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“Charming, comfortable B&B” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel David
Ranked #1 of 421 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Charming, comfortable B&B”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2011

Hotel David was a pleasant surprise. An easy bus ride to the historic part of Florence. Our room was very comfortable, spacious, great bathroom. Breakfast was very nice. Shared space: sitting room was very inviting. Staff was very friendly and helpful. I would go back any time.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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93 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2011

Found this hotel on trip advisor and it sounded like just what we were looking for- small and charming with an emphasis on personal service. We were not disappointed, and would recommend this sweet spot without reservation. Breakfast was delicious, the nightly (free) wine and snack hour was great for fueling up for the evening before setting out for dinner and the bathrooms were amazing. Double shower heads thrilled the hubby and the precious decor made mama happy too. We were able to do some laundry here which was nice, and there was always refreshment available at the honor bar. A glass of wine for 1 Euro? Yes please! This hotel is not in the center of things, but that is part of its allure- the outside garden is SO lovely- a wonderful spot to peruse the guidebooks and plan out the day. You can easily get where you need to go by bus or by walking, which is what we chose to do so we could eat more! The room was quite comfy and very large by European standards, the mattress is very comfortable. Free wifi, breakfast is included, one free mimi bar in room, and nightly 10 minute phone calls internationally for free- you can't beat it. We would absolutely stay here again and would recommend the same to our friends.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Pursie
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, 19 May 2011
Dear Guest,

I thank you for this post and I'm happy you had good time with us and you enjoyed our location and services like the new honor self service bar in the lobby area!

My best,

Gabriele Cecioni
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Calgary
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24 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2011

This hotel combines charm, comfort and hospitality in one great package. The staff is informative, helpful and friendly and went the extra mile to make sure we were happy. We really appreciated the free mini bar, fast free wireless internet, happy hour with great snacks on the patio and the 10 minute free international calls. Breakfasts were more than adequate but stick to the cappuccino if you are a coffee lover as the pre-prepared coffee provided in the thermos is barely drinkable.
Both the bedroom and bathroom were generous in size and the shower was the biggest and best we had in all of Italy. We overlooked the street so it was a bit noisy during the daytime but did not find this a problem later at night.
All in all we loved this hotel and have no hesitation recommending it.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Stephen_999
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, 17 May 2011
Dear Guest,

I thank you for your for your post on this travel cummunity I'm glad you enjoyed the time you spent here and I'm sure you will be back next time you decide to coem back to Firenze!

My best,

Gabriele Cecioni
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108 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2011

From the moment we arrived we loved this hotel. We were thoroughly lost on our car journey from the south and phoned the hotel for directions (our SatNav had given up!). The cool, calm and wonderful receptionist gave us clear and concise help and we arrived 10 minutes later.
Nothing is too much trouble for the incredible staff; from simple advice about transport (don't drive in Florence - the buses are wonderful) to complex arrangements for booking onward travel tickets.
Our room was a good size, airy and spotless, as was the bathroom.Very comfy bed and a mini-bar that is free on your arrival and very cheap to top up.
Another aspect we really enjoyed was 'Happy Hour' when the hotel provides food and drinks free in the garden from 6.30pm. It's a simple concept but it provides a great opportunity to meet and talk to fellow travellers about their experiences, to pick up ideas and make new friendships. 'Ships that pass in the night' it may be but there is a definate camaraderie and we were delighted to spend evenings with two intrepid, elderly people from Houston and another couple from Perth, Australia celebrating their wedding anniversary. Such variety is the joy of travel and this hotel facilitates such meetings.
A couple of TA writers have written of the hotel's location but we were pleased that it is just outside the city (a 20 minutes walk) because it was lovely to get away from the noise and bustle.
This hotel is a gem; Gabrielle and his staff make it so, and in a quiet, efficient and calm way. No uniforms, no formality, a trust bar (how many of those in the world!) and you just feel relaxed and left in peace.
We really hope to return soon.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Way
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, 17 May 2011
Dear Guest,

I'm very pleased with so many people making so many good reviews, this makes us so happy to do our job and gives us the right energy to try to be every year more efficient and customer oriented.
A big thank you to all of you!

