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“Easter in Florence”
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Hotel David
Ranked #1 of 412 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
new york
Level 3 Contributor
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“Easter in Florence”
Reviewed 29 April 2009

We spent out Easter here for 1 reason, Scoppio del Caro (explosion of the cart). Google it to find out the ancient tradition of setting of fireworks in front to the Duomo on Easter Sunday. After searching for best bang for your buck, we ended up at Hotel David. What a place, the only draw back that I can think of is the location. The place is about 10 -15 mins away by bus which is also its HIGHLIGHT. I had the window open at night and early hours of the morning with no drunk people screaming, no busy street. During happy hour at night, you can lounge at their garden, free of the city noise, enjoying free wine and wonderful bar food. I had the privilege of tasting limoncello and grappa for free as an after dinner treat, since it was Easter. If you like to stay out all night and prefer walking up to your hotel in the city, this is not your place since it will cost you about 12 euros at night to get to.
Bus and taxi are right outside the door and the wonderful rosticerria with roasted meats, assorted pasta, cooked vegetables and huge wine selection are in front as well. Make sure you tell the reception that you are going to the rosticerria to get a card from them that will get you 15% off the price.
My wife absolutely adorned the region, the city and this B&B. I kept longing for the breakfast, esp when we went to Venice and Rome, this is not your typical Italian breakfast: assorted cold cuts, cheeses, eggs, bacon, cereal, bread, cappuccino, and the best orange juice. The room was beautiful, bed stiff, bathroom mid sized and not cramped, except for the floor of the tub.
Best bang for your buck!!! Since they are not located in the city, you are welcomed to Hotel David with a complimentary mini bar with water, beer and soda; free 10 minute call to the US and other countries as listed; free wi-fi and internet access at their reception area; and best of all, happy hour with free wine and bar food. Oh, did I forget to mention the unforgettable breakfast? This hotel is almost half off the price of other places. Save your self some money, go here and spend the rest on leather goods!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, 8 May 2009
Dear Guest,

I remember you!
What else to write?? You got the meaning of our markenting!
Warm homy with a lot of complimentary services.

See you next time you come to Firenze.

My best,
Gabriele Cecioni
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Reviewed 27 April 2009

My husband and I stopped in Florence for just one night on our way from northern Italy to the Amalfi Coast. When we arrived, we were exhausted after a few days in a less enjoyable hotel and a long drive!

As soon as we walked in the door, the staff showed us exactly where to park our car for free and gave us a map and an outline of the hotel's many amenities including breakfast, aperitifs in the evening, wifi, and international calling. They were very helpful and friendly, but not overbearing. We felt very welcome after a long day!

The room was absolutely enormous and filled with antiques and interesting touches. It felt as if we were walking right into the nicest guest bedroom of a friend or family member.

We only stayed for a night, but Hotel David would be the perfect place to call home on a longer stay. The staff, services, and comfort of the room made me wish we were staying longer!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, 28 April 2009
Dear Guest,

I'm glad you liked the hotel from the first step into the house, I always do the same when I have a good feeling very likely it will be a nice sojour! Trust your feelings you will be right!!

My best,

Gabriele Cecioni
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 27 April 2009

I can see why Hotel David ranks so high in the favourite hotels of Florence. They are extremely helpful in every respect. There were 3 of us. Thre room was by far the biggest what we had in Italy, lots of room to move. The breakfast buffet was the best we had in Italy. There were many choices from savoury to sweet. The early evening "Happy Hour" was a great opportunity to meet other guests. We ended sitting out in the terrace several evenings quite late enjoying the free snacks and wine with other guests. It was the only hotel in Italy that had a computer what we could use since we didn't have our own laptop. They have a laundry room with washer, dryer, and ironing board for 4 Euros which we desperately needed as we had packed lightly and this was midpoint in our trip. Our room had a free mini-bar with snacks (if after the hearty breakfast, generous Happy Hour, and delicious Italian restaurant meals we were hungry or thirsty). The staff tried to warn us against a tourist-trap restaurant but regretfully we didn't listen as it was written up in several tour books and sounded fun. We should have known that Gabriele knows better! The hotel has a history as the family has been welcoming guests for 50 years. It is a nice mix of old Italian villa and new modern conveniences. The Hotel is about a 20 minute walk along the Arno to the Uffizi and tourist area. We enjoyed the walk but you can also take a bus and buy tickets at the front desk. Central Florence was very crowded as it was Easter Week. Students from all over Europe had holidays and they were ALL in Florence. We were grateful that the Hotel was a retreat and not in the centre of the hubbub. We look forward to going back at a quieter time of year. Thanks to the staff for an excellent stay.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, 2 May 2009
Dear Guest,

