|Subject: Hotels in Florence and Venice|
We just returned from a wonderful visit to (rainy!) Italy. Two suggestions
re: hotels. I looked for 3 star hotels that were well situated, and came up
with a loser and a partial winner. The loser was in Florence: the Hotel
Pendini. It is very run-down, in an extremely noisy location, and can only
be accessed by a rickety, very tiny elevator. Our room had no windows and
brown fake wood walls--very gloomy. Don't even think of staying there unless
you are homeless.
The partial winner was in Venice: the Locanda Sturion. It was in a great location, near the Ponte Rialto, but on a side street, so it was not noisy. The rooms were pretty, the breakfasts were terrific and the public spaces, though small, were tasteful and pleasant. There is, however, one caveat: the Locanda is on the 4th floor of an old palazzo, and it can only be accessed by 4 very steep flights of narrow marble stairs. There is no one to help with luggage, either. So, if you choose to stay here, you will get quite a work-out coming and going, and you'd better travel light!
Regards to all and thanks to all who were so helpful with Italy tips.
Rita in Boston
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