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akvaughn Jun 9th, 2017 01:06 PM

Hotel recommendations: Venice, Florence and Rome
Looking for your favorite hotels in Venice, Florence and/or Rome. Looking for nice hotels (but doesn't have to be 5 star!) that are in good location and give a good feel for the city. Thanks!

Leely2 Jun 9th, 2017 01:33 PM

It's hard to make recommendations without knowing your price range.

Nonetheless, last summer I visited both Rome and Florence, not my first trip to either city. I enjoyed these hotels, both are small and quiet:



I have a couple of lower-cost options in Florence and Rome that I could recommend, but my stays weren't as recent.

janisj Jun 9th, 2017 01:38 PM

>>Looking for nice hotels (but doesn't have to be 5 star!) <<

Which covers most hotels. What is you budget -- a real number?

akvaughn Jun 9th, 2017 01:57 PM

Somewhere around $200/night.

mjs Jun 9th, 2017 02:00 PM

There is a reason we ask for price range as your figure only gets you into 5 star quality somewhere in Southeast Asia.

akvaughn Jun 9th, 2017 02:05 PM

I should add that I'm thinking about traveling off season. Ideally I'd like to go in late September but family weddings have caused me to have to look at mid October or early November.

Jean Jun 9th, 2017 02:32 PM

Hotel Pendini in Florence has a good location for a first, short visit.

If you're still thinking of going late September/early October, don't wait too long to book something in each city. It's one of the most popular times of year to visit. Reserve hotels that you'd be happy with but could cancel without penalty if you found something else you liked better. is a good search site. You can book through the website or directly with the hotels at their websites.

mjs Jun 9th, 2017 02:36 PM

I was being alittle facetious but you must do a little more research on your proposed travel. October is not low season but high season for your destinations in Italy. Prices do start dropping for hotels in November but generally not significantly, if last year is anything to go on, until past early November.

Jean Jun 9th, 2017 02:40 PM

You can include rate parameters in your search on, but, as mjs mentioned, even late October is considered high season for the cities you're contemplating.

With that budget, I reiterate my suggestion to book ASAP.

suze Jun 9th, 2017 02:42 PM

For Venice, I've stayed here twice and thought it was pretty much perfect.

akvaughn Jun 9th, 2017 03:02 PM

I think it's going to have to be early November. I'm thinking the 3-12... anyone have any reason I shouldn't travel then?

Jean Jun 10th, 2017 10:06 AM

I can second suze's recommendation of La Calcina in Venice, but it's not in the most central location. While it gets more sunlight and, to me, feels less 'claustrophobic', a first-timer who's only planning a couple of nights in Venice might feel a bit far from the main sights.

November weather will obviously be colder and possibly wetter, and the sun will set earlier. By the 12th, sunset will be at 4:45p. In Venice, the risk for acqua alta is higher, especially in the days around the full moon on the 4th.

hpeabody Jun 10th, 2017 10:47 AM

In Venice, Ca' dei Dogi

Belinda Jun 10th, 2017 11:15 AM

In Venice Palazzo Barbarigo is perfect. Situated on the GrandCanal there is a wonderful balcony where you can take your breakfast and watch Venice come to life.

It's in the charming San Polo neighborhood and it's easy to walk anywhere. A lovely hotel with caring staff.

janisj Jun 10th, 2017 12:05 PM

>>Palazzo Barbarigo<< - is great - but not near the OP's budget. Their smallest room will run maybe €300 a night.

>>nice hotels (but doesn't have to be 5 star!)<< $200 is about €175 so you can certainly find something decent but it definitely won't be 5 (or 4) star.

As suggested above, I'd plug your dates into and see what you can find.

MFNYC Jun 10th, 2017 06:16 PM

Years ago we stayed in Hotel Flora in Venice. It was moderately priced back then, and very charming. In Florence we stayed in Hotel Casci, which is probably below your budget. It was very basic, but run by a lovely family, in great location.

suze Jul 19th, 2017 02:34 PM

and this one.

Jean Jul 19th, 2017 02:55 PM

No keeping secrets, suze... Spill it!

suze Jul 19th, 2017 02:56 PM

Jean, Only bringing back up the other couple threads by akvaughn, since one of them is being ruined by off-topic bickering.

Summer0407 Jul 20th, 2017 02:34 PM

We stayed st the Hotel Nazionale in Rome and loved it. Very secure and right by Pantheon staff wonderful could walk to many sites and good breakfast

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