We just returned from a family vacation to France and Italy and, based on prior reviews, decided to stay at the Porta Faenza. So glad we did! The location is within walking distance of everything, and I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the hotel for the price we paid. We booked two rooms--one with three beds and one with a double--for our family of five, and both the rooms and bathrooms were spacious, clean, and soundproof. The complimentary breakfast and free internet downstairs was convenient, as well as the parking lot for our car around the corner (I think it only cost 20 euro, which we felt was cheap compared to other cities). What I loved so much about the hotel was the decor and the feeling of truly being in Florence as opposed to just another airport-style hotel. For Americans used to larger rooms, look no further.
Great food down the street at Osteria Nerone. Make sure you eat inside, not out on the street. The inside is absolutely gorgeous!
- 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