You have NO idea how many hours I spent looking for “the perfect” hotel/ bed and breakfasts/ apartments/and/ or possibly hostels for us to stay in on this trip. We had 4 cities we were staying in, and 100’s of options for each city= you try to count the hours! And of course those were just the hours I spent, not to mention how many hours Kathy spent too.
First you start with what is a ‘good location’ in each city- central to sights, restaurants, close the metro (obviously not in Venice) or transportation, and of course a safe area. AND, within your budget! UGh! Then you read ALL of the review on EVERY travel sight. Personally I like using Tripadvisor to start the comparisons, and also they usually have a lot of reviews on this site.
So, then I had my short list, and Kathy had hers, and we spent more time looking at looking at each others and explaining why we liked the ones on our lists, then we decided which one to book, email the hotel, and wait for a reply, and confirmation, then FINALLY you can relax about having a place to sleep in that city.
So, when we opened the door to our room, which we paid 70 Euros/night- with a shared bathroom down the hallway we LAUGHED our heads off! It was more of a hallway with beds in it, than a room. THIS is what we spent hours and hours deciding on? YUP! BUT, the BEST part about our room was the VIEW! OMG, was it Wonderful! We were on a canal, and a main route for the gondolas, and we had a very small balcony that we could both stand on (at the same time), have 1 or more glasses of wine and watch the gondolas go by. “OYYYYYY” is what would wake us up each morning, and throughout the day, when we were in our room. As the gondolier came up to the corner they say Oyyyy (in their deep voices), to warn anyone around the corner that they were approaching. It made us giggle at first, but it did not take us long to start playing games by responding with our own Oyyy from inside our room.
We, also soon, became something to look at also, as when the gondoliers would go by, they would tip their hats, say,”Buon Journo”, “Ciao”, and sometimes they would hold their hands on their hearts and wave to us. One even went by several times, and on the last time we saw him that day he held up his cell phone with his phone number on it! It was definitely a good ego rub for us both…
Like any trip, this was a learning experience for us. We were on a budget, as we not only were in Italy to sight see, but also to shop, so we wanted to spend a minimum amount on our rooms. And also unfortunately the week we chose to be in Italy was right before, and during Holy Week, so this room that we paid 70Euros for would go for 35Euros during other times.
We were not unhappy, but were very much looking forward to being in a room with our own toilet and shower by the end of our 3 nights in our hallway room. But, we did get what we asked for: “Una camera con vista” “A room with a view”