Chain hotels in Italy

You know the drill: they're styled in that bland, international cookie cutter decor; they've got a set of guaranteed amenities; and their networks are spreading around the globe

Best Western in Venice.
Before you pooh-pooh the idea of chain hotels in Italy, take a look at the primo location of this Best Western-Hotel Cavaletto, overlooking the gondola parking lot of Venice just a few steps off Piazza San Marco.
These are the chain hotels—Hilton, Radisson, Intercontinental, Hyatt Regency, Sofitel, Days Inn...

Wait. That list looks familiar. Yep, we've exported our chain hotels to Europe just like we did our Starbucks and MickeyDs.

With a chain you know exactly what you're going to get ahead of time.

I've always felt that sucks all the fun out of the spirit of travel, but that's just me. Some folks adore the predictability that a chain property offers them.

Major hotel chains in Italy

Partner Best Western Home Best Western ( - the one (happy) exception to that cookie-cutter rule. The chain has followed a different tack in expanding abroad. For the most part, rather than building new hotels to mirror their U.S. ones, BW has merely partnered up with existing hotels all across Europe—and we're talking four-star properties here, often historic ones to boot. So you get all the Best Western amenities you'd expect, and on the plus side the building might be a 17th century palazzo in the heart of the historic center, or some grand hotel edifice from the Belle Époque era of Grand Tourists. Neat.
PartnerAccor Hotels ( - The French company that used to run Red Roof Inns and Motel 6 in the States has a chain hotel for every price range in Italy as well. Starting at the top of the heap they offer Sofitel (, a chain of high-end, often four- and five-star hotels around the world. The Novotel ( brand is Accor's line of four-star hotels a bit more geared toward business travelers. Mercure ( is the mid-range entry for the Accor brand—a bit like a high-end Holiday Inn, with plenty of standardized comforts. Getting down into the bargain basement division, Ibis ( is the Motel 6 of Europe, with Italian branches mostly in Northern Italy (Milan, Verona, Como, Padova, Cremona, Milan-Malpensa) and now northern Florence and suburban Rome.
Partner Book Early and Save up to 20% Off Your Next Stay! InterContinental Hotels ( ) - Another mighty chain of familiar names—with a surprising number of properties in Italy. Italy has many Holiday Inn Hotelsand Holiday Inn Express, as well as several InterContinental Hotels and Resortsand Crowne Plaza Hotels. (So far, none from the company's other brands, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites, and Candlewood Suites).
Cendant Hotels PartnerThe Wyndham Hotel Group ( - Parent company of a gaggle of popular hotel brands in all price ranges— Super 8, Days Inn, Ramada, Howard Johnson, Knights InnWingate Inn, and AmeriHost Inn. And, yes, many hotels in those famed chains are also found in Europe. There are Ramadas in Bologna, Italy and Paris, France; Days Inns in London, England and Belfast, Ireland; and (believe it or not) not one but TWO HoJos on the Mediterranean isle of Malta.
NH Hotels ( - Third-largest European hotel chain; recently took over the popular Italian Jolly chain of standardized 4-star hotels. Around 60 hotels in more than fourty destination across Italy (frequently right across from the train station). Reliable, if not fancy.
Minotel ( - Around a dozen Italy hotels with double rooms starting at €50 to €130.

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Useful Italian
Useful Italian phrases and terms for lodging

English (Inglese) Italian (Italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...a hotel un albergo oon al-BEAR-go
...a B&B un bed-and-breakfast oon bet hand BREK-fust
...a rental room un'affittacamera oon ah-feet-ah-CAH-mair-ra apartment for rent un appartamento oon ah-part-tah-MENT-toh
...a farm stay un agriturismo oon ah-gree-tour-EES-moh
...a hostel un ostello oon oh-STEHL-loh
How much is...? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
a single room una singola OO-nah SEEN-go-la
double room for single use [will often be offered if singles are unavailable] doppia uso singola DOPE-pee-ya OO-so SEEN-go-la
a double room with two beds una doppia con due letti OO-nah DOPE-pee-ya cone DOO-way LET-tee
a double room with one big bed una matrimoniale OO-nah mat-tree-moan-nee-YAAL-lay
triple room una tripla OO-nah TREE-plah
with private bathroom con bagno cone BAHN-yoh
without private bathroom senza bagno [they might say con bagno in comune—"with a communal bath"] SEN-zah BAHN-yoh
for one night per una notte pair OO-nah NOH-tay
for two nights per due notti pair DOO-way NOH-tee
for three nights per tre notti pair tray NOH-tee
Is breakfast included? É incluso la prima colazione? ay in-CLOO-soh lah PREE-mah coal-laht-zee-YOAN-nay
Is there WiFi? C'é WiFi? chay WHY-fy?
May I see the room? Posso vedere la camera? POH-soh veh-DAIR-eh lah CAH-mair-rah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
Is there a cheaper one? C'é una più economica? chay OO-nah pew eh-ko-NO-mee-kah

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