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Three Pointers for a Stress-Free Hotel Stay in Italy

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The great thing about traveling is that it expands our ideas of how people live and think by giving us surprises at every stop in our itinerary. Since going around and seeing the sights can be tiresome, we expect our The New Hotel “Bed” Tax: Yes in Florence, Not Yet in Venice hotel rooms or lodgings to be relaxing and comfortable. Having good accommodations can provide a much needed respite after a day filled exploration and socializing.

Fair warning though, not all accommodations are made equal and some will not necessarily fit into our own hotel star ratings. This can bring about an unexpected amount of stress, which is the last thing that you would want to haunt you while on vacation. Mismatched power outlets, a varied room orientation and other unfamiliar settings can really disorient a person who’s visiting a country for the first time. Tourists traveling to Italy are no different, especially with the differences in culture and etiquette.

This is why we would like to give you a few pointers on how to maximize your enjoyment when you stay at a hotel in Italy:

  1. Leave America (or your respective country) behind

Businesswoman in a Hotelroom

Of course, this is the first thing you should do as soon as your airplane starts taxiing from the runway. Although your bags are in the compartment, your mind may still be back at home. The key for a pleasant and memorable journey is to always keep your mind open and you’ll be able to roll with the surprises that Italian hotels can bring.

Italian hotels are different from American ones in terms of size and features. Since hotels in Europe are often buildings repurposed to be hotels, room space in an Italian hotel may be smaller than what you’re used to. If you expect cable TV in your hotel, you may be disappointed. What these hotels may lack in amenities, they make up in charm and personality. It’s not hard to see these qualities if you give these establishments a chance.

  1. Study the ratings

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If you want to at least have an idea of what to expect in your hotel stay, look up the ratings for the hotel. Tour Italy Now has a handy guide on Italy’s hotel star ratings which you can read and study. The star ratings of a hotel aren’t volunteered by the administrators of the establishment but mandated and rated by a local tourist board so you can rely on the information. By knowing what the ratings entail, you’ll have a good idea of the sizes of the room space, the presence of particular facilities like elevators and a bar service, how many hours reception operates, and how many times your room is cleaned and your sheets get replaced.

  1. Prepare for surprises

Although the descriptions of the ratings make the hotels sound spare, remember that these are just minimum requirements. Each hotel will give you a different set of experiences and things to enjoy. Some hotels may have tried to meet two star ratings in order to pay less taxes but may actually have three or four star services and amenities. These establishments will indeed give you a pleasant surprise at a more cost-effective price.

Businessman in the luxury hotel

If you leave your pre-conceived ideas of hotels behind, study the ratings, and then keep an open mind, you’ll have a more stress-free experience when staying at a hotel. For a taste of a different kind of adventure, try expanding your lodging options to farm stays, monasteries, or hostels. Italy has a lot to offer weary travelers who are brave enough to turn the knob and open the door.

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By Priscila Siano (265 Posts)

+Priscila Siano is the Marketing Director of Tour Italy Now, an online tour operator specializing in Italy travel. She's a respected expert on making dream Italy vacations a reality for clients.

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