Sipping an American Misto in the central outdoor terrace, you peer down to your left through the glass-domed ceiling, and into the lounge where just last night, you'd had the finest glass of red wine in your life. How do Triest's residents stay so thin when such sins are readily available?
This could be one of many joyful moments if you opt to bed down at Savoia Excelsior Palace, near the Gulf of Trieste. So near, in fact, upper rooms look right out to the water. About those rooms (all 142 of them): they're renovated and decked out in classical style with the odd modern flourish. Marble bathrooms are a nice touch, as well. If that's not enough, have a flip through the hotel's pillow menu, one of the best around.
Dine at the Savoy, and enjoy views of the Gulf, plus a design aesthetic that's intellectual, refined, and unquestionably hip. On the other hand, if you have more pressing business than lunch to attend to, nine meeting rooms can accommodate you and 650 of your friends.