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“An affordable base to set-off exploring Firenze”
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Hotel Boccaccio
Ranked #214 of 421 Hotels in Florence
LittleRedDot
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“An affordable base to set-off exploring Firenze”
Reviewed 25 February 2014

We travelled to Florence from Venice on the FRECCIAARGENTO.

On arriving SMN station, we lugged our luggage through the Eastern exit and walked another 70m or so before reaching the hotel.

The room initially assigned to us had a broken a/c. We informed management and was asked to stay in present room for the 1st night. The next day they pushed us upstairs to another room (albeit smaller), facing the road T-junction. No further room issues onwards. Traffic noise was non-existent too. Room standard was nothing much to shout about with relatively standard fittings, etc for all hotel rooms in this range. We found that the bed was hard and pillows were a bit too soft. Additional pillows were given when requested.

Hotel's location was excellent. We walked to ALL the attractions we had time for. It's very close to Santa Maria Novella (SMN) train station, Mercato Centrale, Duomo, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, Central Bus Station and very good eateries/restaurants/convenience stores nearby Including a small supermarket just at the western exit of the SMN (closed on Sundays). The buses that leave for the shopping outlets were very close by as well. One was just 20m away (SITA bus station) and another was about 200m away near the BATA, L’ORA MODA, AW LAB shops. Bus tickets may be purchased while queuing up.

A great bunch of guys manned the reception. Nothing was too much trouble for them, including recommending the better type of prosciutto to buy and vacuum pack home. Try San Daniele prosciutto at the larger stall in Mercato Centrale.

Our daily brekkie was in the dining hall and the very nice lady was ever- present to serve us our morning beverages. We look forward to her espresso and hot chocolate each morning. During our stay, guest number was manageable and food was usually replenished on time. Although variety was limited to cold hard-boiled eggs, banana, apple, ham & prosciutto, cheese, rolls, croissants, muesli, yoghurt, milk and canned fruit cocktail, we didn't get bored in our 7day stay there.

There're a lot of conveniences nearby, usually within walking distance. For example, self-service or full service laundromats were max 50m from the hotel's entrance. Almost all nearby eateries do take-aways if you get bored with sit-down service. Do try:
1) TREMERLI on Via dei Fossi for a good variety of Italian home-cooked food. Ask for Albano’s cheesecake & octopus salad and Viza’s Florentine steak;
2) For the more adventurous, do try the hole-in-the-wall tripe sandwich opposite Dantesca Leather on Via Santa Margherita, 13r (just off the busy via del Corso);
3) GROM Gelato on Via del Campanile, 2;

We would highly recommend this hotel for visitors intending to venture out on their own as the hotel's location is excellent.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

The hotel can be reached easily on foot in 3 minutes from he central station of S. Maria Novella Location, good service and very clean rooms. I stayed in the Double Superior room. The Buffet breakfast is also very good.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

A three minute walk from the railway station, this small hotel provides all the basics. We had a rather noisy night in #205 and asked to be switched. The hotel did so immediately and we found ourselves in #204 which proved to be a much better choice. Comfortable beds, a no-frills basic bathroom and a continental breakfast all for a great price. This hotel provides good value and its location is wonderful and within a 10 minute walk to all the main downtown attractions and restaurants. No need for a cab!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 November 2013 via mobile

Last September I needed to find a hotel near the train station. After checking out many hotels on line I found hotel Boccaccio. When I first arrived by Stefano and later by the owner Domenico. What great people the two of them like talking to friends. Anything I needed was never a problem and helped anyway they could. Will stay there next September. The breakfast was very good. The room very clean and big enough for my needs. Can't wait till I get back.

Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 8 November 2013 via mobile

For it's pricing of €110 a night for the deluxe room, is indeed value for money! Near to train station, big and spacious with excellent service! Couldn't have asked for more.. The only downside was maybe that the breakfast spread is quite limited, but generally it's a really good hotel with great experience.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Hershey
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

Hotel off the beaten path of main area of Florence. Quiet, nice, but small rooms. Inconvenient outlet placement for charging phones, etc. Modern bathroom with hairdryer. Very nice sitting area in the lounge. Owner accommodating and helpful with finding directions to our next destination.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

This was the second time we have stayed at Hotel Boccaccio when we have flown out of Florence. It is very close to the train and bus stations, as well as city tour busses and walking venues. We would certainly recommend it for longer stays as well. Accomodating staff and "niceties" in the room.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Boccaccio
Address: Via della Scala 59, 50123, Florence, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Santa Maria Novella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #214 of 421 Hotels in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Boccaccio 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Boccaccio is in the heart of the historic city centre, a stone's throw from the railway station, from Piazza Duomo and from the Church of Santa Maria Novella. The extremely recent and diligent re-structuring, valorized by the original Carrara marble, has made the presence of more modern comforts possible harmoniously combined with the authentic Florentine style. Elevator, internet point, garage. ... more   less 
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