For some, a hotel is just somewhere to stay the night and to eat breakfast in the morning. However, if you are following a GF diet then the ability to provide with a good breakfast and an in house restaurant can be high on your list of priorities. Here are some of our recommendations.
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Mercure Napoli Centro AngioinoCastel Nuovo, Naples View On Map
At the time of booking the hotel I had asked them to provide gluten free items for breakfast but as I had not heard back from them and because my previous gluten free Italian experience had been dire I had absolutely no expectations. I took along my rice cakes and oat cakes for breakfast. We went along to the breakfast room chose a table with a panoramic view of Castel Nuovo and then the surprise came. There was a full section of packaged gluten free items: bread rolls, cake bars, packs of crackers, biscuits and individual cereal packets! It was astounding. This was ideal for breakfast. It had a range of things. Seriously, hotels need to be more like this. Hotels please note: there was a choice of things, there was no risk of cross contamination as everything gluten free was listed on a sign (and on packaging) and in addition if you needed to grab something as a snack for the day it was very easy to do. Full marks go to the Mercure for this.Recommended By: @itsgottobegf / itsgottobeglutenfree.wordpress.com On: 2013-06-06
Nomentana, Rome View On Map
This is the place to be for all the gluten free intolerant who know what it means having to constantly check the food you are served. I have picked My Guest Roma carefully. I was immediately conquered by their customer service. My e-mails were answered within minutes, even after I have already secured the room. For months Gioia and Stefano helped me finalize the smallest details of my trip such as finding a gluten free bed and breakfast in Florence, restaurants, trains . My expectations were fulfilled. The room looked exactly as on their website, so did the breakfast room with its marble garments on the wall. Breakfast was incredibly rich, nothing comparable to what I was ever served in other bed and breakfasts or even at a 3 star hotel. Not just with regard to the gluten free variant my daughter had ordered. For instance, hot drinks were prepared in a professional machine which had some 15 options of drinks ( from the chocolate milk based to the water based one, to the mocha, the expresso, Black coffee,cappuccino, or light cappuccino...). There were 5 -6 kinds of juices, pastries, cereals, cheeses, seasonal fruits, yogurts. My daughter was offered everyday a different dish with a variety of salted /sweet croissants, cookies, rice bread, cereals or crackers....all gluten free, and all served by Stefano himself. Nothing was ever too much of an issue. Once were late at breakfast , but Stefano insisted we would sit and take our time. He responded with a to every request with smile. Actually, things didn't even had to be mentioned. For instance, we were helped with our luggage upon arrival and were offered to leave it a secure place upon departure. We particularly appreciated such a service as we felt it to be safe, not being accessible to other customers at all. The staff personally delivers cases from and to it. With no hesitation I consider My Guest Rome the best gluten free b&b I have ever stayed at.
Recommended By: ROBERT KAULEN On: 2012-12-28
Venice Mestre, Venice View On Map
We stayed in the Tritone in Venice Mestre on the mainland, a 15 minute bus ride from Venice itself, because it was convenient and a third of the price of many Venetian hotels. And then we found they provided breakfast items for coeliacs! There was a special plate of gluten free products including mueseli, cakes, biscuits and crackers (no bread) in the breakfast room. The very helpful waitress also pointed out the ham I couldn't have. She brought several extra items to our table as well.
Recommended By: downwithgluten.com On: 2012-11-11
Nomentana, Rome View On Map
I remember MyGuestRoma with great fondness. We stayed there for some days during a celebration of our 46th wedding anniversary. The owner's (Stefano) knowledge of a gluten-free diet is accurate and dependable. A kosher diet is also possible. The accomodations at this bed and breakfast are excellent ...quiet, immaculate, beautifully appointed. The quiet location is but a short distance from the 'sites' and affords the traveller peace and quiet, but easy access. We ate many times at Ristorante Franco which can 'do gluten-free' ..one of the staff there has a child who is celiac. There is a supermarket very nearby as well!
Recommended By: Holly Bristow On: 2012-09-21
Lake Garda, Lombardy View On Map
Even if I wasn't a coeliac, which Hotel Gallo specially cater for, the food is really good and we have never been in a cleaner hotel. Located on the edge of a pretty hillside village above lake Garda it is ideally located for walking in the town,countryside and for lake Garda. A car is really an essential but it is well worth the ten minute drive up from the lakeside. All the balconied rooms have a stunning view of the lake and Fulvia and Renata the owners care about the comfort and wellbeing of their guests and help in very many ways to ensure that guests who stay in Hotel Gallo have a lovely holiday. We have never been back to the same place twice but are doing so in September 2011 again.
Recommended By: ErylWalesUK On: 2011-01-22
Hotel Palazzo Stern
City Centre, Venice View On Map
Our family met in Venice at the beginning of October to visit our daughter. We had two beautiful rooms; the Junior Suite with balcony and a room on a higher floor facing west with rooftop views and beautiful sunsets. Roberto, the manager, organized our dinner reservations and most important, gluten-free food for my son's girlfriend who suffers from coeliac disease. The gluten free cookies and crackers were ordered from a pharmacy and delivered to us upon arrival. It made all the difference in the world to her.
The rooms and bathrooms were well appointed, spotless and the location was excellent. The real reason to stay at the Palazzo Stern is the accomplished, considerate and gracious staff. It was always a pleasure to ask Ludovico or Domenico a question about how to navigate Venice's streets. Irwin met each guest with a smile while taking late afternoon drinks or coffee orders. Many people believe that a hotel's success is based on location, location location. Whilst this is true, I would like to add special thanks to Roberto for his hotel's successful management. I look forward to our return next year to Venice and the Palazzo Stern.
