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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Boccaccio Hotel Florence