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Hotel David
Ranked #1 of 409 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 April 2009

There was a time when we couldn't imagine to go to the same holiday destination more than once, but Hotel David and the city of Florence has captivated us after our first visit
in august 2008. So we made a weeks return visit and enjoyed it once again. From the moment we made our booking on the internet until the last minute of our stay the staff was extremely helpful. The outstanding feature is their warmth and friendliness! It can be rain outside , no matter - the sun is always shining inside ! Everything there is done to make guests happy. Sitting in the lovely breakfastroom to enjoy their homemade breakfast is a great start of the day . This time it seemed that the selection has been
improved. Although we hadn't anything to complain about last year, it was really great to find meat like the " Prosciutto " and different sorts of italian cheese ( i think even the famous Pecorino was one of these ...) on the buffet ! Our best regards to Francesca, she was so attentive throughout the stay, always asked if we would like to have a capuccino or espresso . And then it was served with a smile, nothing was too much trouble.
This time a full mini bar was also included in the price !
We think the location is perfect. Hotel David is close to the heart of the city, yet far away
to be peaceful. We loved the walks along the Arno ( about 20 minutes ) with its beautiful scenery. It offers welcome relief from the crowds in the evening. For those who want to
take photos, here you have the best views over Florence around the corner, from the
Piazzale Michelangelo or San Miniato al Monte . Breathtaking !
If you don't like walking , you have a good busservice directly outsaide the hotel.
They even provide you with tickets, each for 1,20 Euro.
It's hard to put it into words how special a place it is. Atmosphere is something you
only can feel. You can read all the reviews but I promise the real experience is much better. We want to continue discover Florence - so in conclusion all I can say is that we will definitely come back !!!
We would recommend it to all who are looking for a memorable stress-free stay in one of the most charming hotel in Florence. The rooms are beautiful, perfectly cleaned.
Thanks again for the hospitality, best wishes from Sweden .
Mr and Mrs Holmberg

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 April 2009

What a fantastic place this is - we had a great time here in August 2006 and will go back here without hesitation when we go back to Florence. Nice spacious room, lovely decor, great bathroom.... this is the kind of place you want to stay at when you want absolutely no complaints from your holiday. I hope they remain the way they were!

Breakfast was good and filling, perfect start to the day. We loved the evening snacks and wine that used to be laid out on the ground floor (with access to the garden). Very courteous and helpful staff. Close to Piazza le Michaelangelo, there were good bus connections into the main city centre (a pleasant walk away anyway). The hotel had a good stock of travel guides and we borrowed the Fodor's book on Florence for the duration of our stay.

Our stay in Florence was an absolute delight and Hotel David certainly contributed towards making it so.

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled with family
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2009

Dear Guest,

What a beautyful surprise!! After so long time you still have good memories about your experiece in Firenze and at our Hotel David. Despite our way to welcome our Guests has remained the same we have introduced so many new facilities like the self laundy and I'm sure when you will decise to come again to visit us you appreciate all our efforts!

See you next time!!

My best,

Gabriele Cecioni

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Reviewed 9 April 2009

After staying for 2 nights at Hotel David in Florence, I can easily see how it is ranked #2 on Trip Advisor. The staff was excellent, always willing to help. The room itself was quite nice and extremely clean. The breakfast was the best we had on the entire vacation. They offered free WiFi as well as free use of a computer for the internet. They also hosted a happy hour each night where you could get a glass of wine as well as some snacks.

We really enjoyed staying here and will definitely stay here again the next time we visit Florence.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with friends
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2009

Dear Guest,

I thank you for your post I'm so happy that you had good time in Italy and at our house. We are at the beguinning of the season and I'm happy that our new services are appreciated by our Guests.
Anytime you decide to come back to visit our Firenze we will be there.

My best,

Gabriele Cecioni

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Reviewed 8 April 2009

This review will be a little different as it addresses the hotel PRIOR to our stay. (we have stayed there previously and have no doubts we will love it again). There isn't another place we would rather stay in Florence. We leave for Florence this coming Friday and when we were booking our trip a few weeks ago we checked Hotel David right after the flight was booked. Their online reservations indicated they didn't have availability. We spent the entire morning searching for something we liked as much and couldn't find anything. I decided to email them just to be sure, and received a response within minutes. Gabriele assured us they would be able to accommodate our stay. Not only did he get back to us quickly but told us of all the generous incentives they are offering including transfers (at a much reduced rate) from airports as far away as Pisa! This will be our second or third stay here and we have to echo everyone's comments. You wont find a better place, the staff is OUTSTANDING (especially Sabrina and Gabriele), hotel itself is charming, and breakfast is very good. We also enjoy the happy hour, its nice to visit with other guests from around the world and compare stories.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2009

Dear Guest,

We alwais keep a room off from the web sale in case a regular guest decides to come at last minute. Now that I'm writing you are flying back home after a week at the David and looking at the smile I sow on your face you enjoied once again our Firenze and our hospitality.
Thank you for coming!!!

