Rome’s Bettoja Hotels Debuts New Website

New rich in content website blends tradition and innovation in a single click

One of Italy’s most renowned family-owned hospitality groups, Bettoja Hotels announces the launch of its new website – www.bettojahotels.it. The new website enhances the user experience with ease of navigation, personalization and customization based on guest’s travel preferences. The new website utilizes Travelclick, a cutting-edge platform specializing in the distribution of tourist services whose GDS was initially developed for the distribution of airline tickets and then expanded to include hotel services.

Under the chairmanship of Maurizio Bettoja, President of Bettoja Hotels, the three monumental hotels, Hotel MediterraneoHotel Massimo D’Azeglio and Hotel Atlantico, continue the hospitality group’s extensive redesign. As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to progress its three iconic hotels in Rome to a new chapter in the family’s hospitality tradition which began 140 years ago, Bettoja Hotels continues to make instrumental strides in enhancing the hotel group’s mission as it evolves into the future. Spanning five generations, there are 495 rooms among the three hotels, and the Bettoja family has renewed their commitment to their guests and the hospitality industry by beginning a 20 million-Euro renovation across all hotels. The renovation began in the summer of 2018 and will continue over the next several years.

To facilitate navigation, each of the three hotels has its own individual page where guests can choose among a variety of rooms which cater to different needs and preferences. The new website also includes personalized sections such as ‘Dive into Art’, ‘Rome on Foot’ and ‘Your Experience in Rome’ to help each traveler plan their Roman holiday.

For all foodies, a separate section is dedicated to the various restaurants and bars located throughout the three hotels. The options range from the historic Ristorante Massimo D’Azeglio which was the first to open in 1875 to the 1930’s Art Deco Bar 21 whose counter was designed by the architect Mario Loreti to the scenic La Terrazza on the rooftop of Hotel Mediterraneo offering breathtaking views of the city.

For those who wish to book a room for a private event or a business conference, there is a diverse array of options. Whether you favor aesthetics or functionality, Bettoja Hotels has the perfect space for you. Choose between the elegant and beautifully preserved period interiors as found in the Sala delle Polene, Sala Caminetto, and Sala delle Mappe, or the more modern meeting rooms and spaces equipped with Laser HD projectors, electric screens, Bose audio systems, fiber optic Wi-Fi 10 Mbit to host the perfect event.

“The Bettoja family has always believed in hospitality and offers a perfect mix of tradition and innovation in Rome. Last year we began the restyling of our rooms to keep in step with the technology and innovation that dominates the market while preserving the aesthetic that characterize our hotels. The new website and partnership with Travelclick aims to create greater efficiency in customer relations online, as well as having beneficial effects on GDS,” states Maurizio Bettoja, President of Bettoja Hotels.

The extensive renovation began with the Hotel Mediterraneo, the group’s flagship property. The Congress Conference Center has been completely renewed and is now operational and equipped with the most modern technologies and features. It adds to the total meeting space capacity of the three hotels in one of the most strategic meeting centers in Rome. The renovation continues and the new rooms of Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio will be ready for booking after the summer. The Sala San Giorgio, which takes its name from the original 1930’s mosaic installed in the Hotel Mediterraneo was recently enhanced and will be unveiled this summer after a careful and painstaking restoration.

The history of hospitality signed by Bettoja Hotels was born in Rome in 1875 and has never stopped, bringing 140 years of services dedicated to hospitality with an all-Italian reception. After being the first hotel to offer air conditioning in Rome and having passed through the city’s historical highlights, Bettoja Hotels becomes a true “art collection” to be experienced during guests’ stay, whether business or pleasure, complete with the most modern technologies and amenities.

