What to expect in Italian hotels?
Facilities in Italy are fewer than travelers usually expect. It’s common for a hotel to offer only breakfast as many of them do not have a restaurant. There are sure to be restaurants close at hand, and this is hardly a drawback in a country where there are excellent restaurants on nearly every street to explore. An advertised bar is often no more than a drinks cabinet where you’ll be served by the receptionist, although big, expensive international hotels sometimes do have ‘proper’ bars, with cocktails and pianists. Don’t expect tea and coffee-making facilities in your room. Since many hotels are historic buildings or crammed into narrow historic town centres, they are unlikely to have smart modern surroundings or extensions.
It’s also worth noting that in a city like Rome, a ‘historic palazzo’ might translate as a nineteenth-century apartment block. The word palazzo usually means any large building, not a palace. Car parking is not automatically available. Many hotels, especially in cities, do not have parking spaces. Check in advance if there is parking, if there is a charge, or if the hotel has an arrangement with a private car park.
Don’t be surprised if the hotel requests your passports as this is a standard procedure, as they have a legal requirement to register all foreign tourists. You should get it back again, promptly. If you’re concerned, ask them to fill in their forms while you wait, or offer them a photocopy instead.
Breakfast in Italian hotels
Breakfast in Italy this is typically a cappuccino and a croissant. Many hotels in Italy offer little more than a few biscuits, a croissant and a hot drink. Some better establishments may offer a buffet with fruit, cereals, cheese and cold ham.
Usually the default option for a two-person bedroom is often twin beds. If you’re booking for two, you should specify if you want twin beds (letti separati) or a double (letto matrimoniale – literally, a marriage bed). It’s only in luxury-class hotels that you’re likely to encounter quality mattresses and high-thread-count sheets.