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Recommended accommodations for Venice, the Dolomites, and the Italian Lakes


Argegno (Lake Como)
Albergo Villa Belvedere, Via Milano 8, 22010
This 16-room hotel in an 18th-century villa offers terrific value for money on Lake Como.
And when we say "on" Lake Como, we mean it --the hotel enjoys a beautiful lake-front location. It's not luxurious and the rooms lack some creature comforts such as direct-dial phones. But the lakeside terrace couldn't be more pleasant. Request a lakeview room.
Phone:  03.18.21.116
Fax:  03.18.21.571
Email:  capp.family@tin.it
Web:   utenti.lycos.it/villa_belvedere/
Doubles from:   120EUR includes
breakfast and dinner

Bellagio (Lake Como)
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Via Roma 1, 22021
Significantly less expensive than the Villa d'Este, the Villa Serbelloni is almost in the same league. It's a "Grand Hotel" in every sense of the term -- lavish, luxurious, and with service that wants for nothing. There?s a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, and a beach. Rooms and public areas are beautifully decorated. If you can afford it, pop for a superior room with a view.
Phone:  03.19.50.216
Fax:  03.19.51.529
Email:  inforequest@villaserbelloni.it
Web:   www.villaserbelloni.it/
Doubles from:   250EUR

Hotel du Lac, Piazza Mazzini 32, 22021
The Hotel du Lac is another afforable choice in Bellagio, not far from the ferry dock. This family-owned property has congenial service and offers a variety of day trips and events, such as a barbecue. Most rooms have views, the rooftop bar is a pleasant place for a drink, and the terrace restaurant is good.
Phone:  03.19.50.320
Fax:  03.19.51.624
Email:  dulac@tin.it
Web:   www.bellagiohoteldulac.com/welcome.html
Doubles from:   110EUR

Hotel Florence, Piazza Mazzimi 46, 22021
Tremendous value for money in Bellagio. The property dates from 1720, but most of today?s villa is from the 1880s. It?s been owned by the same family for more than a century, and it?s really a delightful place to stay. Many of the rooms have views of the lake, several have balconies. Meals are served on a lovely terrace and the location near the old part of town is great. There?s an American bar with Sunday night jazz and a good restaurant. Make reservations well in advance and request a room with a balcony.
Phone:  03.19.50.342
Fax:  03.19.51.722
Email:  hotflore@tin.it
Web:   www.hotelflorencebellagio.it
Doubles from:   135EUR

Bressanone (Dolomites)
Hotel Elephant, Via Rio Bianco, 4, 39042
Those who want every amenity will enjoy a stay at the 15th-century Hotel Elephant. The hotel is set in a beautifully landscaped park not far from the center of Bressanone. There are two clay tennis courts, a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, and a fitness center with a gym, sauna, and solarium. Many of the rooms have balconies and the restaurant is quite good.
Phone:  04.72.83.27.50
Fax:  04.72.83.65.79
Email:  info@hotelelephant.com
Web:   www.hotelelephant.com
Doubles from:   140EUR

Castelrotto (Dolomites)
Hotel Cavallino d'Oro, Piazza Kraus, 39040
For 600 years, the Cavallino has anchored the market square of Castelrotto (also known as Kastelruth), one of the most charming villages in the Dolomites. The property was renovated and the restaurant is one of the best in the region. The Tirolean, knotty-pine decor is appealing and the sauna is a great way to work out post-hike kinks. Good value for money.
Phone:  04.71.70.63.37
Fax:  04.71.70.71.72
Email:  cavallino@cavallino.it
Web:   www.cavallino.it
Doubles from:   80EUR

Cernobbio (Lake Como)
Villa d?Este, Via Regina 40, 22012
If you have to ask the price, keep looking. But if money?s no object, Villa d?Este is one of the finest hotels in Italy. The 16th-century villa is unbelievably ornate -- it?s a little like staying at Versailles. Service borders on cloying. And there are half a dozen tennis courts, a couple of pools (one of which floats in the lake). Basically, anything you?ve ever longed for in a hotel, you?ll find here in spades. Be prepared to dress up and drop money freely.
Phone:  03.13.481
Fax:  03.13.48.844
Email:  info@villadeste.it
Web:   www.villadeste.com
Doubles from:   520EUR

