My wife & I and 7 more extended family members stayed in 5 rooms over 3 nights in this charming family run hotel.
We arrived about noon and were greeted at the enterance by hotel staff. ( our driver had called when we were a block from the hotel.) The hotel is located on the second floor, by a broad staircase, or a small lift to get you there. We sent the luggage up first. the lift can only handle 4 people at once. Paula Lombardi and his mother own and personally run this charming hotel and greeted us as long lost family. A note: The front of the hotel is under renovation, with large dumpsters out front, which give it a perfectly horrible first impression. We heard no noise during our stay. But, once inside, you find a lovely little place with charm and heaps of freindlyness. All of our rooms where on this floor, clean and with roomy and modern bathrooms. This place has free internet and provided me with my first contact with family in over 2 weeks. They also have free DVD's for the asking, with players in the rooms. The breakfast area is large, with many tables, which are set when you come in each morning. They have a very helpful woman to assist you hard boiling your eggs just right and along with Paulo's mother come by the tables and ask if you want more coffee cappuccino or juices. The self serve breakfast selection is the best I have seen in type of hotel. All kinds of fruits, breads, coffee cakes, lots of different spreads, for toast. Several juices, teas, hot and cold boiled eggs, etc. It was a welcome treat each morning and had to be worth 10 Euros on its own. It was included in the very resonable rate of 105 euros per night cash rate.
As for location, we were only 1 1/2 blocks from the Duomo and you could see the Baptistry as soon as you left the hotel. There was a great little Galato shop, run by a very nice middle aged man who is the owner, about a block, on the right as you walked to the Duomo Sq. It was called the Snack Shop I think. Give it a go. For Mc Donald lovers there is a low key one 1/2 block away, but with ALL the great places to go in Florence, why bother?!
Note; The lobby is open til about 1 am. However the night guy does sleep in the lobby on a murphy bed, and gets up at 6am. So don't go busting in on him.
Paulo has got to be one of the most helpful men I have known. He helped our grouip with knowledge, maps and ideas. He will make museum reservations for you prior to arrive as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Casci is a small family managed hotel located in an ancient palace right in the heart of Florence, just a few steps from the Duomo and the Accademia (David), within walking distance from all museums and sights. It can be easily reached from the main railway station and by car, too, with a valet garage nearby. All rooms have private bathroom, air conditioning, flat screen TV with DVD, free WI-FI, hairdryer, fridge and safety-box. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casci Hotel Florence