About Bettoja Hotels

Founded in 1875, the Bettoja Hotels is a family-owned hospitality company spanning five generations with a long-standing tradition of hospitality. The hotel group consists of three hotels located in the heart of Rome on Via Cavour – all within walking distance of each other.  Its flagship property, Hotel Mediterraneo was built in 1936 and blends museum-worthy Art Deco design and stylish furnishings with historical touchstones such as maps, prints and marble busts of Roman emperors. Set on Esquiline Hill, the highest of Rome’s seven hills, the ten-story hotel is among the highest buildings in Rome’s center and affords sweeping views of the city from its rooftop bar and terrace suites. The hotel’s spacious 245 rooms vary in décor and all feature graciously high ceilings and modern, new marble bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi and a fitness center are also available to all guests. The hotel’s new meeting rooms can host up to 120 people in theater style. The nearby Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio has 185 rooms with a special focus on history and houses original paintings from the 1860s Risorgimento (unification) period. The artwork focuses on the historical figures who were part of this movement, such as Massimo D’Azeglio, the hotel’s namesake, who was a statesman, painter and writer.  With three modern meeting rooms, Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio can host 180 people in theater style. The more intimate Hotel Atlantico is connected to the Hotel Mediterraneo and offers 65 rooms, three meeting rooms with natural light with the capacity to host up to 45 people in theater style. Ristorante Massimo D’Azeglio is located in Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio and is recognized for its ancient wine cellar with more than 1800 bottles including precious labels. The wine cellar’s intimate setting is perfect for wine tastings and private events with the capacity for up to 70 people seated or standing. Hotel Mediterraneo’s Roof Garden Restaurant and Bar is located on the 10th floor and provides an unforgettable city view.  All hotels offer 24-hour concierge service, room service, complimentary Wi-Fi and rates include buffet breakfast, hotel tax and service.  www.bettojahotels.it 

Bettoja Hotels Collection to Eliminate Plastic Bottles on Earth Day

Removal of plastic bottles in all mini-bars in hotels’ 495 rooms and restaurants

A day to promote environmental awareness and bring attention to the protection of the planet, Earth Day is celebrated in more than 193 countries each year. From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones to littering beaches and lands to congesting waste streams and landfills, plastic pollution continues to pose a great threat to the survival of the planet.

One of Italy’s most renowned family-owned hospitality groups, Bettoja Hotels Collection announces the removal of all plastic bottles beginning on Earth Day 2019. As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to progress its three iconic hotels in Rome to a new chapter in the family’s hospitality tradition which began 140 years ago, Bettoja Hotels Collection continues to make instrumental strides in enhancing the hotel group’s mission as it evolves into the future.

Spanning five generations, there are 495 rooms among the three hotels, and the Bettoja family has renewed their commitment to their guests and the hospitality industry by beginning a 20 million-Euro renovation across all hotels. The renovation began in the summer of 2018 and will continue over the next several years. This sustainability initiative marks the first achievement in the brand’s commitment to environment. In celebration of Earth Day, Bettoja Hotels Collection will eliminate all plastic bottles in the mini-bars and the restaurants located in their 3 hotels in Rome: Hotel MediterraneoHotel Massimo D’Azeglio and Hotel Atlantico.

“The elimination of plastic bottles in our nearly 500 rooms has been a great desire of ours,” said Maurizio Bettoja, President of Bettoja Hotels Collection. “We are taking action on Earth Day this year and we hope to achieve a new sustainability goal every year.”

Earth Day is an important reminder of the need for a sustainable future and encourages people to show appreciation to the planet by making an effort to protect the environment and the ecosystems within it. This year, Bettoja Hotels Collection invites its guests to honor this commitment to the environment and will turn off the lights for one minute in the halls of all three hotels at 18:00PM on April 22nd. In addition, Ristorante Massimo D’Azeglio will dine by candlelight and soft lights on Earth Day.

