Euro-tripping on a shoestring budget is a rite of passage for most college students. But the old continent—with its wealth of art, history, and fine cuisine—is perhaps best experienced with money to spare. Oh, and those dorm-style dwellings—yeesh.
Avoid hostel environments, and save a little cash while you're at it, with this week's Escape to The Duke Hotel, a luxurious, four-star English-inspired inn situated in the exclusive Villa Borghese area of Rome, Italy.
Enjoy a three- ($485) or five-night ($649) stay for two in August; a three- ($515) or five-night ($855) stay for two in March; a three- ($565) or five-night ($945) stay for two in July, November, or December; a three- ($749) or five-night ($1,245) stay for two in April; or a three- ($849) or five-night ($1,345) stay for two in May, June, September, or October.
You'll be staying in a Classic Room with an automatic upgrade to a Superior Room, and you'll get daily breakfast for two, afternoon tea for two, and a €25 credit for each guest to spend at the on-site restaurant.
You'll also receive admission for two to the Vittoriano Museum (AKA the famed wedding cake building), a daily courtesy car to and from the centrally located Piazza del Popolo, and a bottle of sparkling Spumante upon arrival.
Each elegant, air-conditioned room is sumptuously appointed with beautiful furnishings—including a king bed, wardrobe, and writing desk—and also offers modern amenities such as satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, and soundproof windows. All come with gorgeous marble bathrooms and most have balconies.
Pop over to the Piazza del Popolo via a swanky Mercedes shuttle, compliments of the Duke, where you can spend the day perusing art; then sprint up the famed Spanish Steps before tossing a trio of coins into the Trevi Fountain.
Navigating the cobblestone streets of this historic city can cause for some mighty achy feet; head back to the hotel for an afternoon of pampering—perhaps a relaxing jet-lag massage—at Paolo Caschera Wellness & Beauty, the luxurious on-site spa.
Compare travel blogs with your fellow travelers over afternoon tea in the posh Polo Lounge Bar (you'll marvel at its gorgeous stained glass domed ceiling), before dining on classic Italian eats at I Duchi.
There's a reason they call Rome the Eternal City—you'll want to stay forever.
PAID VALUE EXPIRES ON July 2, 2020
PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON December 28, 2012
The Duke Hotel
Three- or Five-Night Stay for Two in a Classic Room with Upgrade to Superior Room (See Below for Dates and Prices); Daily Breakfast for Two; Afternoon Tea; and a €25 Restaurant Credit for Each Guest
- from $485