This review is a bit belated as we stayed at Porta Faenza in March. But we were extremely pleased throughout our stay here. The location is great! Walking distance from all the sites at a excellent price. Our economy room was larger than expected and spotlessly clean. Desk service was friendly, and they were happy to answer any questions you might have about the city. The only small annoyance is that you have to get a new WiFi password from the front desk every day.
If this is your first trip to Europe, please remember that, no matter what, it won't be exactly like what you're used to at home. Yes, the beds are actually 2 twins pushed together. But how do you expect them to move king and queen size mattresses up those narrow stairwells? No the breakfast will not be a giant buffet-- Italians do not typically eat huge breakfasts. And yes, the coffee will be different. But you're in Italy! Relax and enjoy an Italian-style cafe and pastry at the bakery on the corner.
Also, if you're looking for good eats nearby, try Trattoria Enzo just down Via Faenza (toward San Lorenzo). And don't forget to stop by Mercato Centrale just around the corner for a brief glimpse into the lives of real Italians.
- 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