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RS best of Italy- irons in hotel question

Hello,
SO EXCITED leaving tomorrow for trip to Italy for RS “best of Italy in 17 days”
Question- do hotels generally have irons and ironing boards? I remember that most 3 star- ish hotels in Italy do NOT but things may have changed in the past 10 years I was there. Using packing cubes and I’m not so hot as a packer, so hate to look too disheveled. I have a little travel iron but hate to bring because it’s a pound plus in weight. If it helps- here are my tour hotels… at this point I really don’t have time to send an email. Wish I would have thought of this earlier! Any help appreciated..
Milan- Hotel Gran Duca du York
Varenna- Hotel Royal Victoria
Castelrotto- Hotel Cavallino D’Oro
Venice- Hotel Serenissima
Florence- Hotel Palazzo dal Borgo
Monterosso- Hotel Villa Steno
Siena- Hotel Chiusarelli
Orvieto- Altarocca Wine Resort
Rome- Hotel Aberdeen
Grazie!
Lisa

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I suggest doing a quick search by Googling each hotel. I just did this for your first hotel in Milan. ( looks excellent by the way). The hotel website didn’t list it under amenities. I then checked the TripAdvisor reviews and filtered for “ ironing board”. First review it brought up said an iron and ironing board were available “ on demand”. Which means you just have to ask at the front desk. That seems a fairly common practice at smaller European hotels.
It took me less than 5 minutes to ferret out that info. So if you have a few minutes you should be able to find out quickly.
Good luck. Have a wonderful trip.

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We did this tour in 2016 and there were no irons or boards. Most recently on Sicily and Southern Italy tours and no, no irons there either. I use a little spray bottle of water and spritz my outfit the night before to hang out the wrinkles. But also I bring no iron clothes.

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@travelling Mom- great suggestion! I’ll do that real quick. Of course-night before takeoff tomorrow - it’s a little hectic around here but I sure do appreciate your advice… I think the idea of asking the front desk for one will work out fine! Thank you, thank you!!
Lisa

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@Luv to Travel
Thanks! I do have a spritz bottle packed. I’m bringing some cotton dressy tshirt type of tops and fear I will look like a mess after unrolling them… thanks for the suggestions!
Lisa

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Not about the Iron BUT we stayed at Hotel Villa Steno in Monterosso and it was fabulous! Our room had a balcony that we really enjoyed and a good breakfast and really nice staff. The walk from the train station to the hotel is beautiful.

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I can’t think of any hotels in Europe where I’ve had an iron in the room. Always have to ask at the front desk, and they usually want it back soon - you can’t keep it for multiple days. So plan to iron everything you want to wear for that stay, then hang things up.

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@travel 4 fun
Agree- I don’t think I’ve had irons In hotel rooms in Italy in the past. Good idea to ask and get one and just quickly iron out the 2 days clothes and return it quickly for another traveler.
Silly question I know- but don’t want to look like a wrinkly mess.

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I use the spritz bottle method, too. Hang the garment the night before, spritz, smooth out. I have not ironed clothes in years - but then I try to select items that do not really need an iron. Best.

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Do NOT bring your iron.

Everyone on the tour is going to be looking at the sites and scenery, not you. After sitting on the bus, anything ironed looks worn anyway. No one is going to notice or care if you do not look like you just left a fashion magazine photo shoot.

Did that tour and never was anywhere I needed 'ironed' clothes.

Great tour

Practice your bocci; we had a 'tournament' at the stop in Orvieto.

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Thank you Joe.
My husband will be quite excited by your response- he plays every summer on Bocce team at a local Italian club. Very cool- hope he gets a chance to do it in Italy!

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Irons? I would never pack one let alone USE one on vacation and I’ve never stayed in a European hotel that had them. For the definitive answer, contact the tour office. They will know for sure.

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Oh my goodness! So sorry for offending you! And yes, I’ve already received that answer. No irons! What a travesty!
Sometimes this website just cracks me up…

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Well, we bring a travel iron, and I won't make any apologies about it. I don't care about anyone else's clothes, but I hate having my clothes look wrinkled at the start of the day, no matter what they look like at the end of the day. This is one area that I think the US hotels have it over the European hotels - always an iron! Actually, that and a full size shower door or curtain, versus that quarter panel glass door in the tub/shower where you are forced to stand right next to the shower head. Who was the genius who came up with that design? Come to think of it, I also don't like those tubs, bathrooms that seem to be part of the bedroom suite and offer no privacy! Gosh, I'm on a roll here....

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Don't feel bad for asking about irons. I was wondering, too. We're going to Italy, after all! This is a very special event for my husband and I, and we want to look nice. We've not packed formally, but won't be slubbing it in tees/sweats.

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Hello,
Just a quick reply to my own post regarding irons in hotel rooms for “best of Italy” tour.
First- for those of you getting ready for your tour, you are going to have the best time!
This trip was truly magical. I’ll post a trip report soon. We had the BEST time!
Trip report coming up soon, but I had a bunch of nice ladies that agreed with my question, so I would like to respond to others that may have the same question…
No irons in the hotels but someone recommended this and I can’t agree enough.. bring a spritz bottle! Something small and you can just refill with water and take your clothes out for the days at that location and give them a spritz with warm water, flatten out the clothes and hang in the the closet with the doors open so it dries. It worked instead of ironing. I did it for my hair too.
I hope you have a great trip!

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A 1/2 oz of fabric softener in your carry on liquid bag goes a long way with a few drops in your spritz bottle. Helps with freshening things up too!

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Thank you for the update Lisa! So happy you had a good time! I'm not an "ironer" but do use the spritz bottle method. Packing now for my BOI that starts the end of next week!