Things to think about when choosing your hotel

So, you’ve finally decided where to go on holiday and now you have the somewhat epic task of choosing a hotel. For some people, the right hotel can make a holiday and selecting the perfect place can seem like a daunting task – especially if there are a lot of hotels to choose from or if you’re not familiar with the area. There are certainly some things to keep in mind when choosing a hotel for your vacation in Italy and here we give our top tips on what to think when booking.


This has to be the first thing you think about when selecting your hotel. For example, do you want to be in a city-centre location with the hustle and bustle of city life or would you prefer to be in a more remote location? Is there a particular attraction that you would like to be close to, for example the Grand Canal in Venice or the Colosseum in Rome? Having an idea of what you would like to be close to can help our advisors find the best hotel for you.

We also suggest that you consider how important the hotel is to you. For example, if you’re going on a city break to Rome, you may actually spend only a little time in the hotel, meaning that you could perhaps opt for a 3-star hotel in a great location instead of a 4- or 5-star hotel so that you can spend your time sight-seeing.

What star rating is right for you?

One of the first things to think about when selecting your hotel is the star rating. There are a few things that you should keep in mind with regards to this system.

While stars are internationally recognized, what one country regards as 3 star, another country may rate as 4 star and vice versa. This is because there is no international standard that hotels across the world subscribe to. In fact, hotels are either self-assessed, in which case the owners can give themselves as many stars as they feel appropriate, or they are assessed by private companies (as is the case in the UK) or by the government, meaning that the quality that equates to a particular star rating in each country will vary.

In essence, the stars reflect a hotel’s level of service, facilities, rooms, location and price. It’s noteworthy, however, that location plays a major role in the price and rating of a hotel, meaning that a 4-star hotel on the Grand Canal in Venice may actually offer similar services and rooms to a 2- or 3-star hotel in a less popular city or location. While this may seem unfair, you can actually play this to your advantage as if hotel quality is more important to you than location, you can select a luxury hotel outside of the city centre and pay a similar price to a lower quality hotel that is more centrally located!

As a general rule, the star rating follows these guidelines:

1 Star: Basic room options, shared bathroom facilities in some cases and a vending machine near the lobby where meals are self-served.

2 Star: Basic room options, colour tv and an in-house bar/restaurant.

3 Star: Multiple room options, restaurant, gym facilities and conference room/business facilities available.

4 Star: Multiple room/suite options, restaurants and bars on site, business facilities, concierge services, swimming pool, gym and crèche.

5 Star: Luxury accommodation with all of the above facilities and more.


Many of the hotels in Italy have a traditional style, but there are more modern hotels popping up all the time and some hotels are undergoing renovation to modernize their interiors. In addition, some hotels are particularly family friendly, with play areas and sports facilities, while others cater more for adults. Thinking about the type of ambience you would like from your hotel can avoid disappointment and ensure that the hotel offers all the services that you would like.


While most hotels in Italy offer breakfast as standard, you may also like to consider half board, which means that you can enjoy both breakfast and dinner at your hotel. This is a good option if you are staying in a resort or in a remote location but we actually don’t recommend half board if you are staying in a touristic city, such as Venice, Rome or Florence. There are so many wonderful restaurants to enjoy in these cities that it would be a shame to only eat at the hotel! If you are worried about where to eat or you would like to arrange a special meal, you can book a table at a restaurant through us as a part of your package. Alternatively, your hotel may offer you suggestions of popular local restaurants for you to try.

Or perhaps you would prefer self-catering accommodation during your vacation in Italy. This is an especially good option for families and can really help bring down the holiday cost. Some hotels offer self-catering apartments close to the main accommodation, meaning that you can enjoy the hotel’s services as well as the freedom of being able to prepare your own meals.

Choosing the right hotel for your vacation in Italy is a personal choice. By getting to know you and what you want from your holiday, our specialist agents can select hotels that we feel fit your needs. If you are interested in booking a holiday to Italy, contact a member of our friendly team today on (UK) 01223 637331 or (US) 1-347-594-5500. Alternatively, you can complete an online enquiry form and we will get back to you right away!

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