About Bettoja Hotels Collection

Founded in 1875, the Bettoja Hotels Collection is a family-owned hospitality company spanning five generations with a long-standing tradition of hospitality. The hotel collection consists of three hotels located in the heart of Rome on Via Cavour – all within walking distance of each other.  Its flagship property, Hotel Mediterraneo was built in 1936 and blends museum-worthy Art Deco design and stylish furnishings with historical touchstones such as maps, prints and marble busts of Roman emperors. Set on Esquiline Hill, the highest of Rome’s seven hills, the ten-story hotel is among the highest buildings in Rome’s center and affords sweeping views of the city from its rooftop bar and terrace suites. The hotel’s spacious 245 rooms vary in décor and all feature graciously high ceilings and modern, new marble bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi and a fitness center are also available to all guests. The hotel’s new meeting rooms can host up to 120 people in theater style. The nearby Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio has 185 rooms with a special focus on history and houses original paintings from the 1860s Risorgimento (unification) period. The artwork focuses on the historical figures who were part of this movement, such as Massimo D’Azeglio, the hotel’s namesake, who was a statesman, painter and writer.  With three modern meeting rooms, Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio can host 180 people in theater style. The more intimate Hotel Atlantico is connected to the Hotel Mediterraneo and offers 65 rooms, three meeting rooms with natural light with the capacity to host up to 45 people in theater style.Ristorante Massimo D’Azeglio is located in Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio and is recognized for its ancient wine cellar with more than 1800 bottles including precious labels. The wine cellar’s intimate setting is perfect for wine tastings and private events with the capacity for up to 70 people seated or standing. Hotel Mediterraneo’s Roof Garden Restaurant and Bar is located on the 10th floor and provides an unforgettable city view.  All hotels offer 24-hour concierge service, room service, complimentary Wi-Fi and rates include buffet breakfast, hotel tax and service.  www.bettojahotels.it 

Local Alcohol Worth Traveling For!

(Hotels with their own line of alcohol or an “in” to experience local alcohol) 

We’re presenting thrilling ideas that speak to the art of living well and having an “in” to immerse yourself in local culture.

No matter what your cup of tea or shot of liquor is, trying local alcohol will spice up your travel and give you a taste of the destination’s flavors. For every type of alcohol, there are always places rumored to be the best to try it and the experiences are definitely worth traveling for. Whether it’s an alochol specific to a certain region, winery, distillery, or even bar, these hotels offer an “in” for you to experience local alcohol, and some have their very own exclusive line of alcohol.

Choose your insider booze experience:

Sandpearl Resort Deep Blue Tangerine Wheat

Sandpearl Resort Deep Blue Tangerine Wheat

Booze: Craft Beer

Where to have it: Opal Sands Resort, Sandpearl Resort, Lido Beach Resort – Opal Collection hotels in Clearwater Beach and Sarasota, Florida

With trendy craft breweries popping up all over Florida, a few of the Opal Collection hotels offer guests a taste of local beer through a partnership with Sea Dog Brewing Company based in Clearwater, Florida. This local brewery created an exclusive line of craft beers for the Opal Collection hotels, with two brews, the “Deep Blue IPA” and “Deep Blue Tangerine Wheat”, available on tap at Opal Sands Resort, Sandpearl Resort, and Lido Beach Resort. The Deep Blue IPA is a medium-bodied crisp, triple-hopped IPA with citrus and floral spices and the Deep Blue Tangerine Wheat is a light, fruity, and earthy ale. For a chance to check out the local brewery scene along the St. Pete / Clearwater Craft Beer Trail, Sandpearl Resort offers a Craft Beer Trail Chauffeur Service, where up to 14 beer lovers get their own VIP ride for the day or night and a map of the all the best hotspots.

Aruba Marriott - Aruba Ariba

Aruba Marriott – Aruba Ariba

Booze: Coecoei (Aruban liquor)

Where to have it:Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino – Aruba

Sure to ease you into vacation mode, when you first arrive at Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino’s tropical oasis, you’ll be greeted with the One Happy Island’s signature cocktail, an Aruba Ariba. While to first-time visitors, it may just look like a tropical rum punch due to its vibrant red-pink color, but it’s so much more than that. The Aruba Arriba features 3 juices including pineapple juice, orange juice, and cranberry juice as well as 5 liquors including rum, vodka, banana liquor, Grand Marnier, and Coecoei – a centuries-old Aruban liquor first made by Indian tribes and derived from the sap of the kukwisa agave plant and then mixed with rum and cane sugar.

