Our Italy Hotels

Jul 10th, 2008, 12:46 PM
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Our Italy Hotels

Here are some quick notes on places we (40 y o couple) stayed on our recent trip. Man, was it hot!

Let me know if you have any specific questions ... prego

Venice Hotel

AWESOME central location right on the Grand Canal for a good (relative) price. Easy vapparetto to the Rialto Stop but you need to climb the bridge with your luggage so be warned. Very nice staff, OK but nothing special room (didn't splurge on canal view) but that's allright cause the room is just for sleeping. Good breakfast.

Lake Garda Hotel

The best value for money of all the places. Sort of a resort spa / business hotel that we got a great ($100/night) rate. Sleepy but fun town obviously off season. Professional but not overly friendly staff. Easily the BEST breakfast of the trip & I'm not a breakfast junkie. Room was very nice but the water in the bathroom smelled of over-chlorination.

Lake Maggiore Hotel
Tel. 0039.0323.31043

My girlfriend's favorite place. Cute little (budget) boutique hotel in a great little tourist (but not touristy) town. Better than Como, Lugano or Garda, we thought. Very nice staff, good to have a bar downstairs, they have a few parking spaces but it can be hard to find them. Right on the square -- easy walking to everything. Missed breakfast this day.

Asti Hotel
Castello di Villa

Splurged here for my parents' 50th wedding anniversary. Wow, just wow. Forget a villa -- want to say in your own rustic Italian village? Well, here you go.

Chianti Farmhouse
Villa Pecille

This is organized by a California Sonoma Valley woman who caters to Americans obviously. Fantastic place for the entire family to gather and enjoy. AC and Wireless Internet in the bedroom works fabulously, thank you very much. Less than an hours' drive to either Sienna and Florence. I wish I could've stayed another day to explore the local vinyards and village!

Florence Hotel
Hotel Orto De' Medici

Such nice people in such a great location. Nicely apportioned room & it was really nice to stay in the university district, away from the heart of the tourist places & around the corner from the Accademia


Rome Hotel
Hotel Ponte Sisto

Did I mention it was hot? Yikes

It was nice to keep this place to last. Probably more of a business hotel than a vacation one (cause it wasn't cheap) -- althouh it seemed there were lots of American families in June. Nice rooms, another great location, and VERY comfortable lobby/bar/courtyard.

I hope this helps!
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Jul 10th, 2008, 01:34 PM
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Nice trip---thanks for sharing.
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Jul 10th, 2008, 01:39 PM
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Thanks for posting. Good information - sounds like a great trip!
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Jul 10th, 2008, 01:49 PM
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Yes, thank you, Scurry! If you have any inclination, would you let us know some details about what you did and where you ate in and around Asti? We don't read too many reports on Piemonte here..
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Jul 10th, 2008, 02:32 PM
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To be honest, we didn't do much ;-) After a week of a rental car and a different hotel every night, it was really nice to just stay by the pool and eat at the hotel!

We did go to this little town to see their annual festival:

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Jul 10th, 2008, 03:04 PM
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Thanks, scurry! I've bookmarked your Venice and Florence hotels--the Rome is a bit too rich for my blood
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Jul 10th, 2008, 05:13 PM
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If you get off the vaporetto at the San Silvestro stop you don't have to go up and over the Rialto. Just head away from the canal for about a block, turn right to the next street, and turn right again. Much easier.
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Jul 10th, 2008, 09:57 PM
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We attended a wedding (and stayed) at the Castello di Villa (Asti) several years ago. Just a lovely spot.
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