I booked to stay three nights at this hotel, and after those three nights I cannot write a review about the hotel itself. The reason: over-booking, which seems to be part of this hotel's business plan.
On my arrival at the reception, the reception staff had some difficulty finding my booking but eventually I saw that my booking had been registered in their room allocation system - which seemed to comprise a large sheet of paper with guests names marked in pencil for each room. Once it was clear I had booked and I was named against a hotel room, I was told that I was staying in another place about 1 km away. Maps were ready to deal with relocation of the refugees of the over-booking system. The staff were well rehersed in this procedure.
Armed with the map and the keys, I found my way to an "appartment" about 1 km towards the railway station. It was a dark bedroom and bathroom on the first floor of an normal appartment building with a narrow hallway and stairway leading to it. Other people in my group had the same treatment later that day, including two female guests who arrived very late at night. In that case, the two guests with two single rooms books were put into an 'appartment' together.
The room was only suitable for the basic overnight stay and reasonably clean for that purpose. The bed was comfortable. But it was no place to spend time in - dark with a dirty window facing directly to other appartments, all very dark and gloomy. The appartment had no hallway, so the bedroom was directly behind to the door to the stairway and so it can be noisy as residents come and go. The facilities were the bare minimum - soap etc. were provided and the room was cleaned each day. There was no WiFi and I was fortunate to find the only standard electricity socket which was installed for the electric heater under the window. I did not avail of the breakfast offered back at the hotel 1 km away.
The centre of Florence is compact and this 'hotel's' very central location does not outweight the advantage as there are so many options in a short walking distance of everything the centre has to offer.
For some, all this might be part of adventure, but such adventures can be had for less money elsewhere. If you rely on normal hotel services as set out on this hotel's website, this is not the hotel for you.
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