Cortina d'Ampezzo (Dolomites)
Hotel Ancora, Corso Italia 62, 32043
This member of the Charming Hotels Chain was voted one of the 21 best hotels in Italy. It's been in operation for 170 years. Rooms and public areas are stylish and attractive -- the outdoor terraces are particularly appealing. Service is first-rate and many of the rooms have balconies. Overall, a very nice place to stay.
Phone:  04.36.32.61
Fax:  04.36.32.65
Email:  info@hotelancoracortina.com
Web:   www.sunrise.it/cortina/alberghi/ancora/index.html
Doubles from:   256EUR

Hotel de la Poste, Piazza Roma 14, 32043
Established as a coaching inn in the 1830s, the Hotel de la Poste has grown through the years and today it's one of the larger resorts in Cortina. Most rooms have views of either the mountains or the town. And the location is convenient for walking to Cortina's shops and restaurants. The hotel has a beautiful dining room and you can have your breakfast on the pretty patio. The bar is one of Cortina's hot places to see and be seen.
Phone:  04.36.42.71
Fax:  04.36.86.84.35
Email:  posta@hotels.cortina.it
Web:   www.hotels.cortina.it/delaposte
Doubles from:   189EUR

Hotel Menardi, 110 Via Majon, 32043
This 200-year old farmhouse is just outside Cortina. It's grown over the years and now accommodates guests in 51 rooms. The grounds are lovely and there's a pretty garden, and several of the rooms have private terraces. The whole place has a Tirolean country house feel and it offers good value for money.
Phone:  04.36.24.00
Fax:  04.36.86.21.83
Email:  info@hotelmenardi.it
Web:   www.sunrise.it/cortina/alberghi/menardi
Doubles from:   90EUR

Isola dei Pescatore (Lake Maggiore)
Hotel Verbano, Via Ugo Ara, 2, 28838
Those who wish to get away from it all will enjoy staying on Isola dei Pescatori in the middle of Lake Maggiore. There?s frequent ferry service, so you can still see the sights, but with just 12 rooms, you?ll feel like you have paradise practically to yourself. The lakefront terrace overlooking Isola Bella is heavenly. And all rooms have lake views and modern bathrooms. Good value for money.
Phone:  03.23.30.408
Fax:  03.23.33.129
Email:  hotelverbano@tin.it
Web:   www.hotelverbano.it
Doubles from:   148EUR

Merano (Dolomites)
Hotel Castel Labers, Via Labers, 25, 39012
This lovely castle hotel would not be out of place in Austria. The castle dates from the 11th century and it offers wonderful views overlooking the Merano valley. It's a good choice for wine lovers, since the hotel is surrounded by vineyards and the red and white wine produced here is served in the hotel restaurant. This is not a luxury property, but it's very comfortable and inviting. And there's a swimming pool.
Phone:  04.73.23.44.84
Fax:  04.73.23.41.46
Web:   www.emmeti.it/Welcome/Trentino/AltoAdige/Merano/Alberghi/Schloss/index.uk.html
Doubles from:   170EUR

Hotel Fragsburg, Via Fragsburger Strasse, 3, 39012
The views overlooking the vineyards of the Merano Valley are a big draw here. The vine-covered terrace and "Liberty" style verandah are wonderful places to dine and service is first rate. There's a beautiful pool. Rooms and public areas are beautifully decorated. And all in all, this is a very pleasant base from which to explore the Dolomites.
Phone:  04.73.24.40.71
Fax:  04.73.24.44.93
Email:  info@fragsburg.com
Web:   www.fragsburg.com
Doubles from:   210EUR

