Due to the dishonest Continental advertising of the sale fare (as you can see, I have still not let that go), I am now arriving a day earlier and leaving a day later. This along with uncertainty about hotels is making me think twice about my current itinerary. This is not new for me. I end up making changes to my itinerary just about every trip.
With my current itinerary, I will now be spending 5 nights in Arezzo instead of 4 nights before heading to Lucca. The B&B in Lucca is not available the day before my reservation so moving everything up a night to give me 2 extra nights at the end of my stay is out.
I did think again about spending the first couple of nights in Rome, but I am pretty much useless from jet lag the first two days and Rome would probably not be the greatest place to be wandering around in a daze.
I still have not settled on a room in Arezzo but am looking at two possibilities - Hotel Continentale and Hotel Patio.
Hotel Continentale (3 stars) does not have non-smoking rooms but does have some ok reviews. It is a business type hotel. I found only one Slow Travel review for Hotel Continentale (the only review for all of Arezzo) with comments such as “clean, comfortable, functional”, and “decor in the room was bland, functional and inoffensive”. The few reviews on Trip Advisor for Hotel Continentale are pretty bad. I realize though that there are often fake reviews on Trip Advisor and so the reviews are not always reliable. The Venere.com reviews for Hotel Continentale are ok overall with some good/some bad. The main complaints are about noise and the decor. Cleanliness is much more important to me than the decor but nice decor would be pleasant when staying there for a few days. The main thing that worries me about this hotel is that there are no non-smoking rooms available. After my horrible experience at Hotel Cervo, I am very wary of staying in room where smoking is allowed, especially since there are now options at many hotels for non-smoking rooms. Single rooms are not recommended as they are reportedly very small. There are mixed recommendations on whether or not to book the room with breakfast. A double for single use without breakfast on the hotel’s website goes for €86. Honestly, I am not so excited at the moment about staying at this hotel, which probably explains why I have not booked a room yet.
Hotel Patio (4 stars) is a little more expensive but does give a 10% discount when booking more than 3 nights and does have non-smoking rooms. This hotel is a small hotel and appears much more charming. I just found this hotel this morning. The few reviews on Trip Advisor are positive but again I am not sure if I can trust the reviews. Venere.com does not have any reviews. The strange thing about this hotel is that some sites only mention double rooms, double rooms for single use, and suites. Venere.com gives a rate of Double Deluxe Use Single for € 115. When I wrote to the hotel, they quoted me with a rate of Single room for € 110.00 and Double room single use for € 130.00 with a 10% discount on either room if staying more than 3 nights.
I wrote back inquiring about the size of the single room and the confusion with the price quotes. It is the middle of the night now, so I probably won’t hear back until morning.
After seeing Anne’s recent photos of Florence, I thought for a few hours this morning about staying in Florence and doing a daytrip to Arezzo. I found a good B&B that has wonderful reviews with rooms available, but it was € 130 per night, not what I was hoping to pay. I also am not sure if I want to be wandering around in a daze the first couple of days during my jet lag in Florence.
And now, just as I am writing this, Orvieto popped into my head as yet another idea. I was planning a daytrip to Orvieto from Arezzo, but maybe I should look into staying in Orvieto instead and doing a daytrip to Arezzo. Why oh why do I do this to myself every year when planning my trip?
I am also not having great luck so far with Stresa hotels and am wondering if I should change the second half of my itinerary a little with that extra day at the end of my trip. Big baseball game on TV though so I will write about the second half of my trip in another post.