Hotel is well situated for those who prefer to stay away from city noise. Its near two bus routes the 10 and 17. The former route ends at San Marco Sq. which is a 5 minute stroll from Duomo and Florence's attractions are all then reasonably close by. The 17 also stops at the square but then heads on to finish at the railway station. In fact the railway station is only a 5 minute brisk walk from Duomo. For 6 Euro each you can get a bus from the railway station to the airport. WE had cabin sized suitcases so used the 2 buses to return to the airport with ease. A taxi will set you back 35 euros or more.
We visited the hotel in August. It doesn't really want to offer an evening meal unless you are part of the numerous coach tours that used the hotel during our stay, so you have to head out into the residential area that surrounds the hotel. Thing is almost all are shut in August. We were told we had a choice of 2! We frequented I Guigollo about 1 mile away (see separate review) or ate before returning from Florence or day excursion.see Cante de Nell and i Florence, Shushiko Sienna) also see Patisserie Cesar locally
The coach parties can be an issue, we got fed up with them by the end of our stay, as some leave very early in the morning (like 0630) and sadly some cultures just don't seem to include any thought for fellow guests so we were very regularly disturbed by kids screaming and running along hallways and their parents shouting after them at 0600 and 0700. They also tend to swoop on breakfast like locusts, so choice of breakfast can get restricted assuming you can find a table to sit at that has clean cups and cutlery. One also ends up tipping the coffee and milk urns up on their stands to get the last drips of the urn into your cup.
The outdoor pool isn't overly user friendly; people tend to mess around and 'bomb' other occupants, in addition despite the very hot weather it remained absolutely freezing, so we gave up using it.
The rooms are good size and thoroughly cleaned each day which was a major plus for us. As we said the staff were great without exception.
Our final gripe is that the hot water system isn't reliable. Our shower and sink tap ran piping hot then freezing cold regularly and without warning, necessitating when showering to lean in and out of the shower head in an attempt to avoid being scalded or receive a nasty jet of cold water. We reported this twice to hotel staff and promised it would be checked out by maintenance but nothing happened whilst we were there
we'd like to score it higher for the sake of the staff, but the water issue, pool and irritation of coach tours stops us from doing so
Wifi worked ok and is free
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Gabriele D'Annunzio Hotel is a prestigious hotel in Florence placed in a suggestive natural setting only a few minutes away from the historical center of Florence in Tuscany. An ideal location for a peaceful stay but yet not far from the most famous Florence monuments. Car Parking on payment; outdoor Swimming Pool and Wi Fi Connection free of charge ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Florence
- Best Western Hotel Florence