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“Three Memorable Days in Florence”

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Hotel Orto De Medici
Ranked #51 of 422 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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“Three Memorable Days in Florence”
Reviewed 27 June 2012

We stayed at the Hotel Orto De Medici in Florence for three nights recently, booking in advance directly with the hotel on the internet. Our room on the ground floor looked onto a quiet courtyard complete with fountain and there was a bottle of chilled sparkling wine on arrival. The accommodation was outstanding with a comfortable bed, two sofas and a massive, luxurious bathroom. The staff were at all times helpful and polite, never failing to acknoweldge us with a hello and smile as we passed through reception. Breakfast was served in an elegant room on the first floor and provided a substantial start to the day. Importantly, the hotel was private and quiet - a blissful respite from the crowds in the historic centre only a few meters away.

Room Tip: The Romantic Junior Suite on the ground floor was elegant, comfortable and quiet
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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, Responsabile reception at Hotel Orto De Medici, responded to this review, 29 June 2012
Dear Guest,
I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay so much. You stayed in the Junior Suite our biggest room! Whomever books the Junior Suite has the advantage of having a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine in the room upon arrival. Thank you for all the nice comments. We hope you get a chance to come visit Florence and us again!
Nicki Sciortino
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

We enjoyed a wonderful four nights in a peaceful haven. Well located just outside the tourist hustle & bustle but within easy waking distance of all the main attractions. The enjoyment of being able to look after their guests in such a wonderful historic home, shines through from the moment you arrive until your departure. The bedrooms are very well attended, and the breakfast and other facilities provided are excellent.
The staff are welcoming and friendly and assisted with museum bookings and restaurant advice.
All in all, a wonderful Home/Hotel. The management and staff can be rightly proud of their home and the service provided to their guests. You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed June 2012
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, Responsabile reception at Hotel Orto De Medici, responded to this review, 28 June 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your review. It is so nice for us to hear such nice words about our staff members. It keeps us all motivated to do our best in all situations. Yes, the front desk members are available to help arrange tours, museum tickets, reserve restaurants, call taxis and to try and satisfy any other request our clients may have. Kind Regards.
Nicki Sciortino
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Reviewed 26 June 2012

On balance we liked this little hotel. It had a charming courtyard and a wonderful little patio area for having an end-of-day drink in a pleasant, relaxed environment. There are two Apple computers in the lobby that can be used for free to access the Internet. The location is convenient to a number of good restaurants and was but a short walk away from some major attractions. Hotel employees were friendly and polite. And, of course, Florence itself is wonderful
The drawbacks, slight though they may be, were in the areas of staff sophistication and room atmosphere. The staff, with but one exception, was very young and it showed. When you asked a question, they seemed somewhat timid, perhaps because they weren't really sure of the answer. The young woman who checked us in was clearly shy and rarely smiled, perhaps again because of uncertainty and inexperience. She was, however, efficient and professional. Generally speaking, the young staff was nice enough and tried to be helpful. The more important drawback was in the way our room was designed and decorated. It was spacious and well furnished but the design was modern and minimalist, giving it a rather cold feel that was oddly out of character with the rest of the hotel and with Florence itself. The floor was natural hardwood and there was almost no color anywhere except for black and white. It was if the designer had designed the room for other designers rather than for weary travelers look for warmth and comfort. The good news is our bed was king-size and comfortable and our bathroom was modern and clean. And the room was air conditioned. There were no "glasses" as such in the room, only "plastics." Then again, this is not five-star hotel so I suppose such skimping is to be expected.
The hotel's public areas are direct opposites of its rooms, meaning they are warm, charming and inviting. In addition to the patio bar area, there is a very nice breakfast area that serves a nice and varied continental buffet spread each morning, complete with good coffee and an assortment of juices. I can't help but wonder if the rooms and the rest of the hotel were designed and decorated by different people with different views.
Be advised that our room may not have been typical for the hotel. It was on the ground floor and had obviously been renovated in the recent past. I was told that other rooms, on other levels, are more traditional and old school.
Don't take this review as a recommendation that you not stay at the Orto De Medici. It really is a nice little hotel with its own brand of Italian charm and the staff is very friendly despite being a bit shy, reserved and tentative at times. It is in many ways a very Italian place, the modern room decorations notwithstanding. Best of all, there is nothing "snooty" about the place.
The hotel was easy to use. Although there was no taxi stand out front, at checkout time a desk clerk quickly called a cab to take us to the train station. The cabbie arrived promptly. The desk was also quick to extend our checkout time upon request. The normal time is 11 a.m., which is a bit early.
Incidentally, the train station is about a 20-minute walk from the hotel for those inclined toward foot power. But be advised that the narrow, busy streets and sidewalks in Florence make carrying or pulling luggage more than a little inconvenient. The cab fare was only 11 euros which to us seemed like a good deal.
We very much enjoyed the Hotel Orto De Medici and would recommend it to anyone looking for a comfortable, charming, smaller hotel in a convenient location. Just as long as you don't crave a lot of rich colors in your room.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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, Responsabile reception at Hotel Orto De Medici, responded to this review, 28 June 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you for the review. I'm happy you enjoyed most aspects of the hotel and would recommend staying with us. We appreciate the minor negative comments they will help us grow professionally. Yes we do have different room styles. In the garden, we have the deluxe rooms that were renovated in 2009. If you enjoy a more classic Florentine style you can book either a Classic room or a Superior room. All the Superior rooms have a balcony that lets you view the rooftops of Florence. In Piazza San Marco, which is a 2 minute walk from the hotel, you can usually find many taxis parked. However, the front desk staff will always help and call taxis for clients. Check-out time is at 11:00 am. Sometimes we have the possibility of extending the time, but if unfortunately we can not extend check-out time we have a room where you can leave your luggage and come back whenever you please to get it.
Nicki Sciortino
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Reviewed 26 June 2012

