I was quite disappointed with this hotel after the glowing reviews I read before booking. Our stay here was quite different.
The hotel room itself was clean and had decent facilities but yes the bathroom is very very small. However our room on the second floor lacked air con and therefore being able to sleep / getting ready was very difficult! We ended up having to open the windows to let in a draft and then couldnt sleep at nights because of the constant noise - people, cars, dogs! As another side effect the room would get filled with mosqitos - leaving us with some nasty bites as a reminder of our stay!
Location wise - the hotel was ok I guess although it was a 15 minutes walk along the arno away from the ponte vecchio - if walking away from the uffizi. Whilst this wasnt a problem - I think staying closer would have been better given we'd spend all day walking around and then had a trek to the hotel at the end of the day as well.
Breakfasts at the hotel were typical and basic (and often minimal) - although I have to admit the cappuccinos were fantastic.
Staff - very friendly always said hello and tried to help with queries, however some were more helpful than others. One evening we tried to ask for a taxi and were told 'there are no taxis in florence tonight' after the receptionist tried and failed with the one taxi company he was calling. The same person was very unhelpful when asking for tips re wine tasting tours.
I hope to return to florence sometime and probably wont return to hotel magenta after this experience. I think if you are after somewhere basic and cheap (and poss in cooler months) go for it - however there were lots of better places for the same budget closer to the centre.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Magenta is a small family hotel run by the Avuri family, located in the historical center of Florence. Thanks to its strategic position you can easily reach both the Renaissance heart of Florence with its museums, the cathedral and historical buildings, Fortezza da Basso and Palazzo dei Congressi and the new "Music and Culture Park ". Hotel Magenta is also located within walking distance of the Polimoda International Institute of Fashion and Design, the American Consulate and the central railway station of Santa Maria Novella. ... more less
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