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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081181839X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811818391
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,084,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Feb. 2001
This book is fantastic. I gives good, honest and accurate information about hotels in Florence, Rome and Venice. It gives a full run-down of each hotel it recommends and does not shy away from warning you about what you should avoid in certain hotels. Most of the hotel reviews even go to the level of providing information about individual rooms - which to go for and which to avoid.
I used the guide to find a good room in a good hotel in one of the best parts of Florence. I had planned that the trip be cheap, but found that the trip was not only cheap, but I consider the room to be the best I have ever stayed in, despite costing less that one-tenth what I have paid elsewhere!
Despite its name, the book is not just for backpackers and the like. Although there are plenty of suggestions for people on a limited budget - as I was in 1999 - there are also suggestions for more expensive hotels that nevertheless provide excellent value-for-money. I shall certainly be using the book to plan my honeymoon in Venice later this year.
I can't see how you can go wrong considering the price of this book. If you want to get away from the big tour-operator's hotels and their big prices, you can find the ambience of real Italian life, in the hotels listed inside it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By on 26 Nov. 2001
Okay, okay, I know that I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed but when I read the title 'Cheap Sleeps in Italy' I expected a book detailing exactly that. What arrived two days later was a book which would have been fantastic if I was on going to Rome, Florence or Venice but was actually absolutely useless! Since buying the book I have found that if you click on the picture the cover comes up big enough for you to read the names of those 3 tourist traps but alas it is too late. Still, I had a quick flick through it and found a 30-50 word write up on each hotel visited in these illustrious cities, catagorised into cheap-notcheap sections for each. I can see that this would appeal to some people but not to me- I prefer the pure, concise relevance that you get in the rough guides and lonely planets myself.
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133 of 135 people found the following review helpful
This book is indispensible for travellers to Italy 25 Oct. 1999
By S. Katsurinis - Published on
I have to confess to being a huge fan of Sandra Gustafson's entire line of Cheap Sleeps/Cheap Eats guides. I first started using them when I was a budget consious traveller in college and law school. The I stayed in only the cheapest of her "Cheap Sleeps" confident that she only recommended clean and safe hotels of distinction. Now that I am a more discerning (and less budget conscious) traveller, I find that I still rely on Ms. Gustafson's recommendations. That is because her watchword is really not CHEAP but VALUE. She has ferreted out the hotels where for $80 a night you live better than most places that serve up $150 a night rooms. I also find that by mentioning that I am relying on Sandra Gustafson's recommendation when booking or checking in, that these sm all hotel owners welcome me warmly. She must truly leave a good impression when she stays in these exceptional-value hotels and B&Bs. So let Sandra Gustafson pave the way for you. I have NEVER been disappointed.
I have used Cheap Sleeps/Cheap Eats LONDON, PARIS, ROME-FLORENCE-VENICE and HAWAII.
42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Excellent guides 31 Jan. 2000
By marjess leighton - Published on
I purchased this Cheap Sleeps for an as yet unbooked trip to Italy. I have used the Cheap Sleeps/Eats in London, so expected to get valuable information from this book. I was not disappointed. My biggest problem will be deciding on which of the dozens of places Gustafson recommends to stay when I go. I know from past experience that I won't be disappointed in any of them, because she gives any cautions required right up front. I would definitely buy any Cheap Sleeps/Eats book for a city I was visiting.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I would normally hesitaie to give 5 stars, but...... 27 Mar. 2001
By niall o'gaiblain - Published on
The value of a really good book in other spheres of literature can mean hours spent in another time and place in a trance of pleasure, or perhaps the true satisfaction of gaining a comprehensive understanding of a concept or event that had formally intrigued or baffled you.
These are considerable and valuable pleasures of course, but when a book like this gets things absolutely right, it can mean a trip being enhanced to an immeasurable degree, resulting in memories that will stay with you until the day you die.
This was my experience with this book, and when I awoke on our first morning in our hotel, the sun was streaming in over a terrace bedecked with lemon trees and classical sculptures, I could hear the mass being sung by the nuns in the nearby convent, and I could look directly above my bed to see a deep relief sculpture of prancing angels, it was difficult not to be convinced, for a split second that I had not survived the flight over, slipped by the pearly gates due to some administrative error on the part of St Peter & Co, and awoken in paradise.
That I had this experience was entirely due to the quality of the research undertaken for this book, and the discretion of the author. The writing is of a quality that you will wish to revisit the book, and your destination.
A 5 star rating is probably overused on ... but it would be ungrateful and crass of me to give less here.
Priceless information, precious memories, a palpable hit.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Sleep Cheap and Enjoy It 23 Feb. 2001
By JoAnn Erfer - Published on
We used Sandra's books for both Italy and London and have had great success with them. In Italy we stayed in two of the most charming and wonderful hotels ever and have gone back to them a second time because we enjoyed them so much. Her information is accurate, her comments on cleanliness, location and amenities have been invaluable to us. We were desperately seeking a B&B in London and went to one she highly recommended. Believe me, it was more than adequate. In London hotels are very expensive and actually are pretty bare-boned but Sanda's information helped us to stay inexpensively, in a very convenient location, without breaking our bank account. I truly can't thank her enough for the recommendations in Italy. We love both of the hotels (Rome and Florence). We've also used cheap eats in Italy and London and found them helpful and accurate. Bravo Sandra! [:-)
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
She MADE our trip! 31 Oct. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
I've just returned from two Sandra Gustafson weeks in Italy. We used both the Cheap Sleeps and Cheap Eats Guides. We didn't have a bad meal, and didn't have a bad bed. Her reviews are accurate in descriptions, price, and amenities.
This book is not about smelly penciones, but about value for your money. We had lovely rooms, simple and clean - we could spend our money on more important things (shoes).
Pay attention to the shopping guides as well - there are lots of poorly made, tourist trap shops in Italy. Gustafson is experienced enough to know quality.
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