It is a very good hotel, good service, the breakfast was ok, i can recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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, Responsabile reception at Hotel Orto De Medici, responded to this review, 28 June 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you for writing a review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay.
Nicki Sciortino
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Houston
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Reviewed 26 June 2012

I booked two rooms at the hotel, one triple for my sister, husband and I and one for my aunt and uncle. The rooms were large, clean, nicely furnished and had very good linens. The bathrooms were especially roomy and clean. It was a delight to stay there. The staff was very helpful and accommodating. The area was really nice and quiet, with a bus into town right outside the door. But the real surprise considering the small price of the rooms were the breakfast and the wine hour in the evening. The breakfast room was charming and the many choices of danish, cheese, cereal, coffee youghurt etc were wonderful in my experience of Italian breakfast choices. In the evening they set out olives, red and white wine, small snacks and nuts. I will definitely advise all of my friends travelling to Florence to stay here and I will stay there again if I return. Forgot to mention free Internet (which was a godsend to us).

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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, Responsabile reception at Hotel Orto De Medici, responded to this review, 28 June 2012
Dear Guest,
What a nice review! I think you have just given an excellent vision of the hotel for your friends and our future guests. We hope you visit Florence again soon. Thank you.
Nicki Sciortino
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

I found my room small and uncomfortable. I woke up to no hot water and a disappointing breakfast. I don't suggest you stay here.

  • Stayed June 2012
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, Responsabile reception at Hotel Orto De Medici, responded to this review, 28 June 2012
Dear Guest,
We are all sorry you did not enjoy your stay. I personally apologize for the inconvenience. Unfortunately in a hotel like in a home we do experience technical problems that we try to fix as soon as possible. As for the rooms we do have an area in the hotel with very beautiful modern rooms, the deluxe rooms, that were renovated in 2009. If you are ever in Florence again maybe you will give us a second chance and try a different room. Best Regards.
Nicki Sciortino
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

Spacious, clean, quiet, comfortable rooms. Relaxing outdoor areas. Central location and helpful staff.

  • Stayed May 2012
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, Responsabile reception at Hotel Orto De Medici, responded to this review, 28 June 2012
Dear Guest,
We appreciate you leaving a review. I believe you highlighted some great main points of the Hotel! Thank you.
Nicki Sciortino
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Property: Hotel Orto De Medici
Address: Via San Gallo, 30, 50129, Florence, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > San Marco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 Business Hotel in Florence
#36 Family Hotel in Florence
#46 Romantic Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Orto De Medici 3*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Florence Hotel Orto de' Medici’s location is ideal because while located in the “historic center” of Florence it is just outside the noisy hustle and bustle…which is only a short walk away. When walking through our hotel in Florence, you really do feel like you are in a classic and upscale historic building. The front desk staff is very helpful and friendly, and from the moment you arrive you are made to feel very welcome. Each room is uniquely and elegantly appointed, a restful oasis for the busy traveler. The bathroom is very spacious and the shower is wonderful after a long day of sightseeing. Breakfast, with plenty to select from, is served in a cozy room that spills out into a welcoming patio and a beautiful little garden. The hotel lobby and reading rooms are a nice place to relax after a full day of sightseeing (plus free internet - either wifi or with brand new Apple computers). ... more   less 
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