As the setting to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, it’s no surprise that Verona is a popular destination for a romantic getaway. Regardless, whether you’re looking to escape into the nearby hills or join in the bustle of the city centre – with a loved one, friends, family or solo – there’s a great hotel waiting for you. Here’s our guide to Verona’s top hotels for a cultural stay in Shakespeare’s favourite romantic city.
Taking inspiration from the real and imagined history of Verona, the Grand Hotel Des Arts delivers a stay immersed in the city’s cultural heritage. The hotel is located in an upscale neighbourhood that blends Verona’s past and present – from nearby designer shops to the Roman amphitheatre. The unison of old and new continues in the hotel itself, where traditional decor and a peaceful inner courtyard meet vibrant modern details and a lounge bar specialising in avant-garde cocktails.
If you enjoy historical architecture when sightseeing but less so when sleeping, ARK Hotel is your perfect Verona stay. Sleek, super contemporary rooms are a lesson in minimalism, and are dressed almost entirely in white with accents of vivid colours. The hotel’s location on the Adige River also gives a sense of light and openness, and breakfasts are delectable in both quantity and quality.
Uncover the real Verona at the Hotel Milano & Spa. Take a city sightseeing tour on that quintessential Italian mode of transport, the Vespa, or discover the gourmet delights of Northern Italy in a cooking class with a local chef – all part of the hotel’s curated experiences. Back inside, modern luxe interiors offer a luxurious respite from the city streets, but the real jewel in the hotel’s crown is the Arena Sky Rooftop Bar and Restaurant – where you can drink and dine with vistas of the ancient Roman arena.
Is there a more famous balcony than the one where Juliet calls for her Romeo? At the Hotel Aurora, you’re just steps away from this famous spot. Eighteen authentically decorated guest rooms look out over the hotel gardens and the terrace offers breakfast with a side of sweeping city views. The Romanesque Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore – where Romeo and Juliet supposedly conducted their secret marriage – is also just outside the hotel door.
Elegant modernity meets Roman opulence at the Hotel Mastino. Located just next to Verona’s Roman arena, guests can rest easy in contemporary rooms and delve into the history of the area with a trip to the Roman-inspired Paradise spa, set just 150m (492ft) from the main hotel building. Regional delicacies are on offer at breakfast, so make sure you have a good meal before you head out to explore Verona.
This modern, comfortable hotel offers practical rooms for all types of guests, and is a great choice for anyone from business travellers to families. A 24-hour bar allows for refreshments on your own time and the hotel comes complete with a secure car park and extensive buffet breakfast. Located next to Verona’s main railway station, the Sole Hotel Verona is an ideal option when combining your visit to Verona with a longer Italian adventure.
Just across from Juliet’s balcony, you will find the 16-suite romantic hotel, Il Sogno di Giulietta. Rooms include beautiful amenities, and feature cream-coloured decor and whirlpool tubs. Additionally, breakfast is served in the privacy of your own room. For those who choose to upgrade, they can even enjoy a fireplace and a luxurious four-poster bed. We suggest you take advantage of the full Romeo and Juliet experience, and gain access to the famous courtyard after hours, without the buzz of tourists around you.
Less than 15 minutes by foot from the train station, Hotel Scalzi Verona is built on the remains of an ancient church. Many of the rooms found in the palazzo feature original ceilings and stone walls. Guests will also appreciate particular unique touches, such as the choice to enjoy their complimentary breakfast in the dining room or in the garden. Small dogs are welcome, too.
Although located close to Verona’s centre, Delser Manor House Hotel is hidden way in the hills outside the city. The Delser owner has turned what was once a monastery and then a Palladian Villa into a luxury hotel. With stone walls and linen sheets, the hotel is infused with a simple yet elegant aesthetic. This is the perfect place for couples seeking serenity, and they will find peace and quiet among the surrounding olive trees and grape vines. You can even delight in tasting the local wine made on-site since the Roman era.
Located near both the train station and the city centre, B&B Arte Nel Centro is found on Corso Porta Nuova, the city’s main street, and is easily accessible by public transportation. There are two suites, designed with an entirely different vibe to the rest of this traditional B&B, and complete with psychedelic wallpaper and a 60s ball chair. You will also appreciate the eccentric charm of the hotel and the attentive staff. To make things easier, the hotel offers on-site parking and accommodates pets.
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About 9km (5.5mi) from the Villafranca Airport, La Grotta Hotel is the ideal hotel for those in town on business and not too worried about seeing Juliet’s house. Certain rooms offer a hot tub or a balcony, so those here for a conference can decompress after a long day. If you do decide to trek to the centre, it may be worth hiring a car, as the Verona Arena is about 6km (4mi) away. Nevertheless, the hotel offers free parking, making it easier for those renting cars to securely leave their transportation overnight.
Housed in a former convent from 1337, Hotel Colomba d’Oro may be just a 700-m (2,297-ft) walk from Piazza delle Erbe, yet it feels like it is in an entirely different world. The rooms are elegantly decorated, and feature marble floors and balconies. Those who look to the foyer may just spy fresco paintings from centuries past. A buffet breakfast is also included – plus, there’s a lounge bar to sip on an Aperol Spritz before heading out for dinner.
Visitors looking to stay in a more secluded location will appreciate the Byblos Art Hotel Villa, Amistà, 12km (7.5mi) away from the tourist sites. Designer Alessandro Mendini has filled this 18th-century villa with modern art, juxtaposing the antiquated architecture with contemporary decor. For clients looking to relax, they can either sip on wine from the centuries-old wine cellar or get a body treatment from the day spa. There is also a fabulous garden within the grounds – perfect for an afternoon walk.
Situated close to Piazza delle Erbe, Hotel Gabbia D’Oro is an elegant boutique hotel, located only a few minutes’ walk from the Arena. Those looking for the entrance should keep an eye out for the foliage that covers the edifice. With the original high-vaulted ceilings and antique furniture, the hotel offers its visitors the chance to step back in time during their stay – but fear not, the hotel also features modern amenities. On your way in, listen out for Romeo and Juliet, the two pet birds that live on-site.
Conveniently located on Via Mazzini, near the shopping area, Hotel Accademia is the perfect stay for opera lovers. It was once home to singer Giovanni Zenatello while he initiated the project to create the Arena, the city’s open-air opera theatre, and is still managed by his family today. Rooms are decorated in a blend of modern and traditional decor with dark, wood furniture and low lighting – perfect for couples looking for a long weekend away. Breakfast includes an array of breads, cheeses and pastries and is a great way to start the day.