While we were planning our Spring Break trip to Italy, my wife found Hotel David on TripAdvisor. The ratings were very high, so we contacted them and booked two rooms for my wife and I and our son and his friend.
Even with all of the info available via the Web, you still wonder when the taxi pulls up to a hotel, "Will this be as nice as I hope?" Hotel David was everything the reviews say it is. The staff is very friendly, the hotel and rooms are spotless, and there is a charm about the place that made our stay very pleasant. A few notes:
> The rooms: Our rooms both had balconies, which were nice at the end of the day -- with a glass of wine and some olives, watching the evening go by. The ceilings are ~16 feet, so it feels like a grand hotel from another age. The bath was recently updated and nice. Everything was ideal.
> The hotel: Located close to the Arno, you are away from the tourist crowds -- with a short and nice walk along the Arno to the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi and Duomo. An ideal location.
> An evening in the garden: Every evening, most of the guests wander down to cafe tables in the garden, with free wine and antipasti. This was a very pleasant way to end the day, after long walks through the museums and sights of Florence.
> Local restaurants: The Hotel David is located in a nice residential area, with a number of local restaurants that serve real Italian food to real Italians -- not the tourist trade. This was a fun experience. The hotel offered good recommendations and we had two favorites: Trattoria Gigi and Vecchia Osteria dal Nacchero. Trattoria Gigi is a wonderful family restaurant (don't miss the Torte de Nona for dessert), and the food and service at Osteria dal Nacchero is fabulous. Both are easy walks from Hotel David, through a safe neighborhood. No taxi required, which is nice at the end of a long day.
> Basilica San Miniato: Don't miss the Basilica San Miniato al Monte, which is is just up the hill near the Piazzale Michelangelo -- a very nice walk with the best views of Florence. The church is magnificent but not well known. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Miniato_al_Monte
> Side trips to Ferrari and Lamborghini: While we were researching our trip, I found that Florence is close to Bologna -- and the home of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Pagani. New high speed TrenItalia trains will get you there in 35 minutes for 30 euros. If you like cars, this is a great day trip. Here is the best guide on the planet: Francesco Bini at www.Motorstars.org My son and I had an unbelievable day -- including driving a Ferrari F430 on the Autodromo di Modena race track, a tour of the new Lamborghini family museum with Fabio Lamborghini, and a tour of the Pagani supercar production line. Amazing.
In short, Hotel Florence is the best place to stay in Florence, with wonderful service and an ideal location.
Let me know if you have any questions.
- 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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- David Hotel Florence