The positives: being close to the main station, right at the edge of the historic center and near the central market, this hotel puts you in the thick of it right from the start. You won't be bored - just annoyed. By noise, for instance, which you will have around the clock if you don't get a room that doesn't face one of the three (!) surrounding streets. By the various fittings - shower, windows, electrics - that are more show than substance and are starting to fail rather early in their lives.
The staff are mostly nice and helpful but there are too few of them at the breakfast, for instance, as compared to the front desk. The four-star rating must be induced by the rather splendid and showy hall, once you get past that it looks like the rating isn't appropriate.
Getting there by car can be a harrowing experience depending on how many people want to get to the station at the same time, traffic management in this area of Florence has apparenty been inspired by Dante's inferno. Once you're there some people from a nearby garage will take care of your car, they are to parking what Ayrton Senna was to driving fast in the rain, don't try to look where your car is if you are faint-hearted.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Atlantic Palace Hotel is an ancient palace built at the beginning of the XVII century, located in the very city centre. Our hotel in Florence is close to the Duomo, to Santa Maria Novella railway station, to the Expo Centre, and 200 metres away from the "Fortezza da Basso". The rooms are furnished in florentine style, and are equipped with all modern comforts and have been recently renovated as the common areas of the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Atlantic Palace Florence
- Atlantic Palace Hotel Florence