The House Rum

The House Rum

Booze: Rum

Where to have it: The House – Barbados

The island of Barbados may only measure 166 square miles, but this eastern Caribbean locale (aka the birthplace of rum) has no shortage of lively spots to ‘lime.’ The most iconic: the Mount Gay Rum Factory where travelers can sign up for distillery tours and tastings, complete with a few sips of the limited edition 1703 Master Select blend. For rum lovers looking to imbibe on the beach (because when in Barbados, right?), head toThe House, the chic, adults-only boutique hotel on the island’s platinum west coast. Not only can the property arrange private Mount Gay tastings, but the friendly staff will help keep the party going at the on-site 1703 Mount Gay Rum Bar. When the iconic sunset calls for a drink to complete the ultimate Insta story, look no further than the Bajan Rum punch, best enjoyed from the comfort of the bar’s plush, oversized lounge chairs.

CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta Tequila

CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta Tequila

Booze: Tequila

Where to have it: CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta – Mexico

At the epicenter of tequila culture you’ll find CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta — one of the few resorts in the world that grows its own agave azul onsite and produces a proprietary brand of tequila. The resort offers 114 tequilas by the glass, an in-house Tequila Sommelier, and weekly tasting classes for guests as part of the “CasaMagna Secretos de la Familia” program to help increase their knowledge of and appreciation for the most famous product of the resort’s home State of Jalisco: Tequila. Try their signature tequila mixed in the Margarita Magna – tequila cuervo gold, controy (Mexican orange liqueur), freshly squeezed lemon juice, mango & coconut cream. Oh boy!

JW Marriott Cusco Camote Pisco Sour with Sweet Potato

JW Marriott Cusco Camote Pisco Sour with Sweet Potato

Booze: Pisco

Where to have it:JW Marriott El Convento Cusco  -  Peru

Cusco is one of the world’s top destinations for gastronomy. Beyond native dishes, their national spirit, Pisco, is a big part of the culture, and a must-have when visiting Peru. JW Marriott El Convento Cusco invites you to join Executive Chef Thais Rodriguez behind the bar for a hands-on tutorial on how to make the perfect Pisco Sour – the national drink. During the lesson, guests learn the origins of Pisco, the different ways to enjoy it, and the secrets to mastering Peru’s classic cocktail, while personalizing their Pisco Sours with macerated varieties of pisco like passionfruit, ají picante — a hot chili pepper — or the hotel’s signature drink, the Camote Sour. Made with juiced sweet potatoes, the cocktail is loaded with nutrient-rich health benefits and served exclusively at the JW Marriott Cusco. Not only will you leave with lasting memories, but also with a pretty useful party skill that’s sure to impress. 

Il Salviatino Laterrazza

Il Salviatino Laterrazza

Booze: Wine

Where to have it:Il Salviatino – Tuscany, Italy

Among the rolling Tuscan hills you will find Il Salviatino, a hand-restored, 15th century villa just 15 minutes outside of the pulsing city of Florence. As one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, Il Salviatino makes it a priority to connect guests with the area’s most cherished wine makers by arranging tours and tastings at private, family-owned wineries… so it’s less about the crowds, and all about the vino. A favorite among the hotel’s Service Ambassadors isColle Bereto, a hidden gem in the Chianti country offering beyond-belief views and private tastings within its 11th century, 148-acre property, which is owned by the Panzauti family. Here, guests encounter a variety of Sangiovese grapes, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. After touring the vineyard and cellars, they are treated to a wine pairing lunch – al fresco – with the simplest, but most delicious Italian specialties – cheeses, meats and homemade pastas — on the menu.

Blue Curacao  and Coconuts

Blue Curacao and Coconuts

Booze: Blue Curaçao

Where to have it: Willemstad, Curaçao

Curaçao, the “C” of the ABC islands in the Caribbean, is known for its blues music, its 35+ ocean-blue beaches, and most importantly, its Blue Curaçao liqueur. This famous drink is distilled and bottled at Landuis Chobolobo, an estate built in the early 19th century, located in the heart of the island, Willemstad. The refreshing bright blue liqueur is crafted from dried Laraha orange peels exclusively grown in Curaçao. Want to try the different flavors of The Genuine Curaçao Liqueur? Take a guided tour of the Chobolobo factory and witness how the famous “Blue Curaçao” has been distilled using traditional methods for more than 100 years while enjoying the different flavors including tamarind and chocolate.