Nice but cheap hotels in Italy
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Asked by: jeanie1234-ga
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18 Mar 2004 11:15 PST
Expires: 17 Apr 2004 12:15 PDT
Question ID: 318033
My husband and I are going to Italy in early June. We have budgeted for hotels at about $100 a day (in Canadian funds). I need help finding hotels/hostels. We are going to Rome, the Amalfi coast(especially would like to stay in Ravello and Postiano) Capri, Venice, The Lakes area, and both Italian Riverias,and Florence. On the Amalfi coast I would like a great view of the ocean, to be high or midway up on the hill and to have a balcony or terrace and if possible,a swimming pool. My idea of Italy is romance, flowers, trellis'overhung with vines, with etc...In Venice I would like a room overlooking a small, pretty canal. And any hotels/hostels, etc, with a view of lakes or ocean, in any place we stay near water. Please help if you can. I find it overwhelming looking at all the sites on the internet. I would like the least expensive but nicest places possible and my biggest concern is the Amalfi coast, Capri and the Riverias. The bare minimum requirement on the Amalfi coast is a great seaview and terrace/balcony. I can pay slightly more on the Amalfi coast but not the amounts that I found on expedia and travelocity,italy online etc. We are also renting a car for going north of Rome so hotels need parking, except of course in Venice. Thanks.
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The best hostel in Ischia
From: thevoiceinmyhead-ga on 11 Apr 2004 15:46 PDT
I strongly recommend this youth hostel, that is slilghtly off for you but the absolutely best accomodation at the most reasonable price. Ischia is the twin island of Capri: as beautiful, maybe a little less international but definetely worth a visit when you are in Capri. Also, if you decide you can base yourself there, this is the best accomodation you can find. I believe the 2 islands are about 30 minutes of boat away and together with the small island of Procida are the three island facing Naples (same departure point for all three from Naples). This hostel belongs to the Hostelling International association (in Italy its division goes under AIG) and, as such, accepts people of any age. You will just need to pay an association fee. Regarding the hostel, this is not the usual rickety, old, dirty place with shared washrooms and dorm rooms for 30 people.. in fact previously it was a hotel, now converted to a hostel. It has the nicest swimming pool (with a profusion of chairs and tanning beds around it) in a garden full of flowers and every room has a stunning view on the sea. They do have double rooms (or so they had last septmber - likely with a bunk bed) but you will have to book ahead as the hostel is quite known and they tend to sell quickly) and for my experience every room has its own washroom. The hostel is on a small hill (all these islands are quite hillious) and to get to the sea and its beach you will have to go down a series of stairs or take the local bus (quite pricy) for a really short ride. The info of the hostel are as follows: ĞIl Gabbianoğ S.S. Forio -Panza 162, 80075 ISCHIA (NAPOLI) Tel. 081 909422 fax 081 909422 e-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Beds: 100 This is their site at AIG(look at the picture!!!): http://www.ostellionline.org/ostello.php?idostello=200 while this is the site of the AIG (can be browsed in english): http://www.ostellionline.org/ Did i forget to mention the amazing price???? Only 16 euros per night for a room with 4 beds or more. I believe 19 euros for double room (to be confirmed with the hostel). On the same note, I strongly suggest you not to go for the AIG only hostel in Venice as this is what you can expect from the most disastrous of the hostels (however, it is likely the cheapest accomodation in the entire Venice) and the same goes for the AIG hostel in Rome (previously a psychiatric hospital... no view at all). In florence instead, if you are ok with giving up the idea of a "room with a view" on the duomo roof, i feel like suggesting this AIG hostel (double room for 20 euros only per person!!!) which is located into a 1600 Villa, slightly off the city center: http://www.ostellionline.org/ostello.php?idostello=180 ĞEuropa Villa Cameratağ Viale Augusto Righi 2/4, 50137 FIRENZE (FIRENZE) Tel. 055 601451 fax 055 610300 e-Mail: email@example.com beds: 322 The villa is amazing but i never actually slept there so I cannot express an opinion on the actual accomodation/washroom. I also have a really good address for a hotel in Pisa (home to the Leaning Tower, recently opened to viewers who want to venture up its leaning steps - do it now because it usually closes after a few years due to safety regulations! the climb has been forbidden for over 20 years!!!). Let me know if that may interest you!
Suggestion on a cheap accomodation in Venice.
From: thevoiceinmyhead-ga on 17 Apr 2004 10:00 PDT
I just found this address and it may be of interest to you. Please notice that I have never been to this particular place, but have just read bout it in a newspaper. It is the forestery of the Valdesian religious community in Venice, located in a 1700 palace not far from San Marco Square. They have 5 double rooms, plus a variety of dorm stlye rooms. According to the magazine, the price for a double room is around 57-75 euros. This is the site (you can browse it in English) of the forestery and it includes all contact information. http://www.diaconiavaldese.org/php/mostraach.php?albergo=venezia&lingua=EN Notice that they do have other foresteries around Italy and some may be of interest to you. On the same article, there is the address for a hostel at Menaggio, on the Como lake in the Lake District. The price is dead cheap (only 13.50 euros per person oer night in dorm style and only 14 per person in family room, both incluiding breakfast) but they do not seem to have double rooms. Maybe you could consider paying for a family room to share in two only. The view seems to be stunning (and Menaggio is definetely one of the most beautiful locations of the Como lake). Here is the address: OStello AIG La Primula, via IV Novembre 106, Menaggio (Como), phone number (as should be dialed from canada): 011 39 0344 32356 One last advice: do not wait any longer to book accomodations. Especially the cheap ones or double rooms in hostels get booked even 6 months ahead. Enjoy your trip!
Re: Nice but cheap hotels in Italy
From: richard-ga on 17 Apr 2004 11:06 PDT
A good comprehensive website where you can view and book hotels in Italy is http://www.venere.it/home/italy.html I've used them with no problems (well, actually our Venice hotel didn't live up to its description and we moved after the first night, but I wouldn't blame venere for that).
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