With the plethora of hotels (not to mention B&Bs, apartments, and hostels!) in Italy, the process of booking your bed for the night can be more overwhelming than deciding which destinations to visit! Luckily, we’re here to help. Through years of trial and error, we’ve figured out some of the top qualities that seem to make a hotel stay great.
- Location: Where your hotel is doesn’t just determine how convenient it is for you to see all the sights—it also has a big impact on how you experience your destination.
- Room with a view: believe us when we say that nothing will make you feel happier in the morning than waking up to a fantastic view, whether it’s of the sunrise over Barolo or the gorgeous Duomo of Alba. If we can see an historic building or a lively piazza from our window, we go for it, even if it means putting up with a little noise.
- It’s all about the people: If the owners and/or staff are sincere and helpful, greeting you with genuine smiles each morning, you’ll feel, obviously, much more welcome and at ease. And that feeling of belonging helps start your day on the right foot, especially when you’re in a foreign country.
- Is bigger always better? Sure, we’d all love a palatial suite, when we can get one. But often, a tastefully-done, clean, small room will do just as well. It’s not as if you need to find a place for your entire wardrobe and 20 different pairs of shoes… we hope.
- Concierge services: It’s nice to feel like you have someone at your beck and call, but it’s actually not that necessary in Italy. (If you have a simple question, like how to grab a taxi or where to find a train schedule, anyone at the front desk, not just a concierge, could certainly help you).
- Easy Access: This clearly depends on your personal needs. For some, though, having an elevator, a wheelchair-accessible lobby, or a handicapped-equipped shower is non-negotiable.
- Lots of rooms or few? Because we tend to like small places, with their homey atmospheres and friendly staff, we often recommend places with limited rooms. So if you take one of our recommendations, remember: Book as far in advance as possible.
- The big picture: overall value! You want to leave your hotel feeling like what you paid was worth it and you wouldn’t have wanted to stay anywhere else. If you would return to the same area and stay in the same lodging again, then you know you chose the right place!
Credits: Walks of Italy