesuvius and the island of Capri, and a rooftop outdoor swimming pool overlooking Naples Harbour.
Grand Hotel Parker’s is in the centre of Naples, in the residential Corso Vittorio Emanuele, in an elegant, fashionable area, few minutes’ walk to Napoli’s cultural, artistic and historic attractions.
The hotel, from which you enjoy breathtaking views of the Gulf of Naples, is a short distance from Naples Mergellina Port where daily hydrofoils depart for Capri and Ischia Islands and the beautiful towns of Sorrento, Amalfi and Positano.
Grand Hotel offers very luxurious accommodation and many services, among which a wellness centre with various treatments, spa and gym.
Luxury Four Stars
Some of the best four-star hotels in Naples are Hotel Royal Continental, NH Napoli Ambassador, UNAHOTELS Napoli, Grand Hotel Oriente, Renaissance Naples Hotel Mediterraneo, Ramada Naples, Albergo Palazzo Decumani, BW Signature Collection Hotel Paradiso, Holiday Inn Naples, Hotel Miramare, Grand Hotel Santa Lucia, Suite Esedra.
Some of them, like Hotel Royal Continental, Grand Hotel Santa Lucia and Hotel Miramare, are located on the on the seafront promenade or, like Grand Hotel Oriente and Albergo Palazzo Decumani, near it.
Other hotels, like UNAHOTELS Napoli, Ramada Naples, Suite Esedra and Holiday Inn Naples, are close to Napoli Centrale Railway Station.
BW Signature Collection Hotel Paradiso is on the Posillipo Hill from which it dominates spectacular views across the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, while NH Napoli Ambassador and Renaissance Naples Hotel Mediterraneo are in the historic centre near the Port of Naples.
Many of these 4-star hotels have great views, rooftop sun terraces, swimming pools, gym, air conditioning, free WiFi, restaurant.
Four-Star Boutique Hotels
Hotel Accademia is a truly beautiful boutique hotel in a splendid setting, a historic palazzo in classical style dating back to 1750, where everything speaks of opera and Verona.
Hotel Accademia is in the historic centre of Verona or Citta’ Antica, few yards from the magnificent Medieval church of Santa Maria della Scala, near the square Piazza Brà, a short walk from Juliet’s House with its celebrated balcony, the famous ancient and colourful market of Piazza delle Erbe, the Cathedral and the river Adige.
The hotel is 200 yards from the Arena of Verona, the open-air Roman amphitheatre that is one of the best-preserved ancient structures in the world, whose stones have seen gladiator games, medieval jousts and opera performances. It is in fact the world’s greatest open-air opera theatre.
The hotel’s owners, the Zenatello family, descend from Giovanni Zenatello, famous tenor of the late 1800s, creator of the Verona Opera Festival.
Hotel Maxim is in a quiet residential area 1.2 miles to the historic old town, has payable onsite parking and an underground garage. Well connected by public transport, the hotel has air conditioning and free Wi-fi in the rooms, which can sleep from 1 to 4 people.
Three-Star Boutique Hotels
Hotel Mastino is one of Verona hotels most liked by guests, and is in Verona’s centre a 5-minute walk from the world-famous Arena of Verona, where open air operas are performed. It is an elegant boutique hotel in a historical building; an air of luxury pervades the place. It offers both rooms and self-catering apartments, all air-conditioned. It has Spa and wellness centre.
Hotel Verona , a bestselling boutique, design hotel with stylish contemporary interiors, is in the heart of Verona, in Corso Porta Nuova, the street that goes from Piazzale Porta Nuova and Verona’s central railway station by the same name to Piazza Bra. The Arena of Verona, the city’s first landmark, is few minutes’ walk from the hotel.
Hotel Piccolo is in central Verona, few hundred yards from the central railway station Porta Nuova, 15 minutes’ walk to the historical centre and the heart of Verona, the Arena and Piazza Bra.
The hotel, which is in a very quiet and peaceful area near a garden, has a fitness centre with equipped gym and sauna.
Hotel Trieste is in the centre of Verona, close to the Porta Nuova railway station and the Verona Arena, and near all major landmarks of the city. Rooms have air conditioning.