My best,

Gabriele Cecioni

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Reviewed 8 April 2009

My family and I recently spent 3 nights at this charming hotel in Florence. We reserved a double and a triple room for our stay. The staff was absolutely superb. They were extremely helpful and willing to assist in any way possible. The morning breakfast was served in a warm and cheery room on the 1st floor of the hotel. There was always someone ready and waiting to re-fill the breakfast trays or to bring coffee or tea. The rooms are nicely furnished with beautiful colors and spacious airy floor plans. The free mini-bar with drinks and snacks is also an added benefit. As you enter the hotel there is a cozy sitting area where the "Happy Hour" is served every evening. This makes for a nice meeting place to sit and unwind after a long day of shopping and sightseeing, and to plan the evening ahead. While the hotel is located about a 10-minute walk from most of the major tourist attractions in the city, its location is still superb. It is in a quiet neighborhood close to the river which offers its own unique sights and attractions. This hotel offers excellent amenities, services and comfort for a great value. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with family
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2009

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your post, thank's to your suggestions we have modified our buffet breakfast: more variety of ham, salami, cheese and boiled eggs, and scrambled eggs with bacon and more...we invite you all to experience......

My best,

Gabriele Cecioni

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Reviewed 7 April 2009

"Charming" is the first word I use to describe this hotel. We stayed 4 nights nearer to the end of March, and it was perfect. We were early for check in and it was so nice to relax in the comfortable 'living room.' Our room was wonderful. The bathroom was spacious and decorated in a beautiful Tuscan tile. After our tiny shower in Rome, we really appreciated the large shower. Loved the decor and the antique furnishings everywhere. The room had a lovely balcony that overlooked the terrace area. We really appreciated the blinds that covered the windows and let you sleep until the alarm goes off and not when the sun comes up.

The service is probably the best thing about the Hotel David. This is the kind of hotel where you turn your key in before you leave and upon your return, staff remember you and have your key ready before you can ask. Staff are friendly and helpful. The gentleman at the desk was such a help to us, and so patient, drawing bus routes and stops for us on the map. Being able to buy bus passes the the desk was a very nice convenience. The hotel also has many different travel and other books available to peruse. It was wonderful to be able to sit downstairs in the comfy 'living room' chairs and look through books or read the paper.

With the bus stop so close, it's not an issue at all getting to downtown. And it was nice to stay in a quieter, more residential neighborhood. There is a laundromat right down the street. Also, the best food we had on our 12 day trip was at Beppino's down the street from the laundromat. The woman at the desk recommended it and it was wonderful!

We appreciated the internet access and it was nice to phone home a couple of times. What a great thing to offer your guests! The happy hour is very nice. There is wine and some snacks to nibble on. We could have used the happy hour more, but we did spend an one evening there and ended up having great conversation. The breakfast area itself was convenient and they had an excellent selection of pastries, cheeses, meats, quiches, cereal, yogurt, and fresh juice etc.

We raved about the hotel on our travelblog to friends and family and will continue to recommend the Hotel David most highly. We look forward to returning on our next trip. Thank you for a terrific experience.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2009

Dear Guest,

Thank you for the gallery!! It's the first time that somebody have posted so many photos!
I'm glad you had good time and you know that we all are at your disposal to help you to spend your holiday in Florence.

My best,

Gabriele Cecioni

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Reviewed 7 April 2009

The hotel is very well-kept and has a very homely feel to it with lots of exquisite furniture pieces and walls painted with delightful decorations. Lots of reading material including travel/guide books of the area were available for guests to use too. Our room was simple but very comfortable. There were extra pillows which we loved because we usually sleep with more than 1 pillow each.
After staying for 3 nights, we came away a feeling that the owners of the hotel were really not managing the hotel for profit but their priority was to ensure that all their guests had a wonderful stay. Apart from the the free phone calls/free parking/evening happy hour, etc that my fellow travellers have written about in previous reviews, we were struck by the fact that extra drinks were sold by the hotel at supermarket prices rather than at the usual ridiculous mark-up you'll find in other hotels. If I remember correctly, a 1.5 litre bottle of mineral water costs us less than 1 euro!!!
All through our stay, we were treated with kindness and smiles. It's hard work running a hotel well and Gabriele & his team run their hotel very well with all their hearts.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2009

Dear Guest,

The title of your post is perfect and goes directly to the main thing: You. You as the Guest who have chosen your place not another onother but you!! German people I beliewe have the best word for "hotel" which is "gasthoff".......guest house. This is what the Hotel David is: a guest house where you find the staff who works with pleasure to help you to make your trip unforgettable and when at check out time we see a big smile on your face we are happy for you!!

My best,

Gabriele Cecioni

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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: £110 - £179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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