How to Find Accommodations in Italy for Under 100 Euro
Anyone who has been or is planning to go to Italy knows that it can be an expensive country to visit. It is not uncommon for visitors to pay well over 100 euro per night for a room. If you are looking for plush accommodations or a resort, you can easily spend over 200 euro.
In our three trips to Italy, which count for a total of over forty nights of accommodations, we have yet to pay over 100 euro for a room in a single night. In fact, on one of our first trips to Italy in 2009, we averaged only 77 euro per night. Our second trip in 2010 averaged out to 82 euro per night, and our third trip in 2012 averaged 80 euro per night.
Before you tell yourself that these people must be willing to stay just about anywhere, I will assure you that we are, in fact, very picky about where we stay. The place must be clean above all else. If we have even the slightest indication that a place is not clean, we will cross it off of our list. And because we have traveled to Italy in September when there is a chance for it to be quite warm, we generally wind up with a place that has air conditioning. Another criteria that we insist upon is a room with private en-suite bathroom facilities. We do not want to have to share a bathroom with other guests.
How Did We Do It?
Our method is simple but effective, and we have yet to stay at a place where we have had a really bad experience. After deciding on where we are going and when, we start by making a visit to TripAdvisor, the online travel forum. This user-friendly travel website is a great tool for getting travelers honest feedback on accommodations, restaurants, and things to do. The website allows you to use filters to hone your search and we usually use this tool to make a short list of four to five places that look like they fit our criteria and are under 100 Euro.
You want to make sure that in addition to pricing, you are analyzing feedback on important factors such as location, cleanliness, amenities, check in/out times, photos of the place, etc.. TripAdvisor also lets you filter by the type of accommodation that you are looking for, be it a hotel, B&B, or an apartment. We have found that B&B’s, apartments, convents, and agriturismos, are generally more affordable than a hotel or resort. We usually direct our search to this type of accommodation.
Once you have four or five places on your list, it’s time to dig deeper. I normally make a visit to the website of the places to check availability and to confirm that the prices that I saw on TripAdvisor are still accurate. TripAdvisor gives you an average price per night for the place, so often times it will differ from the price you find on their website. To find out if the establishment has rooms available, you are sometimes required to send an e-mail. Some places have an online availability calendar, but I have found that these are not always accurate so it is best to always check with the place.
Once you have confirmed the availability and price, your list will usually shrink down to one or two places that are either not available or are too expensive. You will be left with maybe two or three places to choose from. You can then go to some of the other travel forums such as Fodor’s or Frommer's and do a search on the name of the place you are considering. This is just another source for feedback, and it can help you in making a final decision.
As you get closer to making your selection you should also revisit TripAdvisor. Make sure that you read all of the reviews to ensure that you didn’t miss anything. On occasion, I have contacted some of the folks who have posted reviews to ask further questions. This has proven to be very helpful.
- B&B Review - Bed and Breakfast You and Me, Venice, Italy
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By now it should be pretty clear where you want to stay. All that is left is to reserve the room for the nights you want. When doing this, I always ask a few key questions such as: what do you require to hold the reservation (deposit or not), and what is your cancellation policy (just in case)? I also request a confirmation reply via e-mail just so I have a document to bring with me in case of a problem when checking in. As I usually reserve places well in advance of my trip, I will check in with the place periodically to make sure they still have our reservation. I will certainly reconfirm our reservation a few weeks before we depart for Italy.
All in all, it’s a pretty simple process. There’s nothing magical or complex about it. It comes down to just following a process and knowing what your budget is and what your criteria are for your accommodations.
I hope that these tips will help you on your next trip to Italy or wherever your travels take you. I also hope that you are as successful as we have been in finding great accommodations for less than 100 euro per night.
Ciao for now.
© 2012 Bill De Giulio