Recommended By: Palmosa On: 2010-11-28
Hotel Al Fiore
Lake Garda, Veneto View On Map
We arrived at Lake Garda with nothing booked. Found this Hotel driving around and decided to check it out. We walked into the lobby, Grand Piano to one side, absolute 'class' everywhere you turned. We thought 'there is no way we can afford this'.
We were wrong - the price was excellent, the room was hugh, the bed (king size double) was great after a day of driving.
As I suffer from Coeliac Disease I have to check the menu carefully for what I can eat. When I explained this to the Waiter he went out of his way to help with menu selection and brought me gluten free bread rolls that the keep on hand for people like me.
Overall we received excellent service from every staff member we dealt with.
Recommended By: colinus On: 2010-11-17
Pompeii, Campania View On Map
Originally booked for 3 days. So much to see in Pompeii and surrounds we ended up staying 5 days. The rooms, Fabio and Pompeii is everything all the other reviews say they are. I have Coeliac Disease so I checked on what was available for breakfast when I booked the room. When we arrived Fabio had gone out and purchased gluten free bread, cakes and biscuits for my use. He had also found a restaurant nearby who could cater for my needs (La Bettola Del Gusto). I really can't say enough to show just how good this place is.
Recommended By: colinus On: 2010-11-17
Siena, Tuscany View On Map
This excellent hotel is minutes walk from the old city of Siena. It was clean, spacious and the staff went out of thier way to ensure our stay was enjoyable. I suffer from Coeliac Disease and as always I checked what was available on the breakfast menu that I could eat. After checking in we went to explore the town. On our return we were called over to the reception desk to ensure that the Gluten Free Bread they had gone out and bought was suitable. This was completely unexpected and made us feel truly valued by the people there.
Recommended By: colinus On: 2010-11-17
Best Western Premier Hotel Laurus
Florence, Tuscany View On Map
The location is excellent just along from the Duomo.
With the hotel being so good, with friendly staff and good attention to detail. My wife has Coeliac which means no wheat etc. I had informed the hotel before hand and they took notice as each morning at breakfast there was a tray of gluten free products for her. Our room 701 was at the top of the hotel with a balcony with views over Florence and the Duomo. The only only negative point was the bed was hard, OK for me but not my wife.
When we went to Italy I must say we expected the worst, but having read up and found a book 'The Gluten Free Guide To Italy' it was not as bad. They have a good understanding of gluten free.
Recommended By: 58PDH On: 2010-11-01
Grand Hotel Diana Majestic
Diano Marina, Italian Riviera View On Map
A family party of three, we chose the Diana Majestic because one of us needs gluten-free food. We didn't use a travel agent, we booked directly with the hotel and we were impressed with the helpfulness of their response. The breakfasts and five-course dinners were wonderful. Coeliac and non-coeliac, we all enjoyed the imaginative, varied and high quality food. Everything in the starter salad buffet was really fresh and tasty - I think much of it came from the hotel's own garden - and the choice was amazing. Service in the restaurant was first class and the surroundings were elegant. Our room was very comfortable and clean and we had a spacious, pleasant balcony with side sea view.
The hotel is recommended by the Italian Coeliac Society and I have to say that I felt very safe in their care. Almost everything on the dinner menu was either naturally gluten-free or could be adapted for me. The bread rolls were delicious. The only slight disappointment was in the gluten-free desserts - the fresh fruit salad, creme caramel and sorbet, although good, were not very exciting choices. (I have had gluten-free tiramisu, strawberry gateau, pastries, chocolate mousse and ice cream dishes in other Italian hotels and restaurants, so I had very high expectations - and dessert is my favourite part of the meal!) The hotel's normal ice cream was probably gluten-free, but the waiters were really careful and would not let me have it because they were not certain about it. However, this is a very small criticism - I would highly recommend this hotel to any person on a gluten-free diet.
We had a thoroughly wonderful time for five nights at the Diana Majestic. We only wish we could have afforded to stay for a fortnight!
Recommended By: gluten-free-tourist On: 2010-09-22
Sant Agnello, Sorrento View On Map
Stayed at Hotel Caravel in Sant Agnello about a 15min walk from the centre of Sorrento. The hotel advertised on their website that they cater for gluten free diets and they certainly did that! We went half board and on the first evening (we arrived quite late) I asked what was gluten free. The waiter explained what I could have from the set menu and said if there wasn't anything I liked I could have GF pasta and tomato sauce. The pasta and fresh tomato sauce was delicious! The following morning breakfast was fruit and yoghurt, hams, cheese, eggs, etc. We had to decide in the mornings what we wanted to eat that evening. The waiter would sit with me every morning and go through the menu. If there wasn't anything I liked they would make something else. I was told to tell them what I wanted. That evening they gave me gluten free bread! It was lovely. Nothing like what we get at home! We went out for lunch every day to different restaurants, all happy to help with gluten free food. Had carbonara, pizza, spaghetti bolognese, risotto, gluten free bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The Brits should really take a leaf out of the Italians book! I have never eaten so well and felt so great!
Recommended By: LauraG On: 2010-09-13
Historic Centre, Rome View On Map
We were anxious about booking a hotel at the last minute but found it very easy to book this hotel through their own website. We stayed in a deluxe room which was very clean and comfortable...and the kingsize double bed was greatly appreciated. Buffet breakfast was great with lots of choices for both of us and Coeliac friendly for me which can be difficult at times. Carlo confirmed at the time of booking that their would be suitable food for me and that a pharmacy was located across the street if I need supplies of gluten free breads and things...it was great to know that the hotel staff knew what 'gluten free' would involve. The location of the hotel couldn't have been better - 20mins from the Vatican and 10mins from the Spanish Steps...this was very central for us on our first trip to Rome so we were within walking distance of most sites and places we wanted to visit. I would highly recommned this hotel...
Recommended By: NoPlaceLikeRome On: 2010-09-02