I remember you! we had talked in the laundry room!! I'm happy you have good memories to carry with you about our city and our house. We are at your disposal to give you good suggestions of how to enjoy better your trip to Firenze and to evoid tricky situations.
I thank you for your post and it will be a pleasure to welcome you again at the David next time you decide to come to Firenze.

My best,

Gabriele Cecioni
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Massachusetts
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Reviewed 27 April 2009

Great small hotel in excellent location. Short walk to town or use several bus lines outside the door. Great neighborhood and easy walk to San Nicolo section of Florence which is home of several great restaurants,wine bars, the historical walled doors and Michelanglo gardens (open in spring)
Hotel serves a great capucino and array of breakfast foods and snack/wine tray in the evening. Rooms are large with private baths. Free internet and I was told laundry faciity coming in April 09. No need for five star expense when little places like Hotel David make spending that money seem stupid.

Stayed March 2009, travelled with family
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, 28 April 2009
Dear Guest,

Yes you are right we are little outside town and we have many interesting facilities and we do have a new self laundry room you can use on demand!!
Thank you for coming and next time you will decide to come over we will be there!!

My best

Gabriele Cecioni
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S.F.
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Reviewed 24 April 2009

We cannot say enough about how much we loved this hotel - by far the best place to stay! The staff was very friendly and accomodating. Our room was large and had lovely furnishings. We could not get over the free happy hour (which was not just a few crackers!), free breakfast (not just a continental breakfast with bread and juice), free parking, free internet, and free 10 minute calls home! We felt at home and were treated like VIPs. Would definitely stay again and recommend to all.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, 27 April 2009
Dear Guest,

I'm glad you had good time with us, I can recognize you have been with us despite you moved us to France!! We treat all the travellers as persons not numbers and probably this makes the difference....

My best,

Gabriele Cecioni
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Reviewed 21 April 2009

We recently stayed at the Hotel David in Florence as part of our Honeymoon in Umbria and Tuscany. It is a charming hotel with many free extras (free minibar, aperitifs in the evening, free internet useage and even a free 10 minute international call!) which made our stay even better. The hotel is a reasonable (25 minute) walk from the main attractions in Florence, but buses costing about 1 euro each way regularly run from close to the hotel. Our only criticism of Florence is the cost of drinks in cafes (we paid as much as 10 euros for an espresso and a cup of tea!). We would highly recommend the Hotel David to anyone visiting Florence.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, 25 April 2009
Dear Guest,

We think that the best way to welcome you is to imagine your needs and wishes and anticipate them.....thank you!

My best,

Gabriele Cecioni
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London
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Reviewed 19 April 2009

Can only echo other reviewers: A lovely little hotel that puts its guests' needs first. Comfortable, clean and reasonably priced. Lots of lovely touches (Happy Hour; complimentary phone call home; free mini bar) and extremely helpful staff. We liked the location too - a 15 minute stroll to the centre of Florence. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and Hotel David thoroughly deserve the good reviews.

Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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Thank SusannaLondon
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, 23 April 2009
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing Hotel David for your honeymoon we hope your trip to Italy will be a good beguinning for you futire life together!
Yes you are right you can pay that price for an expresso or a tea downtown in Piazza della Signoria or close but if you are not really downtown like we are the prices of the Coffe Shops are very resonable!!!

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
#40 Best Value Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel David 3*
Number of rooms: 29
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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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