Hotel Flora, Venice, Italy

Hotel Flora offers a convenient place to stay in Venice, Italy. You’ll be only a few minutes (as in 2 minutes) walk from the water bus stop. With hand luggage, it’s easy, so pack light. Then down a narrow alley, you’ll find the door:

DSC_3521A basic room is all you need here. It’s comfortable and well appointed:

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Bathroom was a little small but worked perfectly:

DSC_3518In the lounge on the ground floor, they serve a great breakfast, so go with that option when making your reservation:

RCj1D9qiQ5qKklQ1l%sh8gAnd there’s also this tiny bar, where I had a nice drink and some time to sit and chat:

DSC_3604Very friendly and competent service here. They arranged for a water taxi to take me back to the airport and it was spot on time. This is a good value in Venice. Linger and enjoy.

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Grand Duomo Accommodations, Florence, Italy

Grand Duomo Accommodations is apartment style rentals located across the street from the Grand Duomo, as the name implies. We went for the big room with a view and here’s what we saw in the evening from the bedroom window:

Q8Ua1tBrT%S5Iej2e48p%gOf course, through the other windows you’re looking down at the plaza. It’s worth every penny. The bedroom looks like this:

QNDw%H6fRJW29T4s64rEGgPlenty of space, plenty of light. There’s a sort of kitchen on the wall, behind doors that open easily for meal prep. Check it out:

5yse48nsR6WMm1CC1wTmogI used the little cooktop to make our breakfasts and snacks. The bathroom was large and well appointed:

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Finally, on the top floor is a beautiful lounge area with an equally impressive view. Sorry, this photo doesn’t do it justice. Believe me, for evening drinks or an afternoon chat, go up there and relax:

riB5vi4URT+WPKYDXUlC%QWe drank a few bottles of wine and met some people from Lithuania. Was a great time!

Arpinelli Relais, Rome, Italy

If you’re looking for a place located in the center of Rome, Arpinelli Relais might just work for you. It’s a family house type of accommodation with one floor dedicated to rental rooms with a central dining room. There’s an elevator (lift) to take you up. The rooms are well-appointed:

DSC_3063Comfortable beds, a window for natural light, and storage area for your clothing and luggage:

DSC_3065Bathroom also features everything you need:

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Including very nice toiletries:

DSC_3067Here’s a look at the central dining area:

DSC_3068Which had a little prep area for coffee and such:

DSC_3069Enjoy a very nice stay here and walked to the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, as well as back from the Vatican. Linger if you can!

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Hacienda del Cardenal, Toledo, Spain

During my latest visit to Spain, I returned to Toledo, a stunning place to linger. While there, I stayed at the Hacienda del Cardenal, which is located at the foot of the old town, behind the city walls.

DSC_2904The entrance sits up a few stairs at the rear of an expansive courtyard that is used for weddings and other functions. The restaurant there is good for a light meal or snack, plus some good wine. The rooms were comfortable.

DSC_2902Complete with en suite baths with all the amenities:

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There is parking in a nearby lot for your car. It is an energetic walk up the hill to the Cathedral and other sites, or you can take a taxi or bus. I choose to walk because I need the exercise and enjoy the regular things along the way. In any case, Hacienda del Cardenal is a great value for your stay in Toledo.