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Preferred Hotel Group Presents ‘bella Italia’

April 30, 2012

Stay at one of 18 hotels offering exclusive local experiences

CHICAGO April 2012 – Italy has it all; from the preserved heritage sites of Rome to the southern enclaves of rustic ‘Palermo’. For the finest Italian getaways and unforgettable experiential amenities, Preferred Hotel Group’s ‘Bella Italia’ packages offer visitors a true slice of ‘La Dolce Vita’. From exclusive shopping and breathtaking architecture, to inspiring culture and world-class cuisine, each destination offers its own unique piece of ‘Bella Italia’.

Available across 18 Preferred Hotel Group properties until 31st December 2012, all of the Bella Italia packages include a two-night stay for two, daily buffet breakfast, and one unique complimentary experience ranging from free entry to some of the best museums in the world to courtesy VIP shopping passes and wine tastings. Whether guests choose to hit the fashion trail of the Italian capital, meander through the winding streets of historic Florence, or view the unique panorama from a Venetian gondola, the participating Preferred Hotel Group properties offer a true experience for everyone. The Bella Italia experience includes the following destinations:

COMO - Grand Hotel di Como, Summit Hotels & Resorts™
For true peace and tranquillity, head to the stunning Grand Hotel de Como on the iconic lake and experience 10,000 square metres of lush parkland and mountainous air. With its sleek design and host of modern comforts, Grand Hotel di Como has quickly become the most recognised of Como luxury hotels and offers quirky and memorable treats like no other; guests can even experience a dinner served on a Brazilian sword at their request! Complimentary Experience: One complimentary boat ticket to visit Lake Como and Bellagio per person per stay when you book the Bella Italia offer. Rates from 95 Euros per night, availability permitting.

ROME - Hotel Fortyseven, Preferred Boutique™
With 2,500 years of history, Rome is one of the most captivating cities in the world with its ancient sights and historic monuments, designer outlets, and unforgettable restaurants. Romans truly know how to enjoy the best that life has to offer. Experience life like a true Roman with a stay at the Art Deco inspired Hotel Fortyseven with sweeping views of the Vesta Temple and the Circo Massimo, enjoying the Turkish baths and rooftop bistro provide relaxing distractions. Complimentary Experience: One ‘Rome Pass Card’ per person with free entry to museums and archaeological sites and unlimited use of the public transport system. Rates from 188 Euros per night, availability permitting.

VENICE - Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal, Summit Hotels & Resorts™
Live the picture perfect postcard experience with a trip along the canals, a visit to Doge’s Palace and stroll through the historic arteries of Venice. Located just steps away from St. Mark’s Square and the Basilica, Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal boasts majestic views of the Grand Canal and the famous Santa Maria della Salute church. Complimentary Experience: One VIP shopping card per person for a 10% discount at numerous shops in the St. Mark’s area. Rates from 200 Euros, availability permitting

PALERMO – Hotel Plaza Opera, Summit Hotels & Resorts™
Beautifully shaped by undulating hills and mountain ridges, Sicily is still untouched by the mass tourist droves and retains the true authentic charms that are typical of Southern Italy. Complimentary Experience: Hotel Plaza Opera offers free bicycle hire and city guides for guests to discover the region in the most pleasant and adventurous setting. Rates from 100 Euros, availability permitting.

FLORENCE Grand Hotel Minerva, Summit Hotels & Resorts™
Presiding over one of Florence’s most picturesque piazzas, the 102-room Grand Hotel Minerva dates back to the Middle Ages and offers a fine introduction to the myriad charms of this treasured city. Complimentary Experience: Romantic dinner for two at ‘I Chostri’ restaurant (excluding beverage). Rates from 119 Euros, availability permitting.

For more information and a full list of participating properties, please refer to: Minimum two-night stay required.

About Preferred Hotel Group™
With a global reach extending into 70 countries, Preferred Hotel Group represents a collection of over 600 of the finest hotels, resorts, and serviced residences in the world. Preferred Hotel Group’s brands include Preferred Hotels® & Resorts, Preferred Boutique™, Summit Hotels & Resorts™, Sterling Hotels™, Sterling Design, and Summit Serviced Residences™. Preferred Hotel Group offers sophisticated programs such as Preferred Residences™ luxury shared ownership resorts, I Prefer™ global guest benefit program, and Preferred Golf, a collection of celebrated golf resorts, plus Preferred Family, hotels and resorts certified to provide rich experiences for travelers of all ages. For more information, visit us on the web at and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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