My wife and I stayed at the Hotel David for 5 wonderful day/nights at the end of April. We chose the hotel largely based on the TripAdvisor reviews. This website has not disappointed us in the past and it certainly didn’t this time around.
It’s hard to pinpoint the best part of staying here because there were so many, but the place to begin would definitely be the staff. Upon arriving at the hotel, we were greeted by Gabriele and his wonderful team, who ensure you have a truly genuine Florentine stay in one of the world’s most magical cities. From making reservations at the busiest galleries to ensuring you get a table at some of the best restaurants in the city, the people are what make this hotel exceptional. You are greeted with a smile and “buongiorno” from the front desk to the breakfast room, each member doing everything they can to accommodate your every need. It didn’t feel like hotel staff but one big family that truly love the city they live in, and want you to experience it the best way possible.
If you travel in Europe, you know that space is a luxury when it comes to hotels, but this one has it in abundance, from the calming living room, to the lovely patio, and most importantly, your actual room. We had a quite room on the first floor that was large, with lots of wonderful sunlight and space to stretch out. Perfect for an extended stay with lots of closet room. Washroom was great, showers had hot water with great pressure.
The extras mentioned in these reviews were also a huge bonus. What most hotels charge an arm and a leg for, Hotel David includes for free – unlimited internet use, happy hour with a huge array of yummies, an amazing and plentiful breakfast, and much to our surprise, a 10-minute international call per day. It’s great to sit in their living room and call home, something that says a lot about the family feel of this wonderful place. Another free perk is the parking. We rented a car for two days to drive around Tuscany and parked for free in their spacious lot. Many hotels will charge A LOT for this privilege but here it was a right. There is also a new laundry service that costs 6 euros, a bargain we took advantage of – after a week on the road, it was nice to freshen up midway through our trip.
Then there is the location. For many, staying in the centre of the action is where it’s at, and there are obvious advantages to this in a lot of cities. But Florence is different. The real charms of the city are not in its tourist-rammed centre but in the quieter haunts where more of the locals actually live, especially Santa Croce, Santo Spirito, and the Oltrarno, where Hotel David is situated. Basically at the foot of Piazza Michelangelo, a wonderful viewpoint overlooking the city, Hotel David is a 20-minute walk to the centre of town. The walk itself was one of the highlights of our trip. Picture a nightly stroll on your way home from a restaurant, the Tuscan wine warming your belly, walking along the Arno river, the lights of Florence sparkling all around you. The walk was simply magical and we did it many times. For those times you are tired and just want to get back, the local buses run all the time and you can buy tickets at the hotel. The pickup/dropoff is a 30-second walk from the front door.
In the end, the Hotel David ranked as one of our favourite experiences during two amazing weeks in Italy. The location, the amenities, the spacious rooms and much more make this a must-stay hotel when visiting Florence, but the staff is the main reason to come. My wife and I are dreaming of our next trip back!
***If you go, make sure to eat at Baldovino, in the Santa Croce neighbourhood. The restaurant is amazing, serving local dishes, and a prime beef you will never forget. Also, stop by Antique Noe for a panini during the day. You will thank me. Enjoy!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- David Hotel Florence