This is one of those hotels that was probably quite grand in its day. That’s not to say that its run down or seeing hard times now, but looking at the décor and furnishings, I think its fair to say that it has become a little dated over the years.
That aside, our two day stop at this place was perfectly fine. Our stay was part of a cycling tour through Tuscany and the hotel was able to supply a secure lock up for the storage of the bikes which was very useful. The welcome at this hotel was also very friendly and the staff/owners/managers were very helpful with any queries we had.
It was slightly unfortunate that the room we had was at the front of the hotel. The front of the hotel does afford views onto the river, bridges and other sights on the other side of the river but there is the issue of the traffic noise to consider. Whilst not ridiculously loud (there are 2 windows and 2 sets of shutters at each window), if you were a light sleeper, you might be affected by the hum of the traffic in the morning. One issue I would have with the room was a lack of power points. If you wanted to charge camera batteries, phones etc, there was really only one spare point available which wasn’t that good. Particularly if you wanted to listen to some of your own music at the same time.
The bathroom also came with a bath which was quite unusual as all the other hotels we had stayed in had showers, a bath was very welcome after a day of cycling though (there was also a shower by the way).
Florence isn’t a huge city and the location of this hotel puts all the usual sights in easy walking distance. Bars, restaurants and pubs can also be found within a 5 minute walk from here. The breakfast was also very good for this standard of hotel. There were cereals, cheeses, bread, fruit, eggs, tea, coffee, juices and lots of toast all set out in a self service style in the dining area.
Overall there was nothing really to complain about, the noise of the traffic may be the issue to some as may be the dated look of the place, however, this wasn’t a really issue for us and would be happy to stay there again.
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