Milan
Antica Locanda dei Mercanti, Via San Tommaso 6, 20121
This lovely 14-room hotel has very stylish rooms decorated in a contemporary style. The nicest ones have small terraces overlooking Milan?s rooftops, and all have luxurious white marble bathrooms. The building dates from the late 19th century, but the hotel opened in 1996. The location is good and dei Mercanti provides very good value for money. A very nice choice for those who don?t want to spend a lot.
Phone:  02.80.54.080
Fax:  02.80.54.090
Email:  locanda@locanda.it
Web:   www.locanda.it
Doubles from:   142EUR

Antica Locanda Solferino, Via Castelfidardo 2, 20121
This eleven-room charmer in the Brera district is popular among celebrities, style mavens, and artistic types. It?s walking distance to La Scala and the rooms are nicely furnished with Daumier etchings and Art Nouveau mouldings. The Solferino has lots of ambience and a vaguely English feel. And with doubles starting at 130 EUR, it?s a good value. Book well in advance.
Phone:  02.65.70.129
Fax:  02.65.71.361
Web:   www.anticalocandasolferino.it/
Doubles from:   130EUR

Four Seasons Hotel Milano, Via Gesu 8, 20121
If money?s not an object -- and you are shoppers -- you?ll do no better than the Four Seasons. Opened in 1993 in a 15th-century monastery, this gorgeous property has frescoes, vaulted ceilings, and a beautiful colonaded courtyard. It?s just off stylish Via Montenapoleone, the guest rooms have every amenity you could ever want, and the restaurant is first rate.
Phone:  02.77.088
Fax:  02.77.08.50.00
Email:  milano@fourseasons.com
Web:   www.fourseasons.com/milan/index.html
Doubles from:   500EUR

Grand Hotel et de Milan, Via Manzoni 29, 20121
Originally opened in 1863 and fully restored in 1993, the Grand Hotel has hosted celebrities, royals, and musicians, including Giuseppe Verdi, Maria Callas, and Caruso. A member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World group, the Grand is two blocks from La Scala and adjacent to the stylish shops of Via Montenapoleone. The luxurious rooms want for nothing and service is first rate.
Phone:  02.72.31.41
Fax:  02.86.46.08.61
Email:  infos@grandhoteletdemilan.it
Web:   www.grandhoteletdemilan.it
Doubles from:   448EUR

Hotel de la Ville, Via Hoepli 6, 20121
Very nicely located convenient to the Duomo, La Scala and Montenapoleone shopping, the Hotel de la Ville is decorated like a stylish English country house. Rooms are beautifully appointed and the baths are especially nice.
Phone:  02.87.91.311
Fax:  02.86.66.09
Email:  delaville@sinahotels.it
Web:   www.sinahotels.com/hotel_ing/hotel/deville/index.htm
Doubles from:   328EUR

Stresa (Lake Maggiore)
Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees, Via Umberto I, 67, 28838
As the name implies, Des Iles Borromees is the grand hotel on Lake Maggiore. It opened in 1863 and it?s been catering to the privileged ever since. The rooms and public rooms are beautifully decorated and the location is good for exploring the Borromean Islands. There are nice views of the islands from many of the rooms. There are two swimming pools, a health club, tennis, and beautiful gardens. Rooms in the newer Residenza wing are less expensive.
Phone:  03.23.93.89.38
Fax:  03.23.32.405
Email:  borromees@borromees.it
Web:   www.borromees.it/index2.html
Doubles from:   277EUR

Venice
American Hotel, Campo San Vio, Dorsoduro 628, 30123
Those who don?t want to spend a fortune will enjoy the American. The 30-room property in the quiet Durosdoro nieghborhood was recently renovated. And several of the rooms have balconies overlooking Canal San Vio. Rooms vary in size and amenities, so be specific when you make reservations. The second-floor terrace is a delightful spot for a drink. And the private dock is a plus.
Phone:  04.15.20.47.33
Fax:  04.15.20.40.48
Email:  reception@hotelamerican.com
Web:   www.hotelamerican.com
Doubles from:   110EUR