My best,

Gabriele Cecioni
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Shropshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2011

You dont always want to tell people once you have found one of these gems - but this lovely little hotel deserves all the good reviews it gets. If you are looking for a hotel with character, with very professional but friendly staff in a relaxed atmousphere, with lots of extras, then this is the one - just book it you wont be disappointed.
Thanks to Sabrina and Michael and Jonathan for their wonderful help and advice and for making our 3 night stay a very happy one!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank ShropshireEllie
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, 17 May 2011
Dear Guest,

Yes I understand what you mean! But there is no problem you will find room available we are thinking of getting a bit larger........

My best,

Gabriele Cecioni
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New York
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53 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2011

My husband and I stayed at Hotel David for 2 nights and were not disappointed. The staff is very helpful and welcoming and the hotel provides many extras that make your stay a very pleasant one. Although the hotel is a bit of a walk to the major attractions, for those people that don't like to walk, there is a bus that stops right across the street from the hotel and is only about a 3 minute ride to the Ponte Vecchio. You can buy the bus tickets right at the front desk and each ticket costs only 1.20 euros. The decor of my room was a little plainer than I expected, but the room was a good size and the bed was very comfortable. Besides the wonderful staff, the best thing about the hotel are all the extras such as free parking, free phone calls and internet, complimentary snacks in the room and the cocktail hour. One evening my husband and I returned to the hotel exhausted after 8 hours of walking tours and were so grateful when we saw the drinks and snacks being served on the patio for the guests. The only reason why I rate this hotel a 4 instead of a 5 is because there was very little space to put toiletries in the bathroom and there were no tissues in the bathroom or bedroom.
We really enjoyed our stay at Hotel David and highly recommend it, especially if you have a car.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lja30
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, 17 May 2011
Dear Guest,

Nice to read that you had good time with us and nice to see that our freebies are giving good feedbacks. I thank you for your advices to make this place better and I assure I will give attention to that and we have already started with the new bathrooms to give more surface for toiletries and it will be easy to provide tissues in every bathroom!

My best,

Gabriele Cecioni
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Hong Kong
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2011

We stayed for 2 weeks in April, May 2011. We were originally booked for 9 nights but decided to change plans mid-holiday so we called the owner from Capri and he said he could find space for us so we came to Firenze early.

This really is a great place to stay - it is a smallish hotel with about 10 staff and about 25 rooms (a converted mansion) but very tastefully decorated with lots of interesting little treasures around for guests to enjoy (coffee table books, chess table, antiques etc). You get free phone calls to most countries and free internet from two computers. Each evening at 6:30 until 8 they provide free red and white local wine and plenty of nibbles out in the courtyard. Guests generally start chatting to each other and it is great to meet people from all over the world.

The owner is Gabrielle and he is a very gracious and helpful host. Jonathan runs the breakfast room and the happy hour and he is a great guy and the reception desk staff are very efficient and nice people. in fact, everyone is very nice at this hotel. We met several couples who keep coming back to this hotel we will do the same.

Finally, the transport is easy from here. The bus with a "D" on it takes you to the centre of Firenze in 30 minutes in the busiest time and it is less than 100 meters from the hotel - just one WARNING - validate your tickets only once - it lasts for 90 minutes - we validated every time we got on (like we do here in HK) and the inspectors gave us a hard time until they understood that we were just stupid tourists and they let us go without the 50 Euro fine!

Thank you Gabrielle and staff for a great time and we will be back. Your services and hospitality are excellent and we enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank twofromHK
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, 17 May 2011
Dear Guest,

I'm very happy you found yourself at home at the David and I'm so happy you were sad when you had to leave because I felt the same! We had so good time with you that we considered like part of the Staff! I cannot wait till next year to see you back!

My best,

Gabriele Cecioni
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Property: Hotel David
Address: Viale Michelangiolo, 1, 50125, Florence, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#2 Family Hotel in Florence
#14 Business Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel David 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just a short walk to the historic center or to the surrounding green hills, the Hotel David in Florence is a perfect place to begin and end the day in one of the world's most beautiful cities. ... more   less 
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