The best thing about this hotel is its location. Its located just 5 minutes from the Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station (for those going to Pisa and other cities) and the Sita Bus station (for those going to The Mall outlet). It is very, very convenient especially after a day's tour in or out of the city and after a day of shopping at The Mall. You could easily get to your hotel and dump all of your stuff or take a nap before going out again.
From the hotel, you could literally walk to all of the tourist attractions, such as the Piazza Del Duomo, Basilica of Santa Croce, Uffizi Gallery, etc. The bus stop for the bus going to Piazzale Michelangelo was just in front of the train station.
But being in the "center" has its down sides. Being located near the bus and train station, you get a lot of vehicular and foot traffic just outside the hotel. If you are very sensitive with noise and smoke, you're better off staying at a high floor or staying at another hotel. We didn't mind the traffic and noise since we were away the whole day and got back to the hotel late at night. By then, there were no more noise and traffic.
The room size was huge, including the toilet. It was very spacious indeed. The staff were courteous, pleasant and helpful. They could speak english well and helped us find all of the tourist spots. They even gave each of us city maps. The breakfast was okay although the dining room could get crowded easily during rush hours. The lady serving the breakfast wasn't very happy, you could tell (haha) but she did her job well.
We wouldn't mind staying in this hotel on our next trip back to Florence.
- 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