Stayed here last week. Is about 25 mins from the Duomo so could be closer but was nice and quiet for us, plus a lovely walk in. Breakfast was a real bonus (don't normally find a decent breakfast in Europe, esp if included) - altho the same every day, it was filling, tasty and you weren't ushered out dead on 10am which made a nice change. Room was a bit small to be truthful and there were no drinks making facilities but it was clean and comfortable which I'd say were more important.
HOWEVER, my biggest gripe was being asked for a 32 Euro 'local tax' charge on departure. We were heading back to Pisa to take a quick look at the Leaning Tower and catch the plane home just after midday so the 100 Euro's in my pocket I thought would see out the trip nicely. But then I'm asked for this 'local tax' charge. Now I know this is quite common in Europe BUT I've looked again just now at the Otel website and the price DEFINITELY says 'including all taxes and fees'. I did argue the case and considered not paying but you're a bit caught when you think if they call the police you'll miss your flight - and that will cost more than the 32 Euro's.
So real pity and I would advise them (Otel and the Mediterranao) to sort it out and you to be wary. Not sure about European law but I know you wouldn't be able to get away with this in the UK. Left a very SOUR TASTE, shame!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel Mediterraneo is situated in a strategic position, just 5 minutes walking to Piazza Santa Croce, 10 minutes to Michelangelo Square, 10 minutes to Uffizi Gallery or to the famous Ponte Vecchio but in the same time outside of the limited traffic zone of Florence;Easy to reach by car from the motorway A1 exit Firenze Sud.The hotel overlooks the Arno River, where it's possible to run or cycling.Services available:331 rooms, with Suite, Junior suite , Panorami Deluxe, superior and classic rooms; Restaurants; Bar terrace; Congress Center; Large and confortable Hall; Wi-fi in all the hotel, private garage. ... more less
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