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Hotel Reccomendations Rome-Florence-CinqueTerre-Nice-Paris

Ok so thats a lot of places in my subject line for only 2 weeks, but we've decided on three nights in Rome, two nights in Florence, two in Cinque Terre (Vernazza), one in Nice, and three in Paris (then staying with friends in London if you notice the math doesn't add up).

We're trying to stay in some more romantic hotels since the trip spans a birthday and is our first real vacation together. Any tips (esp. in Nice it's only one night and its the b-day)? Thinking about Hotel Massena and Hotel Suisse in Nice. We are willing to spend more for balconies, views, etc. Oh and we'll be travelling in early June, so soon!

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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Hi Melissa,
I'm not sure what star rating of the hotel in Florence you were looking for but I stayed at the Paris Hotel (maybe Hotel Paris) and loved it. It was about $100 a night, came with a breakfast buffet (included warm croissants with sugar sprinkled on top that we still talk about today), and was a few blocks from the train station. We had a double room but it also had two full bathrooms which was great for getting ready in the morning. I found the hotel on one of the travel websites. Hopes this helps a little.

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Melissa, we stayed here at Hotel Trastevere in Rome: http://www.hoteltrastevere.net/en/index.html, Our room was 3 levels (it's hard to explain) and had a kitchenette. It was also pretty cheap and included breakfast...
In Florence, we stayed at Hotel Montreal. DON'T stay there. The room was so small it was ridiculous. We didn't have anywhere to put our stuff so you could barely walk around the bed to get to the bathroom. The door actually hit the bed when you opened it!

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We stayed in Vernazza a couple of years ago and loved it. We stayed at a RS recommended hotel, Trattoria Gianni. I requested a "room with a view" and boy did we get it. Lots and lots and even more stairs, but we were above the whole city with a full view of the sea and coast. Very reasonable for the area. I also recommend getting a transportation pass that will include the boat for one day. We walked/trained one direction and took the boat all the way to the other end (Monterroso) and trained back. The town views are great from the sea.

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Wow, thank you all for the advice! Very helpful. We were looking at Trattoria Gianni actually so I hope we can make that happen, and I'll look into Hotel Paris and Hotel Trastevere as well. Thanks again, it's so nice to have recommendations from people who have actually been to these places!

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We stayed at the Nicolas Inn on Via Cavour in Rome a couple of years ago. This was a convenient location (just down the street from the Forum and Colosseum) with a large bath and great hosts, Melissa and Francois. She's originally from the US and was extremely helpful with travel, restaurant, and site suggestions.

In Florence we stayed at the Hotel David primarily for the really good rate and reviews at venere.com. The hotel is across the river from the main tourist sites, but was still convenient with a bus stop just outside the hotel that would drop you off at the Ponte Vecchio (~ a mile away). We felt like we got a taste of the less touristy side of Florence while staying there. Als0, there was a computer with free internet access in the lobby which we used daily.

I'd recommend either of these places.

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I am going to Rome, Florence, Nice, and Paris myself the second week in June. In Rome and Paris I rented apartments. In both cases the apartments were either the same price or cheaper than hotels. For Italy check out www.bbplanet.it they have listings for hotels, B&B's, and apartments for all of Italy. In Florence, stay at a hotel near Ponte Vecchio. It is right on the river and very beautiful sights. In Nice, there are several hotels to choose from that are right near the sea and have balconies. There are plenty of romantic hotels in Paris, but I would suggest staying either near the Eiffel Tower or in the Marais. I hope you have a great time!