In this post, my Dad describes his stay at three of the hotels he stayed at whilst he was in Italy.
In an earlier article, we described the amazing hospitality at Hotel Picchio in Orvieto.
We subsequently stayed at three more hotels on our Italian journey.
While these three hotels were all very different, each was delightful in its own way.
Arezzo – Quirky but just lovely
Here we stayed at the Vogue Hotel. We chose this hotel for its proximity to the railway station, as well as being near the centre of the town. The entrance is just single shop width, but the hotel opens out behind and above the adjoining shops.
None of the rooms are numbered, but they are named after famous artists. Our friends scored Michelangelo, while we were in Raffaello. The rooms are huge and well furnished, even if a little unusual in some respects! The amazing ceiling in Raffaello is just one example, while the rain shower with massage jets was most enjoyable, except when the alarm cord was accidentally activated!
With only 26 rooms, it was not long before the staff (at reception and breakfast) were treating us like old friends. When we returned after our days of sightseeing, it was no trouble for them to provide us with a cup of tea, even when there were repairs underway in the lounge.
We were rather sad when we had to leave and walk to the station for our train to Firenze.
Firenze – location, Location, Location!
Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio is a larger hotel, which seems to cater to some groups.
Again our choice was made on the basis of location – the hotel is immediately adjacent to the Ponte Vecchio.
After a short taxi ride from the train station, we were given our requested “rooms with a view” on the fourth floor.
Even better, was the view from the panoramic terrace on the sixth floor, where breakfast is served, and where we could have quiet pre-dinner drinks on each night of our stay. This is such a pleasant spot away from the hustle and bustle of the streets below.
Como – Location, plus a touch of Luxury
In Como, our choice was naturally based on views of the lake, and again we were not disappointed.
The Palace Hotel is a grand mansion built in the 19thcentury as Palazzo Plinius. While the rooms were not over large, they were very comfortable and well furnished.
It was not hard to imagine oneself as being among the 19th century elite, although some of the cars in the carpark provided very expensive evidence of being in the 21stcentury.
As well as being opposite the lake, the hotel was just a few minutes walk from the main square and one of Como’s two railway stations. For us, it was a five minute taxi ride from the main station, when we arrived from Firenze (via Milano), and from where we left for Switzerland.
Hardly “A Month by the Lake”, but a very pleasant base from which to get an experience of this celebrated part of Italy.