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honeymooning in Rome &Venice in April. Please help with hotel choices

honeymooning in Rome &Venice in April. Please help with hotel choices

Old Dec 23rd, 2000, 07:29 AM
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honeymooning in Rome &Venice in April. Please help with hotel choices

We will be hooneymooning in Rome and Venice at the end of April. We have narrowed our choices in Rome to the De La Ville Intercontinental and the Empire palace. In Venice we have been referred to the Metropole and the Star Splendid by our travel agent. Please provide imput on these hotels or others ou recommend.
Old Dec 24th, 2000, 08:23 AM
richard j vicek
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Good morning, Regina
Have stayed at the De La Ville about
three or four times and have been very
satisified with its rooms, and service.
the last two times our rooms had its own
private patio in the back and was very
quiet. It is in a good location on the
via Sistina, just about a quarter block
down from the Trinita di Monte, the top
of the Spanish Steps, Going left and around the corner you are into the area
of the via Veneto with all its shops, ristorantes and hotels... Will send you
a list of tired but true Roman ristorantes should request same.
As far as Venice is concerned have mostly used the 3 star Do Pozzi, however
for the last three or four trips used the Hotel Saturnia (www.hotoelsaturnia.it) Again a very
excellant hotel, also have list of Venice ristorantes should you desire..
Richard of La Grange Park, Il...
Old Dec 24th, 2000, 11:03 AM
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The Metropole has been recommended on this forum--I once copied this comment into my Venice file (you are welcome to look at the whole file if you email me)
"Hotel Metropole on Riva Degli Schiavone. On the Grand canal and not far from Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's), Bridge of Sighs and some very expensive properties like the Hotel Danieli. Magical.
We opened the windows at night and heard an opera next door. It's also the only
place that serves a buffet-style meal in Venice" (1999)
Old Dec 24th, 2000, 01:55 PM
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Richard, thanks for the info. I feel good about booking at the De La Ville after the holidays.

Elaine thanks also.
Old Dec 25th, 2000, 07:41 PM
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De la ville may still be under construction and they are not very open with this truth. Please check very carefully as this will ruin your trip totally by the noise and filth. Also, stay by Spanish Steps. Forget the rest.
Old Jan 3rd, 2001, 06:47 PM
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Stayed at the Intercontinental in Rome in Oct. 1999 and will be staying there again in March 2001. Honeymooned there for three days and then the Danieli in Venice for three days. Both hotels are excellant and very cooperative. The location on both are excellant. I would highly recommend both.
Old Jan 4th, 2001, 01:06 AM
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I stayed at the Del La ville this summer and found it okay. Check out the Intercontinental Website. There are upgradesavailable on line and breakfast to be included. WE emailed reservations directly, and managed to get upgraded rooms and a full American breakfast thrown in. Also check out website called 1800USAHOTELS.com for lowest prices for that hotel- if you can change hotels, go to the Eden.
AS for Florence, we loved the hotel Lungarno. It is in a perfect location, right on the Arno. That would still be my 1st choice. It is a member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World and was written up either in Travel or Leisure or Conde Naste about 8 mont5hs ago. Definitely go there. emailo with any questions
Old Jan 4th, 2001, 03:52 PM
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Whatever you do, do it SOON! I'm going to Venice on May 1 and three months ago all the hotels I wanted were sold out!
Old Jan 5th, 2001, 08:55 AM
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Re: Rome and Venice

I have been to both cities several times....they are among my favorites. Will give you my impressions & opinions. (Generally, I like Intercontinental hotels...but Italy it was different.)

Have stayed at the DeLaVille, Crowne Plaza de Minerva, Hassler, and the Ambassdordi. Of these, I preferred the Crowne Plaza, which was in an old palace behind the Panthenon -- a very 21st century European hotel (certainly a pleasant surprise considering Holiday Inn reputation). Rooms were spacious, elegantly decorated, first class. Location was terrific for walking, sitting outside in the plazas, etc.(near P. Navona).... On the other hand, I found the DeLaVille & Ambassidori were out-dated needing complete rennovation. Although, the Hassler was a little stuffy & old, it's still a classic(1st& 2nd floors recently renovated). I loved it's great rooftop dining terrace & it's in an excellent location at the top of the Spanish Steps, but at doubled the Price.

I stayed in the Danieli...but looked at the Metropole, which had been rennovated in modern chic Italian woods. It look great...but is not "old Venice". I love the Danieli decadent ambiance, plus the luxious feeling of sitting on the terrace having breakfast overlooking all that is happening on the Grand Canal....plus all the services they have available. Two other excellent possiblities, I would consider the Gritti Palace and the Cipriani in Lido.

Have a wonderful trip.

Old Jan 5th, 2001, 09:17 AM
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Have a great time in Italy. I havn'et been to any of the hotels you mentioned and I definitly don't want to recommend the one I stayed in for a honeymooning couple(above a restaurant without a real shower).Just a word of advice on visiting Venice. Don't stay longer than 2 days...not much to do and you will regret not seeing other towns like florence. Have a great time.
Old Jan 5th, 2001, 11:58 AM
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I highly reccomend a trip to the Italian Riviera Cinque Terre.
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