My husband and I stayed here for 5 nights from our 3 weeks honeymoon in Italy (during early May). (Sorry it took so long, Luca, to write this review!) If we could stay here for all 21 nights, we would have. It was the most perfect hotel. Of the 6 hotels we stayed at during our honeymoon, this was, by far, the best hotel for many reasons:
1. So clean! The hardwood floor and the hardwood bedboards were spotless. The bathroom was sparklingly clean. The wooden cabinet smelled like fresh wood. Plenty of drawers, hangers, and hooks. I know it's only a 3-star hotel but it feels and looks like a 5-star!
2. So big! The bathrooms were HUGE! We were in 107 and it had a desk, a mini fridge, a TV, and a huge wooden cabinet. The bed was a king size bed with two night stands. The sheets were very clean. I even like the decoration colors though one of the poppy paintings looked like floating lips.
3. So close to the train station. It was a 10-15 minutes walk to the train station to get to Firenze SMN train station or Pisa. You should buy your ticket in the bar ahead of time because the bar does not open for all the times that the train runs. Plus, the bar has cheap drinks and snacks (including an amazing pastry with cream in it) so you can stock up for a long day of sight-seeing.
4. So close to many convenient stores and eateries without feeling like you're in the city. There's a great pizzeria (Tavern), yummy Cafe (next to the Penny Market), delicious and cheap gelato place, pharmacy, 2 supermarkets, a cheap self-service laudromant, an amazing restaurant down the street, and an interesting cafe near the pizzeria restaurant. The pizzeria tavern had some of the best pizzas we tasted in all of Italy (and our diet during the honeymoon was pizza, pizza, gelato, pizza, pizza, gelato, repeat). And it was only 5-6 Euros per large pie at the Tavern. The Cafe had some great desserts. The gelato was amazing here and the cheapest we've seen the entire trip. There's a pharmacy across the street, which was great for my brief cold. The 2 supermarkets were SOOOO nice to have (one right next door and the other one near the pharmacy across the street) because food in Florence was very expensive (i.e., 1/2 liter Coke for 3 Euros). We bought some salami, proscuitto, bread, cheese, mustard, and water to take into Florence. We ate lunches in the botanical garden and on the steps of some churches. It was cheap, yummy, and a great low-key experience. The "ristourant' was spectacular and very reasonably priced. Luca can show you where it is. The laudromat is only about 5 minutes walk but Luca was so nice and gave me a ride there the first time. However, once I knew where it was, it was easy to get back and forth. The laundry owner was very helpful and friendly too. Plus, there's a .50 Euro pizza near the laudromat and worth it for a cheap lunch while you wait for the laundry to finish. All these places were great if you get rained in like we did one day and didn't want to go into Florence.
5. The staff was SOOOOOO helpful. Luca will give you a ride to and from the train station but we came in late each night so we didn't want to bother the staff. The girls (Rosalinda, Franscesca, the cleaning staff, and the breakfast chef) and the maintenance guy were of great help. They helped us to find our trains, arrange for the purchase of Firenze passes, get to/from Pisa to Portofino, and countless other things. They also give you great information like when the trains leave to/from Firenze SMN for the Signa station, which is like the first or second stop depending on the train route.
6. Really safe and has a lot of security including a safe (box) in the room. However, as a general rule, do not leave your windows open when you leave the room if you're on the first floor of a building. We liked that you need the room key to get into the hotel. Though the area is very nice and safe, it's still comforting to know that the hotel is secure from the moment you get to the front steps.
7. Great place for honeymooners because you can get a train to Sienna and San Gimagnino and other great Tuscany country-sides. Also great because Signa itself has some treasured history with amazing views atop the hills including several olive gardens. When we were worn out from all the museums, we just walked around Signa to enjoy the views and the beautiful spring weather.
8. They are very environmentally conscious including shutting all the lights out when the guests leave the room. There are other environmentally friendly features that I can't remember right now but I do remember being impressed with the thought that went into building the hotel.
If I were forced to choose a bad thing about Stilhotel, I would say that the wireless connection could be better. I'm not sure if it's the service or the location. We could get free wifi but it was very slow. Luca, the owner, travels a lot. He built this hotel a few years ago with everything that he thought guests would like based on all his travels. He was spot on!
There is no doubt that in 8 years, when we celebrate our 10 years anniversary, we will go back to Stilhotel so save a room for us, Luca!
- Also Known As:
- Stilhotel Hotel Signa
- Stilhotel Province Of Florence/Signa, Italy
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly opened in the Florence metropolitan area, stylish and modern, Stilhotel is in a very good position both for business and leisure.Its ideal location, near to the most important highways, is the best starting point to reach Florence and all the landmarks of Tuscany.Stilhotel provides a Free Parking Area, Wi-Fi Connection all over the Hotel, Free Shuttle Service for/to the railway station. ... more less
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