Cipriani, Isola della Giudecca 10, 30133
Venice has more than its share of grand hotels -- the Danieli, the Gritti Palace -- but none is in a league with the Cipriani. The hotel, the only property on Giudecca, is reached by private launch from the Cipriani's dock near the Piazza San Marco. Superb in every way, it's an unforgettable experience.
Phone:  041.520.7744
Fax:  041.520.3930
Email:  info@hotelcipriani.it
Web:   cipriani.orient-express.com
Doubles from:   625EUR

Danieli, Riva degli Schiavoni, Castello 4196, 30122
When money?s no object and you want to stay near the Piazza San Marco, it?s a toss up between the Danieli and the Gritti Palace. The newer wings aren?t worth the expense. The 14th-century Palazzo Dandolo is the only place to stay, although the rooms are a bit small for the price. George Sand stayed here with her lover Alfred de Musset, as did Dickens, and Proust. Guests of the hotel can use the Ciga Group?s fitness and recreational facilities across the lagoon on the Lido.
Phone:  04.15.22.64.80
Fax:  04.15.20.02.08
Email:  danieli@luxurycollection.com
Web:   www.starwood.com/luxury/search/hotel_detail.html?propertyID=72
Doubles from:   384EUR

Gritti Palace, Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, San Marco 2467, 30124
Assumedly, Queen Elizabeth can stay wherever she darn well pleases and the Gritti is her address in Venice, as it was for Ernest Hemingway. In a restored 15th-century Doge?s palace, the Gritti is one of the most legendary and luxurious properties in the world. If you have to ask the price, never mind.
Phone:  04.17.94.611
Fax:  04.15.20.09.42
Email:  grittipalace@luxurycollection.com
Web:   www.starwood.com/luxury/search/hotel_detail.html?propertyID=73
Doubles from:   473EUR

Hotel Concordia, Calle Larga, San Marco 367, 30124
Clients who want to be in the heart of the action will enjoy the Concordia, the only hotel overlooking Piazza San Marco. The hotel has been owned by the same family since 1930 and service is very accommodating. The rooms are furnished in the traditional Venetian style but include niceties like mini-bars and safes. Drinks and light meals are available in the lounge overlooking the Piazza. Good value for money.
Phone:  04.15.20.68.66
Fax:  04.15.20.67.75
Email:  info@hotelconcordia.com
Web:   www.hotelconcordia.com/info.html
Doubles from:   190EUR

Hotel Flora, San Marco 2283/A, Via XXII Marzo, 30124
Next to the Contarini Palace, where Shakespeare set Othello, the Hotel Flora was once the home of a School of Venetian Painting. It?s a brief stroll to Piazza San Marco but the garden with its gurgling fountains seems far from the bustle of the city. Rooms -- some of which are smallish -- are decorated with antiques and the hotel has a lovely old world ambience. Decent value for money given the location.
Phone:  04.15.20.58.44
Fax:  04.15.22.82.17
Email:  info@hotelflora.it
Web:   www.hotelflora.it
Doubles from:   130EUR

Hotel Giorgione, Campo SS. Apostoli, Cannaregio 4587, 30131
The nice little property in the Cannaregio neighborhood off Campo dei Santi is a very good value. The rooms are very nicely turned out and there?s a flower-filled courtyard. The tile bathrooms are nice and some rooms have private verandas. Internet and e-mail access for guests are nice surprises.
Phone:  04.15.22.58.10
Fax:  04.15.23.90.92
Email:  info@hotelgiorgione.com
Web:   www.hotelgiorgione.com
Doubles from:   150EUR

Hotel Quattro Fontane, Via Quattro Fontane 16, 30126
Book well in advance to secure a room at this affordable charmer on the Lido. Reached by a 15-minute vaporetto ride, it's a good choice for those who are looking for a little serenity. The surrounding gardens are particularly nice.
Phone:  041.526.0227
Fax:  041.526.0726
Email:  ILAQuattrofontane@ila-chateau.com
Web:   www.ila-chateau.com/quattrof
Doubles from:   200EUR

