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Hotel recommendations - Venice, Florence, Rome

My fiance and I are visiting these three great cities for our honeymoon in late September. We'd like to stay in comfortable hotels, but nothing too pricey. If we can get some places that are located within walking distances of the major sites for under 150 US dollars a night -- that would be great. Does anyone have some good finds?

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I just stayed at the Hotel Mercurio in Venice. Most important is that it is AIR CONDITIONED and very close to all the attractions. It does not have a lift, though. The people who work there are absolutely wonderful and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. The website is

(They also give you a 10 Euro per night deduction if you pay in cash)

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I too will recommend and have often on this site - Hotel Mercurio in Venice. Absolutely wonderful.

Hotel Pendini in Florence is right on the Piazza Republica - and while old is quite serviceable.

Hotel Navona in Rome used to be in RIck's guide books. I'm not sure why it isn't now. It was a fine place!

All three are air conditioned and close to everything.

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as another option, you could consider looking in Rick Steves guidebooks which list his recommended hotels located within walking distances of the major sites, along with rough prices.

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My dh and I will be staying at the Hotel Guiliana in Rome the middle of October. We've never stayed there before so am hopeful it is adequate. It is centrally located near the Termini Station. The cost is 155 euros per night so that would be in your ballpark. When you have chosen one go to TripAdvisor to see what the reviews are for it. Good luck.

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I have not yet stayed at these places (we'll be there in late September as well), but I did quite a bit of research berfore booking on Trip Advisor and on the Rick Steves message boards. These are all very small B&Bs. I think the largest has 12 rooms. All have AC and ensuite bathrooms. Prices are about $150-170 a night with current USD exchange rates.

Arena Guest House
close to the Colesseum
120 euro a night

De'Benci B&B
not far from Santa Croce
110 euro a night

B&B Corte Camapana
60 meters from San Marco Square
125 euro a night

Good luck and enjoy your honeymoon!

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By the way - start contacting hotels/B&Bs about availability ASAP! I recently booked and many of the places I contacted were already full long in advance, even the larger capacity hotels. Consider some flexibility in your itinerary. For instance, I originally planned for Venice after Rome and then Florence, but found it almost impossible to find anything in Venice over a weekend. So I switched to visit Florence first and then Venice to avoid the busy weekend.

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You may have difficulty finding reservations at this point for September but here are my recommendations based on recent experience:

Rome - Hotal Italia
Florence - Hotel Il Bargellino
Venice - Pensione la Calcina

Good luck!