Based on previous experiences with Hotels in this category / price range in other touristy places in Italy my expectations where somewhat low but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this Hotel. It was clean, the room, bathroom and bed had a decent size (by European standards) and the staff was nice and friendly.
While there are Hotels closer to the major sites, the location of this Hotel is very convenient. It is right next to the train station / bus stop to the airport and in a quiet street (at least in December) which is bit away from the madness closer to the major sights. Yet you can easily walk to all the major sights.
It should be noted that, at least in my room, there was no heating besides the AC which had a hard time keeping the temperature up at night in mid December. This is by no means unusual but if you are bothered by the noise of the AC at night or want a really warm room you may need to look elsewhere. On the other hand a colleague how stayed at Grand Hotel Minerva told me that his room turned into a sauna because the heating malfunctioned ;)
Another drawback is the poor availability and speed of the wifi, apparently their router crashes quite often and if it works the overall speed is apparently not enough for the number of guests using it. I was not in the room much but their wifi route was either not working at all or the speed was very low.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Porta Faenza is situated in Via Faenza - one of the earliest medieval streets in Florence - near Porta Faenza, a gate in the fifteenth-century city walls. It was created in 1997 through the restoration and conversion of Palazzo Pegna, the old residence of a family of merchants, whose original structure has been kept intact. Porta Faenza was part of the city walls and was situated at the end of what is up till now called Via Faenza. It has been so called not for being placed towards the town in Emilia, but from the name of the Nuns from Faenza, who had their convent in the neighbourhood once. Between 1534 and 1537 Porta Faenza was joined to the Fortezza da Basso without being demolished: by watching attentively you can still distinguish its squared profile in the central bastion towards the city or its arch from the inside of the fortress. The Hotel will make you savour the warm atmosphere of the old-time Florentine houses: the tile floor, the exposed beams, the old tools scattered everywhere, together with all the comforts will make it your ideal home in the old Florence. The Hotel Porta Faenza is centrally located, very close to the main railway station (Santa Maria Novella), to Palazzo dei Congressi (the Conference Centre) and to the Fortezza da Basso. The most interesting monuments and museums in Florence are within easy walking distance. For being situated in a pedestrian precinct, the Hotel is a quiet and pleasant place, the ideal point of departure for you to discover Florence and its artistic and cultural life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Porta Faenza Florence
- Porta Faenza Hotel Florence