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Honeymoon trip report - Rome, Siena, Florence Venice

Honeymoon trip report - Rome, Siena, Florence Venice

Sep 2nd, 2003, 05:43 PM
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nbs_mjs - the rates did start higher(not in the $500 price range though), but i didn't start booking until November b/c we were researching other hotesl outside of the Starwood chain before we made our decision (The Inn at the Spanish Steps and MArriot Grand Flora in Rome for example, and Villa Fiesole and the Lungarno properties in Florence.) So long as you don't have to put a deposit down and can cancel w/o penalty, it doesn't hurt to make reservations. At one point we had reservations at 3 different hotels in Rome at the same time. Good luck.
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Sep 2nd, 2003, 06:49 PM
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Wow ! Great trip and even a better report. Sorry it was so darn hot.
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Sep 2nd, 2003, 07:39 PM
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Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write such an interesting and informative report!!!
 
Sep 3rd, 2003, 09:49 AM
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bob - thanks for your compliment - i read your posts all the time and so appreciate that you enjoyed my report.
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Sep 3rd, 2003, 10:44 AM
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What a wonderful report-I was already counting the days (27) but know I'm going to count the hours too!
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Sep 3rd, 2003, 11:05 AM
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GREAT report, jodalahh!!! Very helpful. Any reason why you strictly went with Starwood properties? We're Starwood Preferred Gold members and would do the same as you by hitting all their properties. The one in Venice sounds like it's right up our alley!! Thank again!!

- Michelle
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Sep 3rd, 2003, 11:33 AM
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Nice report. and a great example of the all the options you get in Italy! We had our Honeymoon in N/Central Italy in late June/early July with no formal tours, inexpensive albergos & farmhouses and inns, and affordable meals. And we loved it! About the only thing in common with your trip and ours was that we also rented from Hertz! I found Venice interesting but we wandered and ate and explored and did not find the people any more dressed up than any other larger city (Florence, Milan). Congrats on your marriage! Ciao!
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Sep 12th, 2003, 08:35 AM
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Sep 12th, 2003, 09:52 AM
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Wonderful trip report. Your drive through Tuscany was hysterical. Although you must be very glad that you were brave enough to forge on.
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Sep 13th, 2003, 08:09 PM
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In terms of getting the cheaper rates at the hotel. Did you initially book everything and then keep going back to the website and looking for a lower rate and then re-booking? How many times did you do this? Did anyone get ticked at you for doing this? It seems like a good idea to get costs of lodging down.
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Sep 14th, 2003, 06:35 AM
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thorspecken - that's exactly what i did - it was actually a reommendation from a Starwood reservation agent that we spoke to in December 2002. Venice and Florence i changed twice and Rome i changed once, although at one point we had reservations at 3 hotels simultaneously (Excelsior, St. Regis, and also Marriott Grand Flora, which had been recommended to us, but in the end the Excelsior came in at the best rate.) i probably checked the website on a monthly basis - as the trip got closer, and as the hotels realized that they were going to have inventory, starwood started announcing specials/packages.
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Sep 14th, 2003, 07:01 AM
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Enjoyable trip report. Sounds like you had a wonderful honeymoon.

I just returned from five nights at the Europa and Regina in Venice and agree with your positive remarks. They were wonderful as was Venice in general.

I did find people well dressed there, much more so than in Paris where we also stayed.
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Sep 18th, 2003, 12:51 PM
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Great trip report, but i do have a question, obviously you stayed at the most amaizing hotel possible in Italy in my opinion and I was looking at the properties, but the rates for June are no where next to your rate. Can you help me and tell em where you got these inbelievable rates from.
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Sep 18th, 2003, 06:23 PM
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annette (agrech): as i mentioned in my trip report, all the reservations were made through starwood.com and the rates we finally ended up with were not the rates we originally had. I was told by a starwood reservationist to keep checking the webiste, especially after Jan. 1 b/c that's when they start releasing special packages. Please also keep in mind that July and August are not "prime season" months as much as May and June. Let me know if i can be of any further help.
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Oct 21st, 2003, 01:28 PM
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Dec 15th, 2003, 01:28 AM
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Wow ! I am planning my honeymoon to Italy at the moment and thought I was big into researching. Thanks for the detailed info - great help. When you were in Venice did you check out Hotel Danieli ? I am trying to decide between the Europa Regina and the Hotel Danieli. I like the look of the Regina on the website (& have booked and incredibly expensive room but gauranteed 180 degree canal views )but the Danieli has also been highly recommended by a friend of a friend.
Any thoughts as I want Venice to be really special...
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Jan 15th, 2004, 11:20 AM
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laa:
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. I am so jealous - i wish i could do it all over again. I apologize for not responding sooner to your question, but for my own sanity, I had to take a break from the Fodor's site for a while. We ventured into the Danieli on numerous occasions during our stay in Venice and we liked the Regina much much better. All the Westin properties are stellar in Venice and you won't do wrong with any of them, but the reason we so much preferred the Regina over the Danieli was location/traffic. The Regina is few blocks away from St Marks square while the Danieli is practically on top of it and is not right on the water - meaning that a MAJOR pedestrian thoroughfare goes right in front of the hotel, plus there are street vendors set up all over (sort of like a street fair) between the hotel entrance and the canal. Lastly, vaporetto stops share the dock with the hotel as do many gondoliers. In stark contrast, the Regina has its own private dock and there is no public walkway in front of the hotel - you dock the boat and you're in the lobby. It's a bit quieter and laid back. Hope that helps with your decision!
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Jan 18th, 2004, 03:16 PM
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thanks jodalahh,
I know I am going to have to take the expensive room at Europa Regina (now that I have my heart set on it) even though I have been looking into less expensive hotels (not Danielli I realise as they are on a par). Your posting just eases my mind a little at justifying the expense, so thank you!

Can you (or anyone) tell me recommendations for tour company(s) whilst in Venice, Florence & Rome. We are a couple in our early 30's and looking for something informative but maybe also a little upbeat. Walking tours great as probably will need help walking off the wine & pasta.. Especially wondering about a Florence introduction tour on the first night. I know some include dinner / snacks / drinks etc. Anyone have any experience with these and if so which company ???
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