Budget Travel recently alerted its readers to a new hotel tax in Italy – not for every city, but for some of the major ones. Like many countries around the world, Italy is feeling the economic pinch and is weathering these rough economic times by passing the buck onto tourists. What this means for travelers to Italy is that, in some cities, they can expect to pay between $1-$4 more per person per night than they paid last year at the same time. The majority of cities imposing these new taxes began charging them this spring and summer, but a couple, namely the Sorrento Coast and Capri, will not begin charging them until early next year.
Townhouse Hotels has a new kind of hotel in Milan, Italy – The Town@House Street, which has rooms (PHS – Permanent Hospitality Spaces) and a website and nothing else. No lobby or reception, stairs, corridors, lifts, nothing… Not even keys.
Each PHS is a street-facing shop on Via Goldoni which has been refurbished and converted into a hotel suite complete with bed, bath and kitchenette.
Each PHS has its own access straight in from the street. Instead of keys, you get a 6-digit number along with your booking confirmation, which serves as the access code for the electronic number lock for your PHS suite.
In addition to the fully-equipped kitchenette, other amenities include complimentary wifi, flat-screen TV, audio sound system, your own private phone line, writing desk, in-room safe and hairdryer.
You have a grand choice of 4 color-themed PHS suites – green, orange, yellow and red. Check-ins and any assistance you need will be provided at the Town House 31 Hotel just around the corner from the PHS units.
The Town@House Street Hotel in Milan is a pilot project, conceived by Alessandro Rosso and designed by architect Simone Micheli, which was launched a couple of months back. If it works out well, they plan to expand to over 1000 PHS units – including in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, and Washington.
Photo courtesy Townhouse Hotels
Info: Via Castel Morrone, 7 – 20129 Milano, Italy; 0039 02 91437635; www.townhousestreet.com/
Maison Moschino is located in an 1840 historic building in the old neoclassical railway station on Viale Monte Grappa, in Milan, Italy. Once you step inside, you enter the world of Moschino – a surreal dream of a fashion hotel created by Rossella Jardini and Moschino’s creative team.
The Classic Rooms - The Classic rooms are located on all four floors of the hotel, with each Classic room recreating a dreamlike environment.
You can literally sleep in a ballgown or count the Zzzzzz as you fall asleep. Themes for the Classic rooms include the Little Red Riding Hood room, the Rose room, the Clouds room, the Sweet room and the Dress room.
And we’re just getting warmed up here. See pictures below of a Bed of Roses, a Luxury Storeroom, a surreal lobby with a sheep and a stylish boot literally on the bar. Read More »
This is why it’s not a waste of time to sit around, surfing the internet and wishing you could book your dream vacation in a near or far away land. Because sometimes you actually do find an amazing deal!
Over 200 lucky Sunday night armchair travelers managed to book a one cent weekend at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Venice East-Quarto D’Altino, which admittedly is located a brisk 20 minute train ride outside of Venice. But still in Italy!
Okay, maybe it isn’t the Hotel Danieli on the Piazza San Marco, but did you catch that part about a weekend stay for just one cent? For that price I think most of us would be delighted to take the commuter rail into Venice!
Even though the deal was posted by mistake, the Crowne Plaza is honoring the 1,400 room nights booked while it was up, costing the company about $130k. They will probably make up the difference in the positive publicity!