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Jul 26th, 2012, 10:07 AM
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Italian Hotels for a Group

Does anyone have any hotel suggestions in a 3 to 4 star category for a group of approximately 25 seniors (age 55+) going to Rome, Florence, Naples and Amalfi Coast for 2013? ? I'm trying to avoid the American chains in hope of having an Italian experience. And trying to keep the price down by doing this myself. Thanks for any ideas!
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Jul 26th, 2012, 10:33 AM
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Just search the Forum using " Rome hotels" etc for tons of prior posts---several from me.
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Jul 26th, 2012, 10:54 AM
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Rather than saying "3 to 4 stars" it's helpful if you give a specific price range, and state any ammenities you are looking for (needs elevator, central location, etc.) so people can make the most appropriate suggestions.
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Jul 26th, 2012, 11:18 AM
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Are you looking for 25 rooms or for 13 rooms? In any case you'd probably need to be looking for large hotels (chains) as you might not get 13 to 25 rooms in smaller hotels.

Will there be issues if the rooms are not all the same (size, color, tub vs. shower, etc.) as smaller Italian hotels are often created out of existing buildings and many have rooms that are all different from each other.

The only chain hotel I know of in Italy that would also be in America is Best Western but the Italian BWs are not the same as you find in the US. There may be more chain hotels that I'm not aware of since I don't normally stay in large hotels.

Are you in charge of everything on the trip or only the hotels? If you're totally in charge you might want to work with an escorted tour company to see if they can accommodate your needs at a reduced price. Some tour companies give discounts (or free trips) if you have a party of 10 or more. You could apply the discount to the total group price.

Also look at tour company tours on line and see what hotels they use and where the hotels are located. The higher priced tour companies use centrally located hotels which you would want.
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Jul 26th, 2012, 11:53 AM
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Stars in Europe pertain to amenities, not quality. Certain star levels require an elevator or restaurant, etc.

If you want to avoid American chains, you can stay in some convents or convent run hotels. Many can easily accommodate large groups. They range in amenities from bare bones (a bed and a cross) to luxury. This luxury one is right in front of the Vatican.
http://www.palazzocesi.it/

There are some Italian chain hotels and other European chains, but often you find they are outside the tourist areas.
http://www.nh-hotels.com/
http://www.minotel.com/
http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/usa/index.shtml
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Jul 26th, 2012, 01:49 PM
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I was under the impression that Best Westerns in Italy were all privately owned, as they are in France.
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