hotel suggestions for Italy***

Aug 29th, 2001, 05:58 PM
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I stayed at Hotel Casci in Florence this summer and second the opinion! It is Very clean, comfortable, centrally located and good value!! While I was using their free e-mail in the lobby, I overheard Paolo talking to people wanting to book their hotel and he was turning them away (apparently I was one of the lucky ones to get a booking) but he was able to help them with accomodations at other hotels in the vicinity. They belong to an association of family run hotels and I think they try to help each other out with this type of thing. I'd go ahead and contact them on the off chance they have room and if they don't, ask him for any suggestions. I have the feeling that they truly care about their reputation and wouldn't steer you to an unsatisfactory place. Good Luck! (p.s. Hotel Canada in Rome is very nice!! good location not far from the Termini, very quiet, a Best Western, Big rooms, nice - and large - bathrooms, very nice staff and breakfast buffet.
Aug 29th, 2001, 10:18 PM
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Hi Patricia,
We stayed at a wonderful place outside of Florence that I'd highly recommend--Hotel Villa Belvedere. (te. 222-501, fax 223-163). The setting was gorgeous, the room large and clean, the owner and staff were wonderful and so helpful, the garden beautiful, and Ben, the resisdent Saint Bernard, truly an added plus (if you're a doglover as we are.) Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Best wishes, Paula
Aug 31st, 2001, 09:07 PM
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Thank you to everyone who contributed to this thread. I greatly appreciate all the responses that were truly meant to be helpful. (I even can appreciate the ones that were not meant to be). I just feel that it is silly to try to control what anyone asks or says, so I just don't let the intimidation get to me.

And besides, I think we can all learn from each other, and yes, even xxx has said something that rings true. I should probably read more postings here.

Thanks for all the postings and great ideas. Over the next few days I will be taking more time to look into each of the suggestions. I'm sorry I haven't had time to do so before now. Hotel Casci sounds like a true gem. So thanks to all the Hotel Casci advocates! Diane, especially, thanks for the support. I don't want to leave anyone out because I truly appreciate everyone's input. Thanks to all and I will not prove xxx to be correct by not showing consideration for other people's time. I will look much into each of your suggestions.

Once again a million thanks!
Sep 1st, 2001, 08:32 AM
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Hello Patricia,

In Florence,we stayed at the Loggiato de Servetti the first time and it was wonderful but a bit pricey. Last year we stayed at the Hotel Splendor which was by the Accademia (a nice quiet area within walking distance to all). Lovely rooms, very friendly and accomodating staff, especially the padre of the hotel. The bathroom was small, but they have a wonderful outdoor terrace and lovely rooms facing the gardens. My brother is also staying at the Casci this year, but don't have any personal info except for the guidebook recommendations. Torre Guelfa and Hotel Belletini(which always seems to be booked) are other choices that many people recommend (check rant and raves). In Rome we stayed at the Smeraldo-reasonable, great area-Campo de Fiori) but ask for a renovated room-it makes a difference. The staff was a bit indifferent and the room was a bit noisy. Again, ask for a room in the rear off the street that is renovated. The Teatro Pompei(spelling?)more expensive in the same area is suppose to be nice also.

Sep 3rd, 2001, 03:59 AM
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Hotel Ginori--I've never stayed there but used to know the former owner and have been inside. Nice, clean little place, good location--very modern and full of light.

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