Hotels in Florence and Rome

Dec 6th, 2005, 02:57 PM
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Hotels in Florence and Rome

Hi there, I'm new to Fodorite board. Can anyone recommend great places to stay (centrally located) in Rome and Florence. My husband and I are traveling with our 11 y.o. daughter this April. We like 4ish star places, Rick Steve's is not our cup of tea, however like many, we don't want to spend a fortune on our lodging. Thanks so much, in advance, for your suggestions....p.s. restaurant recommendations are also welcomed
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Dec 6th, 2005, 03:02 PM
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Hi F,

>We like 4ish star places,....we don't want to spend a fortune ...<

This does not compute.

I suggest that you try www.venere.com. Choose one or two places and ask for feedback.

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Dec 6th, 2005, 03:04 PM
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Hi...guess what I'm asking what hotels (areas) are centrally located that is walking distance to most of the sights. Thanks again.
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Dec 6th, 2005, 03:14 PM
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I have reserved Hotel Casci in Florence for May. I don't know alot about it, but it is all over Fodors with good reviews and is centrally located and reasonable (E150 I think).
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Dec 6th, 2005, 03:28 PM
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Hi

Welcome to Fodor's. I think you would get a lot more assistance if you stated your budget in euro. Otherwise try the search facility in this forum. I'll take a guess and suggest these two lovelies.

Venice: The Marconi - http://www.hotelmarconi.it

Rome: The Exedra - http://www.boscolohotels.com/hotel.cfm?SectionId=578

Good luck and happy travels.
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Dec 6th, 2005, 03:30 PM
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Oops. I'm very sorry. It's early morning here and I'm half asleep! You're going to Florence not Venice. That's the gong for me!
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Dec 6th, 2005, 03:46 PM
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I have found www.tripadvisor.com to be very reliable as well as www.venere.com as mentioned by Ira. I have not stayed in a 4 star hotel in either city. If it were me, I'd find the highest rated 4 star hotels in each city from tripadvisor and then cross reference them with venere.com where you can see exactly where the hotels are located and get additional reviews. In Rome, the Piaza Navona/Pantheon areas are very central to all the major sights. But regardless of where you stay, plan on walking (a lot), which is half the fun/experience of being in Rome. In Florence, I suspect most of the 4 star hotels will be fairly central. That city is quite a bit smaller than Rome but again, walking is to be expected. Have a great trip!! Dave
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Dec 6th, 2005, 03:48 PM
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In addition to www.venere.com, Roma Click can also be helpful in identifying a hotel -- http://www.romaclick.com
Also, besides this forum, go to “Slow Travel” …. Lots of excellent info on their website about Italy – www.slowtrav.com/italy - and you will also find comments about hotels.

Per Trip Advisor (www.tripadvisor.com), you may want to consider the Stendhal Hotel in Rome. It’s only a couple years old, and there doesn’t appear to be much ‘fodorite’ feedback on the place. It is in a central and good location.

And of course, there are several other threads on this forum seeking hotel suggestions > > >

-- Hotel Help in Italy --
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34681484

-- Hotels in Rome --
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34684604

-- Rome Hotel - Excellent Location --
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34673990
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Dec 6th, 2005, 03:50 PM
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awesome response, thanks everyone
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Dec 6th, 2005, 04:18 PM
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This is the thread I meant to give you, sorry:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34709759
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Dec 6th, 2005, 09:08 PM
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>4ish star hotels<
many people (probably not you) equate "stars" with ambiance, charm,
etc. but that is not what the "stars"
define..it's more of an "inventory" of
available services on site, i.e. en suite baths, restaurant(s), gift shop, lobby with connecting elevators, bar or lounge, swimming pool, you get the picture. Also, in many countries, it is government issued, for all of the above reasons, and incidently for tax purposes. So, a 3 star hotel could be so much more charming and asthetic than the 4 star generic Hilton across the street, with genuine people at your service, instead of corporate robots..
just a thought, not a judgement. I've stayed at both.
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Dec 6th, 2005, 10:37 PM
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We stayed at the Casci in Florence. It was very centrally located, but very basic. Not your typical 4star place. We liked it though because the staff was really friendly, and we didn't spend much time relaxing in our room. Our quad in June 2004 was comfortable (but dorm-like) and 225 euro.

Rome-- we stayed at the Westin Excelsior, which would I think compare to a Ritz Carlton-type of hotel in the US. We stayed free with Starwood points, and it was truly beautiful (almost palacial rooms), with a very good location on the Via Veneto near the Borghese Gardens and Spanish Steps.

BTW, I've also had a lot of luck with tripadvisor hotel reviews.

Have a great trip!
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Dec 7th, 2005, 02:07 AM
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Hi Faisonj. I think you are looking for the same as I am on my next trip to Florence.
Check these Hotels in Florence:

- Pallazo Niccolini al Duomo
- Hotel de la Ville
- J and J Hotel
- Hotel Pierre
- Hotel Anglo American
- Hotel della Signora
- Hotel Aprile

In Rome I have stayed at the Albego del Senato ( which I loved) and at the St. Regis Rome , also wonderful but much more expensive and its location isn't as good as the Del Senato.

Have a nice trip

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Dec 7th, 2005, 08:10 AM
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Here's the link to Teresa's post & feedback re: Florence hotels -
Advice on these Florence hotels please!
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34713638
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Dec 7th, 2005, 08:26 AM
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There are a lot of posts here about where to stay in Rome. Different people like different parts of the city. We've always stayed in the Spanish Steps area, and I can highly recommend the Inn at the Spanish Steps (small, on Via Condotti, with a lovely rooftop restaurant) and the Inghilterra (off Via Condotti, larger than the Inn). Both would I think be 4 star.
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Dec 7th, 2005, 09:22 AM
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I too like the Del Senato in Rome. Wonderfully run hotel, rooftop bar, most excellent location at the Pantheon.

In Florence, my favorite is the Beacci Tornabuoni. Understated elegance, rooftop bar, fantastic staff.

I have to agree though with a previous post - your desire for four-star lodging without spending a fortune doesn't makes sense to me. But, then again, what is a "fortune"?



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Dec 7th, 2005, 09:39 AM
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It's best if you can tell us what your budget is per night and what ammenities you cannot live without. That will help us, help you. As other have suggested, once you get the names of some hotel, go to their website and look up reviews on tripadvisor.com
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Dec 7th, 2005, 09:56 AM
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You probably know this by now but www.venere.com lists hotel by area of the city. So, if you know where you want to stay, it will list all hotels in that area. I've found the reviews on www.tripadvisor.com helpful. I'm not so sure about the reviews on www.venere.com.
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Dec 7th, 2005, 03:01 PM
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Also ... look on the these other threads for more tips with your trip planning.

"Helpful Information: Italy 2" --
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34568596

"Italy: Do I need reservations to tour museums in Venice and Florence?" --
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34532529

"Italy - best websites to research train schedules, ect and best websites to order museum/attraction tickets online?" --http://www.fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?fid=2&tid=34691730

"Curious - what did you love about Florence?" --
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34684483
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