Hotels in Italy
Whatever your style and travel budget, you will find hotels in Italy that suit your needs—from exclusive beach resorts to modest bed & breakfasts. Italians are famous for their hospitality and visitors will feel welcome whether traveling alone, as a couple or with children. (Italians love bambini!) There are many famous and historic Italy hotels, which have hosted celebrities, royalty, fashion designers and famous artists and writers. Visitors who want to stay in hotels in Italy that have a storied past should try the Hassler in Rome, where Grace Kelly honeymooned, or the Gritti Palace in Venice, a favorite of Peggy Guggenheim, Elizabeth Taylor, and Ernest Hemingway. (Hemingway notoriously played a midnight game of baseball in the lobby.) Travelers looking for more rustic charm can rent a trulli beach bungalow in Puglia or stay in a 17th-century convent like the Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel on the Amalfi Coast. For a complete list of the best hotels in Italy see the Travel + Leisure list below.
Perhaps no other place in Milan makes guests feel more at home than Forestiera Monforte in the fashion district of Piazza San Babila. Situated over the owner’s pharmacy, the two rooms and one suite feel more like a well-to-do friend’s apartment than a bed and breakfast.
In the serene Accademia neighborhood, just beyond the Campo San Stefano, the 26-room Palazzina Grassi has a superb collection of Modernist glass from Murano masters in a sparkling space designed by Philippe Starck. The mahogany-paneled restaurant, where a collection of rare glass objets d’art is
This three-room B&B in a 19th-century villa is furnished with antique wooden chests and paintings.
This affordable guesthouse—opened in 2005 as a Florentine outpost of successful Roman experiment in a new kind of Italian lodging—features 13 themed accommodations in a prime location near Santa Maria Novella church.
Former convent dating from the 15th century with a lovely courtyard, located on the exclusive Via Gesù, not far from the city's best shopping, on Via Montenapoleone.
The hippest of the four Ferragamo-owned Florentine hotels, the Continentale also has an unbeatable location—right over the Ponte Vecchio, a bridge over the Arno lined by teensy medieval shops.
Former monastery dating to the 1700's on the private, 16-acre San Clemente Island, with spacious rooms and amenities including a pool, tennis, a 3-hole golf course, and a spa.
On the grounds of the 800-year-old estate you'll find Etruscan ruins dating to 600 B.C., a 12th-century fortress, a Gothic chapel, and an amazing Lorenzetti fresco in the Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo. But the real focus is the food and wine, of course.
This 20-room townhouse hotel overlooking the precision Renaissance façade of Santa Maria Novella offers attentive, personal service in intimate, contemporary surroundings. And with a staff to guest ratio of 1:2, it puts a premium on service.
The oldest inn in the city, in a rambling, ocher-washed 15th-century palazzo off lively Campo dei Fiori, is as authentically Roman a place to stay as you’ll find in this price range.