Vacationist Hotel Deals: Ode to Italy
On the heels of T+L’s love letter to Florence, out now in the annual September Style and Culture issue, Vacationist brings you 18 deals across Italy, from Venice to Sicily, and (almost) everywhere in between. Stay near the art exhibitions of the Palazzo Strozzi, in Florence, steps from the Piazza del Popolo in Rome, or even on quiet Giudecca in Venice, all for up to 70 percent off standard rack rates. Looking for tips on how to plan your trip? Become a fan of Vacationist on Facebook, and visit on Friday at 1 p.m. EST for a live chat with an Italian-born expert, before the deals expire on August 28th.
Hotel Helvetia & Bristol - up to 25% off
The views are the trump card at Florence's Hotel Helvetia & Bristol, where all 67 rooms and suites look onto the Renaissance city. It's also a convenient home base for exploring, as its location, in front of Palazzo Strozzi, provides easy access to the historic core, luxury boutiques, and Michelangelo's masterpieces in the Accademia Gallery. After sightseeing, there's nothing better than a hotel lovingly adorned with the riches of Florentine aesthetic tradition: 17th- and 18th-century inlaid desks and bedside tables, fine laces, silks, and brocades, and travertine and Carrara marble touches in the bathrooms. End the day at the hotel's Hostaria Bibendum bar, which looks onto the city, and even the wariest of travelers will go to sleep feeling like Renaissance royalty. (Sale ends in 12 days.)
The Duke Hotel - up to 29% off
In its previous life as the Residence Palace, this hotel was the gathering spot for the art set, who frequented the Via Veneto when it was the epicenter of the dolce vita. Though plenty has changed, the posh neighborhood, just one stop from the Piazza del Popolo, is still the place for bold-faced names, most notably Sting, Ricky Martin, and the Buena Vista Social Club, who have been known to unpack in the classic hotel after performing at the city's nearby Auditorium. Perhaps they're drawn to the residential sensibility: the 78 rooms and suites are furnished with small tables, desks, and comfortable chaise lounges, while the spacious Polo Lounge features plush tapestries, a roaring fireplace, and an honor bar stocked with the makings of more than 60 different cocktails. (Sale ends in 12 days.)
Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa - up to 69% off
Quiet Giudecca—the only "downtown" Venetian island not connected to the others by bridge—has lately become the center of the exclusive Venice scene. The Bauer opened here in 2006 in a former convent designed by famed Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, and was converted with respect for the space: Venetian terrazzo floors, original open-brickwork walls, and antique furnishings now grace the impeccable interiors. Trelliswork stencils and Murano-glass lanterns add intimacy to the 58 rooms and 21 suites. The best rooms have Canaletto-worthy views of Venice and St. Mark's across the water. (Sale ends in 12 days.)
From top: Courtesy of T+L's photo contest; Hotel Helvetia & Bristol (2); T+L's photo contest.