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“Elegant with Excellent Service”
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Hotel L'Orologio
Ranked #42 of 409 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 May 2011

Stayed here for 4 nights and found it to be one of the nicest hotels I've stayed in. Our room was large, nicely furnished and had a very large modern bath. The location is 5 minutes from the train station and 5 minutes to the Duomo on Piazza Santa Maria Novella. They have a nice bar, and serve an above average breakfast. Very nice, responsive service plus free Wifi makes it a great package. Deserves its high rating

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Reviewed 23 May 2011

This hotel is wonderful! Staff was helpful and friendly, made all our dinner reservations and got us taxis. Very clean, great location, 2 minute walk to the Duoma and right next to beautiful Santa Maria Novella Church. Has all the amenities you could want and a great bar inside the hotel. One of the few with free internet and gym facilities.

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Reviewed 22 May 2011

We stayed here for 3 nights as part of our honeymoon and thought the hotel was fantastic. Very nice room, bed, bathroom and a very cool/sleek feel to the hotel itself.

I also loved that it was relatively close to the train station considering we both arrived and left Florence by train. It was a great location from which to explore Florence (5 minute walk to Duomo, maybe 10 minutes to the Ponte Vechio but also seemed far away from the craziness around the center of the city which was nice.

Free Wifi and free access to downstairs computer was awesome and the staff were all great. I would highly reccomend and certainly stay here again.

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Reviewed 20 May 2011

Stayed at this hotel for a week paying a museums/opera going visit to Florence.
The hotel fully deserves its 4 *. The place is cozy, quite stylish, though some reviews seem to exagerate its sleek elegance.The staff is very efficient and helpful, happy if you speak some Italian. The breakfast is good (could be less monotonous with more produce varieties), but after 9am you might have only some leftovers until the service bring more fruits, cheese, scrambled eggs (better come to eat between 8am-8.30am). The room is not as spacious as looks from the pictures, but very clean and the quality of the matrass and bed linen is also very good. The sanitary facilities are well maintained and the bathroom is quite comfortable. We liked everything about this hotel except for the bar: the prices are tripled what you may get in the city cantinettas or bars. Moreover the barman tried to play a trick stating more expensive grappa on the bill. Regardless you will enjoy your stay in this marvellous city if book this hotel well in advance.
P/S Do make a visit to one of the oldest Santa Maria Novella church overlooking the piazza. Its Tornabuoni capella by Ghirlandaio and Crusifixion by Mazaccio are unforgettable.

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Reviewed 20 May 2011

My wife and I loved this hotel which has many lovely reviews on Tripadvisor because it deserves them.
The Hotel is spotless and our room, bathroom and shower were stylish modern and visually very appealing which is important to us.
The only fault I could find was that the lighting in the bathroom for my wife to do her makeup was not bright enough once dusk had fallen, but that is a minor detail.

All the staff were very charming and helpful and once again I have managed to find an excellent hotel thanks to this website that ticks all our boxes.
The location close to the train and bus station was a plus too although we are not averse to using taxis which are plentiful here. In fact there was always a couple of cabs on the piazza when we needed one to go off to dinner with my wife wearing her favourite heels!
As for the negative reviewers - ignore them. If you have grace and charm it is reciprocated by everybody here.
My wife said: Darling once again you have chosen a lovely hotel........well done.

That says it all.

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Reviewed 18 May 2011

We were in Florence for tours and sight-seeing, thus a location near the train station was very helpful. Beware: the sign on the outside of the hotel is very small and easy to overlook! Once we checked in, It took us about 20 minutes to locate our room because the numbering system is very confusing. Breakfast was good. The fitness room was sufficient. The hotel room is very modern and had a great shower. Overall, it was a comfortable stay.

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Reviewed 16 May 2011

We found this hotel on trip advisor as it was ranked in the top ten of all places to stay in Florence. I had never heard of it and became curious when I saw it was part of a little chain called "Why the Best Hotels". They own 5 properties in Florence ranging from 5 star to 3 star hotels. We arrived into Florence by train from Pisa. The hotel is a short walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station, which I was actually worried about because I had read that the area right around the station was sketchy. The hotel was in a beautiful palazzo along with a few other nice hotels like JK Place. It is quiet and you have a great view. The hotel is not huge. The building itself is gorgeous with huge windows. They have a wonderful bar and places to sit outside to people watch. The drinks are great. They also bring nuts, olives, and bread that is complimentary! The hotel definitely has a "boutique hotel" feel. The people in reception are very nice and always willing to help. Our room was big and had an airy feel. We had one window that looked out onto the palazzo and down one of the pedestrian streets. The bathroom was awesome as well. I was really surprised because they are even better in person. Great bathtub and rainhead shower. They give good toiletries as well. The bed was so comfortable! The housekeeping staff were nice and made the room look spotless each day. My husband and I are already talking about how we want to go back! Would 100% recommend this hotel to everyone!

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Address: Piazza di Santa Maria Novella 24, 50123, Florence, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Santa Maria Novella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #42 of 409 Hotels in Florence
Price Range: £129 - £335 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel L'Orologio 4*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
After a careful renovation, HOTEL OROLOGIO**** is a Luxury Contemporary Hotel situated in the heart of one of the most important squares of the historical center of Florence, walking distance from the magnificent artistic attractions in Florence.Completely renovated, the hotel has 49 rooms of various types, some of which offer a wonderful view on the city's main attractions: Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the Medici Chapels and the Dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria ... more   less 
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