Best Small Luxury Hotels of the World in Italy

Each year, more than 1,000 independent boutique hotels apply to become a part of the Small Luxury... READ MORE
Each year, more than 1,000 independent boutique hotels apply to become a part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio. However, only 5 percent are invited to join the brand, meaning travelers can expect quality amenities, inviting atmospheres and impeccable accommodations when staying at an SLH-affiliated hotel. What's more, mystery inspectors visit the brand's 500-plus properties annually to ensure that guests are experiencing the highest standards of service and value. This brand markets itself as a champion of hidden treasures, so no two Small Luxury Hotels are alike. However, one consistent perk of the SLH brand is the free-to-join INVITED program. This three-tiered benefits system includes rewards like room upgrades and free breakfast. Most importantly, this brand gives customers options: Its portfolio includes everything from family-friendly historical inns to adults-only resorts with Michelin-starred restaurants. Keep in mind, most of the brand's hotels are located outside of the United States, with numerous outposts in Europe and Asia. You can explore several Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties on our Best Hotels rankings.

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    Hotel Lungarno
    Florence
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1478 reviewsTripAdvisor (1478)
    Free WiFi

    This property overlooking the Arno river in Florence underwent a major renovation in 2017, and travelers could not be more impressed. Offering stunning views of the Ponte Vecchio, Hotel Lungarno features nautical stylings and a living room suspended above the river. The blue, white and leather interiors extend to the accommodations, which boast antique furniture and original artwork. (The hotel features more than 400 pieces of fine art from artists like Picasso and Guidi.) More modern amenities include blackout shades, coffee and tea makers, flat-screen TVs, complimentary loaner iPads and free Wi-Fi access. Upgraded rooms and suites offer more square footage and extra perks like separate sitting areas, minibars and balconies with river vistas. Recent guests described their rooms as beautiful and comfortable. Travelers were also complimentary of the on-site restaurants, especially the Michelin-starred Borgo San Jacopo, which serves contemporary Italian cuisine and houses a wine cellar with 900 labels. For a lighter meal, visitors can dine at the Picteau Lounge Bar, which also offers afternoon tea and views of the river from its terrace. While past guests said the property was stunning and luxurious, they cited the friendly, attentive staff as the highlight of their stays. 

    Florence
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1478 reviewsTripAdvisor (1478)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda
    Gargnano
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3254 reviewsTripAdvisor (3254)
    Free WiFi
    Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda is a 5 star hotel. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 3254 reviews.
    Gargnano
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3254 reviewsTripAdvisor (3254)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Relais San Lorenzo
    Bergamo
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 336 reviewsTripAdvisor (336)
    Free WiFi
    Relais San Lorenzo is a 5 star hotel. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 336 reviews.
    Bergamo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 336 reviewsTripAdvisor (336)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Villa di Piazzano - Residenza d'Epoca
    Cortona
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 862 reviewsTripAdvisor (862)
    Free WiFi
    Villa di Piazzano - Residenza d'Epoca is a 4 star hotel. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 862 reviews.
    Cortona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 862 reviewsTripAdvisor (862)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Miramonti Boutique Hotel
    Avelengo
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1191 reviewsTripAdvisor (1191)
    Free WiFi
    Miramonti Boutique Hotel is a 4 star hotel. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 1191 reviews.
    Avelengo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1191 reviewsTripAdvisor (1191)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Ca' Sagredo Hotel
    Venice
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1325 reviewsTripAdvisor (1325)

    Housed within a 15th-century palace that was later declared a national monument, Ca' Sagredo Hotel is a carefully restored hotel located on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. The property's interior boasts a grand frescoed ballroom, a marble staircase and ornately painted ceilings. L'Alcova Restaurant – the hotel's on-site eatery – has an outdoor terrace along the canal that faces the Rialto Market; here, patrons can take in the scene while dining on fresh, Venetian-style cuisine and sipping on Italian wines. Ca' Sagredo's 42 guest rooms and suites are furnished in a classic Venetian style, with heavy drapes, gilded headboards and deep red accents. Accommodations also include complimentary Wi-Fi access and windows that look out at the city or canal, depending on the type of room you book. Recent guests were in awe of the hotel's "absolutely stunning" decor, the "friendly and very knowledgeable" staff and the "fantastic location" steps from top attractions and a vaporetto (water taxi) stop, though others thought the rooms on the first floor were noisy and recommend booking lodgings on a higher floor.

    Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1325 reviewsTripAdvisor (1325)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    Hotel Villa Athena
    Agrigento
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1951 reviewsTripAdvisor (1951)
    Free WiFi

    Located near the southwestern coast of Sicily, the Hotel Villa Athena is the only five-star hotel within the archeological park occupied by the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Recent guests raved about the property's stunning views and luxurious accommodations. Guest rooms, which were recently renovated, are outfitted with crisp white decor, flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Travelers suggest upgrading to a room or suite with views of the Temple of Concordia for additional space and added amenities, such as terraces and writing desks. When you're not taking in the view from your digs, you can lounge by the pool, indulge in a treatment at the spa or travel a few miles to the coast for beach service in San Leone. Visitors can also participate in a variety of cooking classes led by the villa's chef. If culinary arts aren't your thing, you can still enjoy the fare (and the temple views) at La Terrazza degli Dei, the on-site restaurant, before grabbing a nightcap at the Bar Federico II. And while recent guests will tell you that a stay here will cost you a pretty penny, all agreed the Hotel Villa Athena is worth the splurge.

    Agrigento
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1951 reviewsTripAdvisor (1951)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Punta Tragara (Capri)
    Capri
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 411 reviewsTripAdvisor (411)
    Free WiFi
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    Capri
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 411 reviewsTripAdvisor (411)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Villa Carlotta
    Taormina
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1721 reviewsTripAdvisor (1721)
    Free WiFi
    Hotel Villa Carlotta is a 4 star hotel located at Via Luigi Pirandello 81 in Sicily. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 1721 reviews.
    Taormina
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1721 reviewsTripAdvisor (1721)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Casa Angelina
    Praiano
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 903 reviewsTripAdvisor (903)
    Free WiFi

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    Praiano
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 903 reviewsTripAdvisor (903)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Byron Hotel
    Forte Dei Marmi
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 86 reviewsTripAdvisor (86)
    Free WiFi
    Byron Hotel is a 5 star hotel. It has a 4.0 overall guest rating based on 86 reviews.
    Forte Dei Marmi
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 86 reviewsTripAdvisor (86)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Inn at the Spanish Steps
    Rome
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 84 reviewsTripAdvisor (84)
    Free WiFi

    This small boutique hotel looks out onto – you guessed it – Rome's infamous Spanish Steps. The chic accommodations here include marble bathrooms and free Wi-Fi access, while some rooms and suites include Jacuzzi bathtubs, balconies or terraces, kitchenettes and fireplaces. Keep in mind, some rooms are located in the main inn, while others are situated down the street in a separate building. Previous guests recommend requesting a room with a view of the Spanish Steps, saying the splurge is worth it. A stay here also comes with an afternoon snack buffet and a complimentary breakfast buffet, served daily on the rooftop terrace. There are limited hotel features on-site (no gym, restaurant, spa or pool, for example), but the hotel's location puts visitors among the designer shops in Rome and just a short walk from top attractions like the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona. Travelers also say the concierge is extremely helpful in suggesting dinner options and setting up reservations.

    Rome
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 84 reviewsTripAdvisor (84)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Babuino 181 Luxury Suites
    Rome
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1110 reviewsTripAdvisor (1110)
    Free WiFi
    Rome
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1110 reviewsTripAdvisor (1110)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Splendide Royal Roma
    Rome
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1536 reviewsTripAdvisor (1536)
    Free WiFi
    Rome
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1536 reviewsTripAdvisor (1536)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte
    Viareggio
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1491 reviewsTripAdvisor (1491)
    Free WiFi
    Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte is a 5 star hotel. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 1491 reviews.
    Viareggio
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1491 reviewsTripAdvisor (1491)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi