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Hotel California Florence
Ranked #256 of 421 Hotels in Florence
Granada, Spain
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5 reviews
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“10 euros for Wi Fi?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

It would be hard to fault the location of the Hotel California, halfway between the Duomo and the Academia. It is undistinguished on the outside. The elevator is located to the right of a somewhat off putting metal roll up door at the end of what looks like an automobile driveway. Once inside, you will find a pleasant lobby and helpful staff.

Our room was small, but well appointed; clearly the place has been fairly recently refurbished.

Do not overlook the "Panorama Bar" on the top floor which offers a spectacular view of the dome of the Dumo only a few hundred yards away.

Two significant complaints in this four star hotel. The 10 Euro charge for WiFi is unacceptable in a hotel that charges this much for a room. And the breakfast, while adequate, was not up to four star standards either.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

Not impressive from the outside but lovely inside.This hotel is obviously an old palazzo tastefully converted to a hotel. Our bedroom was quite lavish, with an ornate ceiling. The bathroom was spacious and classy with a solid marble support around the hand basin.
Breakfast was good and plentiful, the bar service was good with a roof top view from the terrace.
The hotel is right in the heart of Florence very close to the cathedral.Staff are friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the street would be better.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

This hotel is perfectly sited and within easy walking distance of all of Florence's main sites. Our room was clean and the staff incredibly friendly and helpful and full of useful tips and recommendations. The breakfast is "continental" style but with added Italian touches such as pannetone. This is a great place to stay in Florence.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

Pluss for the loacation, next to duomo and everything is within walking distance. The room was clean and has a balcony (big pluss). The staff was helpful.

Minus for no free wifi (cost €10 for 24 hours in room wifi) and poor selection of breakfast. Which contains croissant, bread, ham, cheese, jam and some fruits.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Montbrio del Camp, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

Very good location close to the Duomo. At the heart of the city.
The room was very clean and the atmosphere in the hotel was quiet and comfortable. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
Only two inconvenients: no free Wifi service and poor variety for breakfast.

Stayed July 2014
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

We spent one night, on short notice booking, while seeing a few sights around Florence. Great location with helpful, friendly staff, 1 block from the Duomo and 1 block from the Accademia. Room was comfortable and clean. We parked our car in a garage, next door to this hotel, which made things much simpler.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014 via mobile

We have stayed at the Hotel California twice in last 4 years and would stay there again.
The location us perfect it's on the same street as Michael Angelo's David at the Academia. A couple streets behind the Duomo and central to all. The hotel starts on the second floor take the lift up and you will be very satisfied with the reception area. Very Italian with great bathrooms and that's always important. The rates are very good value and you won't be disappointed. The manager and staff are great and you get a rooftop terrace thrown in overlooking the Duomo.
Get direction to the Yellow Bar Restaurant for home made pasta and the best pizza's we've had in Florence.
Enjoy!

  • Stayed May 2014
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Property: Hotel California Florence
Address: Via Ricasoli 30, 50122, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Duomo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #256 of 421 Hotels in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel California Florence 4*
Number of rooms: 22
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