I get requests all the time for hotel recommendations. I think it’s because I am obsessive about researching and try to stay at the best locations available, but I also heavily consider price, style, and location. Usually the most expensive places are not the best or most authentic, and what I’m looking for in a hotel is comfort, cleanliness and a bit of cultural immersion. I also care a lot about size – intimate boutique hotels with fewer rooms are often the key to a great visit. While I’m particular to good design, everything from the price, to the color of the bedspread goes into mind as I spend hours on the internet, combing over photos in order to find just the right hotel.
When Jon and I traveled to Italy at the end of the summer, it was clear we were late to the game. Most hotels were all booked up (it was August in Italy after all) and I had to really do my homework to find something I would be happy with. Lucky for us, we hit a home run! Every hotel was better than expected, more attractive than in pictures, and had wonderful amenities. While it wasn’t exactly an accident, it’s always a good sign when I don’t want to leave.
Here are three hotels I’d highly recommend on your next trip to Italy:
Daydreaming on the Italian Riviera
Hotel Helvetia – Not far from Portofino, the Hotel Helvetia is nestled into a sleep bay in the small village of Sestri Levante. Tidy, Riviera-style rooms a step from the beach will leave you feeling like you’re in an Italian dream. With a super friendly staff, views to write home about, and a spectacular pool, it’s definitely worth a stay!
More info on Trip Advisor here.
Views of Tuscany
Hotel Le Fontanelle – The priciest of the three, Fontanelle is a heavenly oasis atop the Tuscan hills. Enjoyed by honeymooners for special occasions, I felt so lucky to sit by the pool for large swaths of time enjoying the setting and noshing on treats. A short drive from Siena, it was remote enough to unwind, but never far from fantastic food. I will be doing my best to get back here as soon as I can!
More pictures and reviews here.
Fine Living in Rome
Villa Spalletti Trivelli – I shared some details about the Villa in this post, but I can’t say enough about how wonderful our stay was. The private mansion was converted into 12 rooms – each with a spectacular bathroom and curated antiques. I think I was most delighted by this hotel – the pictures online do not do it justice and the staff was incredible. I’m hoping next time to take advantage of their Turkish Bath! Visit their site here.
And so, if you find yourself planning a holiday under the Tuscan sun or elsewhere in Italy, be sure to think of my suggestions – I promise you wont be disappointed!
Have you stayed in an awesome Italian hotel? Add your favorite spot to the list, in the comments below!
All images are from each hotel’s website.