We booked the hotel on the basis of the location, which, as a tourist is indeed very good down the street from the duomo. The hotel is however, terrible value for money and in no way a 4* by British or American standards.
As I type it was 24 degrees in Florence today yet the hotel had no air conditioning as it was turned off some weeks ago. Instead of turning it back on the front desk staff tried to placate us by switching on a "fan" in the room, that didn't do anything.
The beds were very uncomfortable and resembled hard planks of wood as well as being two singles evidently pushed together and covered with a single sheet.
The wi-fi failed to reach our room on the fifth floor and breakfast bordered on inedible. Good location but this hotel has little else going for it considering its €200+ a night price range. The man on the front desk laughed at my fiancé as she asked if we could have some form of refund if we left early.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Laurus al Duomo is located in the heart of Florence, just 70 meters from the Cathedral and 150 meters from the central train station Santa Maria Novella.The hotel is part of the cultural centre "Centro Congressi al Duomo", together with the Auditorium al Duomo, Cafe Astra al Duomo, Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio.Located in the historical via de' Cerretani, between the Cathedral and the Santa Maria Novella train station, the Hotel Laurus al Duomo stays at a short walk from the most elegant shopping streets, and it is ideal for both leisure and business travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Florence
- Laurus Hotel
- Florence Best Western