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Hotel L'Orologio
Ranked #44 of 421 Hotels in Florence
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Hanahan, South Carolina
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“My new favorite place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2012

Hotel L'Orologio was, by far, the best hotel we stayed in during our 12 day trip through Italy. The rooms were spacious, extremely clean and well appointed. The front desk staff was extremely accommodating, checking us in early and even calling the train station and a travel agent to try to fix our problematic train tickets-- Stefania, in particular, was a great help! The thoughtful touches (slippers set out each evening), upscale atmosphere, and warmly welcoming staff made our stay absolutely lovely. Breakfast each morning included plentiful choices of meats, pastries, cheeses, and much more. We loved our cappuccinos each morning! When we return to Florence, we will definitely stay at the L'Orologio and I can't wait!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Yorba Linda, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2012

On a trip with friends and had just spent a week in a villa in Tuscany. Our last 3 nights were in Florence at this charming hotel. Great location, accomodating staff, upscale rooms and lovely bath, great little bar with reflecting pool and waterfall effect...

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

In short: Fabulous location, great reception, delicious smell, comfortable rooms, lovely decor, tasty breakfast, why would you want to stay anywhere else? We arrived at the hotel after midnight (issues with Navman in central Florence not recognising one way streets!!) and had a warm and efficient welcome to the hotel. The first thing I noticed was how nice the reception area smelt, they have scented candles burning which give the area a subtle but lovely spicy smell, which was refreshing. The room and bathroom were spacious and the beds comfortable. The location on Santa Maria Novella Piazza is fabulous, walking distance to everything. Duomo is an easy 5 minute walk behind the hotel with San Lorenzo market 5 minutes on from there. Uffitzi and Ponte Vecchio are about 10 minutes or so, it's all flat so very easy. The furtherest walk is Piazale Michaelangelo, which after you have scaled the stairs is about 30 minutes, but most definately worth doing (there are buses if you aren't up to it!). Reception have maps and are great at highlighting areas and directions (they were most useful in helping us with driving directions, due to the frustrating one-ways!). Breakfast was delicious and had the nicest view of SMN piazza. 2 things I will say are: if you are trying to find the hotel on foot, or car, especially in the dark, the hotel does not have big neon signs highlighting its existence, it has a little brass name plate, so once you get to SMN piazza head behind the Hotel Roma, you will find it there, sitting quietly. The other thing to note is there are a maze of one way streets in central Florence that are a nightmare to navigate, if you don't have to drive, just don't. If you are driving, be aware that there are camera's in the centra area which will fine any non local cars for driving there, this is not a problem if you are using hotel parking as they log onto the city web and revert the charge.
Basically this hotel is all good and definately worth staying in!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2012

The good:
* Charming historic hotel
* Beautiful rooms with historic details
* Free wifi (though this was sometimes flaky in the room)
* Good location, 5 minutes walk to station and 5 minutes to main attractions
* Parking agreement with a parking station for a fee
* Beautiful breakfast room overlooking piazza with good food

The bad:
* Difficult to find if driving
* Small gym with little equipment

Overall
I would definitely stay at this hotel when I return to Florence. It offers reasonable value, but the hotel has loads of charm.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Richmond, Va
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2012

The hotel L'Orologio is beautiful and located perfectly. Easy to walk to museums, restaurants, the river and train station. The staff was very helpful with directions and restaurants. The only negative is that our room was extremely dark! Our room faced a small street with a building next to it. We had no sunlight and the dark ceiling made it feel even darker.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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tenafly, new jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2012

Hotel L'Orologio was our last hotel amongst 6 during our 12 days in Italy. Strategically located near the heart of Florence yet quieter than the other touristy sections. Hotel is gorgeous with architectural details throughout. The decor reflects the beauty & wealth of the Renaissance with the hip & modern style and conveniences of the 21st century. Breakfast is extensive and delicious but the highlight was the stunning view of Santa Maria Novella. Finally, was delightfully surprised with an upgraded from a jr suite to a suite, making the hospitality & service of this hotel (aside from the beauty) my favorite! Truly a fantastic way to celebrate our birthdays and complete our incredible travel experience in Italy! Thank you Hotel L'Orologio.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2012

We stayed at this hotel for a week and we were delighted with our room and the public rooms of the hotel.
The hotel is within walking distance from the Santa Maria Novella station even laden with lot's of baggage.
Our room which was a standard room was comfortable, not large, but not cramped. The bathroom was sufficiently spacious for 2 of us with marble bath surrounds and basin.
The hotel has many public rooms for relaxation on the ground floor and a lovely bar with wonderful staff.
The reception staff were helpful even before we arrived arranging for tickets for a concert for us folllowing an email request.
We considered that this was a good value for money stay.
One small concern was the breakfast in the morning; it was supposed to be from 7.00am, but when we arrived right on 7.00am one morning there was no coffee and no hot food. On ocasion the staff struggled to keep up with the demand for coffee and hot food.
There is a laundromat about 500-750 metres from the hotel away from the square. This laundormat had dryers that worked well.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel L'Orologio
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #44 of 421 Hotels in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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