We booked Rapallo Hotel after reading such nice reviews from other Trip Advisor's comments.
Florence was exceptionally busy and booked In Mid May, but Rapallo had two nights available.
Hotel is nearby the train station, but if you have big bags like we did, probably better to take a taxi there. We walked (about 15 - 20 minutes) mostly because we weren't sure where we were going and went the wrong direction twice. We arrived frustrated, but met by a friendly staff and a quite clean and modern hotel. Our room was on the street side, but really never heard any street noise at all. We had a small fridge with free water, a coffee maker with instant coffee, and a wonderful bathtub, which was much appreciated after a long day of walking to soak in. We got a great recommendation for a late night pizza place one block away with a beautiful garden in back. Special shout out to Lorenzo for making our stay SO special. When we slept in past breakfast time and requested a cappuccino, Lorenzo fixed us a tray with croissants and caps to take up to room. Then when he found out the tour we wanted to take was cancelled, He sat with us and gave us his own interpretation of Florence and it's history and had us mesmerized with his knowledge of the Medici times and the artists and craftsmen that made the city what it is today (not to mention the scandalous stuff that we were captivated with). Lorenzo gave us some great suggestions of places and things to see away from the crowds of the main sights. Hotel is really only a 5-10 minute walk from the Duomo and David. But nice to get away from the crowds.
We really feel like we made a new friend in Firenze, thanks to Lorenzo and his hospitality, and hope to return to Rapallo Hotel. Grazie Lorenzo, wish we could have spent more time!!!!
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