Locanda Sturion, Calle del Sturion, San Polo 679, 30125
Overlooking the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge, the Sturion dates from the 13th-century. The marble steps and lovely breakfast room are particularly appealing. And prices are reasonable.
Phone:  041.523.6243
Fax:  041.522.8378
Email:  info@locandasturion.com
Web:   www.locandasturion.com/
Doubles from:   120EUR

Londra Palace, Riva degli Schiavoni, Castello 4171, 30122
It is expensive, although not by Venetian standards. But talk about history. Tchaikovsky composed his Fourth Symphony here. The location, on St. Mark's Basin mere steps from the Piazza San Marco, is terrific. And most rooms have views. The hotel is now a member of the Small Luxury Hotels group and was renovated at a cost of $8 million.
Phone:  041.520.0533
Fax:  041.522.5032
Email:  info@hotelondra.it
Web:   www.hotelondra.it
Doubles from:   275EUR

Pensione Accademia, Fondamenta Bollani, Dorsoduro 1058, 30123
Occupying a 17th-century villa in the Dorsoduro district, Accademia is one of the most charming hotels in Venice. Rooms are light and nicely-decorated. The gardens offer a respite from the noise and crowds of the city. And service is cordial. Book light years in advance for high season.
Phone:  041.523.7846
Fax:  041.523.9152
Email:  info@pensioneaccademia.it
Web:   www.pensioneaccademia.it
Doubles from:   130EUR

Romantik Hotel Metropole, Riva degli Schiavoni, 4149, 30122
Vivaldi lived and composed here between 1703 and 1740, and Sigmund Freud was a guest of the first pensione in the building. The location on the lagoon, three minutes from Piazza San Marco, is terrific, and rooms have views of either the lagoon or the pretty garden. Each of the rooms is individually decorated with antiques from the owner?s collection and service is first rate. A very nice place to stay.
Phone:  04.15.20.50.44
Fax:  04.15.22.36.79
Email:  venice@hotelmetropole.com
Web:   www.hotelmetropole.com
Doubles from:   150EUR

Verona
Colomba d'Oro, Via C. Cattaneo 10, 37121
Very near the Arena in a building that started out as a medieval convent, Colomba d'Oro has done a nice job combining old and new. The reception hall features trompe l'oeil frescoes, the rooms are very nicely decorated and outfitted, and the bathrooms are better than the usual. There's a bar and breakfast is served in a room with 16th-century stone walls and arches.
Phone:  04.55.95.300
Fax:  04.55.94.974
Email:  info@colombahotel.com
Web:   www.colombahotel.com
Doubles from:   135EUR

Hotel Gabbia d'Oro, Corso Porta Borsari 4A, 37100
Although Gabbia d'Oro is expensive by Verona standards, it's significantly less than the Baglioni and we find it much more appealing. You just can't beat it for charm and old world ambience. Set in an 18th-century palazzo off Piazza delle Erbe, the decor here is perfect. Stone walls, massive beams, antiques, Persian carpets, and original frescoes combine to create an atmosphere of impeccable style and refinement. Public areas are positively scrumptious, and the roof terrace and "Orangerie" courtyard are heavenly. Service is very cordial, and despite the refinement, the Gabbia d'Oro is not stuffy in any way.
Phone:  04.58.00.30.60
Fax:  04.55.90.293
Email:  info@hotelgabbiadoro.it
Web:   www.hotelgabbiadoro.it
Doubles from:   235EUR

Hotel Torcolo, Vicolo Listone 3, 37121
This simple hotel not far from the Arena provides good value for money in Verona. The owners are most welcoming, the property is spotless, and rooms are individually decorated. A great choice for clients who don't want to spend a lot.
Phone:  04.58.00.75.12
Fax:  04.58.00.40.58
Email:  hoteltorcolo@virgilio.it
Web:   www.hoteltorcolo.it
Doubles from:   60EUR