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“Top floor room with view of the Duomo has trade-offs‏”
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Hotel Medici
Ranked #380 of 421 Hotels in Florence
Hong Kong, China
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“Top floor room with view of the Duomo has trade-offs‏”
Reviewed 11 March 2012

We recently stayed in Hotel Medici and requested the top floor room with the view of the Duomo.

Reservations were made through their website. We arrived early and as they don't have a proper stored luggage room, we left our luggage in the common lounge area until check in at 2pm.

The hotel has a very convenient location, 15mins walk from the Firenze SMN station, 2 minutes from the Duomo.

We stayed in a double room with ensuite shower (and sink) and shared toilet. It was adequately heated during our winter stay. The room was small but there is space under the bed to store luggage. The double bed is made up of 2 single beds, and we slept fine. No safe available, but this is a 2-star hotel anyway. The toilet is shared with 2 other rooms and we never had to wait to use it, it was always clean.

We stayed in the same room 6 years ago, and as before we enjoyed that the room opens to the terrace and has a wonderful view of the Campanile, and the dome can be seen from one side of the bed. While sleeping conditions were similar this time around, the room quality had deteriorated since our last stay. The drawers of the wardrobe are broken and won't open. There was a lot of paint peeling off the ceiling too. But the major problem with the room would be the shower, which was missing a door and lacking even a shower curtain. At least there was daily housekeeping if you make a mess of the room.

Breakfast was included in the room rate and was very simple, consisting of coffee/tea, bread and jam. It's available from 730am, but did not always start promptly. There was suboptimal heating in the breakfast area. Wifi was available here but not in the room.

As a 2-star hotel with room rate at 45 euros a night, Hotel Medici remains a good option for the budget-minded, considering the location and view from the room. We also like their terrace, but had limited use of it during winter. We would recommend looking for other places though if room quality is of more importance than the outstanding view.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

I have just returned from 3 nights at the Hotel Medici. After having read the negative reviews on tripadvisor I wasn't expecting luxury, but the price and location of the hotel is what sold it for me. With hindsight i wish i had just paid more for a hotel as this was the worst hotel i have ever stayed in,

There are some good points to this hotel, so I will start with them. The location is great, on a side street inbetween the Duomo and Piazza della Repubblica. There are plenty of restaurants and designer shops nearby and all the attractions are in walking distance. The rooms are clean, although sparse and cold. The terrace on the top floor has a great view of the Duomo.

Unfortunately, the negatives outweigh the positives. The first thing which will hit you upon entering the hotel is the disgusting smell, it's like the smell of sewerage is coming from the drains. I was in a group of 4, we had booked 2 double rooms with ensuites. The rooms appeared clean, but were freezing cold and very basic, with 2 single beds pushed together to make a double. The bathroom was basically a portacabin in the corner of the room and was actually a wet room, not a bathroom. The shower was hanging on the wall right next to the toilet, which caused the toilet to get covered in water each time we used the shower. All the metal in the bathroom was rusty, the drain was in the middle of the floor and was full with brown water, the bathroom also smelled of bad drainage. The towels provided were as thin as table cloths and the bed dressing consisted of one thin blanket and a sheet. Our friends had to move rooms because their shower was broken - the staff knew about this but had given them the room anyway. They also put the next people into our friend's old room without fixing the shower and without even changing the bed sheets after my friend had been asleep in the bed! Our friend was also left with several bites!

Another seriously bad thing about this hotel is the noise. The rooms offer no insulation at all. Our room (206) was on the second floor, directly above the breakfast room, and the sound of the staff scraping the tables across the floor, and the other guests moving their chairs, woke us up at 7 am each morning. Furthermore, there was a phone right outside our room, which the staff would use to call each other at all hours, with no regard for the guests. During the night we would be woken by the road sweepers outside and due to the proximity to the Duomo, we would also be woken by the bells ringing early in the morning! There is a restaurant directly below the hotel and the noise from that would filter up to the rooms in the evening due to the shutters and windows not sealing properly, which also contributed to the cold temperature of the room. Our friend's new room (101) was no better, it being on the same floor as the breakfast room, right next to the kitchen area, which meant that the staff woke them up at about 6am each morning.

The breakfast consisted of a bread roll and some jam, with a coffee, tea or hot chocolate. There was also a machine for orange juice, which was diluted, not fresh. You are able to buy water or soda from the reception, at a reasonable price.

The staff, on the whole, were pleasant, however, the old woman who works on reception in the evenings was exceptionally rude and actually shouted at us for knocking on the hotel door after she had locked it, when we returned at midnight one night. The doorbell didn’t work, so we had no option but to knock on the door!

Even given the low price for this hotel, I would not recommend it to anyone. I will never stay here again. I have stayed in Florence before and there are many hotels for similar or slightly higher prices which are much nicer. Florence is small, so wherever you are in the centre is only a short walk from all the sights.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Stratford, New Jersey
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

Can't beat the location, 2 minutes to the Dumo; price was great in March; clean, spartan, good breakfast.

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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
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Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

I stayed at Hotel Medici in July when Florence is hot, but my hotel room with large shuttered window was cool in the evening. A stay here is to experience old Florence in the center of the old city. Friendly english speaking staff and comfortable breakfast made me feel quite at home. Convenient to the train station and all the history and art of Florence, this is the hotel for the traveler seeking the experience of Italy. It may not suit a tourist seeking expensive luxury.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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East London, South Africa
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

My wife and I honeymooned in Italy and Hotel Medici was our 1st hotel in Italy. The hotel is walking distance from the train station and serves as a great base to visit all corners of Florence. The front desk staff were helpful, friendly and able to speak enough English for us to converse. The hotel has a lift as well, which is helpful when you are carring luggage or exhausted from a day on your feet. The room was comfortable and spacious with stunning views of the cathedral. A snack or a glass of wine up on the roof is an absolute treat. Breakfast is sufficient, a couple of rolls and biscuits with some jam. The only negatives I could find were an inadequatly short shower curtain, which served no purpose, therefore a wet bathroom floor. And there is a bit of noise which filters through from the street. Otherwise we loved our stay and grew quite fond of the breakfast attendant.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 10 November 2011

When we arrived (a 10-15mn walk from the train station), we were told our room was an apartment in a different building a couple of blocks away, when we said we wanted to be in the main building, we were told there was only one room left, BUT on the top floor with a terrace (not private terrace), we said YES, and we got the most amazing view we could imagine, we could see the whole city from the terrace and the surrounding cathedrals and the Duomo. The room was less than average, but clean. the breakfast was not great. the best thing about this hotel was the location close to all the shopping and museums and the view from the terrace. good value.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

My teenage daughter and I stayed here for two nights in July. Location is fantastic. Room was very basic but clean. No tv and no a/c, but the fan and doors to the outdoor balcony - walk around - were sufficient to keep us cool and entertained. Felt very safe and that of course is priceless. Rooftop terrace also nice, great view. Very hard to find hotel - directions on website difficult to follow, but as this is Florence, that is not surprising. Highly recomment the hotel for its price. If you are looking for upscale, pay the price and stay somewhere else. If you are looking for value in a great location, you will get your moneys worth at this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Medici
Address: Via De' Medici 6, 50123, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Duomo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #380 of 421 Hotels in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Medici 2*
Number of rooms: 39
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